shed the duality that you are a seeker

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is nothing that 

is impure, nothing in need of

elimination, no place to go, not a thing to

obtain. Shed the duality that you are a seeker 

in search of some attainment. Just be

as you are, without attachment

to anything, anyone,

any state, any



Wei wu Wei Ching, Chapter 24

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what you do is who you are

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natural laws of

the universe are inviolable:

Energy condenses into substance.

Food is eaten through the mouth and not

the nose. A person who neglects to

breathe will turn blue and die. 

Some things simply can’t

be dismissed.


It is also

a part of the cosmic law

that what you say and do determines

what happens in your life. The ordinary person

thinks that this law is external to himself and he feels

confined and controlled by it. So his desires trouble his mind,

his mind troubles his spirit, and he lives in constant

turmoil with himself and the world.

His whole life is spent in




superior person

recognizes that he and the

subtle law are one. Therefore he

cultivates himself to accord with it, bringing

moderation to his actions and clarity to his mind.

Doing this, he finds himself at one with

all that is divine and enlightened.

His days are passed drinking in

serenity and breathing out




is the profound,

simple truth: you are the master

of your life and death. What

you do is who

you are.


from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 40


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you’re a river

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a life properly lived,

you’re a river. You touch things lightly

or deeply; you move along because life herself moves,

and you can’t stop it; you can’t figure out a banal game plan

applicable to all situations; you just have to go

with the “beingness” of life,

as Rilke would

have it.


Jim Harrison


the king is dead, long live the king





after the accident I

was presented with the

“whole picture” as they say,

magnificently detailed, a child’s

diorama of what life appears to be:

staring at the picture I became drowsy

with relief when I noticed a yellow dot of light

in the lower right-hand corner. I unhooked the machines

and tubes and crawled to the picture, which turned out to be a

miniature tunnel at the end of which I could see mountains and stars

whirling and tumbling, sheets of emotions, vertical rivers, upside down

lakes, herds of unknown mammals, birds shedding feathers and 

regrowing them instantly, snakes with feathered heads eating

their own shed skins, fish swimming straight up, the

bottom of Isaiah’s robe, live whales on dry ground,

lions drinking from a golden bowl of milk,

the rush of night, and somewhere in

this the murmur of gods —

a tree-rubbing-tree music,

a sweet howl of water and

rock-grating-rock, fire

hissing from fissures,

the moon settled

comfortably on

the ground,


to roll.


Jim Harrison

beloved mentor, friend, guide

December 11, 1937 – March 26, 2016


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