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Côte d’azur, from Sam Souhami


Thich Nhat Hanh once said that “the moment of awakening is marked by an outburst of laughter. But this is not the laughter of someone who suddenly acquires a great fortune. Neither is it the laughter of one who has won a great victory. It is, rather, the laughter of one who after having painfully searched for something a very long time finds it one morning in the pocket of his coat.” This freedom is here within us at this very moment. Freedom then reveals the love that is also present and possible within our lives and between us. — Joan Halifax


Whatever is stopping you from writing the poem…is the poem. — Aja Ryder


One day, perhaps, neurosciences will tell us that “MEMORY” (mediated by RNA molecules) is not only in “US” but arises from a relationship between us and the world through interactive fields of implicated and explicated orders (David Bohm) opening ourselves to the complex and multidimensional reality of a “quantum memory” (entanglement), hologramatic … — Eldo Stellucci

We are instruments of seeing, we possess the capacity to see and yet we don’t want to see. We maintain our blind spots because seeing clearly threatens our opinions of what the world is and who we in reality are. Those who study consciousness, from yogis to quantum scientists, tell us that we are born to an ocean of consciousness but prefer to swim in our own little backyard pool.

Seeing is complex. It’s rare even, because real vision requires a mind clear of knowledge and concepts. We adults have a harder time seeing the obvious than small children, who haven’t yet accumulated a lot of mental constructs.

Civilization has now come to a point where seeing the “what is” is crucial, a matter of survival of the species and the good earth. What to do about all the folks who don’t see and don’t want to see?

Refusing to see has become a luxury the human race can no longer afford. Now is the time for all good humans to see. See what? The suffering of nature, for example, caused by our way of life, a way of life that comes out of our blindness. The eye of the heart sees differently than the eye of the rational mind. That’s the eye that is willfully closed in our culture. There are people who see our obvious roots in nature, but we don’t listen to them because they are “primitive.” Folks who have mortgages and jobs know better, we think.

Maybe we should ask a three-year-old what to do. Maybe we’re too smart for our own good. I just wonder how the dominant aggregate of humanity is going to get as wise as any random three-year-old.

Any ideas?

It’s interesting that science, specifically quantum physics, is beginning to catch up with primitive consciousness, which has always insisted on the unity of creation. Believing in separation, that’s what we see. In fact, believing in disunity, that’s the only thing we can see.

Meditation purports to empty the mind. Maybe that’s a way forward for some of us, but I doubt those methods will become widespread in our world. We may have to proceed by rational means. That’s going to take a while to change our optics, too. What’s left?

Catastrophe, shocks to the system. That’s what we’ve got now, with more in store for the future if we refuse to see the writing on the wall. I’m not trying to predict the future, but the way forward doesn’t look easy. Shaking our grip on fixed ideas that we have fed and watered over a lifetime won’t come without some painful disorientation.

It’s a new world. It’s up to us to learn how to create it and live in it.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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