ALWAYS THE SAME PERSON

I’m always changing – adding and subtracting to and from my “self” –
Yet remain the same – from the first moment of my existence.

How is this possible – to remain, in essence,
A single soul –
While, over time, adding and subtracting worlds to myself –
Eventually even being changed by the love of my life into two
Yet still remaining one.

Is God like this?
From the first moment of creation – staying the same –
Carrying time, space, and energy inside an infinitesimally/infinitely small/large bright self?

Is it really necessary for a God to “die” in order to be “born again” as a newer, fresher God –
A “Springtime” God?

When, ultimately, I personally “flash off,” will I remain the same – just in another form?
Will, after my body dries up and blows away, the energy of my “life” continue existing
In a time and space beyond our present time and space?

All forms change and die –
Yet, perhaps, never really die –
Not even the “old” Gods
Or the newborn ones either!

BEAUTY’S ALWAYS THERE JUST LIKE GOD

Beauty
Takes your breath away
So you never forget it
Till meeting it again after stepping off a “cliff”
Into life/death.

Beauty is what you first see when opening up your eyes at birth
And what you could continue seeing except for a long hazy sleep –
The sleep of your long-developed and cherished ego.

You spend your entire adult life attempting to wake back up –
To see, once again, what you first saw –
The naked beauty of the world.

It’s always there – right behind your eyelids –
Covering up your “true” eyes –
You can open them anytime you wish –
But only after giving up that hypnotic dreamworld.

Oh, God, let me see
Just like You see!

Let me be awake in the same way You’re awake –
Let me experience beauty every moment
Of my grateful/ungrateful life!

NOT, NO NEVER, ULTIMATE REALITY

God can be viewed from two directions – one from God’s consciousness
And one through human consciousness.

Since we’ll never understand God, though, from inside God
We’ll just have to plod along – uncovering successive “pictures” of reality
On our way towards, but never fully achieving, God’s own unique vision.

That’s why, over millennia, we’ve experienced a succession of “Gods”
Like live Russian “God” dolls
One inside another –
Our minds, over time, replicating those ”Gods” – one after the other.

The real God, though, actually “lives” beyond human reality –
Present, past, and future –
In fact, it’s obvious God “lives” beyond time and space.

But we ourselves don’t – can’t!

The closest we’ll ever get to the real God
Is the taste, flavor, and inspiration of all-too-human love.

It’s the only direction we’ll ever be permitted to experience –
But not, no never, Ultimate Reality.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

What’s the difference between a mental concept and a mentally direct experience?

“The tulip is reddish-orange.”
“Snow covers the mountainside blindingly white.”

Are these mental concepts or mentally direct experiences?

Or perhaps both?

Zen argues we should rely solely on direct experience
And avoid mental concepts which can be manipulated inside one’s head
And end up, really, as almost anything at all.

So, tell me, are love, truth, justice, and beauty, direct experiences or mental concepts?
If they’re direct experiences – they could be reality – the same as God.
If they’re mental concepts, on the other hand, they might be mirages, dreams,
or complex manipulations inside one’s mind – i.e., lies!

Zen repeatedly has attempted to distinguish between mental concepts and direct experience
but, in my opinion, has not had much success in parsing this.

I think that’s because, sometimes, mental concepts actually are identical with reality –
at least in certain times, circumstances, and places.

They just are!

THE “INTERPRETER”

The left hemisphere of our brain contains a special module called the “Interpreter”
Which provides us with an interpretation of our behavior – both cognitive and emotional.

This “Interpreter” looks outward as well as inward and, ultimately, brings these together
into one core reality – as a psychological unity.

This unique system was delivered to our human brains over a fabulously lengthy period of time via natural selection.

In sum, our conscious feelings and insights are derived from a virtually infinite number of “bubbles” floating up through our humanly-modularized brain which are then integrated into one’s “self.”

Of course, God doesn’t need an “interpreter” to assist God’s understanding –
God “thinks” through and beyond time and space.

“LAYERING”

Our minds “read” reality through differing layers of abstraction
Because human beings embody a complex architecture of consciousness
Made up of different “levels” of virtualization using mental abstraction.

For example, the micro-physical level is on a radically different level
From the “normal” human body level –
When we move our arm, the mental abstraction of “arm”
Lies on a different level from the millions of cells making up that arm
Which, in turn, is on a different level from the gazillions of electrons making up those cells.

So, given these different levels of “reality” –
Our minds virtualize “arm” as an ordinary everyday mental abstraction
As part of our overall physical self –
While our minds also have the capacity to visualize, using imagination,
The underlying cells and electrons supporting this “top” level of human reality.

God’s reality, however, encompasses reality at all levels.
Jesus indicated his understanding of this by teaching his disciples that God
“Numbers” the very hairs on our heads. (Mathew 10:30).

So, what is the next layer of abstraction that might become available to our human minds?
I think it’s a “human/God” level of experiential Love, Truth, Justice, and Beauty –
Which, in turn, would require a fresh spiritual language and accompanying supportive culture
To attain this newly-exposed world of reality existing beyond
All previous levels of human abstraction.

With the availability of a new language, fresh realities could open up to our “true selves”
So as to experience living “like” God would live if God were a human being – just like us.

WICKS

We are wicks
Waiting for a promised spiritual fire to light up our hearts –
Waiting for a holy love.

I meet enlightened people in the most unlikely places –
Suddenly, they appear,
And this leads to long inspired conversations,
Especially after God enters the room.

God lowers a hand near my head
Which lights up in response –
To God’s “touch” – gentle and profound.

It’s never just a single candle though –
There’s usually a long string waiting for that hand of fire
To be lit up – all at once.

God’s an “invisible hand” that reaches down to us –
No body, no face, nothing to be seen!

I’m a waiting wick –
Waiting for a touch from God’s gentle flame
That changes me into pale pure fire.

LONELY AS A ROCK

If there were no God
I’d be lonely as a rock hurtling through the void.

If there were no “high true” human character to attain –
I’d travel to an amusement park and ride around all day –
Eating cotton candy – while going round and round.

If there were no love available for me –
I’d rent a room in some high attic
And never go out again.

If truth completely evaporated out of American society –
I’d hitch a ride to dusty red Mars with a bunch of bizarre billionaires.

If it turned out that Jesus was not really Jesus –
And that the Buddha never blossomed into his “true self” –
I’d stop asking further questions and respond solely in exclamations –
Like “Huh,” “Argh,” or “Wheeh!”

If I thought it’d be pointless to learn any new things –
I couldn’t find fault with Trump saying: “Duh, maybe Hitler was a pretty good guy
Since he did get people back to work.”

And if there really were no God, there couldn’t be joy either
And the word “hope” would never be found in any English dictionary.

INTEGRITY (from “integer” or “whole”)

Integrity is the quality possessed by people “who do the right thing” –
A foundational moral virtue.

So don’t American political leaders need integrity now more than ever?
And shouldn’t this be an essential qualification for every political office?

Recently, everything’s become “just a show” –
With each of us making up our own reality
And emulating the subliminal cruelty hidden beneath media’s potent political lies.

The result has been –
A substantial number of Americans forgetting their sense of normal human decency –
Evangelical Christianity becoming the exact opposite of historical “Jesus” movements –
And many Republican politicians relinquishing ethics, morals,
And any sense of personal shame.

Was it just one man responsible for spoiling much of what’s decent in society?
Could just one bad apple have turned the entire American barrel rotten?
Can this now be fixed?

Integrity is the answer –
When America starts valuing character over money, power, and fame.

Our country would then become a true “Anti-Trump, Anti-White Nationalist Nation” –
With a people who pray to an alive God of Many Colors
Who has signaled the intention to come again and live among us –
As a people who demand scruples
By being “scrupulous.”

It would take just a few – especially at the beginning –
When a people worshipping a God of Many Colors
Decides, now, but also once again, to enter onto the world’s main stage!

INFINITE REGRESS

We’re told to be “self critical”
Which, I take it to mean, able to look at ourselves
Objectively
That is, being conscious of being conscious –
But that’s just the first step –
The next would be to look at ourselves
Looking at ourselves.

Such metacognition could spiral out to infinity through complex sets of mind mirrors
Reflecting back and forth to the end of vision and time –
Getting progressively smaller and more distant until, finally, disappearing.

So, what are some alternatives?
Perhaps, hitting the streets and looking out –
But never in –
Then, what happens, happens –
And you’re looking through time
Solely at your own personal history –
Adjusting each step by what just happened.

Then, there’s complete spontaneity –
A jump into the pool – Splash! –
You get wet –
We all get wet.
Lots of relief and enjoyment –

Especially, for the first one in!