The Wind

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Originally posted July 2014, I wrote this poem during my mid-life era while I was discovering a new-found freedom of expression in my poetry. Enjoy it for what it is—a free flow of ideas marked by whimsical foreboding and a bit of comical wordplay.


The Wind

the wind sounds like a big machine
as it whistles past this house
the dust growls loudly
as it polishes the window panes

a screen door bangs
against the carcass of this house
two sad eyes stare into the winter (framed by shutters
and candlelight)

the wind speaks the language of the mournful
(but I don’t care) inside this house the wind is silenced
by the clapping of the clapboards the barking of the trees
the shuddering of the shingles and the rasping
of the leaves (this house is empty
except for me)

she ties her hair in ribbons
and cries out to the wind, why
should you scare my innocence so;
or is it you laugh at me?
“Sing to me my child,” the wind mocks. “Sing to me
of jelly sticks (and doughnuts)
of lemon pies and lullabies”

(she pauses) the wind is hungry!  (that’s why
it howls at me!) she places her hands against
the window and sighs, what a relief!

The Stream of Consciousness

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“For a materialist such as myself, there is no such thing as ‘mind’. It ultimately reduces down to neurons firing and neurochemical transmitter substances flowing across synaptic gaps between neurons, combining in complex patterns to produce something we call mind but is actually just brain.”  Michael Shermer – The Believing Brain

“… the mind is a flow of subjective experiences, such as pain, pleasure, anger and love. These mental experiences are made of interlinked sensations, emotions and thoughts, which flash for a brief moment, and immediately disappear. Then other experiences flicker and vanish, arising for an instant and passing away. (When reflecting on it, we often try to sort the experiences into distinct categories such as sensations, emotions and thoughts, but in actuality they are all mingled together.) This frenzied collection of experiences constitutes the stream of consciousness.” Yuval Noah Harari – Homo Deus


The Stream of Consciousness

dreams as flow; impulses
generated in the brain
create order out of chaos
sense out of jumble

unrelated thoughts
throughout the day
memories passed
incoherent images
organized; make stories

this is our woken state
according to the experts—
an involuntary flow of neurons
between the synapses in our brains
affected by outside stimulus
interpreted in the mind:

what we think we are thinking
is the moment
manipulated
by the past

this “dream state”
while awake; anxiety
depression
fear
and quake

the panoply
of emotional states
can be balanced; guided
through imagery—
to the middle
of the way


 

The Inner Light



Some Buddhist schools insist you spend years practicing meditation in order to achieve spiritual enlightenment. In his article on the school of Ch’an Daniel Scharpenburg makes the argument that we are already Enlightened. In his words: “The only thing that keeps us from our Awakening is the fact that our minds are obscured by delusion.”

This raises a question. Is everyone born with an inner beacon that guides their path through life?

Many modern religions insist that their patented belief system is the only way to Salvation. They compel you to follow a strict discipline in order to succeed at their calling. They truly understand this Inner Light—and they hijack it. Taking over your moral compass, they replace it with their own.

Some traps are lined in velvet and may seem comfortable. But they are traps nonetheless. They take over your life, leaving you with a beacon that is set to someone else’s course. If your compass has been turned this way you are left spiritually bankrupt and unhappy.

Take each step carefully, as you follow your Inner Light.

Enlightenment

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When he walked the Earth, what was it the Buddha understood that enabled him to stand above the stature of Man and become a Spiritual being?

Simply put, spirituality is what we call the state of inner understanding. A spiritual man doesn’t have to prove his spiritual stature, it speaks for him. He has attained a state of calmness that comes natural, through understanding, or Enlightenment. As natural as we may find this state, it requires cultivation. For, just as we must attend to a flower after it has sprouted, we nurture Understanding, maintaining that state of transcendent consciousness, allowing a raised sense of being to bloom after it has taken root.

So, when does a man attain enlightenment? What was it the Buddha achieved that made him a spiritual guide to one-fourth of the human race?

In Siddhartha, Herman Hesse posed the same question when the Brahman-turned-seeker explained to the Buddha why he could not become a follower. Siddhartha spoke to the Enlightened One, stating in a most reverent and entreating way, the following:

“I have not doubted for a single moment that you are Buddha. . . You have found salvation from death. It has come to you in the course of your own search, on your own path, through thoughts, through meditation, through realizations, through enlightenment. It has not come to you by means of teachings! And–thus is my thought, oh exalted one. . . You will not be able to convey and say to anybody. . . in words and through teachings what has happened to you in the hour of enlightenment! The teachings of the enlightened Buddha contain much. . . But there is one thing which. . . these so venerable teachings do not contain: they do not contain the mystery of what the exalted one has experienced for himself, he alone among hundreds of thousands.” [italics added]

So, when does a man attain enlightenment? As the Buddha taught, only the one who has attained it knows.

2010

The Zen of Flying – First Flight

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First Flight

 

the bird must be ready before it can fly
wings strong; eyes and coordination
fixed right, muscles tuned

feathers dry; skin tight flexed
and bold, unafraid

a little push (a nudge from the nest)
sends it falling headlong into the abyss
to flail; and frightened struggle to gain
composure

falling like a rock fluttering
heart pounding
in fear

wings grip the air
like stair steps
climbs
soars
returns to

eloquence
deliberation
fearlessness
strength

to soar
with both wings
sailing the crest of freedom

It’s Break Time!


I will be taking a short break from here. I need to recharge. It’s been great reading everyone’s comments and the support I’ve gotten from your “Likes”. I want to continue making daily posts and will try to produce them for an extended period when I’m back. Hopefully, I’ll come up with some new material, but if not, I’ve got a few years worth of work up my sleeve.

In the meantime, I’ll be enjoying my new teapot and a book of Haiku Poems by my friend AshiAkira, who lives in Japan. At 70 years old, he continues to write in the true Haiku style. Because he has written them in English, his second language, he insists they are not pure Haiku, but Haiku Poems. Hence the title of the book. In my opinion they are as insightful as any Haiku I’ve yet to read.



Read this book. It is true Haiku (unlike my cultural appropriation of the form). In the original English written by the Japanese master himself—no translation necessary.

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also Follow his blog at: AshiAkira @ WordPress.com

Losing My Religion for Equality – Jimmy Carter


 

“My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult.” – Jimmy Carter, 39th President of the US.


Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God.


I’ve always admired former President Jimmy Carter, not only for his many humanitarian endeavors through the years, but for his role as the Voice of Reason in a world of political and moral chaos. After reading his words in the following article, published recently in The Age I am convinced he is a true hero of our time. -P. Cuzco


 

By Jimmy Carter

I HAVE been a practising Christian all my life and a deacon and Bible teacher for many years. My faith is a source of strength and comfort to me, as religious beliefs are to hundreds of millions of people around the world. So my decision to sever my ties with the Southern Baptist Convention, after six decades, was painful and difficult. It was, however, an unavoidable decision when the convention’s leaders, quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be “subservient” to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.

This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries.

At its most repugnant, the belief that women must be subjugated to the wishes of men excuses slavery, violence, forced prostitution, genital mutilation and national laws that omit rape as a crime. But it also costs many millions of girls and women control over their own bodies and lives, and continues to deny them fair access to education, health, employment and influence within their own communities.

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