Monday, July 26, 2021




Everyone who terrifies you is sixty-five percent water. And everyone you love is made of stardust, and I know sometimes you cannot even breathe deeply, and the night sky is no home, and you have cried yourself to sleep enough times that you are down to your last two percent, but nothing is infinite, not even loss. You are made of the sea and the stars, and one day you are going to find yourself again.

—Finn Butler 

. . .

Believe in a love that is being stored up for you like an inheritance, and have faith that in this love there is a strength and a blessing so large that you can travel as far as you wish without having to step outside it.

—Rainer Maria Rilke


all my relations



If we look at a stone, it stays still. But if we could see its atoms, we would observe them to be always now here and now there, in ceaseless vibration. Quantum mechanics reveals to us that the more we look at the detail of the world, the less constant it is. The world is not made up of tiny pebbles. It is a world of vibrations, a continuous fluctuation, a microscopic swarming of fleeting micro events.

. .

As the philosopher Nelson Goodman wrote in the 1950's, with a beautiful phrase: "An object is a monotonous process." A stone is a vibration of quanta that maintains its structure for a while, just as a marine wave maintains its identity for a while, before melting again into the sea.
What is a wave, which moves on water without carrying with it any drop of water? A wave is not an object, in the sense that it is not made of matter that travels with it. The atoms of our body, as well, flow in and away from us. We, like waves and like all objects, are a flux of events; we are processes, for a brief time monotonous.

Quantum mechanics teaches us not to think about the world in terms of "things" that are in this or that state but in terms of "processes" instead. A process is the passage from one interaction to another. The properties of "things" manifest themselves in a granular manner only in the moment of interaction—that is to say, at the edges of the processes—and are such only in relation to other things. They cannot be predicted in an unequivocal way, but only in a probabilistic one.

—Carlo Rovelli
Reality Is Not What It Seems


You don’t remember what happened. What you remember becomes what happened. —John Green



We are our memory,
we are that chimerical museum of shifting shapes,
that pile of broken mirrors

—Jorge Luis Borges
from Cambridge


When misfortune confounds us
in an instant we are saved
by the humblest actions
of memory or attention:
the taste of fruit, the taste of water,
that face returned to us in dream,
the first jasmine flowers of November,
the infinite yearning of the compass,
a book we thought forever lost,
the pulsing of a hexameter,
the little key that opens a house,
the smell of sandalwood or library,
the ancient name of a street,
the colourations of a map,
an unforeseen etymology,
the smoothness of a filed fingernail,
the date that we were searching for,
counting the twelve dark bell-strokes,
a sudden physical pain.

Eight million the deities of Shinto
who travel the earth, secretly.
Those modest divinities touch us,
touch us, and pass on by.

—Jorge Luis Borges
this is Borges


Sunday, July 25, 2021

whoever you are



You have long been bound thinking:
‘I am a person’.

Let the knowledge: ‘I am Awareness alone’
be the sword that frees you.

—Ashtavakra Gita

. . .

Whoever you are: in the evening step out
of your room, where you know everything; 
yours is the last house before the far-off:
whoever you are.

With your eyes, which in their weariness
barely free themselves from the worn-out threshold, 
you lift very slowly one black tree
and place it against the sky: slender, alone.

And you have made the world. And it is huge
and like a word which grows ripe in silence. 
And as your will seizes on its meaning,
tenderly your eyes let it go…

—Rainer Maria Rilke
The Book of Images


you are that


My guru told me, "Trust me, I tell you: you are Divine. Take it as the absolute truth. Your joy is divine, your suffering is divine too. All comes from God. Remember it always. You are God, your will alone is done."

If you have regard for me, remember my words. The knowledge "I Am” is the greatest God, the Guru; be one with that, be intimate with it. That itself will bless you with all the knowledge relevant for you and the proliferation of that knowledge will lead you to the state which is eternal.

—Nisargadatta Maharaj

on being perfectly alive



I am part of the sun as my eye is part of me.

That I am part of the earth my feet know perfectly, 
and my blood is part of the sea.

There is not any part of me that is alone and absolute except my mind, and we shall find that the mind has no existence by itself, it is only the glitter of the sun on the surfaces of the water.

—D. H. Lawrence 


Saturday, July 24, 2021



Why should you bear your load on your head when you are traveling on a train? 

It carries you and your load whether the load is on your head or on the floor of the train. You are not lessening the burden of the train by keeping it on your head but only straining yourself unnecessarily. 

Similar is the sense of doership in the world by individuals.

—Ramana Maharshi


Your effort is the bondage. —Sri Ramana Maharshi



You create what you resist.

—Luis Alvarez
Nobel Prize/Physics

. . .

what you resist not only persists, but will grow in size.

–Carl Jung 

. . .

The sky
Is a suspended blue ocean.
The stars are the fish
That swim.

The planets are the white whales
I sometimes hitch a ride on,
And the sun and all light
Have forever fused themselves
Into my heart and upon
My skin.

There is only one rule
On this Wild Playground,
For every sign Hafiz has ever seen
Reads the same.

They all say,
"Have fun, my dear; my dear, have fun,
In the Beloved's Divine

O, in the Beloved's
Wonderful Game."

Daniel Ladinsky version


Love, and do what you like! —Saint Augustine



It is every intelligent man's experience ... wrong-doing recoils on the doer sooner or later. Why is this so? 
Because the Self is one in all.

When seeing others you are only seeing yourself in their shapes.

'Love they neighbor as thyself' means that you should love him because he is your Self.

—Ramana Maharshi
S. S. Cohen, 15th August, 1948

. . .

It’s rigged — everything, in your favor.
So there is nothing to worry about.
Is there some position you want,
some office, some acclaim, some
award, some con, some lover,
maybe two, maybe three, maybe four
— all at once,
maybe a relationship
I know there is a gold mine in you, and when you find it
the wonderment of the earth’s gifts
you will lay aside
as naturally as does
a child with a
But, dear, how sweet you look to me kissing the unreal:
comfort, fulfill yourself,
in any way possible — do that until
you ache, until you ache,

then come to me



Friday, July 23, 2021

weird enough to be wise



In old traditions those who acted as elders were considered to have one foot in daily life and the other foot in the otherworld. Elders acted as a bridge between the visible world and the unseen realms of spirit and soul. A person in touch with the otherworld stands out because something normally invisible can be seen through them. The old word for having a foot in each world is weird. The original sense of weird involved both fate and destiny. Becoming weird enough to be wise requires that a person learn to accommodate the strange way they are shaped within and aimed at the world.

An old idea suggests that those seeking for an elder should look for someone weird enough to be wise. For just as there can be no general wisdom, there are no “normal” elders. Normal bespeaks the “norms” that society uses to regulate people, whereas an awakened destiny always involves connections to the weird and the warp of life. In Norse mythology, as in Shakespeare, the Fates appear as the Weird Sisters who hold time and the timeless together.

Those who would become truly wise must become weird enough to be in touch with timeless things and abnormal enough to follow the guidance of the unseen. Elders are supposed to be weird, not simply “weirdos,” but strange and unusual in meaningful ways. Elders are supposed to be more in touch with the otherworld, but not out of touch with the struggles in this world. Elders have one foot firmly in the ground of survival and another in the realm of great imagination. This double-minded stance serves to help the living community and even helps the species survive.

—Michael Meade
About Elders


We are more closely connected to the invisible than to the visible. —Novalis (1772 - 1801)



The phenomena of quantum physics tell us that the most important part of the world is invisible; that is, outside of the realm of your senses.

—Lothar Schafer
Infinite Potential 


. . .


Rather than the quantum realm being illusory, quantum physics points out that the appearance of the macroscopic, conventional world can be likened to a holographic optical illusion produced by the interaction of our sense faculties with quantum reality. 

—Paul Levy
Quantum Revelation 

. . .

Science shows us that the visible world is neither matter nor spirit;
the visible world is the invisible organization of energy.

—Heinz Pagels 

. . .

Let the waters settle 

and you will see the moon and the stars

mirrored in your own being. 



nothing the matter


So the subatomic particles we see in nature, the quartz, the electrons are nothing but musical notes on a tiny vibrating string.

What is physics? Physics is nothing but the laws of harmony that you can write on vibrating strings. 

What is chemistry? Chemistry is nothing but the melodies you can play on interacting vibrating strings.

What is the universe?

The universe is a symphony of vibrating strings and then what is the mind of God? It is the cosmic music resonating through eleven dimensional hyperspace.

—Michio Kaku

. . .

As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together.

—Max Planck


. . .

Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. 

What we have called matter is energy, 
whose vibration has been so lowered as to be 
perceptible to the senses.

There is no matter.  
Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust, we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.

—Albert Einstein


Thursday, July 22, 2021

If you are not willing to see more than is visible, you won’t see anything. —Ruth Bernhard


We are bees of the invisible.

Passionately we plunder the honey of the visible 

in order to gather it in the great golden hive of the invisible.

—Rainer Maria Rilke
from a letter to Witold Hulewicz
November 13, 1925

. . .

Even though the senses are not able to detect most of the universe, the invisible nevertheless exists.

—Massimo Citro and Ervin Laszlo 
The Basic Code of the Universe

. . .

No person doubts that he exists, though he may doubt the existence of God. If he finds out the truth about himself and discovers his own source, this is all that is required.

—Ramana Maharshi


sit, be still, and listen

There is in Celtic mythology the notion of ‘thin places’ in the universe where the visible and the invisible world come into their closest proximity. To seek such places is the vocation of the wise and the good — and for those that find them, the clearest communication between the temporal and eternal. Mountains and rivers are particularly favored as thin places marking invariably as they do, the horizontal and perpendicular frontiers. But perhaps the ultimate of these thin places in the human condition are the experiences people are likely to have as they encounter suffering, joy, and mystery.

—peter gomes

. . .

In one sense the Reality is creatures; in another sense, It is not. ... Whether you assert that It is undivided or divided, the Self is alone. The manifold [universe] exists and yet it does not exist. 

—Ibn ‘Arabi 

. . .


Sit, be still, and listen,

because you’re drunk and
we’re at the edge of the roof.


. . . 

You and I are just swinging doors.

This kind of understanding is necessary.

—Shunryu Suzuki


looking for God



I long for You so much
I follow barefoot Your frozen tracks 
That are high in the mountains
That I know are years old.
I long for You so much 
I have even begun to travel
Where I have never been before.
Hafiz, there is no one in this world
Who is not looking for God.
Everyone is trudging along
With as much dignity, courage
And style
As they possibly 

Daniel Ladinsky translation


Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The role of the infinitely small in nature is infinitely large. —Louis Pasteur



… for Serres information is emitted, stored, processed and received by all entities, from humans to crystals, and human communication is only a quiet whisper in the cacophony of the information exchange between entities in the world. 
Where Morton’s ecomimesis remains anthropocentric (for only people do ‘nature writing’), Serres’ Great Story is geocentric in a way that does not exclude human communication, but does not give it a qualitatively privileged status either. So for Morton, a mark will always be “either a squiggle or a letter” (Ecology 50), with nothing in between, but Serres is painting on a broader canvas and, for him, what might be a squiggle or a letter for us human beings (or neither, if its information falls outside our visible spectrum or range of audible frequencies, for example) could well carry a thousand different meanings to a thousand different information receivers, and be meaningless or inexistent to ten thousand more.

—Christopher Watkin
Michel Serres’ Great Story: From Biosemiotics to Econarratology





... Nobel prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek proposes that just as there are naturally emerging crystal structures in the third dimension, this same effect could be happening within what he calls “Time Crystals”, extradimensional patterns that reside within a timeless whole.

It turns out that the increasingly popular view of physicists that reality is made of information may require the existence of universal consciousness to actualize this information into physically “real” experience.

... the view that the Universe is conscious, and that the consciousness of humans and animals is derived not from the consciousness of fundamental particles, but from the consciousness of the Universe itself. 

—Alex Vikoulov
The Origins of Us

. . .

The fact is, we don’t really experience matter. 
What we experience when we look at something is the electromagnetic radiation influenced by some object that we call matter.
When we touch matter, we are experiencing the effect of the laws of electromagnetic force owing to the repulsion of charges between the electron shells of the atoms in our fingers and the electron shells of the atoms in the object. 

—Jim Elvidge
Digital Consciousness



the law that marries all things


The cloud is free only
to go with the wind. 

The rain is free
only in falling. 

The water is free only
in its gathering together, 

in its downward courses,
in its rising into the air. 

In law is rest
if you love the law,
if you enter, singing, into it
as water in its descent. 

Or song is truest law,
and you must enter singing;
it has no other entrance. 

It is the great chorus
of parts. The only outlawry
is in division. 

Whatever is singing
is found, awaiting the return
of whatever is lost. 

Meet us in the air
over the water,
sing the swallows. 

Meet me, meet me,
the redbird sings,
here here here here.

—Wendell Berry

andy goldsworthy

Tuesday, July 20, 2021




Reality is what we take to be true. What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based upon our perceptions. What we perceive depends upon what we look for. What we look for depends upon what we think. 
What we think depends upon what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our reality.

David Bohm


If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is - infinite. —William Blake



If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.
Our life has no end in the way in which our visual field has no limits.

—Ludwig Wittgenstein

. . .

What if I came down now out of these

solid dark clouds that build up against the mountain

day after day with no rain in them

and lived as one blade of grass

in a garden in the south when the clouds part in winter

from the beginning I would be older than all the animals

and to the last I would be simpler

frost would design me and dew would disappear on me

sun would shine through me

I would be green with white roots

feel worms touch my feet as a bounty

have no name and no fear

turn naturally to the light

know how to spend the day and night

climbing out of myself

all my life

—W. S. Merwin
a contemporary

keep walking. do your own time. —Neil Gaiman



All we have to believe with is our senses: the tools we use to perceive the world, our sight, our touch, our memory. If they lie to us, then nothing can be trusted. And even if we do not believe, then still we cannot travel in any other way than the road our senses show us; and we must walk that road to the end.

—Neil Gaiman
American Gods

. . .

Empty your memory and listen to the fire around you. Don’t forget your memory, let it exist somewhere precious in all the colors that it needs, but somewhere else… 

—Leonard Cohen
Beautiful Losers


. . .


Your footsteps follow not what is outside the eyes,
but what is within, buried, erased. 

—Italo Calvino
Invisible Cities