August 12, 2011
That which dazzles drops.
A petal must make something
notice, then depart.
Beauty is not pretty things well-placed, but rather strange things placed perfectly. It is the strangeness that turns our heads, that catches and focuses our attention.
The purpose of beauty is to bring the seemingly separate together so that we no longer experience the world as fragmented. The flower and the bee are one.
Beauty is fleeting because its purpose is fleeting. Once we are together, hell – where we are cut off from and struggle with each other – disappears. Heaven is a shared place.
June 24, 2011
One who knows the rose
has breathed its sweetness of breath,
felt its prick of thorn.
Within the circumference of our microcosmic Garden are all the pleasures and all the pain, all the giving over and all the taking back. We too often try to separate these, metaphorically remove the thorns from the rose stem, but we only make the rose vulnerable to disease or attack. (We have had deer in the early spring chomp on our awakening and self-protected Grootendorst roses. It couldn’t have been a very comfortable dining experience for the deer.)
We clumsily dissect the Whole World into this and that, us and them. We do it, wittingly or unwittingly, all the time. And then we make judgments and set this against that, and us against them and fill the divided world with nothing but clamor and confusion.
Here at the heart of everything, it is best to courageously leave that which is one alone [all one] and enjoy the sweet silent sound of togetherness.
June 17, 2011
Intercross the sun
with rain to raise the rainbow:
union’s brief, bright child.
Hybrids are offspring of mixed parentage, so the rainbow must also be a type of hybrid being the offspring of sun and rain. Hybrids are the key to finding solutions to today’s problems. Consider the world of opposites within which we live: light and dark, hot and cold, male and female, life and death, left and right, black and white, hard and soft, etc. In all cases the extremes are extremely dangerous. One opposite must be tempered and balanced by the other; the two must be joined in union. Neither opposite must be an enemy; they both must be accepted and brought together into balance like the yin-yang symbol. Neither is good or bad. What is good is the union of the two. This is Buddha’s Middle Way. This is Jesus’ request to love your enemies.
It is from these unions of opposites that this world knows balance and beauty. The rainbow is just one example. Take another example from nature: water and land. When we go to extremes, we either get floods or drought. When they are in balance, we get life-sustaining verdure and beautiful seacoasts. As this holds true in nature, it holds true in us who are a part of nature.