Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl

No Way Café

There is nobody who can teach the way of no way. It cannot be learned either. Teaching and learning require someone. When there is no longer anybody, then the way of no way is evident and there is neither need for learning nor desire for teaching.

~Todd Jackson

What We Think We See

We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are. ~Anais Nin I’m not sure what this says about me, because when I glanced at this sticker in the grocery store, I thought it said “Fairy Traded Bananas.” How whimsical, I smiled, pausing to picture tiny fairy farmers bringing their produce to …

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It’s Okay to Feel Sad

The martial arts school I used to go to sits on the corner of a busy intersection. I just read that someone smashed one of the huge windows that face the street. With so much of this sort of thing in the news these days, I’m not sure why this particular act of vandalism hit …

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In the Arms of the Beloved

You brought the music back Carried by trade winds and ocean currents You sing across the seas Now the music chants my days I dance my life In the arms of the Beloved 

Eight Stages of Awakening, or “Are We There Yet?”

Some of us like to know where we stand. Am I making progress? How do I know? Am I further along than [fill in the blank]? So here is a list of stages that I suspect many of us can relate to. I Want It The allure of awakening has caught our attention and we …

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Morning Magic

  Rainbows splashed upon the walls Greetings from the rising sun Here a moment and then vanished Magic in the mundane morn   

Zen Vacuuming

While visiting a gorgeous Japanese garden, I noticed a young man squatting in a patch of grass with his back toward me. I couldn’t see what he was doing so I asked a nearby employee, who explained to me that he was cutting the grass with a small pair of scissors. I walked around the …

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The Trap of Belief

Your belief does not make Truth true Truth is ever true and can be nothing else All else is false And cannot be made true by thought So believe or do not believe It does not matter Truth shines ever radiant Seen clearly by the soul Unencumbered by mind’s need to know  I’ve been thinking about the nature of belief lately, which is …

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The Sadness of Letting Go

No one tells you There is a sadness When all is left behind Although shed willingly Touch lingers A last caress Of what was once a treasure There is no going back Nor would you want to Yet there were moments When happiness kissed your lips And longing stirred your soul When the dream sang …

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The Nature of Desire

Just a simple little key, right? A little house key that got lost when I went for a walk. When I got back home, the key was not in my pocket. What happened to it? It probably fell out when I pulled a poop bag out of my pocket to clean up after my dog. …

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