Rhys Logan, "Starry Sky, Washington" September 18, 2010 courtesy of National Geographic.

Currents

Walking down Cecil Street on my way to work this morning, my mind is scattered like old newspapers in the September wind. Still asleep, I spill out over the familiar neighborhood, forgetting who and where I am. Suddenly unannounced, like a surprise phone call from my mother, there is a subtle shift in my awareness, like a door that has opened slightly, revealing a small strand of light. Magically, an inner space appears. From here, I watch thoughts roar past and, paying no attention to them, they dissolve into a white canvas.

“In the world but not of it,” I think to myself, and like a drunken magician that pulls away the tablecloth and all the dishes crash onto the floor, the awareness disappears.

I spend the majority of my life being continually swept along by the natural current of both outer and inner circumstances. I call this my life. If I am lucky enough, I remember to make an effort to go against this current. As the river of life rushes past, taking me along with it, I try to grab onto a branch to avoid being swept out to sea. For a moment I realize that I am not just this whirling world of mind. There is something else here and maybe, for a few seconds, I am not entirely lost.

All spiritual teachings speak of an inner quiet or silence. How can I simply observe whatever is taking place in and around me without manipulating anything. Can I find a place in myself from where I am able to observe from, like Christopher Isherwood said when he describes that he is, “a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking.”

Pictured: Rhys Logan, Starry Sky, Washington, September 18, 2010 courtesy of National Geographic.

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jane brunettereply
October 25, 2010 at 8:54 am

wow, luke. i didn’t know blogs could be like this. i feel like i just visited a wisdom temple with a delicate, powerful aesthetic. Thanks for this haunting dream of a blog… in the words here, and in the tumblr — and for helping me find my way here.
jane

Luke Stormsreply
October 25, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Dear Jane,

Thank you for dropping by and thank you for your kind and encouraging words. They are much appreciated.

warm regards,

Luke

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