The Well Of Consciousness
Guest Post by Hal Manogue
What a thing it is to sit absolutely alone,
In the forest at night cherished by this
Perfectly innocent speech;
The most comforting speech in the world.
The talk that rain makes by itself all over the ridges.
And the talk of the watercourses everywhere in the hollows!
Nobody started it; nobody is going to stop it.
It will take as long as it wants this rain.
As long as it talks I am going to listen.
Thomas Merton, the author, poet and social reformer, was one of the most influential monks of the 20th century. He wrote more than 60 books and scores of essays and reviews. He was proponent of inter-religious understanding. He met and had conversations with the Dalai Lama, Thich Nhat Hanh, and D.T. Suzuki. Merton liked to have conversations about individual beliefs and the value of religious unity.
Merton understood that the inner self is a portion of our consciousness that is not controlled by our perception of time and space. Merton was Catholic, but he was also a student of Zen. He believed that Zen is an aspect of the inner self. Sitting in the forest at night, he physically experienced his inner self. He discovered the voice of the conscious rain. He perceived the voice using his religious belief structure.
We all interpret our experiences using aspects of our religious and scientific belief structure. The ego with all its bodily connections must deal with the beliefs created by our sensual perceptions. We live in a body of beliefs, but the inner self is free to listen, and to act as it creates more rain from the well of consciousness.
Hal Manogue’s new novel: The Butterfly Ball will be released in September 2012. Hal is also the author of the 2011 award winning book: Living Behind The Beauty Shop.
Born in Philadelphia, Howard (Hal) (Howie) Thomas Manogue spent the first twenty-one years of his life conforming to logical beliefs and rituals. He spent the next twenty-six years of his life rebelling against those beliefs and rituals in one way or another. For the last twelve years he has been studying and writing about consciousness. His journey has taken him through the history of religious thought and the intricacies of philosophy as well as other associations and influences that impact the human belief system.
Retiring from the shoe industry after 35 years of “sole” searching, Hal discovered his real soul when he started writing poetry in 1996. His first book, Short Sleeves A Book For Friends, was self-published in 2003. His second book, Short Sleeves A Book For Friends 2006 Collection, was released in May 2006. His third book, Short Sleeves a Book for Friends 2007 Collection, was released in January 2007. Short Sleeves Spirit Songs was published in July 2008. Spirit Songs Echoes of Silence will be released in 2014. Essays from his book, Short Sleeves Insights: Live An Ordinary Life In A Non-Ordinary Way (published in May 2008) have been republished in other books and newsletters around the globe. All these books are available on his Web site: http://www.shortsleeves.net/ as well as in book stores.
Hal’s poems have been published by Mystic Pop Magazine, Children of the New Earth Magazine, New Age Tribune, Seasons of the Soul Newsletters, The Ascension Network, Lightship News, and Writers in the Sky E-zine. On his blog, he has published hundreds of essays on consciousness. More of his essays can be found on: bizymoms.com, authorsden.com, holistichealth.com, and newagetribune.com, and www.halmanogue.blogspot.com.
Hal currently lives in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife, Joanie.