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Crystal Dancer

My dear dancer forming as a crystal
Molecular brilliance responding reforming
Each moment a creation revealing itself.

Yet you, crystal brilliance, touch the cosmos with your eyes.
Opening and closing eyes gifting self and every self with something beyond yourself..
You are eyes nurturing every formation within you.
You are eyes with a reach into the worlds of person and leaf and star and night.

Yet you, only you are the crystal forming your unity of person on person into infinity.
You and your eyes make union with your self or not, with other crystals or not.

You crystal dancer can stare as if you do not exist or wish it so.
Or every cell of you can offer to join you in celebration of yet another crystal.

Yet you crystal dancer and your eyes are the gate to an intimacy with life as it forms in your every move.
And your eyes may nourish your every cell and reveal each one to us your fellow dancers.

For you see my dear crystal dancer, I grow as you grow, crystal upon brilliant crystal.
Tim Hurst 11/14/17

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Letter to Lovers of Life

Intelligence is being discovered in every area of our bodies, in every system within a human person, and in every interaction with our world, This intelligence is both understood as basic human nature and seen as unreachable within extremely stressful circumstances.

This confusion about intelligence as both useful and elusive can be seen in a growing worry about suicide even in our teenagers. Confusion about gaining and applying personal strength reveals a disconnect in understanding our experience of life.

Our language and survival tendencies limit our agility to discover information beyond what we have catalogued. We label the entire realm beyond our comprehension as the unknown, or as mystical, or worse, we claim that one day in the future we will know everything that we do not now know.

The realm of the arts and religion label these unknown areas as layers of experience. Both disciplines explore many realms of experience. They show us clearly what these experiences look like in music, dance, ritual and the other arts. They engage us, involve us, and take us into their newly discovered territory.

Arts and religion do not stop with focusing our attention on different layers of experience. They describe in detail a process of discovery that can be applied to each individual and each group.

The power of the arts and religion is easily shaped to justify any opinion. The arts and religion can be used to promote an opinion or a product to sell. They can justify any group wanting to dominate any other.

When a person connects a powerful experience available through the arts and religion with survival instincts, many paths are possible. Most,of these paths lead to the entanglement of domination or the disillusion of addiction.

This collusion of the arts and religion as an open realm of discovery with the practical application of power leaves a vacuum. In this vacuum rise the voices that discount the arts and religion as outside the necessary areas of study. Others call them mystical or redefine their purpose as another way to improve the static brain or to improve exercise or to cure disease.

The reality is that the arts and religion engage every human system and give access to experience that builds strength and understanding of the process of life. Far from challenging science and math, they are ways of experiencing the depths of life that both science and math describe.
Tim Hurst 081617.