Monthly Archives of: January 2016

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Be Careful!…

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later last night or maybe the other
one went walking, and not with your brother
whatever was scene was a part of the seen
then walked along nowhere with nothing between

unseasonable whether, weather you feel it or not
fossil fuels as greenhouseffect gases drive and fly a lot
golfing umpteen politicians sling us to war
making plenty of excuses about what fighting is fore

far from Teflon where sticking doesn’t matter
a happy wren eats oily seeds naturally fatter
an error in writin tis a beutaful ting
avoid Zika fliers early next spring

 

The Zika virus, as you have seen on the local news, is carried by mosquitoes, and is supposed to spread globally.  Pregnant women who are bitten can have children who are micro-cephalic.  I taught, before i retired, multiply handicapped students with mental retardation.  One girl, who i had at one time in my classroom — who was born to a mother who had Dengue Fever as the result of a mosquito bite — had a severe micro-cephalic condition.  When you would touch the top of her very small head, it was like touching a sponge; there was little skull support surrounding the brain.  She had very little awareness of her surroundings.  Be alert to where this virus is spreading.  Please, if it is an area where you live, seriously think about curtailing pregnancy; if you are already pregnant, please stay indoors and use all kinds of precautions.  Both of these viruses cause joint pain in people.  Be very careful!  (If it comes to the area where we live… you won’t be seeing as many nature photos from me.)  Hopefully, this disease will not be nearly as widespread as many scientists are saying.  This year, the Olympics in Rio are where the virus oriented mosquitoes currently exist; here,  and other parts of the world where this is happening, is where people  will be spraying like mad (which isn’t good for the environment, but may curtail much of the spreading, hopefully).  If people would stop vacationing to distant countries, it would help slow the spread and progression of this disease, plus the earth would be better off with less pollution from fossil fuels (which aircraft spew out like mad).  By releasing sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide higher in the atmosphere, aircraft allow molecules of pollution more time to trap heat, causing havoc for our environment.  These mosquitoes, scientists say, will spread by hiding in jet planes and other aircraft as they move from one country to another.   Sorry if this is a bit frightening… but this is a precarious thing.  One has seen what it can do.

Mosquito Eater. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Mosquito Eater. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

To be avoided. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

To be avoided. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

 

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Tweetie Revisited…

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Not long ago, one posted an article about Tweetie Pie, a Yellow Naped Amazon Parrot who lives with us and who seems to have well developed comprehension and language skills.  That previous article mentioned how Dr. Irene Pepperburg’s research on avian psychology suggests that many parrots have the mental understanding of a (human) 5 year old and the verbal capacity of a 2 year old.  We play learning videos and movies all day long for Tweetie and the two other birds who live with her.  They often, by the way, watch full length movies with as much interest and zeal as any human would.  When one walks into their room during a good movie, they don’t even look at what you are doing; and they watch the movie throughout its entire duration.  Anyone who lives with parrots (or dogs or other similar animals too) has the responsibility of exercising their minds and bodies daily.  With parrots, one can daily hold their feet and move them up and down and around repeatedly (so they vigorously flap their wings), so that they get substantial exercise; additionally, toys and fun objects can be given to them to play with often.  Being intelligent, they need a lot of attention and social interaction daily.  Be sure to daily exercise yourself too; many people don’t!

I am retired, and usually home, but earlier this week, Marla and i went to the doctors.  Later, that evening, i said to Tweetie, “What were you thinking about today, Tweetie?”  Tweetie responded with: “About you!”  I then said, “How sweet; thank you, Tweetie!”  Later, while i was preparing the birds’ food next to a large perch that she was on, i said to her, “Do you want a piece of apricot?”  She said, “I do.”  Earlier, when we were at the doctor’s office, one of the nurses we were talking with said that her parents have a parrot that talks with good comprehension.  We sure know what that is about!  Whenever Tweetie talks, it always has relevant meaning; it is not just mimicry.  

I used to be a teacher of students who were multiply handicapped and who had mental retardation.  I know, good and well, that correctly answering a question pertaining to the abstract concept of “thinking” takes a rather high level of cognitive processing.  Lately, over the last few days, one has been talking to Tweetie about simple philosophy and perception “beyond thinking.”  One, of course, has kept things very simple.  When i first told Tweetie that one can look at things without thinking — such that everything is “one thing” — she looked all around carefully as if she got something out of what i said.  A few nights ago, i again talked about philosophical things — you know how it’s in my blood — and suggested looking at everything as not just being separate, but together as one.  I held my hand, with fingers spread, in front of her, and said that each finger was different from the other fingers.  Mentioning that each finger can look and act differently, i wiggled my fingers in different ways.  Then i pointed out that though each finger is different, they are all connected (and not separate), and all are together as one hand.  I said that all of us are like the fingers — all being as one thing.  I said that it is good to go beyond thinking now and then, and to look at everything as if for the first time, without just seeing things as being separate.  As i turned away from her to prepare their food, Tweetie said, “You are right!”  (This was the first time she has ever said that… and we didn’t teach it to her.)  She wasn’t brown-nosing, either; she is brutally honest.  One day, recently, for instance,  i reprimanded one of the other parrots for screaming too loud, and later in the evening, Marla opened the door to the avian room to reprimand me for having their TV on too loud.  I was in their room preparing their food at the time, and said, “Marla, is like an old grouch today.”  Tweetie then said, “You are too!” 

A couple of days after her response to my philosophical talk, i went into their area as they were watching the Muppets on television.  As i was sitting there eating a salad and watching it with them, there was an episode where western ranch hands were riding on top of cows and saying how much they loved the wonderful horses they were riding.  I laughed out loud, and said, “They’re not on horses; they are riding on cows!”  Tweetie said, “You are right!”  She was correct about her judgement of this last (factual) occurrence; whether she was correct regarding what i said philosophically is debatable (though very interesting).  Perhaps intelligent animals are more appreciative of going beyond dead symbols — and of seeing the value of direct perception — than most of us humans.  Tweetie will not likely ever go through profound enlightenment; but, then, neither will the vast majority of humans.  Usually, when i take Tweetie out for her daily exercising, i ask her how she is doing.  Her usual reply is “Pretty good!”  I’ve noticed that on those days that I’ve talked to her about going beyond thinking… she, instead, says, “I don’t know!”  Perfect answer!  People might easily say that i am nuts for talking philosophically to bird brains.  However, i have received more intelligent responses from my avian friends, lately, than i have from local humans in our area.

  

Eye of perception. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Eye of perception. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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That Placeless Place…

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Here is where the matter ends
beyond the tick of space and the edge of time
it’s a nowhere that can’t be bought
in a depth further than the superficial can find

True life is where the past is gone
a placeless place beyond thought’s deprivation
it’s an everywhere that is priceless
in a union beyond a learned separative station

Red Milkweed Borer. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Red Milkweed Borer. (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Red Milkweed Borer. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Red Milkweed Borer. (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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This Movement

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 True poise, as we have said, includes intelligence, compassion, awareness, humor, balance, and transcending separation and conflict.  Part of the reason that many of us don’t have it has to do with wrong education; or, despite a wrong education, many just don’t care to go beyond the parameters of limitation.

   In previous posts, some time ago, one wrote about the brain as being like two halves of a walnut… and about how certain surgeries splitting these two halves — by severing the corpus callosum — left each half not knowing what the other half was thinking.  So, in actuality, two fields of consciousness were produced from one field, via advanced surgery.  Therefore, times and evidence has changed; yet so many of us continue to cling to the erroneous (primitive) notion of a central “I,” a central “me” or controller.  For a very long time now, one — when thinking — instead of using the term “I,” has been using the words of “this movement.”  Of course, one doesn’t verbally say “this movement,” instead of “I,” when actually talking to others; (things are at a rather unrefined and strangely unpolished level here in the Midwest U.S.A., and the rest of the world, so one just talks to them in the way that they are familiar with.)

   Clinging to the notion of a central “I,” by repeatedly using it, reinforces the perception and feeling of separation.  We were taught to function in (and “as”) this separation throughout our lives; just look at all of the competition and indifference in the world.  This separation includes — and involves — internal and external forms.  “I” am apart from “you.”  If “I” hurt “you,” “I” will not be hurt.  This “I” thinks that it is apart from the fears that “it has.”  This “I” is supposedly apart from the jealousy that it can later “deal with.”  This “I” is supposedly something separate from the unhealthy habits that “it has.”  This “I” is supposedly apart from other organisms; and it is “their” suffering.  This “I” is going to quiet thoughts in order to “get something spectacular out of it.”  This “I” has freedom to do whatever “it” pleases.  

   Instead of thinking “I,” thinking “this movement,” however, doesn’t tend to reinforce the notion of any (so-called) center (that is fictitious anyway) from everyone else.  “This movement” can include — and does include, in a big way — everyone else.  (Therein lies responsibility.)  “This movement” need not be separate from the perceptions that take place, including butterflies and fears.  Fear may not be separate from what “this movement” is; however, thinking there is an “I” that is separate from fear, controlling it or managing it freely, is conflict and utter nonsense.  When “this movement” is used, it negates a lot of energy wasting conflict that inherently goes along with the separative (erroneous, crass) concept of a central “I.”  Eternity, the sacred and the timeless exists, but it has little to do with robotic, fragmentary, illusory, virtual, isolated, central images; that is one of the reasons why “this movement” is sharing this.

Defying gravity. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Defying gravity. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

 

 

 

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Let’s Pretend

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Let’s pretend that thoughts
that are symbols
(and all thoughts are symbols)
are what a central “I” controls

And let’s pretend that this I
(that supposedly controls thoughts)
is not another one of the thoughts
is not another one of the symbols

Let’s wonder what the purpose of this poem is
and let’s think that we are sep
a rate
from the symbols regarding this poem

Let’s pretend that thoughts
that many cling to (and “are”) as superficial habits
have even a fraction of the substantive depth and reality
that genuine heartfelt feelings have 

Let’s listen to the sounds around us now
and also hear the sounds
of thinking and pretending
which are not, of course, really sounds at all

Katy with sound sensing legs (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Katy with sound sensing legs (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Katy with sound sensing legs (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Katy with sound sensing legs (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

 

 

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Beyond the measurable…

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 So many of us imitate others.  We do this so much more than we realize.  Everything that people see (in terms of patterns), think (in terms of patterns), and take for granted… is transferred to us.  We absorb what they are.  (We become what they are.  Our thoughts and desires are what they are.)  We absorb what they are from their teachings, their traditions, their mannerisms, and values (or lack of values).  To go beyond all that is extremely arduous.  However, it is very necessary if one is to be more than a mere second-hand shadow.

   So many of us want to show off our accumulations to others. We think that these accumulations — often the result of grueling work at the job — reflect our ability to be successful.  Real success, however, may not (unlike what we were taught) lie in material possessions, large families, or monetary wealth.  To discover what is truly priceless, will one merely rely on others… who, themselves, are clones of innumerable others?

   Real success, ironically, may exist beyond the measurable.  However, most of our calculating minds have no clue as to what that means or entails.  Most of us live in (and “as”) comparison and measurement.  However, to merely accept comparison and measurement as the essence of one’s life — as so many, unfortunately, do — may be a sign of indolence and superficiality.  Additionally, rigidly clinging to comparison and measurement invites (and “is”) sorrow.

   Infinite joy is a measureless blessing that is beyond the grasp of mere greed and superficiality.  It cannot be earned or acquired (like some silly, limited stuff), and that is part of its immeasurable beauty.  Don’t ask “how to get it,” because — unlike so many of our ostentatious, limited accumulations — there is no “how to get it.”

   These goats, at the county fair, were repeatedly jumping out of their stalls.  They were not merely content with remaining in the limited.  Should you be?

Beyond the Limited. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

Beyond the Limited. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2016

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Just Be Ordinary

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Just be ordinary

Just be what they programmed you to be

Just safely fit in and never stand out as being different

Just try to impress a large number of others who are just like you…

who are practically exact clones or copies of what you are

Just continue to perceive like you and everyone else 

were taught to perceive

Just continue to constrain or manage internal fears 

while thinking that they are something separate from what you are

Just try to get ahead and have a wonderful time

impressing yourself while thinking that self is something separate

from animals plants experiences others thoughts and time…

just like everyone else tends to

No Irony Here. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

No Irony Here. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

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Time soon to Deornamentize the Christmas Tree…

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Time soon to deornament the dressed-up Christmas tree
without anything on it’ll feel blissfully naked and free
until it goes to where we’ll be going if we don’t get the earth right
to a vile world full of garbage and dead debris without any light

If you wish to keep Life forever growing as healthy beautiful pines
join the Sierra Club and send politicians heartfelt environmental lines

Time to take the tree down soon. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Time to take the tree down soon. Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

 

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Hoping your “New Year” is Happy and Healthy!

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*** Hoping your “new year” (though there is really nothing all that new about it) is full of true joy and enchanting wonder!  Don’t make any “New Year Resolutions.”  Go beyond (dead and stagnant) ideals and just wisely watch what takes place from moment to moment (without learned separation and without mere self-imposed patterns that are likely rather stiff and cadaverous). ***

Sprouting mushrooms in the forest
symbiotic with the trees
conveying more than mind projections
sharing nutrients in simple ease

In the meadow spins the spider
painting webs with splendid grace
silver fish swim as pulsing power
lilacs shoot smiles to nature’s face

Insect wings beat through the garden
crickets chirp a cheery song
trickling rain drops from the thunder
gurgling swift stream moves along

In the whispering of the answer
wisdom shares her answer soon
beyond all of thought separations
is truth’s harmonizing of the tune

Insect wings (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Insect wings (1) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Insect wings (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015

Insect wings (2) Photo by Thomas Peace c. 2015