Archive for October 9th, 2009

A line, a triangle, a circle, and a square,
These are on paper some forms to compare.

Pyramid, cube, cylinder, sphere,
This is how things really do appear.

Then to 4-folds, past sight to idea,
Imagining worlds of magic, quite near.

Polytropes dancing, tesseracts slide,
Hyperspheres gyrate with angels inside.

5-folds, 6- folds, then seven and more,
The Beloved invites us to come and explore.

The rooms of His temple are many, some hidden,
” Come join me, come rest,” we are lovingly bidden.

We struggle to do it, we tremble in fear,
No need to resist, our Great Lover is near.

In taking the leap and accepting the Call,
We leave well behind us the Flood and the Fall.

Then Home once again, at ease, and contented,
Our hesitant nature at last now relented.

A New dawn breaks,  a nova- luminous face,
Singing of infinity and hyperspace.

Consider form, shapes, those irregular and those bizarre. Imagine dimensions more than 3. Go back and play with compass and protractor, and know that you are in contemplation of infinite mystery.

We are made to do these things by our curious and creative nature, and that’s the surest sign of an open invitation and warm welcome.

Shall we then RSVP?

© Brother Anthony Thomas and The Harried Mystic, 2009. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.



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Overall, we are an arrogant, voracious and rapacious life form.

We consume with little regard for supply, waste, the needs of others, and, most certainly, the needs of other species and the planet. This human arrogance extends to stereotypic thinking about the intelligence and language abilities of animals across the phylogenetic spectrum.

Research in ethology and comparative psychology have demonstrated repeatedly, however,  that our assumptions about the limited intelligence and symbol use among animals is usually wrong and much more impressive than we first thought.

Irene Pepperberg, Psychologist, published an illuminating record of studies with her African Grey Parrot, Merlin, in which she showed this bird’s capacity to communicate with her about his wants and needs using symbols on a computer monitor and typing on a keyboard to make selections from an impressive range of items.

Our own meager ecological intelligence, however, is constantly being demonstrated, including our well-intentioned history of tampering with the environment only to later discover untoward and unanticipated effects on habitat, and the plight of other species affected by what we considered a good and self-contained change ( e.g., genetically modified foods and the negative impact on bee populations).

We have much to learn from the animal kingdom. In fact, we also stand to gain in  spiritual ways by looking to the plant kingdom and appreciate the lessons from them that stream into us daily, though we are not usually attuned to the fullness and significance of their presence. After all, life on Earth depends entirely upon them.

So, this morning, I celebrate plants, trees, and flowers, affirming the counsel of Jesus of Nazareth to “Behold the Lilies of the Field and how they grow.”

This conference center where I am this week invests a lot in landscaping, and goes so far as to label the many trees and plants on the property. This alone ( coupled with a good Audubon Guide or equivalent resource) can go a long way toward helping me cultivate eyes to better see them, and a mind better attuned to recognizing their encoded messages.

Celebrating just two of these beautiful and uplifting species and their impact on me:

  • Japanese Andromeda:  a base of green leaves with a central burst of deep crimson ones, and lime green seed pods; such a joyful effulgence and youthful vitality, an outstretched and wide open embrace of its surroundings with gentle grace;
  • Feather Reed Grass: about 6 foot grasses bending easily in the slight Fall breeze of the morning, adding a reddish bronze pallette to the environment and reminding me of the strength that comes from flexibility, adaptability, and strong rootedness, the very philosophy of tai chi.

As the birds sing at dawn and dusk, the plants also are in conference. Unbeknown to us, they bring nutrients to the Earth, to insects, and they add color to the landscape in a simple but majestic acknowledgment of the mystery, magic, splendor and playful reverie of the Beloved.

Let us pay attention, intuit the meaning they embody, and make sure that we do not fail to open up and appreciate these gifts from the Spirit.

© Brother Anthony Thomas and The Harried Mystic, 2009. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.


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F = G \frac{m_1 m_2}{r^2}

Newton’s Law of gravitation states that the attractive force between any two objects is directly proportional to their masses and inversely proportional to the square of the distance between them . [In the equation above, “G” is the gravitational constant.]

I reflect this evening on the spiritual implications of this important law.

The greater the distance between any two objects in the universe, the weaker the attraction between them. While the gravitational force is weaker than others, especially in the case of objects of small mass, I extend the law nonetheless, taking considerable poetic license, as a metaphor for effects of distances between people.

In 2009, the world is predominantly virtual. We increase physical and spiritual distance between people with increasing reliance on remote means of connecting and staying in touch.

Weakened psycho-spiritual energy among people is directly linked to our addiction to electronic community. Face to face interaction takes time and money, and so we are seeing greater reluctance to work at drawing nearer each other. We depend instead on remote conversations by teleconference or web connections as more of a substitute rather than supplement to direct dialogue.

Many are twittering and tweeting, texting  and instant messaging, when what’s really needed is greater commitment to direct contact. As a practice for spiritual development it pays to think about on how much time I spend in virtual vs face to face communications to ensure a wholesome balance.

I will apply this immediately over the next 24 hours to the work of thinking about those at a distance from me and how I might interact with them more regularly and with deeper listening. I will also keep a tracking report of how much time I set aside to have more direct face to face conversation.

In a world of mounting depersonalization, we need to practice the art of re-enchanting the human encounter, one face looking into another, to feel the force and presence of our friends, colleagues, and new acquaintances.

Inverse Square Law

Inverse Square Law

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