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BRINGING FORTH A WORLD
All perception is a blur
Everything moves, movings within movings
No matter how fast our glimpse,
how fast the shutter speed,
the moment still smears itself across the retina
pretending to be solid through photon limitations.
We live in a blur
Moving senses passing changing messages
to a never resting brain.
Discrimination is averaging
We ‘see’ with our hopes and memories
sculpted deftly to support our stories.
AH but wait
Perhaps we are not ‘seeing’
That is – seeing something that is waiting to be seen.
Perhaps the world is birthing
never before beholden
The seer – the seen, the knower – the known
Mutually shaping infinite cause makes causality meaningless
and so everything is both mother and child
and mysterious choice is the father.
Self and dollars and addresses and business
All seem so tiny
So blind to the fullness.
Infinite, spacious continuous creation!
Joy and gratitude pours from my heart.
Sarva Mangala, Sarva Mangala, Sarva Mangala
by Tarchin Hearn
*Sarva Mangala is Sanskrit and means, “all is blessing”
BRINGING FORTH A WORLD (excerpt)
It’s common to think of our senses as being physiological ‘instruments’ for perceiving a world that exists concretely and objectively ‘out there’ beyond our skin. Although it seems obvious that the process of sensing can filter and distort clear seeing of what’s ‘actually’ out there, it’s rare however, to regard sensing as a continuously creative collaborative activity that involves self and other, physiology and environment, past experience, feelings, hopes and expectations. Chilean biologists, Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela, have written extensively about this in their book, “The Tree of Knowledge.”* They suggest that in every moment of perception, every moment of knowing, we are not so much seeing an objective world but participating in ‘bringing forth a world’: inter-relatings of substance and energy, neurons and systems, organisms and environments, functioning together in bringing forth the world of our current knowing/experience. Try walking with this appreciation; that each moment of knowing is bringing forth a world.
Walking in Wisdom by Tarchin Hearn (www.greendharmatreasury.org)
*“The Tree of Knowledge: The Biological Roots of Human Understanding” by Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela; Shambala Publications