Vast Presence is always perfectly still.
And yet – as happened today – when a child is injured outside one’s gate and lies screaming in shock and pain, there is action. It is action unclouded by confusion, by conceptualization, by choice. Action simply acts. The child is held and comforted, first aid is applied. She is protected until her mother arrives.
Vast Presence does nothing but be present.
Isn’t it curious that we strive to live in the moment when it’s impossible to find any-where or any-when else but the vastness of the Present, this very moment? We are prisoners of this perfect Presence: there’s no need to seek it, and no possibility of escape!
See also – I’m prisoner of a presence
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Curiously, Emptiness (via WordPress.com) has elected to recently republish the first two or three posts published on this little blog – without consulting she-who-scribbles. I take it as one of those inexplicable serendipities that grace the way…
In the operating room, the surgeon and his/her team have no time to conceptualize or think about time: response is immediate moment by moment and everything is geared to purposeful action… it is as if the activity, the doing goes on by itself. Who does it?
“… the doing goes on by itself.” Yes, just like our heart beats itself and our toenails grow without our intervention.
“Who does it?” Even the gods have no answer and fall silent – as will any honest scientist, philosopher or cleric. When small-selves are in suspension some immense intelligence flows into action. Some folk call it Grace.
Whatever IT is, IT brings me to my knees in awe – and adoration.
Thank you for leaving a comment dear Martin.
I just found your blog, somehow manage to stumble upon it in this waste cyber universe … and I am glad I did.
Daniela – I’m glad too! Thank you for leaving a comment, and taking me back to Wellington via your blog. Highly recommended!
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‘Isn’t it curious that we strive to live in the moment when it’s impossible to find any-where or any-when else’ – oh, very good – y’mean … what th’ …!
Mark – yeah. I mean … !