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the Voices of Water

My mind is in a constant stream of consciousness with many voices . I begin to identify them and feel that they are consciousness itself in all its many  iterations.
I am this current assemblage of experience and input. Here is my output today.
The Voices Of Water
I am.
Water is consciousness.
Matter is conscious
Sun gives life.
Matter and water co-create.
Eternal trinity outside of time what is I AM.
Death is inevitable.
Each life force experiences the “7 years of famine and the 7 years of plenty”.
My life in my “luxury” and my art studio is the culmination and the Paradise of so many previous iterations of my essential life force. How the maid who boiled and carried the water, the woman who chopped the wood for husband and children’s bath before hers,  love to bathe in the tub. How the artistic person, whose gifts lay unexplored because living required endless labor, delights in my studio.  Western culture either does not recognise the indestructible life force or calls it soul. This essential life force or human soul is recognised by Maori who refer to it as Mauri.. Wairua is the designation of the individual soul. Life force itself – flowing in so many channels, is One. I O. Io – supreme beingNonbeing. One Zero.
In this moment many are experiencing the years of famine in which nature’s glory may be more obvious as they live lives more connected to Earth and less sheltered.
May gifts of kindness and food, shelter and hope be theirs more and more, so they may have happiness, if not yet plenty.
Many are experiencing the years of plenty.
Our lack of awareness makes no difference and all the difference to the trajectory of life.
Humanity is moving to awareness of unity. Our species has experienced  times of scarcity when we live closer to Earth, and times of plenty, when we harness and master energy. The Holocene pleasant stable temperatures gave us a taste of Paradise.  Having kicked ourselves out of Paradise and into the Anthropocene,  our species is  now heading for the times of scarcity, “when they shall long for death” .
Those of us who see this, and are unable to communicate it effectively;
those of us for whom the  reveal of life’s meaning or purpose  is unable to stabilize, also “long for death”.
For me, the Hope switch in my brain is constantly returned to the On position, by the Consolations of Philosophy. My joy comes from the Hope that i could share how i see the world. So i do.
My dead are in my head in a constant dialogue. I call them the voices of water. Water is consciousness. Ibi, goddess.  Matter, the time and space congealment of energy, is conscious. Sun Ra gives life. Water and matter co-create with that life. The eternal trinity is now and ever shall be.
So many dead, and so many by their own hand. Suicide species! In the consciousness of water, and sunshine, Water is life, Sun gives life. If only I could shine the light into the darkness of meaninglessness and pain.
For me, the voices in my head  are the beings now dead who share my life and some of them can speak. Love!  is the instruction.  “Love thy neighbor as thyself ” – and how we moderns hate ourselves! My dead are already with me and I am already with them. This is Paradise, but it can be hell to live here.
Elizabeth E Mitchell
Silk Painting and Studio Experiences.

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Eid al Fitr – something i know almost nothing about.

Today til sunset is EID AL FITR. \he end of Ramadan is but the tip of the iceberg. Once we take a closer look, we discover it is the day to perform zakat. or charitable giving. On further analysis I propose this clarification :
Humanists want our wealth which is taxed by our elected government to be self generating through positive programs , rather than our wealth being used to destroy our environment and our brothers and sisters, militarising our communities and poisoning the common weal.
 
from wikipedia:
Zakat (Arabic: زكاة zakāh [zaˈkaː], “that which purifies”…a form of almsgiving …ranking next after prayer in importance.
As one of the 5 pillars of Islam, zakat is a… charitable contribution [based on] the right of the poor to find relief from the rich.
Zakat is based on income and the value of all of one’s possessions,….above a minimum amount known as nisab. [It] is paid to the poor, and the needy, ….. to free from slavery, to debtors, in the cause of Allah, and the stranded traveller.
Today, in most Muslim-majority countries, zakat contributions are voluntary. In Libya, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia,Sudan, and Yemen, zakat is mandated and collected by the state.
Shias, unlike Sunnis, have traditionally regarded zakat as a private and voluntary decision, and they give zakat to imam/[church]-sponsored rather than state-sponsored collectors.
 
My comment:
Separation of Church and state looks like the Shia/Humanist form of religion.
Social Safety net style state taxation looks like the Sunni/Humanist form of religion.
Religion mandated by the state is the Fundamentalist form of religion. Fundamentalists want to make charity voluntary because they believe in perfection, and tout their own lives as exemplary.
Church going fundamentalists want the church to be involved in government and taxation.
Atheists are concerned to deny anything religious.
Humanists want our wealth which is taxed by our elected government to be self generating through positive programs , rather than our wealth being used to destroy our environment and our brothers and sisters, militarising our communities and poisoning the common weal.
 

Un freeze.

4.20, 2018. 9.22-
Auspicious date. Not too late.

Net talk makes me baulk.
Some say today is close to our last.
So much closer than most think.
Uncalculateds making it fast.
We’ll so soon be in the drink.

And be merry for tomorrow we die,
or diet enforced by loss of crops and loss of bees…
But oh, how it did please me to see
the magnolia provide for the bee.
In a full bloomed flower at morning hour
the stamen had fallen in heaps and piles
on a creamy white petal bowl –
the bees who were snurfling this treat like wee piggies
at times lifted off –
floating above and around,
drunkenly bumbling
’til they landed again where such plenty was found.

Like the head of a super sayan was the pistil
big, in a full skirt of white;
china red her smooth bodice,
holding that yellow head upright.

Look! next time you see one,
mira! she dances with bees;

Blissfully nourished;

i am part too of the great unfreeze.

 

 

A letter I wrote.

To the curator at Wellington Museum.

Dear Sir/ Madam
Thank you for the excellent exhibition of two Maori legends in the te Hau exhibition.

The story of the two Taniwha locked in a confined space – one breaking through, dividing the land and the water then disappearing, and the other forming the land with its body – represent a thrilling version of the creation story. THIS story includes an initial duality: Spirit and Matter one might say. In scientific terms, the confined space is potential energy ( I call it the Cosmic Egg of All Potential). The first Taniwha represents the Big Bang, the emergence of matter out of potential, the slowing down and materialisation of energy (or spirit). And the second Taniwha represents the world, that which is materially evident.

I search for the truth in all religions and I find it represented here. I thank you for this valuable presentation of Maori wisdom.

The holographic Maui, delighted the dance student in me with his stylised Polynesian representation of running a great distance, and the very particular postures he took which spoke of a different time. To see the movement of the piupiu delighted me. The legend of Maui taking the fiery fingernails of his grandmother to reignite the fire – which he had extinguished – and then his extinguishing it again and again until she gives him her last fingernail, and says he will be punished for his arrogant misuse of her gifts, is astoundingly current. Has human kind not abused the fire power again and again as “civilisations” rise and fall? Are we not overusing Earth’s energy resources now, and on the brink of bringing about devastation – or over it?

How incredible.

In the face of inevitable death ( I am 67, I think about this ) and possible destruction, art remains a joy and a light. It is the most human of pursuits and our enduring gift to Earth.

I sincerely thank you for this most enriching experience, and congratulate you on such a wise and thoughtful selection of stories to tell.

Elizabeth E Mitchell
313 W Haya St
Tampa FL 33603

Ands

Breathing is what I am doing.
this mind is a handful.

Breathing
is what
awareness loves.

thunder continues to grumble through the roof via my open door
outside my world is wetted with rain.

I AM
here
again. Ever new. and you?

This mind is breathing
Awareness
of what is and
Awareness
of more than consensual reality.

Awareness of thoughts that arise independently, non-volitionally, goeswith awareness of breath.
Concepts  think with me, through me  by me. God/dess, alien, higher self, nonhuman life;
Sun and Earth as living entities of whom the current moment is offspring..

Breathing
is what
awareness loves.

the wine cup cedes one more drop, the tea is only warm now.

I AM

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I am Logos ( the Word), and love of Logos ( cf Jewish mysticism, the numerological significance of every letter.)  Hallelujah. I am this current moment now – my part of its totality – as my hand is part of my body – named separated but dead if not part of  my totality.

What is existed before humans named and delimited it, .seeing ourselves as different from the whole – which we are and yet we are inseparably connected to all Earth’s being.   Separation is a linguistic creation, caused by words which imply absolute boundaries. God  and Human co-arise. Humans are the current stage of God’s self reflective awareness. Humans are evolutionarily offspring of Big Bang and life’s process. SunRa gives all life. Sun’s energy transforms into life on Earth.

Three Personed God/dess

THREE PERSONED GOD/DESS.

Recently returned from Kiwiland, New Zealand, my homeland.

NZ has  elected a young woman Prime Minister, and other young people . While I was there, two cyclones battered the coast and removed linear acres of land, leaving steps down to the sea marooned, being steps to nowhere as the coastline receded overnight. Cyclones have not reached NZ before this year.

I love to learn of traditional ways of thinking. The following is my interpretation of the three personed god/dess concept with the addition of Maori ideas. This is “popular science”. I  have not done university scholarship in philosophy.

Maori – the indigenous people of New Zealand – name three parts of a life identity : Mauri, Wairua, and Tinana . These apply to all life forms including land. peoples, animals etc

  • Wairua – Spirit.
  • Mauri – Soul
  • Tinana – Body,

WAIRUA is one in all Life, One Life (spirit) in all Earth (Gaia); Life Force, Breath

MAURI is Individual Soul across the aeons. That soul which is our own “quale” or special quality. We have a unique expression of it, but many individuals across time and in our time share this soul quality. This “Mauri” is like a blue print from which many houses can be made – hence “My … house has many mansions.” *

SO Mauri – that spirit which animated us before we were born. Interestingly, for Maori the WairuaMauri becomes Tinana, a being distinct from it’s mother’s flesh, when eyes form in the foetus. This is at about 25 weeks. At about 25 weeks, baby’s first kick is felt in  mother’s womb, which is when  the soul enters the body, in Jewish tradition. ( 2nd  children may kick earlier) .

TINANA is Body, Persona, Mask, Ego
Chacun de Nous. Our individual sense of self.
For some people,  Wairua and Mauri, Soul and Spirit , are to remain ineffable if not irrelevant.  The material concept is primary..
For others the three personed God/dess is experienced. It is a fact for us. No thing but still real.

Our experienced reality shares more, or less, in common with others. The more we open to the common experience the more we experience this duality, the comprehension of Humanity from a Spirit perspective. NO THING is indeed ineffable, silence is indeed golden, but I love to think and write about it!

The Dali Lama says critical thinking is a meditation.** Of course that is not critical as in criticising but critical as in discernment of universal truth. Irrelevant concept to some, to me, essential for peace  in our times.

Kia Kaha, Be Brave. Love to all. Libi Jadahari Mitch Woopee…

*My father’s house has many mansions – words attributed to “Jesus” . The ineffable is known by Maori as IO, that which is before time began, is now and ever shall be, that which is NO THING; a “think” maybe, a human attempt to name that whose centre is everywhere, and whose circumference cannot be measured. The ineffable. That from which there can be no separation ie this. The tao which can be spoken is not the original tao . etc .

19thC  anthropologists scornfully thought Maori had no concept of God because when they tried to discover the word for god in Maori language, all their definitions of god , great FATHER etc , did not speak of IO to Maori. Maori , first people,concept had not yet been reached by “second” people. We who are “third” or third wave people, integrate all traditions.

**Interviewer: What’s the most important meditation we can do now?   Dalai Lama: Critical thinking, followed by action. Discern what your world is. Know the plot, the scenario of this human drama. And then figure out where your talents might fit in to make a better world. — Dalai Lama.

I love to harmonise human traditions and perspectives. I believe we have one source and are one spirit.

Sagrada Famiglia

Universe came into being as light which slowed to sound which slowed to matter and here on earth the return process began – life force in matter developed organs to respond to light, to sound, to smell, to taste; and all of those are the touch of energy vibration upon a material receptor. Consciousness and universe are not separate.
In the end it makes no difference to anything – i just wish people wouldn’t argue about god. It is science confirming the mystic aperception. Too sad that peaceful Sufis were killed but truly the climate is going to whack us into a gratefulness for being alive. Humans will again be very aware of nature and will once again know that we live in a web of being. Whether there will be anything left of it remains to be seen but consciousness has created itself into form over and over again.
If humans cannot become conscious at a universal level we will go extinct and fungi, mushrooms, maybe spiders, jelly fish, and also different and new combinations of micro organisms will populate Earth, and her experiment with a large brain and clever hands will go away – just as the large boned dinosaurs did. The model was not feasible, a small lighter creature took over.
There is a possibility we will make our planet waterless – then i expect life will focus on a different locus – it may be doing that already. no doubt is. Just as we are tiny and becoming aware of Universe, maybe universe is one tiny among many , becoming aware of themselves…
Universe is conscious with all our consciousnesses and the sum of them all, which is greater than the parts. Mountain is conscious. Earth has her own consciousness. Human arrogance thinks only we are conscious. We are conscious as humans, and that is not all that consciousness is.
 As for what is outside the whole, or what happened before the Big Bang.  It is necessary  to “grok”  moebius strip conceptualisation:
The end is the beginning;
There is no end;
The beginning is wherever you decide to put it;
There are infinite beginning places along the way.
Linearity is an illusion of materialisation. Consciousness is not material.
Brains are receivers which shape the output for their own observation. Outward focus is (aware of) material existence, inward ( silent or bhakti) focus is conscious existence, unaware of or unattached to ego boundary. Brains are receivers which shape the input for their own creation of reality. There is a greater or lesser consensual reality, a story common to some or many arising from identical material though each one’s input from the identical material is more or less unique.
God is a heuristic , a teaching device,  not a measurable physical reality. Heuristics are simplifications to make a point, they are not literal truths. They are the signpost, not the route; the map not the territory; the word bread, not bread itself, etc.
God is a conceptualisation of that which IS plus that which is not.
A concept is a named idea. A name divides the named from the whole.
“God’s” centre is everywhere, “god’s” circumference is nowhere = now here; or here now.
God is an irrational word. Like Irrational numbers e.g. the square root of minus one, it does not exist but it is a helpful device for thinking.
We are the god mind thinking about itself, knowing itself to be universe eternal.
Another heuristic:  Just as drop “is” ocean, of the same stuff…  transcendant ego “is” ( aware of itself as) whole, an integral part of a whole…. my finger “is” ( part of / one with) my body.
The meniscus, the skin of the drop and the “dreary  ego in a bag of skin” , the “local ego”, are a temporary, linearly existing illusion created by force fields, eg life force aka soul ; an illusion which holds the drop together before it either rejoins ocean or diffuses completely into gaseous air.
Consciousness is one as the space around the tree is the same yet different from the space within the branches.
The big bang is happening all the time. We know this at the level of particle physics; particles come into and pop out of being in nano seconds. At this “gross” material level, the time it takes for this universe to pop in and out of being seems infinite, neverthless the microcosm reflects the macrocosm. Many universes are in this space. We are all our own universe, in this material dimension we share much of the same material, each one of us has our own boundary ( an illusion , yet real for us) and the boundaries intersect. We have our seeming separate skin, in fact at the same time, matter is constantly exchanged. It is hard to grok it all at once as the heuristic devices used to explain create contradictory images.
I lean against tree. I merge with tree. Tree IS, most beautifully. My mind is aware, in words, of spider, of my awareness of insect and plant life, of how plant and animal are lungs breathing together, of sunlight. My awareness is divine. No separation. As tree gives me awareness of being I give tree human awareness of human reality because there is no separation. My mind is Humantree.
My late beloved mother and father are in all my divine thoughts, all our sorrows are buried with us, all our human delights are universally human. They still exist as me, in my delight at clouds, in my fe/male mind, in my cells, my quantum wiggle, my particular DNA which is theirs.
I see the rising and falling of waves of life, humans heading to extinction like dinosaurs. Yet something of that one “eternal”  life force remains, here now as me, and I am spider creating the net. Spider this morning in my yoga, movements of my spine recreating web building. It is impossible to explain.
I AM life force.
Truth is simple. Truth is easily understood. Truth must be experienced by each one for themself.
Many of us are part of the human brain which longs to know ( itself as) god. God – a human concept of a reality greater than ourselves. We are material beings and limited by that. Our mind, that divine and hellish action, must evolve and yet is constantly born anew with all potential: just words now, silence is golden. The stories we tell ourselves create our lives.
For me , consciousness is our awareness of Life Force. Our awareness that we are alive, that we exist. Everything has that to some degree. I believe our universe is one of many that came into being, just as we come into being and each one of us is a droplet of that same universe. As we will die , eventually our universe will also – that is the will to live in a particular form evaporates, like a stick that makes an eddy in a stream being pulled from the stream, now the water flows without forming in that particular pattern.  Many universes make up one whole which is constantly cycling in and out of being.
Universe came into being as light which slowed to sound which slowed to matter and here on earth the return process began – life force in matter developed organs to respond to light, to sound, to smell, to taste and all of those are the touch of energy vibration upon a material receptor. Consciousness and universe are not separate.
Ego forgotten, mind at play in many heads at once, witnessed by consciousness itself as itself not only in thought but also simultaneously outside of thought, limited by current state of human awareness, limitless in silence.

Elizabeth E Mitchell
Silk Painting and Studio Experiences.