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Issue #1266 - Saturday, November 23, 2002 - Edited by Christiana

Tapestry: "Wings"
Yael Lurie, Pierre Larochette

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What to Remember When Waking -- David Whyte

In that first
hardly noticed
to which you wake,
coming back
to this life
from the other
more secret,
and frighteningly
where everything
there is a small
into the new day
which closes
the moment
you begin
your plans.

What you can plan
is too small
for you to live.

What you can live
will make plans
for the vitality
hidden in your sleep.

To be human
is to become visible
while carrying
what is hidden
as a gift to others.

To remember
the other world
in this world
is to live in your
true inheritance.

You are not
a troubled guest
on this earth,
you are not
an accident
amidst other accidents
you were invited
from another and greater
than the one
from which
you have just emerged.

Now, looking through
the slanting light
of the morning
window toward
the mountain
of everything
that can be,
what urgency
calls you to your
one love? What shape
waits in the seed
of you to grow
and spread
its branches
against a future sky?

Is it waiting
in the fertile sea?
In the trees
beyond the house?
In the life
you can imagine
for yourself?
In the open
and lovely
white page
on the waiting desk?

Psalm 93 translation by Stephen Mitchell

God acts within every moment
and creates the world with each breath.
He speaks from the center of the universe,
in the silence beyond all thought.
Mightier than the crash of a thunderstorm,
mightier than the roar of the sea,
is God's voice silently speaking
in the depths of the listening heart.


Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

Web archive of Panhala postings at

Gene Poole [email protected]

I would like to work with others to deliberately
manifest a global, and eventually interstellar, network
of conscious 'connectivity', with several layers;
physical layers, for talking, and email, etc, and
non-physical layers, for sharing simultaneous
conscious awareness. Such networks now exist, but
typically, humans are unaware of them. Humans, it
seems, are unwilling to comply with the protocols of
existing networks, and thus, exclude themselves from
the cosmic communion available; further, humans
typically have to re-invent, and then 'ownership and
control' are issues. Yet, anyone is free to join with any
of the existing non-proprietary, cosmic networks.


Freya asked: "protocols of existing networks"? can
you explain a bit further please?

Gene: Certainly. Or I will try...

Existing networks are associated by affiliation.

Each affiliated grouping of individuals is connected to
a local node; and each local node is connected to
each other local node. (Anywhere anyone is is 'local'
to that person.)

Each node has a natural king or queen; this individual
by nature and duty, must strive to connect to all other

All of this configuration is usually beneath the

level of conscious awareness; but it is referred to
as 'The Net of Indra'. The internet is merely an
outpicturing of this natural network of individuals,
nodes, and patterns of interconnected nodes.

We find 'evidence' of this natural order, in the
ancient rites of the Maypole; in square-dancing,
and other
such rituals.

The Siberian Shaman, dressed as a
woman, conducted 'interconnection'
ceremonies, using the 'magic' mushroom
Amanita Muscaria as a means of banishing
ordinary, banal foreground consciousness. The
big, powerful 'already-always' organizing principle
is able to exert and imprint itself on masses of
individuals, thus creating the deepest affiliation; in
this case, the Shaman is the node 'queen'.

Protocols... are rules. The primary rule seems to be
that a person must at least temporarily suspend
'temporal' or acquired, individual identity, and submit
to connection. This moment requires both openness
and ability to accept control by what to all intents,
seems to be an 'outside' force.

The fact is, that it comes from 'inside', but as long as
'inside' is under 'individual ownership', defense and
resistance is the norm. Issues of pride, shame,
resentment, revenge, etc, all essentially alert the local
node, to query the individual. The local node, if it is
unable to heal the individual, is able to isolate the
individual for the purpose of protecting the local

Human systems of 'logic', as reflected by language,
enable the commander of the local node, to conduct
'cyclic redundancy checks' on any individual. An easy
example of this is the common medical psychiatric
interview, which may employ commonly understood
homilies, such as asking the meaning of 'a bird in the
hand is worth two in the bush'. Serious errors which
go undetected by the individual are diagnostic of
lower-level logic system breakdowns, which may
have already erupted as 'psychosomatic disease'.

When the individual has long practice in allowing to
be subsumed into the network, it becomes possible
to carry certain aspects of 'individuality' as
information, into the network. This is a fairly rare
event, but is known by the seers of the ancient Toltec

Don Juan and Don Genaro's insistence of a 'heaven'
is revealed to be perpetual and conscious 'existence'
as coherent 'information of the individual' living in the
grand network. Such accomplished persons are able
to be anywhere, anytime, because the network
extends to any place there is life, even of the 'lowest'
sort. Not only that, but such 'persons' are able to
powerfully influence the commander of most any local
node. This allows updating the information and
capabilities of any node; and this allows the more
likely healing of any afflicted 'individual'.

That is probably enough for now...
photo: loom, studio Yael Lurie, Pierre Larochette

Michael W. Munn, Ph.D.
Retired Lockheed Chief Scientist, Astronautics Division

A Dark Path

The path is one of darkness
To all that we hold dear
Others have passed this way
And learned the art
Of deflecting arrows
Emanating from desires

And so, in darkness
A night dark
To sense and soul
Is found the way
A secret way
Found by few
Beyond all desire
Beyond all delusion
Beyond all anger
A way where mentors
Arise also in secret
Unknown to the questing mind
But found in quiet stillness
In the same darkness
On this way
A discovery occurs
In which debris
Misunderstandings and Misconceptions
Accumulated through the years
Must be abandoned
For in that abandonment
Lies the end of enmity
And the beginning of
Abiding kindness
Showered upon all beings

Union Restored

Wisdom from above
Ancient teachings
From the east

The time is short

Teachings to be given
Vast as the sea
A great shift
From one sided views
Of domination
And competition

The time is short

The moon arises
Veiled and hidden
But her light
Penetrates to every
Corner and place
Bursting forth
Upon a world
Divided in confusion

The time is short

Yin and Yang
United once again
A balance long lost
Restored once more

The time is short

Bob O'hearne [email protected]

Question: Sri Bhagavan often says that Maya
(illusion) and reality are the same. How can that be?

Sri Ramana Maharshi: Sankara was criticized for his
views on Maya without being understood. He said
that Brahman is real, The universe is unreal, and The
universe is Brahman. He did not stop at the second,
because the third explains the other two. It signifies
that the universe is real if perceived as the Self, and
unreal if perceived apart from the Self. Hence Maya
and reality are one and the same.

Dan and Jan [email protected]

Dan: When lost in your own mind,
the exit signs all point backwards

Jan: in the still of mind
thoughts and feelings roar along
like motorized guests
racing through the empty space
each one on a barren quest

Dan: Thoughts like feeling billiard balls,
trying to cause reactions
a barren quest to transfer themselves
from one empty frame to another

Nothing more to say or know.

Joseph Riley [email protected]

Coleman Barks has released a new CD, "I Want
Burning, The Ecstatic World of Rumi, Hafiz, and

If you'd like to hear a sample (which includes a
reading of today's Panhala posting) from the CD,
click on this link:

thomas murphy [email protected]

Seeing oneself
as an onlooker
is self-importance.

Seeing oneself
through the eyes of another
is indulgence--
diminishing perceived stature
to fit limitations
ascribed to others.

True freedom,
being non-local,
transcends consideration
of stature and position.

Slavery is obeisance to recollection.
Liberty is freedom of identity.

See every nuance of identity
as a convenience of expression.

While one is likely to feel
as one is thought to be,
one cannot be
who one is thought to be.

~ tomas

viorica weissman [email protected]


The world appears to you so overwhelmingly real
because you think of it all the time; cease thinking of
it and it will dissolve into thin mist.

The Tao of Thanks Giving, Chanukah, Advent and the gift of Presence.


Stephen Mitchell

Tao Te Ching, Part Four

The Tao is like a well: used but
never used up.

It is like the eternal void: filled
with infinite possibilities.

It is hidden but always present.

I don't know who gave birth to

It is older than God.

Tapestry: "Shalom" - Yael Lurie, Pierre Larochette

May each of you be blessed during this seasonal pause as we reflect on That for which we are giving Thanks, and That within which we abide. Some of us will commence the rituals of interior candle lighting for Chanukah (sunset 11/29) and Advent (12/1)

Here is one of the
'brachot' (blessings) spoken on the first night of lighting the Chanukah Candles:

"Blessed are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe, Who has given us life, and has sustained us, and has brought us to
this time."

Reflection on Advent: In rural areas, there are often signs to watch for deer. The sign may be there, and we won’t necessarily see a deer, yet it is important to watch out and keep focused on the road and the ditches. In other countries people have to learn what a landmine sign looks like and to watch for those! In Advent, we look for signs of Christ - interior light signs of wisdom, peace and love.

Lori Erhardt
Sunset United Church, Regina, Saskatchewan

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