In the existing regime, your real job is not to produce, but to consume as much as possible.
Force-fed endless empty images, some folks now constantly crave what does not satisfy,
forgetting the bounty of the real:
earth and sky, flights of heart-mind, the warmth of consonant beings, and the plenitude of earthly difference.
As a child, you held your hand
just above the candle flame.
What did you want see?
What did you discover?
Learning a limit,
did you also discover
all phenomena –
candle, air, flesh, curiosity -
intertwine as this very time being
refusing refusing to say ‘Ouch’?
The fixed and separate self you believe you are –
actually mere constructions divided against themselves,
one self image trying to measure up to or escape other such self images -
is not the one who reads this.
Each occasion – each all – it’s just freely given – -
given without any strings attached,
given without the intent to give and without the desire to receive,
without one who gives or one who receives,
even without the notion of a ‘gift’,
whole, without any kind of separation at all.
Ah, feel the wind blow through. . .
The field of fixed and separate objects is none other than the field of interdependence and intersubjectivity.
And both are pale descriptions of you and he and she and endless phenomena as this,
as absolutely no-thing.
How crucial the act of fabrication is to everyday life! To function, we must carve out distinctions out of the mass of sense information we receive, ignoring much so that we can safely cross the street or focus on a task.
Yes, we use reductive concepts and the scalpel of perception to navigate through the world, a world which is already a social construct.
Still, realizing the insufficiency of our reductions, realizing the boundlessness out of which our constructs and the very different social constructs of others emerge, we touch the bounty of shifting standpoint itself.
Then, not stuck in our perspectives, we find that we may use them freely to manifest an open heart.