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Coagulated

A behind the scenes look at the way things come together



Well...it’s taken me about three months to write this piece. 


But it makes sense. 


Certain things have to come together in their own time.


Layers build upon layers. Curiously, the layers also unfold from the layers.


It’s all quite curious.


So it is important to watch as the things unfold. 

And by things I mean: 


EVERYTHING IN THE MATERIAL UNIVERSE 


As the things unfold, they also come together. 


It’s mysterious and magical, like the way eggs change from translucent to clouded. 

Like the way a cake rises in the oven.


Apparently, the true nature of the universe is happening under the surface. Some kind of coagulation is always at play, even if we can’t see it. 



It’s taken me about three months to write this piece. There are a few reasons for that. 


Here’s a silly list:


I’m lazy.

I put it off.

I went on a tangent.

I was working.

I saw friends.

I prioritized other things.


Okay let’s try that again…this time with the universe’s unfolding process in mind.


It’s taken me about three months to write this piece. There are a few reasons for that. 


Here’s a realistic list:


I have been collecting data.

I have been thinking about it.

I have been processing it.

I have been simmering on the ideas.


And somehow, in being lazy, in putting it off, in going on tangents, in working, seeing friends, in prioritizing other things, the piece came together. 


“Right before my very eyes, quietly, silently…” just as The Biscayne Poet writes



Just like a bud: you can’t rip or peel it open and reveal the flower. It will open when it’s ready. 


Like an orchid unfolds petal by petal, so too do the underlying, inner-workings of the universe.


Here’s a realistic claim:


Each petal must form and arrange just so, in order to properly bloom.


Here’s a silly claim: 


Each experience, conversation, moment, must form and arrange just so, in order to properly unfold. 



We walk around life lazily, putting things off, going on tangents, prioritizing other things. 

We delay our passions, our generosity, our presence. 

We get wrapped up in human experiences. 

We are swept up into the illusion of maya

We are disconnected from our true nature.

We become blind to the perfection. 


We forget that we are already completely whole.


We see the parts as separate from each other.


We are detached from the sense that these pieces are inseparable from each other, and the end result.


We forget to see that the ‘interferences’ are themselves part of the unfolding. 


The lazy, putting things off, tangents, other priorities, lead to the ‘bloom.’

Like Jack Johnson sings, “Getting lost is not a waste of time.”


The interferences ultimately become the catalysts.  


Like goopy eggs put on top of heat.


A curious, unexpected reaction occurs.


The surface may appear unchanged.


But just beyond the surface.


Silently.


Quietly.


Magically.


Mysteriously.


The layers unfold AND build upon each other.


They reveal their perfect, interconnected nature.


But how?


In a seemingly arbitrary, unexpected moment, the underlying, inner-workings complete their behind-the-scenes chicanery, and the flower opens.

And when, according to the universe’s recipe, you have collected enough data, pondered enough, processed enough, simmered on enough…

And the metaphorical timer goes off, indicating that  ‘the cake is done!’ 


Whatever thing FEELS like it’s been interfered with


Whatever thing FEELS like it’s been interfered with by laze, procrastination, prioritizing other things…


Has come together in its’ own time.


Both the doing it, and the not doing it are inseparable from the resulting blossoms. 


It is the ‘laze’ and ‘data collection’ both.

It is the ‘prioritizing other things’ and ‘simmering’ both.


They are both part of a mysterious, magical binding process. They are part of it.

They are bound. They are inseparable from each other and the end result.



So often we FEEL that these ‘interferences’ get in the way of doing what we ought to do. 


But it makes sense. 


Certain things have to come together in their own time.


We forget that things come together or fall away on their own. 

That we don’t have to DO anything. 


That sometimes we just have to simmer.


You can’t peel the petals open to reveal a flower.

You can’t turn up the heat to 1000°F to bake the cake or cook the eggs faster.

You can’t create a succinct piece of writing if you haven’t collected enough data.


We must return to see the process. 


That certain things have to come together in their own time.


That the universe is an excellent baker and knows how to cook you to perfection.

And when you’re all done

And the bell rings

And the yolk has heated to just the right temperature 

And a magical chemical reaction occurs 

And the liquid becomes a solid 


The flower that is your existence will bloom.


The bits that have been just hidden from your line of sight will be seen.


Everything will come together.


You will emerge a golden brown delicious cake.

Scrambled eggs.

An orchid.


And the realistic examples

And the silly examples

Are stuck together.

They are in union.

They have been in cahoots the whole time. 

And you don’t have to DO anything to hurry the process.


You just plant the seeds. 

You just put the batter in the oven.

You just crack some eggs in the pan


And let the fire of the universe’s underlying, inner-workings 


Coagulate.


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