Of Godists & Unbelievers

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A conversation “happened” the other day between believers in god, unbelievers, and those who cannot decide what they believe. The unbelievers scoffed; the believers took offense and affrontedness; the undecided remained confused.

I asked: Does it matter how or what one believes or does not believe unless what they think and do harms another without that other’s permission; does it matter so long as each is allowed by all others to choose their own pathway?

Arguments increased concerning the need to force, to coerce others into seeing the “light” according to one or another’s precepts. The unbelievers pointed fingers, saying, “See?!” The undecided retreated.

I asked the believers, still fighting amongst themselves, arguing their various “god-ways” and “gods,” what happened if and when all of them, unbeliever and believer, were proven right?

Eyes looked. Silence entered.

One small question from an undecided: “What do you believe?”

“I don’t believe. I know. For me. And what I know is that the answer is always yes and yes. What matters it that one among you chooses a more narrow path and another a broader one, while yet another chooses no path at all? Tao is.

From a Meditation

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From a Meditation

 

The pathless void

whispers

unseen visions

to an open mind,

reverberating

knowledge

beyond reason.

July 11, 1990 

 

Copyright 1990 D. L. Keur

the dead bird

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Laying still, plumage intact, no sign of harm….

Why did it die?

It was time.  The environment became hostile to its continuance here.  It ceased acknowledging existence within this realm at this temporal expression.

Why?

Many reasons, mostly man-made.

Truth — man, at war with his environment, refusing to come to peace and enter harmony with the world of which he is intrinsically a part — is, in his fear, killing himself and all cohabitants which share existence within this particular time-coordinated biosphere. 

Life is dying?

Life is always dying here. It blinks in and out of existence faster than a nanosecond. 

Life is always being born here.  It blinks in and out of existence faster than a nanosecond.

Life is intrinsic here…and everywhere.  Life is one of Tao’s ever expanding, ever changing, ever compressing, expressions of being/becoming…and, though it appears to die, to cease existence, in fact, it does not truly cease.  It only is perceived to cease…and, in fact, by this system’s measurement and rule, it ceases within this temporal stream flow of this cooperative space. 

So the bird isn’t really dead.

The bird is.  And the bird is not.  Both.  Simultaneously.

However, life as man commonly knows it here and now is dying, yes.  The environment is changing. Quickly.  Life will continue, but life will be a different expression, intrinsically interconnected and codependent with the new environment which is becoming.  This is the nature of this expression — codependence.

As the bird, so we.