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THE SEED CATALOG 2007

April, May, June

 

 

Bill Joyner’s Log

“We all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper.”
– Albert Einstein

Easter is coming on strong as I write these words, springtime is already blooming here in “the land of flowers.” But what about the media furor over James Cameron’s claim to have located the remains of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who was assumed to be “risen from the dead” and safe away in heaven? I think it is only because our understanding of Christian mythology is so tied up with the conflicting claims of scientific realism and fundamentalist literalism that the remains of Jesus, or the absence thereof, would even be considered an issue of importance to one’s faith. But, of course, Jesus’ resurrection has been so ingrained in our consciousness as an either/or event that we, more often than not, feel we must accept exactly as the Bible says, or not – and if “not,” then we’re considered completely out of the loop as far as Christian belief is concerned. I, therefore, welcome the controversy over “the remains of Jesus” as an opportunity for exploring more thoroughly the place of myth in religion.

When news of this alleged discovery came out, I turned with renewed interest to a wonderful little book I’ve been reading, Karen Armstrong’s A SHORT HISTORY OF MYTH. I thought I’d find affirmation there of things I believe about the value of secular society and secular spirituality. To the contrary, my unrelenting, perhaps overly-enthusiastic, commitment to such values was brought into question by her lament for the loss of a powerful mythological context in our modern, secular world.

 

 

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The demise of mythology and its distortion into something regarded only as “make believe” occurred long before any of us arrived, so we need not assume postures of guilt about it; rather, our need is to discover ways of reinvigorating the mythological imagination, because, as Einstein, the supreme scientist, said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” We conceive of realities beyond our comprehension that yet are rooted in our own experience, and this is the work of mythology.

To me, the question of Jesus’ “remains” offers an opportunity to consider that the Easter hope is more about spiritual transformation and liberation than it is about the factuality of Jesus being resuscitated physically and ascending into heaven. To me, Easter is a celebration of regeneration, a natural miracle so evident all around us, and I do believe that if we truly know love, then we also know the reality of resurrection.

– Bill Joyner

 

 

 

Do what you MUST do first – what “THEY” insist that you do – what you MUST do in order to be fed, to be paid, and to just stay healthy and alive – such things you do as soon as you possibly can? And why? Because then, YOU can do what YOU need and want to do for your own peace and development – recognizing, of course, that duty may turn to pleasure in the doing, and that’s  OK, too. The important thing, for me, always – and the most difficult – is to get to the creative task, even if there is no clear vision of what I’m going to do or say. I know where my creative abilities lie, in writing primarily, and so it is mostly to writing that I turn when I have some free time. I love to write in cursive, but the keyboard of a computer has become, after initial, irrational resistance, a natural and efficient oasis of self-expression, as well; and so, I try to come to this same document every day and write something. Of course, almost anything can be creative and fun. As I was attending one of my dear little league friend’s game one day, I overheard a short pep talk by his coach, in which he said, “You know, you can work really hard at something and also have fun.”

 

 

 

Setting priorities is a continual requirement of existence. What must be done now, what can wait till later, and all the increments of responsibility in between – we have to decide.

 

Light streams all around my long front room, my half transparent shades closed, considering the possibility of voluntary self-deprivation. What else will even remotely work to moderate the cravings of a wandering soul drifting between this and that, always ready to bolt and head off to something else, something more appealing than just sitting here thinking about what to write.

 

Nothing is required for moments like this – a whole lot of it – and a commitment to stay with the nothingness long enough to see if something might emerge. The shower, the tidying up of your rooms, everything can wait. Seek first the kingdom of your own mind, there is the kingdom of heaven. Everything else can wait.

 

Yes, obligations and opportunities confront you in the near future. Let what is given guide you into prompt and fortunate choices. Good luck! I’m going to take a shower, dress and get out in the sun.

 

We spend our lives trying to get comfortable with the way things are – then, out from beneath us comes the rug, completely by surprise – and once again we’re up in the air looking for some place to land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

O Love, pick up the random, broken pieces that are left of me, and bring them together in a chorus of praise for our life upon this beautiful, round rolling world.  – BJ

 

 

According to Ben Brantley, Oscar Wilde persisted in his constant belief that “paradox is the very root of all existence.”

 

All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does. That’s his.

                                                              – Oscar Wilde

 

Our daily need is to set up for ourselves a series of small, quickly achievable, successes, thereby creating confidence for meeting life’s larger demands.

 

So then, the eggs are yet a’boil. Always too much to do, a thousand details involved in every step. So step right up, senior.

Fewer takes, longer breaks, better movies.

 

 

Yup and Up, over the big skyway bridge in the morning. “Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side, keep on the sunny side of life.” Sarah’s car is kaput, no more, but she shines forth, and our army of those faithful to her is yet in the field.





 

Do one thing at a time, do it as well as you can. Do the right thing, right now. Relax in between. Assimilate, renew – every day, always. Happy Easter! I am taking a break from seed cataloging ‘till sometime late in the year. You don’t have to do anything to stay on my list, but please let me know if you want off. An annual donation of $5 is suggested, but not required; a few stamps or just a friendly note now and then is sufficient, really, to keep this quarterly collection of seed thoughts coming through the mail. I am also developing an e-list of recipients, so send your e-mail address, as well, if you wish. Have a great summer! – Bill

 

 

What ever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.

-Goethe

 

 

 

 

 
 
     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(P.S.)I’ve been absorbed with the subject of Christian mythology for a long time, as you will see in the accompanying piece, which I originated as notes for a sermon and was delighted to find reprinted by in Corita Kent’s 1968 book, FOOTNOTES AND HEADLINES.
Ah well, speculative thinking is much on my mind today. Visited Bob the Barber early on, also Amy & company at the Coffee Carrousel downtown, worked that extra afternoon shift for Mike Cameron, and now I’m off to beddie bye.

Friday, March 2, 2007
 



Parallel Possibilities & Singular Options

String theorists point with mathematical confidence to the possibility of parallel worlds, and certainly there are many more dimensions to our experience than we could ever imagine, as well as a dizzying array of options and possibilities. Too bad, though, we can only live out the reality of the one world (or aspect of reality) in which we find ourselves. Of all the golden paths stretching out before us, we yet can travel only one of them at a time.

Some say that the vision of reality as vibrating strings, involving as many as 11 dimensions, was discovered by accident and that, otherwise, the concept would likely not have dawned upon human consciousness for another 100 years. No definitive proof of the theory is yet available, but some leading physicists are working toward establishing it. Personally, I hope it’s true and believe it could be. So often in the past our assumptions about the world have been flat wrong, so, to me, anything is possible in this realm of seemingly infinite possibilities..


Life must be simplified. Obviously. There’s only time enough for miracles, and we can’t just kick back and wait for them to happen. Nor can we force the hand of God. Only believe, only receive.

Friday, February 23, 2007



Oh me, so much debris, miles high it would be! Not to mention tax papers, registering the car in my name, getting myself to a doctor, gardening, worrying, etc. And as far as learning to compute is concerned, all I really want to do is just write on – but then I wonder, has it all been said? Are all the visualizations you might have created over and done? Is there some hidden source of synergy that might yet be activated for real miracles to occur?

Saturday, February 17, 2007


Did you think to play? It doesn’t require any time out of what you’re doing anyway. Linger where you are, devote yourself to dissolving your minor aches and pains through self-creation.

Friday, February 16, 2007


Always and never is there time enough.
Reality is paradoxical.
God loves jokesta-
positions.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

 

 

Slo’ n’ easy
grows the evening
as we stretch and glide
into our breathing,
having nothing better to do
than to be right here,
right now,
discovering
nirvana anew.

Stillness is the key,
stay under its spell
as long as you can,
for that is where
love lingers and
strengthens,
where words
dissolve
into deeper forms
of language.
BJ
 

Wednesday, March 7, 2007


Pain and shuffling about in vain for a breakfast place where crowds of people were not standing in line, then to the post office and back home for oatmeal with raisins & a little margarine.(I agree with the e-journaling book title, NOBODY CARES WHAT YOU HAD FOR BREAKFAST, but I’m not writing this for “nobody” but me.) Got in some bike riding and a bit of yoga with Penny Rosel, as well.

 

Nothing comes back exactly as it was, but everything returns. I learned this from seeing the film SIDDHARTHA, and from a beautiful dream of someone precious reappearing in varied attire along a parade of strangers and friends.

 

-BJ

 

 

 

Is it vain to speak of film as a kind of savior in times of such world upheaval as we now know? I think not, in fact quite the opposite. What effect might it have to have audiences gather, as if in a giant cathedral or mosque, and watch ZORBA THE GREEK or Santosh Sivan's THE TERRORlST (reviewed below) night after night, until members of such audiences themselves sign off that they got it - that life's triumphs and advances are made through a reeducation of the heart resulting in personal change. It is just such awakenings of the heart which cinema uniquely has the capacity to evoke.

 

- Bill Joyner

 

We cannot do it all, we will never complete everything we want to do? (The phrase comes to mind, "We can do anything, but not everything.") On PBS TV I learned about how valiantly Eugene O'Neill struggled to finish about 16 variations of what, faced with the necessities of failing health and dwindling options, became his overwhelming masterpiece, A LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT.

-BJ

 

Those high schooled kids of Wilton, Connecticut, in 1969, they were my inspiration, as to some extent I was theirs. Our spirits synchronized through gardening projects, efforts to protest the Vietnam war, and supremely through the creation of multimedia events, aka “Mixed Media Blowouts.”

Tuesday, February 6, 2007
 

Prayer and meditation is the key to rediscovering the sacred and eternal essence within each one of us. Respect for life begins with our own. We begin by forgiving ourselves, then reaching out to others. When we treasure all life and are filled with appreciation, our own pain and anxiety is diminished.
– Charles Atkins in RIDING THE WHEEL TO WELLNESS, p. 47

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
     

 

     
   
 



 

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