All creatures, including humans, are parts and pieces of Nature, and Nature itself is parts without a whole. Besides, what we call life, our planet, the universe or multiverse and our notion of God are not completed in themselves. In a nutshell, all we call existence, reality, and deity remains the greatest mystery.
The Mysterious Self
Like life I’m an open book
Yet a complex mystery
Like the ocean I lay plain
Before you yet vastly deep
Thereby be careful when next
You try to figure me out
I’m a mystery that is
Vastly deeper to explore
The source of dreams is a mysterious realm, so humans don’t usually last long in this realm. This realm is known as the subconscious mind. Despite the humans’ knowledge about the subconscious mind, its contents and how it functions remains a contested subject, especially in the academic field of philosophy and psychology. So, in this short article, a few mysterious aspects of dreams that emanate from the subconscious mind will be discussed briefly below. And this will bring about a few questions.
The first mystery is that many people can only have a specific dream once. However, a few people claim to be having particular dreams repeatedly. Thus, if this is possible, why is it only happening to a few people? Besides, can this type of dream be significant in any way?
The second mystery is that most people cannot continue a dream once they wake up during a dream. However, a few people, especially lucid dreamers who can induce their dreams while asleep, can continue to have the same dream if they wake up and go back to sleep. Therefore, if this is possible, why is it only possible for a few people? Also, can such a dream still be coherent in any way?
The third mystery is that most people usually dream about what they have done and think about in the past. Or dream about some unresolved emotions they have before they go to sleep. However, a few people claim to have the ability to dream about future life events. So, if this is possible, why is this ability given to a few people? In addition, can this type of dream be accurate with reality?
In a nutshell, the answers to the above questions remain a mystery in the academic field of philosophy and psychology. Finally, there are various myths concerning dreams in some human cultures and societies. Yet, all these myths combined are not enough to offer us a comprehensive understanding of the mystery we call dream.
Throughout life our personality, needs, and goals will change. Also, the people we hang out with and those we want in our life will change over time. Those changes that occur in us through the course of life are normal, as the self is not a stable entity. Life itself is not static, and change is the only integral part of life which is constant.
We are not the same but we are equal
According to the laws of creation
Melanin determines our complexion
We are parts and pieces of creation
Who are we to judge one another?
Among us are philosophers and scientists
And we still live in hatred and confusion
Nature is there staring at us and smiling
While rubbing its immortality on our faces
I won’t live my life being a colour
I see human beings beyond complexion
I see one humanity not various human race
I see billions with beautiful bodies and souls
People are dying of inferiority complex
Cosmetic surgeries are rampant this age
People has ventured into skin alteration
The pale wants to become tanned
The tanned wants to become pale
They stuck between the complexion spectrum
Is it true that human nature is defective?
That slight difference makes us unique
We must be pleased in our various skins
Biology and culture regulates our lives
We must utilize wisdom as we live
Image credit: One Humanity by Geeta Biswas.
A perfectly shaped bun
her greatest weakness
every time she gets one
it tempts her meekness
Every time she grabs one
she would caress it gently
and never wants it gone
yet she munches it wholly
DEATH is what is believed to be the end of all living creatures. As a result, death remains the greatest fear and loss to generations of humans. Everyone living would love to live forever but no one wants to die, as most people lack the understanding that death is not the end of life. Life and death are intertwined, and this makes them difficult to distinguish. For instance, think about the death and regeneration of human body cells over time, in that sense, one is constantly dying while living. Besides, life and death are not static for they continuously evolve progressively. Thus, when death terminates the biological functions of a living creature, that occurrence gives rise to another form of life. Although life and death are intertwined, many humans still consider death as one unpleasant phenomenon. Death is inevitable, as it signifies the completion of a natural life cycle. Besides, humans should always remember that dying is also an act of living.
Living life positively is a choice for each human being who is aware that death remains inevitable for all creatures. Therefore, humans must learn and choose to live life positively and worry less about death, since it is inevitable. Death is not the greatest loss in this world, the greatest loss is when life dies inside a human while such a human is still alive. No one asked to be born into this world—it just happens—which is why it is called ‘the gift of life’. Life is the greatest phenomenon, it is priceless and unique to everyone alive, and if you want to enjoy this phenomenon, start celebrating this event called LIFE.
Image Credit: Life and death by Charles Sabourin.
I service my iron horse and get ready for usual Saturday leisure bike ride. Afterwards, I ride up the country road at a snail’s pace to feel the essence of Nature. I listen to the songs of birds, the whispering of trees, and the mooing of cows on the roadside. The gentle wind mixes those sounds into a smooth serenade, which I enjoy as I slowly ride up the road. I dismount at the top to enjoy the panoramic view of Limerick city, which now seems to be at my feet. I take a few pictures and start heading back home. Riding down the road, I hear a car approaching from behind. I slow down and remain on the edge of the road. The car pulls up right beside me at arm’s length. A lad climbs up from the sunroof and catapults a canned drink at me. Instantly I think I’m doomed, so my vision grey out slightly. Then a rocket swooshes past my face. How it does not hit me remains a mystery. I am utterly terrified as I watch the car fade out of sight.
a clear and calm sea . . .
a bold osprey dives down
with a mighty splash
Today I choose to meditate in savasana posture but forget to set the alarm. Afterwards, I’m standing in my room. And I can see my wardrobe, work-desk, and bed. Then I see my body lying unconscious on the floor. I start trembling. I lean towards the wall for support, but it melts like a mass of clouds. I tumble through the fading wall into the ocean. Suddenly I’m floating among psychedelic seahorses, tie-dyed mandarin-fish, kaleidoscopic sea-turtles, and luminous clownfish. I stay afloat among these sea creatures adoring the deep ocean scenery. I think I have overcome my fear of deep water but then I start gasping for breath, my lungs fill with water. My limbs get heavier, my brain fogs from lack of oxygen. Out of the deep blue, I sense a pulsing voice from afar. “Do you want to go back?” I answer yes—inaudibly. I tremble and gasp, mouth wide-open, like a fish washed ashore. I flop back and forth, before I regain my breath and get off the floor.
the northeast trade winds arrive
with Sahara dust