Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl

Galen Pearl


Life, the Ultimate Koan

A koan is a paradoxical statement or question used in Zen Buddhism to confound logical thinking and facilitate enlightenment. For example, what is the sound of one hand clapping? Our brains like to identify, categorize, explain, and evaluate. When they are not able to do this, they get agitated and start scanning more anxiously for …

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Fall Equinox

Darkness overtakes the light Inviting entry into mystery  Gathering before the time of stillness  Turning inward after youth  Releasing breath by breath  What waits is yet obscured  It waits in quiet  To carry us gently into new beginnings

The Liminal Space of Possibility

  Sitting by the fire In the dark early morn Watching out the window As shadows emerge from blackness Shadows becoming trees As light seeps into the forest The sun will be here later Now is the time of in between The liminal space of possibility The secret taste of sweet unknown

Embracing Yin

Summer is the season of pure yang energy. Its element is fire. Its organ is the heart. Yang energy is active, hot, rising, powerful. When someone is wildly successful, driving forward, dominating the competition, unstoppable, we might say, “Wow, she’s on fire!”  Our western culture highly values yang energy. Idle hands do the devil’s work, …

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Please in Kind Prevail

                                                                 You think you know yourself until things start happening, until you lose the insulation of normality. ~Robert Wilson The photo above shows a label on the side of a jigsaw puzzle box. I was immediately intrigued.  “Specification colors …

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Heard Only in the Heart

The words are spoken in silenceHeard only in the heartDo not doubt what they revealMore real than any heard in mindTrust the truth of what is known beyond knowingAnd do not be misled by thoughtThat seeks to hold illusionBe thou thus ignited With what has always burnedDeep Deep

Tao Te Ching – Chapter 71

Understanding that we do not know is wisdomBelieving that we know the unknowable is sufferingFirst year law students often arrive expecting that they are going to be told all the answers to legal questions. After a few weeks of hearing professors say, “That depends on …,” they begin to suspect that the professors know the …

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Light in the Darkness

Darkness darkness, be my pillow Take my head and let me sleepIn the coolness of your shadowIn the silence of your dreamDarkness darkness, hide my yearningFor the things that cannot beKeep my mind from constant turning Towards the things I cannot see     ~Stephen Stills Today is the first day of winter, the season we associate with …

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Tao Te Ching – Chapter 65

Like other chapters which address principles of governance, this chapter applies just as well, and perhaps with more relevance, to how we govern ourselves. In ancient times rulers who followed TaoDid not teach people to be cleverBut rather encouraged people to follow their true natureGoverning by manipulation brought ruinBut governing in alignment with Tao brought …

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