Bubbles In The Sea Of Consciousness
Consciousness is a vast sea upon and in which we float in these
vessels we call our bodies. Though at first glance, at the
same time that we experience the ocean as one, and cannot
distinguish one drop from another, we know that each drop is
different. So it is that we exist at the same time and in
the same place both as individuals and as elements of the
greater whole. How do we experience this individuality and this
wholeness? The ways are infinite just as the variations
are infinite. Though it would seem that there are a finite
number of leaves, of grains of sand, of stars, of cells, of
persons, yes, indeed, of drops of water, more are coming into
being at any moment and we cannot know if this flow is limited
in any way.
see the waves, feel the spray on our faces, sometimes stinging,
sometimes refreshing. We are carried sometimes on gentle swells,
sometimes tossed about by raging storms. And at times we
drift serenely on calm waters.
is at these times, when we drift serenely, that we can meditate
on the mysterious nature of our lives, reflect on its beauty,
begin to have hints of the divinity of which we all partake...
of which we are but bubbles... in a vast, unknown, limitless
Nevertheless, no matter how clear the water seems, as we
stand -- outside, apart, above -- and look into the depths the
view becomes murkier and murkier. We only see more clearly when
we are immersed, but now we notice a different quality of light.
The rays are refracted, deflected, in this medium.
Before time began to be measured, in very ancient times, we
dwelt totally in those depths and only gradually emerged to know
and savor the sunlight. Made of the same substance as the sea
itself, we, like the world growing about us, became more
as people of the West, tend to call that which we see and share
in the world of clocks and rifles, flowers and frauds, rubies
and cormorants: consciousness, and that which we experience in
dream, imagining, and myth, the unconscious.
the purposes of the following poems, let's assume that for the
contents of our minds, this distinction is unnecessary and only
useful for the purpose of fulfilling contracts and let us see
our selves and the contents of our minds as bubbles in this
vast, roiling, nurturing, lifegiving, sea of consciousness.