Thursday, April 15, 2021




Each week our blogs 

are quite different in

scope, style and stretch.

Like people, 

some are long, 

some are short, 

some are full,

some are thin.

This week our blog

is long and full.

It delves deeply 

into the depths 

of our reality.

Please take time 

to gentle through it 

and the extensive 

addendum for ongoing 

reflection and prayer.

There is more than enough 

here for a week of

meditation and prayer.

"Festina lente" -

"Make haste slowly."


      John Frank



Dear All of Us,

"All together now!"

 After all,

"We're all in it together."

 And just as surely,

 together we are 



Yes, I sure as heck

do hear you:

      "Whence and why 

       this philosophical fog?"

Granted and for sure,

it's more than a bit much

for an opener.

But please don't let 

an opaque opener 

blackout our sharing together today. 

Let's move right through the fog.

We can then break into the brightness 

of a most fundamental

       Soul Secret.

It recasts our whole spiritual life

the deeper we fall into its reality.

So, just a bit more fog

before the bright.

Pulsations to particles,

particles to places,

places to planets.

Pulsations to proteins,

proteins to people,

people to peoples.

We - all that is - 

are not only

"Made of the same stuff."

We - all that is - 

all together are

the stuff of the same 



      that which 


       - God -

It's like the varied together 

of the ocean vast.

It swirls, ebbs and flows, 

currents coursing, crisscrossing -

an endless dynamic unity.

How we are in this 

Ocean of Existence just now

is much like a wave surging up 

from ocean depths.

It rolls, building, cresting, 

breaking, returning

to the ocean of itself.

We call it life span.

Yet the dynamic spans 

endlessly more than 

the how of any now.

At heart it's what some call 

death and resurrection,


eternal life.

We all do well to reverence 


as the Mystery of Existence.

Together being the 


that we are and are in

is variously voiced:

              John 1:1-5:

  "In the beginning was the Word, 

   and the Word was with God, 

   and the Word was God. 

   He was in the beginning with God. 

   All things came into being through him, 

   and without him not one thing came into being.

   What came into being in him was life,

   and the life was the light of all people.

   The light shines in the darkness, 

   and the darkness did not overcome it."

                   "...All things..."

                          "...In him..."

       So clearly and beautifully inclusive

            Existence "in" Existence


              Colossians 1: 15-17 

  "He (Christ) is the image of the invisible God, 

   the firstborn of all creation;

   for in him all things in heaven 

   and on earth were created,

   things visible and invisible,

   whether thrones or dominations or rulers or powers-

   all things have been created through him and for him.

   He himself is before all thingsand

                  "... in him

                   all things 

                  hold together."

               Creation in Creator.

               Creator in Creation.

               Inclusive and Unitive.  



 "We are the same as plants,

  as trees, as other people, 

  as the rain that falls.

  We consist of that 

  which is around us,

       we are the same 

       as everything."


            Albert Einstein:

         "A human being 

          is part of the whole

          called the universe."


   The First Law of Thermodynamics:

"Energy (pulsations) cannot be created 

 nor destroyed, but only changed in form." 






          - divinely dynamic, 

          - divinely creative,

          - present ever anew,

          - unendingly right now

                and always.

We together are the ocean of what is,

the sea of existence,

actively manifest, current, 

in endless pulsations of energy.

We note and name few some we see -

motions and moments e.g.

Sandy and Tom, Rockies, sodium, symphonies, 

Saturn, molecules, meals, wind, wheat - 

identifiers, localizations of what


             "IS - NESS"

          EXIST - STANCE 



        infinitely diverse, 

        divine togetherness.

Every "other" is us and all that is in an other way.

Every "other" is Existence - variously the same.

The most lethal lie and illusion we suffer 

is one which holds that

we all are not at all 


not diversely one,

but that we are at core separated individuals 

bumping into other separated individuals,

be they people, animals, energies, elements,

                - even God -

all divorced from fundamental togetherness,

unable to be united and excited 

about diversified oneness.

That's a set up for upset.

And upset we have: racial, economic, religious, 

political, ecological, cultural -

trys to divide what is not fundamentally divisible.

It's as crazy as an ocean drop refusing 

to be what it is, water in the sea, 

the sea in the ocean drop (Rumi).

Valerie Kaur masterfully ponders 

the paradox that we are 

in our various sameness.

She shares it in her new book,

                  See No Stranger:

   - "You are the part of me I don't know yet" (p. 6)

   - "I see no stranger, I see no enemy", Guru Nanck (p.7)

   - She invites us to see, sense, scintillate 

     in the wonder of us all together

     in our diversified oneness,

     to be wonderstruck -

   - to love and live the interconnectedness

     and interdependence of all that 


   - It is a Sanskrit truth that 

          - we can look upon anyone or any thing and say:

                  "Tat tram asi"

                                    "I am that." 

    - It is the African philosophy


                                     "I am because you are."

    - It is the Mayan precept


                                      "You are my other me."

                                                                   ( p.14 )

Down deep and for real 

we refuse "e-strange-ment".

Deep down and for real we  

      See No Stranger

so we

       - go hug a tree

       - cuddle a baby

       - play the cello

       - farm

       - drive a bus

       - write poetry

          - make love

       - do science

       - invite a disagreeable neighbor over for BBQ

       - attend a religious service other than our own

       - pray for - hold In The Love Who Is God -

         the people who irk the liv'n hell out of us

       - give the street beggar five bucks for supper 

         and not fuss that he/she might drink that supper

       - use up no more than we need

       - read up, listen up, on the reasoning and feelings of 

         our political, cultural, religious opposites

       - invite them to join in with us for a common cause,

         e.g. spending a Saturday working together at 

         Habitat for Humanity and then going out together 

         for pizza and beer at the end of our day of shared labor and more

         ( if you're from uptown, then host a catered wine and cheese tasting 

          at you place - and be sure to move the Lexus off the drive )

       - when watching the news we really do choose to love

         those crazy bastards that make us nuts


        We're in it together"

        Together we are


        All together now!



          John Frank


            During our quiet time in the days, 

            even weeks ahead,

            here are a few Spirit Springs to imbibe,

            to follow should you care to consider them.

            It's best to not try to push through 

            all of them all at once.

            Better to take one or two at a time 

            - sense it, see it anew and now -

                            PRAY AND PONDER

                  We are one, after all, you and I, 

                  together we suffer, together we exist 

                  and forever will recreate one another."

                            Pierre Teilhard de Chardin



                        My soul honors your soul. 

                        I honor the place in you 

                        where the entire universe resides. 

                        I honor the light, love, truth, beauty 

                        and peace within you, 

                        because it is within me. 

                        In sharing these things 

                        we are united,

                        we are the same, 

                        we are one.

                        The eternal Tao.

                        Prior to time with no beginning, 

                        beyond space with no end, 

                        yet right here in the forever Now; 

                        all prevailing,

                        The great Oneness of the All!

                                Leland Lewis

                      Random Molecular Mirroring


                         Now you are the body of Christ, 

                         and each of you is part of it.

                                1 Corinthians 12:27

                          O Holy Spirit you are the mighty way 

                          in which everything that


                           in the heavens, on the earth, 

                          and under the earth, 

                          is penetrated with connectedness,

                          is penetrated with relatedness.

                                  Hildegard of Bingen

                           Matter is spirit moving slow enough 

                           to be seen.

                                   Teilhard de Chardin

                                   E Pluribus Unum

                                   One from many.

                                   And just as assuredly,

                                   One in many.


                                          Life's real and highest goal is

                              to discover this spark of the divine 

                              that is in our hearts.

                              When we realize this goal, 

                              we discover simultaneously 

                              that the divinity within ourselves

                               is one and the same in all -

                              all individuals, all creatures, all of life.

                                      Eknath Easwaran

                                      ( 1910 - 1998 )

                             By means of all created things, 

                             without one exception, 

                             the divine assails us, 

                             penetrates us, and molds us. 

                             We imagine it as distinct and inaccessible, 

                             when in fact we are steeped 

                             in its burning layers.

                                 Pierre Teilhard de Chardin


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