Patterns on the Way

Sunday August 28th 2022

Astrology is the study of patterns. Patterns in the sky repeat as patterns in the soul, repeat as patterns on the Dao.

Patterns on the way repeat every few years or decades or days or hours. Not all are lovely. But sometimes we have to repeat them for a while before we know how leave them behind and try the other way.

Road through Woods, John Frederick Murphy

Road through Woods, John Francis Murphy

An Autobiography in Five Short Chapters

Chapter I
I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.
I am lost … I am helpless.
It isn’t my fault.
It takes me forever to find a way out.

Chapter II
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don’t see it.
I fall in again.
I can’t believe I am in the same place.
But it isn’t my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

Chapter III
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it is there.
I still fall in … it’s a habit.
My eyes are open.
I know where I am.
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

Chapter IV
I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

Chapter V
I walk down another street.

By Portia Nelson

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  1. Kim says:

    I really get this. Kinda like my Pluto problem. I’m attempting to walk down another street. Thank you