Wednesday, April 14, 2010

April's New "Sprouting Grass" Moon

Today is the new moon of April, the Sprouting Grass Moon. It won't be visible for a little while, but in two weeks it will move across the circle of our sky and be full.

I've been thinking about moons, circles, and hearts....

The Enzo- which looks like a moon,



And what Black Elk said:

You have noticed that everything as Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round.

The Sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.

Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves.


And I've been thinking that we try too hard to know things with our heads. What we can get in our heads isn't all that important. I think there's more payoff in learning things by heart, for heart. Heart "knowing" is sweeter, deeper, warmer.

20 comments:

Delwyn said...

Hi Dan

I did enjoy learning about the enso and the way that is is used to express wholeness and unity.

in your post this line really appeals to me:


Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours.

I think I need to make a collage about that...



Perhaps we learn with our head until we realize that the heart has much more capacity and doesn't have holes like a sieve where all the stuff slips through. And perhaps we also realize that no matter what the head knows until it is channelled through the heart and through the hands it is just stuff...

What a great post thanks Dan...
what great company I have here in this world...


Happy days

jinksy said...

In my tarot card deck, completion is a circle, just like the circle of life...The symbolism is extremely potent.

steven said...

dan i was just writing back and forth with reya over at the gold puppy about heart learning compared to head learning. without using those terms. i wouldn't have known to describe the difference a few years ago but it's a part of me now. thanks for this gorgeous and insightful post. steven

Lori ann said...

So beautiful. And exactly how i feel. Thank you for Black Elks words about the symbolism and meaning of the circle.
I love that you put into words about thinking with our heart, mine is where i live.

neighbor said...

Thank you Dan.

I love the moon, circles, and hearts.

:-)

Paul C said...

Also the circle of birth and death. Many westerners have a problem with the latter.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Delwyn-- thanks for the comment. I feel the same way: grateful for the company of the bloggers who converse here.

How funny that the heart, which is full of holes, holds on to memories much longer. The view of the heart as a pump is the smallest part of the story. The heart is actually quite active neurologically. I think it has a very large number of neurons. So it makes sense that it knows a lot about the world. A huge amount.

Dan Gurney said...

jinksy, may the circle be unbroken! Yes, a very powerful image and not only among the first peoples, but around the world and across species.

Dan Gurney said...

steven--thank you for your comment. I like reya's view of the world. It's different from mine, but complementary. They mesh well, like we're singing different notes, but in the same key.

Shaista (Lupus in Flight) said...

Birds make great sky-circles
of their freedom.
How do they learn it?

They fall, and falling,
they're given wings.

- Rumi

Dan Gurney said...

Lori ann, the heart is a really good place to abide in. It's such a happier place than the chatty, argumentative mind worlds.

Dan Gurney said...

neighbor, cool, it makes sense that you would. You seem to see how things are all entwined within the circle of compassion.

Dan Gurney said...

Shaista, that' just beautiful. I love Rumi, Hafiz, the Sufis generally. Their voices can be so clear and so powerful and soaring. And dancers often move in circles, too!

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Paul. You're dead right about people not wanting to think about death.

But the funny thing is that, paradoxically, you don't begin to really live, really live, until you "carry death on your shoulder" as Carlos Castenada put it.

Death opens up life and makes it possible to begin with. The rewards for accepting death is nothing less than a life worth living. But, as you say, not many people are ready to understand that idea. Too scary!

Alden Smith said...

Dan, our old mate C G Jung said that the circle is the symbol of wholeness and completion - and you are right, we are often far too much in our heads to the detriment of our hearts - its a question of balance I suppose. I loved this post a lot, wish I had written it it's great. Well done.

Reya Mellicker said...

The project I'm now involved in, "The Difference" is intended to help bring consciousness from the head into the heart. In Chinese medicine, the spirit lives in the heart.

I do enjoy running circles around in my head, I'll admit it. See? This is why I can't be a Buddhist. But when I need "truth" - or peace and quiet, I drop down into the green/pink chakra in the middle of my chest.

Ah. There is always something beautiful to be found there. xx and happy weekend, Dan.

Dan Gurney said...

Thank you, Pal. I appreciate your comment. CGJ had a lot of insight, yes he did. Yes, definitely the head and heart need to balance, but our dominant culture is so far from that balance, we need to go a long ways in the other direction. The duality Taoists identify, Yin & Yang is resonant with me, especially the way they symbolize it.

I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

Dan Gurney said...

Reya, the Buddhists I know can be really good at keeping consciousness active and busy up in the head realms. So you can run circles in your head and still be a Buddhist. That said, I think what's wonderful about how Buddhism is taking root in the US is this:

Enlightened/empowered women seem to be active as practitioners and leaders here in the US. At least it's true up here in Northern California. I have to work to keep my group balanced between women and men. (I need that balance because my work life is really really really really tilted towards women. I should go back and type more reallys in there.)

Women will bring more yin energy and more heart centered practice and heart-informed knowledge to Buddhism in America, and I think that's a very, very good development.

Stream Source said...

Yay Buddha! ... and Black Elk, too ;-) I think of life as a spiral - a pulsing spiral, churning, spinning like butter or ice cream if you prefer =). The mind may be linear, but not the heart. Nothing that lives can be a closed circle or we would not evolve. But I respect the circle concept - spirals are circular, eh? Peace ~

Dan Gurney said...

Hi SS--

Yes, linear, yang, male. Circle, yin female. Put 'em together and you got a spiral. Or maybe a double helix which doesn't have quite the cholesterol of butter or ice cream.