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,
’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;
i am part too of the great unfreeze.
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?
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
Breathing is what I am doing.
this mind is a handful.
thunder continues to grumble through the roof via my open door
outside my world is wetted with rain.
again. Ever new. and you?
This mind is breathing
of what is and
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..
the wine cup cedes one more drop, the tea is only warm now.
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.
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.