The shape of things

Who fits into what? Does this fit into that? Or does that fit into this? Who makes way? Does this make way for that or does that make way for this? Is this because of that? Or is that because of this? Is there a shape to things? Or isn’t there? If there is no shape to things then things wouldn’t have a shape. And if there is a shape to things then why don’t you see it?

The canvas of unfoldment

What in the human dimension is called life is the opportunity for the soul to move from darkness into light. What is meant by this? It is the movement from less comprehension to more. It is one’s experiences seen through the lens of reflection that constitute the vehicle of this movement of unfoldment from opaqueness to lucidity. The substance of experience is the field of nourishment that the soul needs in order to make this pilgrimage. From the infinite variety of potentiality each soul seeks out certain types of experiences that appeal to it, but from the higher perspective, it is not properly comprehended why that which was sought out was sought out. As with all works of art, the full composition is only seen when the last brush stroke is applied.

Gnosis and Energeia

One day Gnosis was sitting at his desk when he looked up from his books and said to his wife Energeia, “All this running around all day uselessly shopping for shoes and gossiping with your friends. Why is it that after all this time you have still learnt nothing at all?”
Replied Energeia, “All this useless pile of knowledge that you have amassed. Why is it that you still can’t even cook your own lunch? And worse than that, after all these years you still haven’t learnt any manners.”

Poets understand this

There are certain things that should not be spoken of lightly, that if you go looking for, you won’t ever find. In fact, the very fact that you are looking for them will keep them far away.
It’s a bit like love. Love is not something that you go out looking for. It’s something that may or may not pass your way when the time has come.
Poets understand this. Others don’t.

The delight of banqueting

The word “banquet” comes from the old French word banc which was in turn derived from the old Italian banchetto and means “bench”. And so, it indicated a meal or repast that could be taken or shared together whilst sitting on a bench. Indeed, there is little in the world more delightful than the sharing of food and wine beautifully and delicately prepared. However, one of the many things that has rather gone out of fashion in this modern age is that small and inconsequential ritual of giving thanks before the meal. Today with such apparent abundance it seems rather redundant.
The ancient Greeks as well as other ancient cultures were well aware of the direct connection between food and life. But more than that they intuitively understood that it was the Earth that gave of itself to sustain all life forms upon it. And so, in the Hellenic world the Greeks gave thanks to Cybele known as the Mountain Mother, and to Gaia the Earth goddess as well as to Demeter the goddess of harvests.

What is wholeness?

Nowadays it is common to hear talk about wholeness. But what is wholeness? Have you ever considered what it means? Etymologically the word “whole” comes from the Norse word halla which means undamaged or unfractured. From this is derived the old English word hal which means whole or entire. And so whole-ness means having the characteristic of the whole or the entirety. We might say then that it is that which carries the attribute of the entirety. And the attribute of the entirety is that it is all of the thing. In other words it is complete. There is nothing lacking. It is without any absence.
In the Far East the characteristic of the entirety as completeness was indicated conceptually by the symbol of the circle. In the Near East it was symbolized by the ouroboros – the image of the snake eating its own tail.
Now if we consider the symbology of the circle we might notice that the space within the circle indicates an absence. At the same time the circumference of the circle indicates a continuity in relation to which no beginning or end can be discerned. Because no beginning or end can be found it represents an order of completeness which is incapable of further completion. And so you might say that in the symbol of the circle what you have is an empty completeness which is full because of the absence of any absence.

That’s how it is

If you put a doctorate thesis in front of a primary school child it will have no meaning to him. He will draw doodles and funny pictures all over the pages. There is a progression to things. One thing builds on another and leads to yet another. That’s how it goes. You can’t force a fruit to become ripe. It ripens in its own time. Each fruit hangs in a different spot and catches the sun differently. When there’s interest in life and what it is to be alive then understandings come of their own accord. That’s how it is. Understandings come when they come.

Nothing to sell

If one observes the human world one will quickly see that it is based upon commerce. That is to say it is held together by the web of transactions on different levels that take place between people of all kinds. I buy a cup of coffee from you and you buy a pie from me. There is of course nothing wrong at all with that, and indeed it’s the way things work.
However when it comes to the question of understanding things at a deeper level, one has to ask oneself whether the same thing applies. If it does, all well and good. Go to the market and buy your understanding. But if it doesn’t, then what are you going to do?
Now it’s certainly not my job to tell you what you should do. And I’m not selling any ointments or remedies either if that’s what you are after. I have nothing at all to sell you.

Running around

Despite the vast differences that exist between people, there is one thing that everybody shares in common. Each person comes here, runs around for a while and then is called away. Now the curious thing about people today is that they seem to be under the impression that they know all there is to know about running around, and that those who came here and ran around before them knew nothing at all. It is true that people today certainly run around a lot faster than those who ran around before them. But whether all this fast running around means that they know anything more or are any better at running around, is another matter entirely.