Carnivores and Cuddling

Carnivores and Cuddling

Copyright 2017 Don Ray

Down at the horse barn a crow insistently tries to tell me something of great urgency. S/he thrusts her head up with each syllable, but being human I am too dense to understand.

With the approach of another of my species the crow gives up and flies away in disgust.

The arriving person pays their sweet regards to the two little pigs. The warm affection these little guys elicit from visitors is quite touching. In this scene we see the world, the world since the Garden, the world of carnivores needing to eat, the world of dawning awareness of affection. In these morning visitors who so sweetly greet the rapidly growing pigs, pigs being raised to be executed and eaten, we see the embodiment of the nature of this world; we see affection and care and conscious awareness shining out from under the necessity to kill, butcher, and eat. Continue reading “Carnivores and Cuddling”


Knowledge of Good and Evil

Knowledge of Good and Evil

 Copyright 2017 Don Ray

(Reference: the Biblical tale of the Garden of Eden)

To have profound knowledge of good and evil you must be inescapably trapped in a situation out of your control. If you can merely wish yourself out of an unpleasant situation, if your conscious experience is not bound to some interaction matrix (the role served by this worldly temporal-physical existence), your experience of good and evil is no more real and substantive than if you were watching a movie or playing a video game.

If the circumstances and outcomes remain in your control you cannot experience good and evil with the full essence of your being.
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Our Actions: Coerced, compelled, and chosen

Our Actions: Coerced; Compelled; Chosen

Copyright 2017 Don Ray
The answers are all right before us. The structure of existence, the nature of our being, the summary of purpose and meaning, it is all right before us.
Look just a little deeper, just a little deeper.

Gently peel away the worldly façade and recognize what is really transpiring in most of our human endeavors.

Everything we do falls into a few categories. 1) We do that which we think facilitates our survival-security-and comfort. 2) We do that which connects us to something or someone. 3) We do that which is irrationally loving. Continue reading “Our Actions: Coerced, compelled, and chosen”

Bridges of Sound and Light

Bridges of Sound and Light

Copyright 2017 Don Ray

Sound and light, this stuff that serves as the tenuous connection among souls, this flimsy bridge we struggle to refine and craft and carve and polish, then call it “art”.

Sound and light, fleeting and gone in the very moment we perceive them, but imparting some miniscule fraction of another’s soul into our consciousness, thereby making us conscious of our own soul.

The composers and musicians and painters and poets are the spiritual corps of engineers, fabricating their structures to bridge the void between our souls.

Music can shine a light, paintings can stir rhythms, and we are left more human by their touch.

The palette of notes and the chords of colors hover before our consciousness, inviting us to awareness, momentarily filling the void between us, revealing visions and dreams and aspirations shared, their fading echoes and receding glow leaving us a little less alone.      Copyright 2017 Don Ray…….share


Breeze of the Mystery

Pure poetry, of course we need pure poetry.

To capture the Mystery prose does not suffice.

We understand too little,

comprehend too little

to make a pretense of describing or explaining in prose.

Let words and music twist and contort in irrational patterns

in the struggle to touch a heart, to assure a soul. Continue reading “Breeze of the Mystery”

Pray alone, that you may love together

Copyright 2015 Don Ray

Each element of consciousness, each individual soul, knows only that to which it gets exposed by its immediate experiences and that which it is told by the other people around it, exactly analogous to molecules in a fluid flow.

The analogy continues as the molecules and the element of consciousness, a human spirit, get carried along in flows and currents and tides.

Occasionally a wave breaking on rocks or the white water chaos of the rapids will propel an individual element away from the main flow, exposing them in a moment of chaos and confusion and terror to that which is new and alien incomprehensible.

The wrenching trauma of such events may displace that drop of consciousness into a completely Continue reading “Pray alone, that you may love together”