Monthly Archives: February 2012

To find wonder in simple things…to know they are not simple at all


We enter the world filled with a newborn sense of awe – a
sense of deep and persistent wonderment. It is among our primal sensations – our
nascent senses filled to overflowing in the early amazing days of our lives. Palpable astonishment shines radiantly in the open
eyes of the very young, all of us, every one.

The newness of it all…the blue brilliance of terrestrial skies, verdant sunlit leaves, the elegance of wild birds in flight, the pungent fragrances and spectral colors of the biosphere – all the incredible sensations of being alive: these are ours. We
own them outright by virtue of our birth.

With no words to stand for things, the things themselves,
our actual experiences and their resonant perceptual echoes fill our inner
lives. Our childhoods are replete with wonder.

Can we recapture the wordless rapture – a sense of the
numinous – now that our minds are packed solid with ciphers, symbols, and words
that seem to leave no room for direct apprehension of the wondrous cosmos we inhabit, but somehow fail to notice?

This is the good work. It is our constant task. To remind
ourselves and each other of the miraculous nature of this infinite moment –
and of the next, and each one after that…


Image: “Numinous Moon” by Tullio DeSantis, pierced paper and digital image, 2012

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Things Change


change. We survive and grow in positive ways. Destructive tendencies are
harnessed, providing energy and creating new points of view. Tidal waves of
effort and individual expression move through the network on self-defining
trajectories. We become new versions of ourselves.

by belief and perception, we discern only shifting memes as we traverse the
mindcloud. Their acceleration outpaces our comprehension.

observe the totality, the ebb and flow of our messages – to absorb all that
occurs in every moment, one might come to know us. But we are far too vast for

quivering virtual lens of space and time is how we see ourselves. Evolving toward
utter dematerialization, we appear unknowable. Yet, new patterns continuously emerge
and, as we contemplate their complexity, they change us and become us. Our transformation is inevitable.

“4Moons” by Tullio DeSantis, altered ink drawing and multiple-exposure astrophotography,

Video: “The Known Universe” Developed by the American Museum of Natural History
in partnership with the Rubin Museum of Art


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Full Mind Rising



Life is an opening to all the wonders of the universe.
Use it as a way of awakening. There is no need to accept limited definitions
of what you may be or may become. What we call “the mind” is this experience of
holding a part of the totality within ourselves, while all the rest remains
outside, as the world, cosmos, infinity – all the possible
ways these connections can be made. The connection between this one moment of
awareness and the manifold potential for all experience binds us to each other
and to the cosmos. It awakens in us a sense of empathy and compassion, in which
we can discover our true humanity. The fullness of experience is here for us
each moment. In this awareness lies our true freedom. We have only to recognize


Image: “Full Mind Rising” by Tullio DeSantis, ink
drawing, 2012

YouTube Video: “The Magnificent Universe” by TheParadigmShift



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Alive in the Multiverse


Truth or understanding comes in a flash, and that flash has no continuity;
it is not within the field of time. Do see this for yourself. Understanding is
fresh, instantaneous; it is not the continuity of something that has been. What
has been cannot bring you understanding. As long as one is seeking a
continuity, wanting permanency in relationship, in love, longing to find peace
everlasting, and all the rest of it, one is pursuing something that is within
the field of time and therefore does not belong to the timeless.

J. Krishnamurti, The Book of Life*There
is emptiness devoid of attributes – devoid even of the attribute of emptiness
itself. There is no thing. It is opaque but it is not black. It is transparent
but not clear. It is not part of experience, it simply…is.

a vast and all-encompassing vacuum is burdened by sheer improbability. And so
this incomprehensible emptiness evolves toward a more probable state. It begins
to vibrate, slowly at first, with an infinitesimal frequency and a wavelength
of infinite extension. More subtle than light itself, it is more a form of thought
– a thought with no mind to contain or restrain it.

singularity vibrates and expands, filling an oceanic space with increasing
complexity, chaos and strange attractors – mind forms drift within a vast foaming
sea of possibility. We are alive in a multidimensional manifold of many worlds
– a living multiverse.

Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life


Image: “The Mind and the Matter” by Tullio DeSantis, altered ink drawing, 2012

Hyperlink: “Theory of the Origin, Evolution, and Nature of Life” by Erik D. Andrulis, Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

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