Sunday, October 28, 2012

Shift of the Wave

I go traveling out into the big, people-world—
my expanded earth-self—
hear accents and languages,
feel ways of perceiving that produce sounds and patterns.
The patterns come into me and change me
and I see my old limits and my possibilities,
odd combinations of rhythms that can shift me radically
to paths I didn't know I could travel
to more facets of the love-jewel
and it is so rich
and I don't ever know who I am, really.

Some days the variety of voices makes me crazy;
I can't absorb it all,
in the fragmentation there is no rest.
Exhausted, I am ready to die
into the peace of the One.
And yet in this very moment, under it, IS the One,
silence under form,
peace at the center of aliveness.

Now, my plane waits to lift into the sky—
the big, no-people-world—
the other side of my busy self.
I wait for the transition:
slow earth to speeding space
daily babble to silent clouds
I love the shift
at the end of each phase
of the wave

Copyright by Penney Peirce 2012

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

One Voice in Many: Part 11

I've been posting bits of an old manuscript I wrote in the late 70s that I called One Voice in Many. It's interesting to see that in my attempts then to merge into the collective consciousness and speak from that unified voice, so much of what was said is so simple and true today. The Voice in me could easily be the Divine Voice inside anyone and everyone. Previous parts can be found on Jul 12, Aug 19, Aug 26, and Nov 4, 2010; Jan 15, Feb 9, Mar 30, May 17, Sep 17, and Oct 3, 2011.

It's all being directed by that inner guru, the divine spark that is me. What occurs as a thought, insight, flash, connection — these things are released into my consciousness like bubbles, out of the spark. They don't come from outside. If someone else speaks an idea, I am still releasing it to my mind by having attracted that person into my space, and by being able to hear it at that particular time. Everything I know now is what I need to work with, now. When I need new information or inspiration, it will be released into my mind at the right time. Nothing will be noticed until the appropriate moment. Premature exposure to knowledge can do no harm because nothing can be premature. Desires, too, are motivated from this inner spark. Seeds are planted from the inside and grow.

No one is against us. All spirit, the big unified self, is behind us in the process of growing ourselves. The mind has the important task of asking for more of the self or for what's new, then applying attention, and holding the focus until the experience materializes as revelation. You can't approach or reach an experience of self because it's not separate. It is always there and you, as your personality, are a subset of it, inside it. You can't describe it or visualize it or communicate it because to do so requires separation. You can't do it or not do it. You can only be it. When you let go, form disappears and consciousness remains. The tension of focus is what creates form. In order for you to exist in form, some greater consciousness, some greater experience of a greater self, maintains you in focus. Dissolve into the self. Remove focus. Surprise! The self creates you anew. If you don't interfere with this rocking, you expand. This is happening every instant, in and out like breath. The self breathes you in and out.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Some Beautiful Words from Barry Lopez

This is from Vintage Lopez:

I think of two landscapes—one outside the self, the other within. The external landscape is the one we see—not only the line and color of the land and its shading at different times of the day, but also its plants and animals in season, its weather, its geology, the record of its climate and evolution. If you walk up, say, a dry arroyo in the Sonoran Desert you will feel a mounding and rolling of sand and silt beneath your foot that is distinctive. You will anticipate the crumbling of the sedimentary earth in the arroyo bank as your hand reaches out, and in that tangible evidence you will sense a history of water in the region. Perhaps a black-throated sparrow lands in a paloverde bush—the resiliency of the twig under the bird, that precise shade of yellowish-green against the milk-blue sky, the fluttering whir of the arriving sparrow, are what I mean by "the landscape." Draw on the smell of creosote bush, or clack stones together in the dry air. Feel how light is the desiccated dropping of the kangaroo rat. Study an animal track obscured by the wind. These are all elements of the land, and what makes the landscape comprehensible are the relationships between them. One learns a landscape finally not by knowing the name or identity of everything in it, but by perceiving the relationships in it-like that between the sparrow and the twig. The difference between the relationships and the elements is the same as that between written history and a catalog of events.

The second landscape I think of is an interior one, a kind of projection within a person of a part of the exterior landscape. Relationships in the exterior landscape include those that are named and discernible, such as the nitrogen cycle, or a vertical sequence of Ordovician limestone, and others that are uncodified or ineffable, such as winter light falling on a particular kind of granite, or the effect of humidity on the frequency of a blackpoll warbler's burst of song. That these relationships have purpose and order, however inscrutable they may seem to us, is a tenet of evolution. Similarly, the speculations, intuitions, and formal ideas we refer to as "mind" are a set of relationships in the interior landscape with purpose and order; some of these are obvious, many impenetrably subtle. The shape and character of these relationships in a person's thinking, I believe, are deeply influenced by where on this earth one goes, what one touches, the patterns one observes in nature—the intricate history of one's life in the land, even a life in the city, where wind, the chirp of birds, the line of a falling leaf, are known. These thoughts are arranged, further, according to the thread of one's moral, intellectual, and spiritual development. The interior landscape responds to the character and subtlety of an exterior landscape; the shape of the individual mind is affected by land as it is by genes.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Friday, October 5, 2012

Penney on Spiritual Entrepreneur Summit Oct 7-19

I am part of the Spiritual Entrepreneur Summit, an online conference Oct 7-19th, produced by some friends in London. There are a wide variety of change makers participating, who are all collaborating to birth a new entrepreneurial paradigm. Take a look at the 13-day schedule online to see what's sort of content is available.

The Summit is a series of seminars presenting leading entrepreneurial visionaries in the fields of spiritual science, new leadership and heart mind coherence.

24-hour complimentary access is available.