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October 2021

Meta me becoming, in this moment, constantly becoming
That roar you ignore in your ears is time rushing by


Meta me is a chatterbox, always talking, playing out multiple scenarios (many involving disasters or at least unpleasant, unexpected accidents), turning over stories, engaging in fictitious arguments, invisible struggles, firing anger, and driving depression.

The whole meta feedback process eventually turns in on itself, spirals, skyrockets, crashes, and there is only a moment or two in the process when a gap can be found and an exit taken; miss the chance and meta media streams for hours.


Being present isn't much of a story - until the unpacking starts.

Being here, of course, right here, right now, is the beginning.
Being is the beginning and that is all there needs to be.

One meta level out is the frame, the knowing that you are here.
Simultaneously being here and knowing you are here.

The next meta level makes it easy to see that you are so much more than a body on Earth, that true nature is full and complete, not separate from the ground you rest on, the air you breathe, the place you call home.


Still here. Still at the beginning. Still being.

The plot line at this meta level doesn't vary much: one breath in, one breath out.

I sit here as long as possible but when the business of life demands my attention......where was I?


A persistent node hanging out, features formed by movement, while everything around is sliding past an emergent vortex opens, arising from the substances surrounding it, bound to the duration of the flow.

Emergent meta characters are very generalized entities compared to human characters. They have no dialog, no intention, no desire, no suffering; the story is really how and why they exist at all.


The meta Buddha is present, in this moment, sitting peacefully on a plane orthogonal to human reality. The meta Buddha springs from the internal reflections of meditators, arising as an ideal, and rests in their aspirations. The meta Buddha takes no action, gives no teachings, and does not pilgrimage or ask for alms.

The form of the meta Buddha is constantly shifting, influenced by culture and practice. The meta Buddha is made of many parts; the newer ones appearing to be more sharply defined, segmented by use, almost measurable, used like tokens, traded on the internet, and turned into memes.

Meta Buddha is fought over, colonized, and commodified. These machinations tell the story.


What is the story? Consider the difference between a narrative story (with a protagonist and a plot) and a meta story (a broad summation, the gist of a situation, a generalization of circumstances).

A meta story repairs the rips in our expectations that were torn by what actually happened.


What good is a meta story? Why call out to the frame?

When the most pressing problems are larger than any individual, when solo actions like recycling cans, switching to electric cars, or eating less meat won't slow industrial growth, when only a shift of goals and intentions at a collective level will make a difference, then a meta story has to be written.

A solution must include more than awakening people, the consciousness that emerges from humanity has to care.


How do we inspire a caring attitude in a collective mind? How do we get through to an an emergent being, an entity springing out of all of us, one that seems equally happy to hurt or to heal?

Why doesn't human dialog reach the meta? For any position we take, no matter how moral, justified, objectively, provably true, there will be some who oppose it - if only to be contrarian voices. For every expansion enacted, a contraction follows, every change proposed provokes fear in some people and a desire not to change will arise. This back and forth stays at the human level.

How do we see emergence? A meta forms naturally and spontaneously from human actions. No individual can control the shape. Even identical collective actions produce unpredictable results. But emergence has another face. There is no emergence without conscious minds to witness it, to re-cognize the meta. How we look at what is arising, what we see as signal, what we disregard as noise, defines the emergent form and shapes the collective vision.

To inspire a universal shift to compassion, we must see in the meta what we hold most dear in our hearts.


Humans live together on Earth, drinking the same water and breathing the same air. Our lives originate, bloom, and wither right next to each other, roots entangled and fates combined.

The story in my head says I am a lone individual but a meta perspective makes it clear that I am inseparable from the global organism called life. Keeping this meta perspective in mind from moment to moment will help the organism thrive.


Ways to see/recognize/follow the meta character:

1 read between the lines of the news
2 identify what is inexorable
3 examine points of resistance
4 study how things unfold
5 watch where money moves
6 tune into the zeitgeist
7 practice drawing
8 detail individual behaviors
9 unpack misunderstandings


Changing the meta isn't magical or wishful thinking but imagining a new world


A variety of impressions gathered on board a flight to Louisiana

My future is in a dialog with my past

Life of a pressed flower

Attending transitions

The world gets remade every day

Dreamlike states while airborne

Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken.

-from the Genjo Koan written by Zen master Dogen Zenji


Echos of the world all around

The forest for the trees

Hidden depths

Dependent origination

Noticing the dark side of the cycle

Tentative assembly of self

Not avoiding, not embracing, just being

Passing through turbulence knowing 'this is the nature of air'

Atmospheric layers

Waking up Autumn