When Silo spoke of
the inflexible logic within us,
in “The Inner Look”,
I could never quite got it
until this talk on transcendence
appeared on facebook, and I
spent some hours translating
and being with it.
My small synthesis is that
wanting is preventing.
It has to do with the Principles.
Pursuing an end or pursuing
pleasure, both equally
enchain my consciousness,
just like forcing things toward an end.
Here in the US, this pursuit
of happiness has been drummed
into our heads since infancy.
This is how the golden rule fits
into this inflexible logic. In focusing
on treating others as we
ourselves want to be treated
we switch from desire to reflection.
From what can I get to
what can I give to
make this life make sense?
And out of that search for coherence
comes peace and internal unity.
Yet wanting internal unity pushes
me away from it because
as in a mirror, I am moving opposite
to the direction I need, by pursuing it.
We can use the feedback
we receive from our actions
to notice how it effects our bodies,
as a way of knowing if our actions were valid.
This register of these valid actions
produces peace and unity within.
When Silo said, in that talk, that everything
was possession, I could see how that was my
everything. And I could also see how this drive
to possess has me tied up in knots.
Tense from morning to night.
If I continue to act in the world
as me first, what’s in it for me,
I remain locked up inside myself like a prison.
Wanting out of this prison, gets me nowhere,
wanting out leaves me in.