Dancing in the Light Behind the Mind


A cavalcade of images and projections,
memory fragments and temporary identities,
the chameleon sense of separate self and other,
all ceaselessly modified as a play of consciousness,
all fanciful creations of a dreamer lost in dreaming —
arise and dissolve like effervescent champagne bubbles
in the spacious radiance of an unfathomable immensity.

Waiting patiently beyond all transient images,
behind all smoke and shadow puppet play
in mind’s funhouse hall of mirrors, shines
a hidden luminosity, the sheer brilliance
of a pure and clear transparent light.

This light is not the acquired fruit
of some stupendous effort, clever strategy,
fortunate circumstance, or accumulated merit.

Nor is it enamored of any flashing reflection
of itself appearing in the looking glass
of our self-conscious vanities.

Although not even a particle of it
can be grasped, clung to, or retained,
it is always more immediate than thought,
more vivid than emotion, more intimate than desire.

Prior to the measurings and manipulations
of the meaning-making mind, it neither regrets
the past, nor is it anxious about what may come.

By its grace, my seasoned tinder
of hopes and worries one day ignited,
blazing across the sky of the heart.

Even now from this bed of ashes,
Love’s radiance streams out in every direction,
illuminating the ten thousand magical things.

Each one is composed of that same light,
mirroring the jewel-like essence
of Love’s effulgent Presence.

Ah, this precious gift of Life!

Yes, dance, Laldeva, dance,
with nothing on but celestial light–
what day could ever be more beautiful,
what sky at night could be more bright!

sufi dancing universe


About Bob OHearn

My name is Bob O'Hearn, and I live with my Beloved Mate, Mazie, in the foothills of the Northern California Sierra Nevada Mountains. I have a number of blog sites you may enjoy: Photo Gallery: http://www.pbase.com/1heart Essays on the Conscious Process: http://theconsciousprocess.wordpress.com/ Compiled Poetry and Prosetry: https://feelingtoinfinity.wordpress.com/ Verses and ramblings on life as it is: https://writingonwater934500566.wordpress.com/ Verses and Variations on the Investigation of Mind Nature: https://themindthatneverwas.wordpress.com/ Verses on the Play of Consciousness: https://onlydreaming187718380.wordpress.com/ Poetic Fiction, Fable, Fantabulation: https://themysteriousexpanse.wordpress.com/ Poems of the Mountain Hermit: https://snowypathtonowhere.wordpress.com/ Love Poems from The Book of Yes: https://lovesight.wordpress.com/ Autobiographical Fragments, Memories, Stories, and Tall Tales: https://travelsindreamland.wordpress.com/ Ancient and modern spiritual texts, creatively refreshed: https://freetransliterations.wordpress.com/ Writings from selected Western Mystics, Classic and Modern: https://westernmystics.wordpress.com/ Wisdom of a Spirit Guide: https://spiritguidesparrow.wordpress.com/ Thank You!
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6 Responses to Dancing in the Light Behind the Mind

  1. Bonni says:

    Who is the author of this Dancing in the Light Behind the Mind? It is exquisite!

  2. Grace, appreciation and thankfulness. You’ve got it all Bob. Thanks for posting and reminding us that life is a gift.

  3. Rk says:

    You are a Joy to the World! Awesome poetry!

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