While walking in the Himalayas one day
D.E. Harding noticed he had no head.
Mountains, skies, all were happening
inside his skull that wasn’t there.
Ditto when he looked down at his body.
Rushing home to look at a mirror,
he saw it only produced the illusion
of a head at one tiniest of points
in all the deep and pointless universe:
at a foot and ninety degrees. Even
there mirror, head were happening
like sky or wall on an empty screen
wide as unknown worlds without edge
ships fell off before they tried. Calmed,
Harding spent the rest of his long life
teaching workshops on Heading Off Stress.
[Anyone interested in checking out Harding’s ‘Western Zen’ ideas on identity and simple enlightenment practices can simply click The Headless Way website in the blogroll. ]
~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on July 10, 2010.