Friday, December 26, 2014

The Path is Due Process


Thinking about my sometime inner conflict between, “let go and let God (or the Flow)” and “ God helps them who help themselves ( acting from inner morality, or the Te of natural justice)”, I remember I have had a recurrent vision, was it perhaps once a dream?, of walking a stony outcrop path along a mountain ridge, valleys on either side, down the hillside, mountains distant, sunny, cloudy, not difficult but have to watch my steps around the sharp outcrops of rock. A lot like the hillside behind our house so many years ago in Oliver in the Okanagan Valley in BC, that led up and away to wild mountain ridges… Contented, difficult walking, all my own space and place, strong purpose just to do it, no end in sight nor needed to know.

The Path is Due Process

 I want to highlight this, what has happened to it? If we insist on it, in all places, at all times, maybe we could find a way out of the traps we seem to be in, environmental, and societal? Let us have DUE PROCESS for all of life not just human. Not just debating what results we want, but first debating what is due process; what process do we insist on following? So our effort now ought to be in debating process, forget for now the result we want, until we get the process agreed.

Deep in the woods, by Beaver’s pond, or on a rocky hillside, I notice how “right” the process here is, how the result is always beautiful, no matter how unexpected. So when we follow due process in the way of the Tao, we would encounter the Te of natural Justice, Natural consequences, and be accepted in the Ching, the great calm ensuing.

Why do we still think, after so many millennia of failure, that we can guard the Peace with the weapons of War? Why do stern implacable faces march in solid ranks in uniforms on Remembrance Day, or to bury fallen police or soldiers? Do they seem peaceful? What are we remembering with this display? War, not Peace. We used to call it Armistice Day, for the peace we all longed for. Why is this not what we remember now?

War is a dreadful, seeming ever-recurring event. Peace is a process. We will not have an end to bloody conflict, the misery, without adopting due process. A place where all can have a say in the process, where all voices are heard, the seeming ignorant, inadequate, angry, as well as the calm and reasoned. When all speech is exhausted, the answer will emerge, the answer we will all support  and we will call it Peace. “When all conflict is ceased, when all is said and done, and calm is restored, the people will say, “it just happened naturally.” ” from the writings of Lao Tzu.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

To move or not to move, the furniture

To move or not to move, the furniture

After all my years I have only a few things to say to myself or anybody else who wishes to hear them.

The best thing you can do for your children, yourself, for others, is to clean up your own act. The best thing you can do period, is clean up your own act. The only thing you can do, is clean up your own act. Anything else is just moving the furniture around.

To live long, worry free, live in vegan territory, and defend it.

Do not cause suffering, and heal it, wherever, whenever, you can.

Offer small or large gratitude, to yourself and others, and the great spirit, whenever you get a chance.

Be alert to experience awe, bathe in it long.

To move, or not to move, the furniture, that is the question? No, tao get rid of the furniture, that is the question and the answer.

The purpose of life in the Universe is to find and create moments of perfection. The purpose of human life is to learn to realize these moments.

Thank you, I’m grateful for your attention, in awe of readers and writers everywhere…

Donato May 21  2014

Friday, April 25, 2014



The word contains and conflates “at one-ment”

So recognizing we have disturbed another’s path, perhaps that of earth life itself, we feel…what? and the word is this to heal the perhaps wound we seem to have caused. 

But how can we blame ourselves or others? Which of us knows the outcome of our actions?

All is one- there is no outcome particular to any one action which itself is part of the great flow, the One flow.  The error lies in the cultural use of the word, suggesting the need for guilt, or shame, for retribution or restoration, for sacrifice.

It’s about disturbing the balance (so-called) between good and evil. So if there be no final good, no final evil, there is no balance between them to disturb.

There is a balance though, between being aware of our own at one-ment with all, or being unaware. All I know right now is to act right now from my sense of natural justice, trusting in the flow, in the Tao. Thus I am at one, at one-ment, with the Tao, no matter who thinks I am responsible for some outcome he sees and doesn’t like.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Threats and Opportunities

Threats and opportunities

In my dream a long time ago God spoke to me and said I give you what you want before you ask

And so all I want is opportunities to grow my soul, and here they are, all available now, not least because I can now recognize them...


climate change, water, air and land pollution and shortages
global ecosystem and monetary economic system collapses
End of cheap energy and cheap food
authoritarianism, violence and civil unrest and warfare
scarcity of social justice
lack of trust among neighbors, between communities, in governments, in justice systems
Justice systems become control of resources systems favoring the rich
class warfare
epidemic disease, failure of health care systems, constant stress from unhealthy life styles, unhealthy environments, excess human populations
ignorance, inability to do critical thinking, failure of education and information systems
Environmental pollution, and resulting diseases, destruction of ocean and land ecosystems, shortages of oxygen,
Disease from radiation, nuclear meltdowns and warfare and radiation emitting industrial products
All the many mental, physical, emotional ills and imbalances that come from being out of touch spiritually with spirit, with the earth part of ourselves.

Antidotes and opportunities

Aim for community
Learning interesting stuff useful survival skills
Frequent study circles rather than discussions and arguments
emotional support groups
creative work, writing, poetry, photos
gardening, for self and bees and birds
dinners with others
cycling adventures
travel adventures
garage sales, giveaways, dinners, (chick) swaps

Our conversations are not about me convincing you of anything, although I might get energy from that, they are about me learning something, but really, the core of them for me is what God promised me, the opportunity to grow my soul, what I asked for and always have, without knowing that was what I wanted.

Donato Cianci    Mar. 4  2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

An Existential Definition of Community

Defining Community by Observing It

Travelling recently I saw a flock of maybe 50 wild turkeys scattered over a large snow-covered field. Most were busy pecking and scratching. I've never seen so many together. They usually travel in much smaller single family groups. Of course, I thought, they become community minded when times are tough and survival is threatened. The more that are out hunting and pecking at the snow, the better the chance that some one or few of them will find some grain, and all will eat.

The Inuit people of old did the same. In winter, several hunters would go out for days in different directions, to different holes in the ice where a seal might rise for breath.  When one hunter got a seal, the whole village ate.

 From each according to his ability, or luck, and to each according to her need.

 A long time ago, I was a junior person working in a large oil company that was having difficulty finding oil on the Canadian Prairies.  At some meeting, I noted that a few of the many small companies also seeking oil did in fact find quite substantial fields, and asked the vice president in charge of that department in our company why we did not simply buy into a number of those small companies, say 25% in each, and this increase the probability of getting control of more oil. His answer was "We will not give our expertise to other companies".

Neither the turkeys nor the Inuit would have survived with such a creed. But somehow, we think our society will survive,  though it is the creed of our governments and our corporations.

The Prodigal Son

The Prodigal Son

We know the story. The youngest son goes wildly adventuring, womanizing, loses jobs, fails education, parties, does drugs, damages his health and endangers his life, finally in despair returns home becoming a child again seeking his parents. He is exuberantly welcomed by his father, who with tears of joy exclaims this my son was lost and now he is found and now I am happy, now we we will have a feast and gifts for him!! The older son looks on with barely concealed anger. I have done everything correctly, got my education, got and kept a good job, visited my parents every week, sacrificed myself to raise my family, look after my wife, why should my brother get all this celebration and I get nothing?

My Thoughts

 The elder son is not made happy by his own rectitude and correct behaviour. He obviously takes his cue to be happy from what his father thinks of him, not of what he thinks of himself. His anger toward his brother and father comes because he tells himself he gave up his freedom to do what his brother did, followed his fathers’ rules, and now feels unrewarded. Evidently not capable of rewarding himself for his choices, he now doubts he is worthy in his father’s eyes. He doesn’t see that the father is not rewarding his brother for his profligate lifestyle, but is celebrating his safety, his returning home. The elder could join in the celebration but he mistakes the reason for it and so doubts his father’s love, and so doubts himself, and his fear makes him angry.

The younger son was evidently not made happy by his adventuring and reckless so-called self-indulgence. (How is it an indulgence if he is not happy?). The younger son set out to find himself in opposition to his fathers ideas, and found only suffering, and then he was desperate to get home, to get healed, to feel nurtured. He has not grown up yet, no matter how much the father celebrates him. Both sons have yet to learn about themselves, to have respect and love for themselves, regardless of what others may think of them. When they do, they will attain the wisdom of the father, who respects them both, loves them both, scolds neither of them, and shows them how he feels when he feels it.

This parable is played out daily in our culture. More sons and daughters than ever in recent history are returning home because they have not found themselves in the world, and seek safety and comfort of home and parents, like the children they still are. They have yet to grow up. Elder brothers ( and sisters) abound, scolding those who return to their childhood home, scolding the street people, scolding the poor, scolding those without jobs, those on welfare. Scolding the government for not looking after them better, granting them more roads, lower housing costs, better jobs, less taxes, etc. Younger brothers and sisters protest in the streets, demand the return of a nurturing government, demanding jobs, minimum pay, demanding governments do better, stop oppression, organize work and a meaningful place in society for them.

Yet returning to the childhood home may be the first step in healing our society for all of us. The childhood home is the nucleus, or ought to be, of a viable community.  Where each cares for all and all care for each. And given what is coming to our world habitat, massive and life endangering climate change, the breakdown of our global monetary system, the end of cheap oil fueled energy. Perhaps a time when most of those in developed countries will have to spend their own personal energy growing and making, in order to survive. Will we not need the comfort and skills of small communities of friends and, good neighbors, to survive?

It is all about our fear, of violence, of sickness, of hunger, of loss of goods and shelter, loss of love. We call it insecurity. We crave security, and give up our freedoms and often our social justice systems, hoping to get it.

There will always be predators. All classes in society are afraid of the predators. The rich bar their doors at night, co-opt police forces to do drive-bys, travel only on well lighted safe streets in fast expensive vehicles, enter only buildings protected by security guards and passcodes, spend time only with others of their class, surrounded by security.

Why all this emphasis on security? Why does the United States have 11 battle groups of thousands of warships, costing billions upon billions, army expenditures in the trillions, equal to the next ten largest armies combined? Why does that same country insist on having 3000 tanks and 6 billion rounds of ammunition, and much more, for their homeland security apparatus within their own country? Why do the rich in the developed countries all live in gated communities, and co-opt their governments into making the entire country a gated community for them?

They are afraid to lose what they have, afraid of the predators. And even the poorest, the street people, have a well founded fear of predators, seeking to rob them at knife point at night as they sleep on a subway grate in the cold and snow of winter.

It is all about fear, this desperate search for security. And there is no such thing as personal or even collective security. A life destroying disaster can happen to any, any time. The elder son in the prodigal son story discovered his self regard, his personal security, shattered when the father celebrated the younger in spite of his profligate behaviour. The younger son will wake the morning after the feast and know the insecurity of understanding he must leave home again sometime, to an unknown future.

The only security we will ever know comes from within. Learning not to doubt, learning not to fear, learning to trust and be open always to all the possibilities for joy, moment by moment, in being alive.

Donato Cianci  Feb. 25  2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014

an example of being blind to the real problem.

Public or Private Medical Care, an example of  being blind to the real problem.

Thoughts when I was asked to comment on an initiative by the Ontario Health Coalition, an organization that seems devoted to the status quo, ensuring that nothing important will ever be done for the first time.

(Roy Brady, Peterborough __High Priority Campaign to Stop the Dismantling of Our Local Hospitals and the Contracting-Out of Hospital Care to Private Clinics)

Why should we waste energy debating this or that minor fix, public vs private clinics, etc. when the system is fundamentally broken?

What Brady seems to be saying is that the people who can afford to pay for medical care that lets them jump the queue will be getting substandard care. What they will get by getting their surgery early rather than late is perhaps a better chance to to stay healthy longer than those who have to wait in line for the the public system, while their illness perhaps gets worse. Why should we care what happens to those who choose private over public? They have as good information as any of us on what they will get and what risks they will run getting it.

 What’s wrong with the medical profession and system everywhere is that it reacts, and does only palliative care, and makes huge profits for the big Pharm. companies, but still has a stat showing that 70% of health care costs go into chronic (that is incurable ) disease caused mainly by people’s addictive self indulgent life styles.

Feet (insufficient exercise), forks (poor nutrition) and fingers (smoking), are the indicators of the health crisis we are all in.  And it looks like the system will crash from lack of sufficient money or positive results,  before the medical profession will wake up to the fact that this is a mental health system crisis ( fixable only by understanding the human neurological system through quantum mechanics ( waves not particles, interacting fields of energy) rather staying with the out of date paradigm of particle physics and chemistry based on Newtonian 18th Century mechanics.

The science used in the medical system is getting close to 100 years out of date. And humans’ inability to control their addictions to consumption and to lives of sloth and ease, shows no signs of weakening either.

Plus we seem, collectively, unable to define the real problems. Too much traffic? Build more roads, so we can sell more cars create more havoc in the environment. The real problem? Too many roads. Eliminate 50% of all roads, force people to live closer together, work closer to home, shop closer to home,  and so on...

Education costs too much and has poor outcomes? Stick with the out of date model of huge daily warehouses for students spending most of their time bored into stupor listening to stand up teachers who spend 80% of their time lecturing or marking, and practically no time interacting with students, and argue about how to afford smaller class sizes. Why do we not insist on changing the model entirely, to one where students use the internet resources for learning material, and teachers spend 80% or more of their time facilitating homework for individual students who need some one-on-one?

Too much warfare or threat of it? Spend billions on surveillance of every communication, and on weapons and weapons trainings that are 30 years out of date by the time they are delivered. What’s the real problem here? We don’t trust each other. So work on building trust rather than building jails, walls and armaments, that only decrease trust, making the problem worse.

Donato Cianci  Peterborough Ontario

Friday, January 10, 2014

A Short History of Human Food

A Short History of Human Food

We are doing our children no favors, we are in fact failing in our duty as parents, to raise them to live the addictive, waste and pollutant generating lifestyles we were raised to want. The culture generated and fostered by our parents is obsolete. We must not pass it on to our children.

But we likely will. Throughout history,  humans have never shown a capacity to change bad habits in time to avoid destroying their habitat. Now, to destruction of our external habitat, we are are adding destruction of our internal habitat, our bodies, in which our immune systems and our souls, must reside, or die.

As I understand from my own eating history and researches into same, it goes like this. For about 1 million or so years of human history, evolution adapted us to eat a wide variety of seeds, nuts, berries, root vegetables plus some meat, fish, eggs, all wild and gathered quite often on the move. There was not likely a lot of animal products in the food, but some. Certainly there were no products of domesticated animals, meat or dairy or eggs. Whatever we ingested was at times contaminated with bacteria or poisons from whatever source. But there were not many sources of pollution in that non-industrialized wilderness, and the plants and animals were all adapted with immune systems sufficient to deal with much of whatever there were.

Current research ( and a host of other sites) shows there are factors in all animal products, whether meat, fish, eggs, dairy, cheese, that induce inflammation in the body, then support the growth of cancer cells (normal cells that become rogues and start growing uncontrollably)  which preferably form at inflammation sites, then support the spread of these rogue cells to other places in the body. Factors in animal products also appear to damage the body’s immune systems, particularly, the necessary conversion of vitamin D to an active form that plays a large and vital role in much of our immune function.

In the distant past, our bodies were adapted, like all plants and animals, to deal with most inflammation caused by ingestion of damaging substances. So our bodies fairly capably dealt with the inflammation caused by animal products, and this let us live long enough to procreate and raise children to the age of 10 or 12 when they were all sufficiently skilled in the indigenous arts of survival and could set about living without parents if need be.

The good news is that plant based foods have many factors that actually boos the bodies immune systems, repair damaged cells, and kill off damaged cells before they can start the inflammation process. In addition, we can get all the vitamins, and minerals, and energy and proteins we need from plant based foods. The standard food diet proclaimed by Health Canada, in spite of the fact that it contains deleterious meat and dairy products, also contains enough protein and energy from the recommended plants, so that, in effect, the meat and dairy it recommends is unnecessary. (Except for vitamin B12, for which we need to take a supplement, if not eating meat). And nobody gets excessively fat eating plants.

Today though 300 years of rapid scientific and engineering advances in manufacturing and dispersing pollutants, has caused carcinogenic (meaning causing deadly cell breaking) inflammation and excessive damage to our immune systems. This is exacerbated by our habits. We don’t get enough Vitamin D from sunlight in the way our early ancestors did. We eat huge quantities of meat products manufactured by animals who have been concentrating in their flesh the environmental pollutants, dioxins, pcbs, radioactive tritium and so on which our engineering and factory farming has put into their food, the products of the soil, the air, the water, we and they ingest. 

We raise, slaughter, and process these animals in ways that create enormous bacteria and hormone loads in their flesh, which wind up on our plates, and are a chief source of inflammation in our bodies. Note that bacteria are killed by cooking, but the deadly products of these bacteria, so called endotoxins are NOT killed by temperatures less than 800 degrees F.

All the diseases we fear, many of which are now in an epidemic stage, are incited by our meat and dairy food addictions. A partial list is heat disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis. Add to all this, the well-known deleterious effects of stress in our home and work places, again stresses that were simply not present hundreds of years ago, damaging further our immune systems ability to deal with the harmful substances we routinely ingest.

The worst things we do ourselves are to live without sufficient exercise, with too much mental and emotional stress (too much flight or flight arousal, even when crossing the street) and our addictions to and excessive consumption of many forms of pollution saturated meat and dairy products, made worse in their effect by our failure to eat lots of fruit, nuts, berries, seeds, and vegetables as immune system boosters.

We are threatened by the likelihood of global pandemics caused by superbugs, bacteria which are and now and will be even more in future immune to all our scientifically derived drugs. These bacteria have been generated by farmers who feed their cattle and chickens on antibiotics, so those animals can survive the onslaught of our scientifically engineered environmental pollutants long enough to make it to the slaughterhouse upright.

We could solve our massive global warming problem, eliminate most of our ballooning health care costs, and our fear of being overwhelmed by global superbug pandemics,  by taking the eating of cows and their products, and driving cars, right out of our lives.

We are doing our children no favors, we are in fact failing in our duty as parents, to raise them to live the addictive, waste and pollutant generating lifestyles we were raised to want. The culture generated and fostered by our parents is obsolete. We must not pass it on to our children.

But we likely will. Throughout history,  humans have never shown a capacity to change bad habits in time to avoid destroying their habitat. Now, to destruction of our external habitat, we are are adding destruction of our internal habitat, our bodies, in which our immune systems and our souls, must reside, or die.

As the Greek god Hermes, messenger from the Underworld, so presciently said, “As inside, so outside. As outside, so inside.” Look around your big city’s downtown streets. The clutter, the waste, the mess, the utter unsustainability of it all. What you see is replicated inside your body and its mind. What you see is what you, your culture, has made of what’s inside.
Donato Cianci  Jan. 10  2014

Religion of Religious

Religion or Religious

I am a religious person. A sweat lodge leader, a Pipe Carrier, but I belong to no religion. All the organized religions are corrupted by the will to power of their leaders, and the neediness of their congregations, who need to be told how to worship, what to do; who are out of touch with their own internal moral compass, their own sense of natural justice, and so demand a leader. Then they complain about how they are led... taking no responsibility for defining the path for themselves, just sitting in the weeds throwing spitballs, when Daddy brings them results they don’t want... So I am a priest in my own religion. If so moved, I change.

Clearly, The Universe is born out of and carries a deep longing for self-fulfillment which manifests in continuous creation. Every entity, part of the whole, including myself and yourself, carries that same longing and manifests our own creation daily. So I am a creator, part of Creation, and so are you. I need no leader, nor do you. My companions are companions in Creation, all one. Hallelujah!

Donato Cianci Jan. 10 2014

For My Partners in Creation

Had I a garden
Full of roses
All singing
To each other
I would not think
Of them more often
Than I think of you
My days these days
Are full of such roses
Full of such thoughts
Singing to each other
Under the busy work
We do masking our sounds
Only hearing our harmonies
In the silence around us
When we are together
In creation.

Donato Cianci  Apr 24  2006

All One

All One

What do you mean It’s all one? said my friend. I, he said, am different from everyone else, unique, am I not? Thinking about this I conclude ( as have many before me!) as follows. I understand my body comprises many millions of little entities, some of which are clearly free swimming little beings. Which of them is “not me” ? Which part of General Motors is not General Motors? The man on the assembly line ?, the one changing the bosses tire in the parking lot? The dust on the floor of his office? The files in the filing cabinet?  Which part of the Universe is not the Universe? That rabbit? That pine tree? Myself, my apparatus standing here? My soul? The Universe is all one and I am that one, or nothing. Since it is all one, it can’t have a name, having a name implies there are other things, with other names. Clearly there is No thing, nothing here. So I am nothing, no thing, at one with the all of it.

Whatever relations I have in my daily life are all mine, my creation. My work is the work of creating myself. And when I look around, I see I have created myself to this point of being able to participate in the oneness of all, all my creation. I may judge it, find it wanting in some way, but that's the apparatus talking, not soul. No blame, I’m just doing what I was asked to do, by the Manitou, the Mystery. What I’ve got today, is what I set in motion yesterday, and yesterday I had what I set in motion the day before, and so on, right back to the beginning of time, 14 billion years ago and maybe earlier. Once It was a rock, now It walks upright and talks, all one, hallelujah!!

Donato Jan. 10  2014

To Forgive

A post on Facebook by Julia Cianci made me think of the word "forgiven". Seems to be about relationship, mine with others, whether outwardly in reality or inwardly in thought, but at a deeper level its all about myself. My relationship with myself. I forgive so I won’t have to carry around resentment which is dangerous to my health and maybe to the other’s too!. But then, who is myself? Its all one, so I am just an apparatus at one with all the other apparatuses on the universe, and a soul the same as all the others. All one. Now I don’t want to bother with forgiveness, just pay attention and enjoy the show, never have any resentment in the first place, so no need to forgive. Just say oh listen to this, isn’t this interesting, look at what I’ve created here today! All of it all I experience is my soul’s creation of  the day. Everything I see and experience is part of the whole and all of it is me.

Jan 10   2014