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The Beginning and The End

  The Beginning and The End Do your duty and live well--hard to understand yet easy to do. Live with your duty and do well--easy to understand yet hard to do. We are often presented with this conundrum.  The search of a whole lifetime comes down to what is right, but what is right changes infinitely over a lifetime.  When I finish my day, sometimes there is a noble aspect that looms over what I have done, giving me a confidence to carry on in my endeavors, then at other times everything seems worthless, things happen and I am just a part of some growing confusion. 'The rain,  Once the light has restored  Its nature to the leaves,  Forgets the joy of its burden  To leave the rest of us in peace...' (Excerpt from Day-Keepers published in The Uninitiated ) Light and dark, rain and sun, good and bad, the extremes of everything that is imaginable take place here on this earth; their consequences, their moral aspect, take place in us; we are at once a part of the earth and of th

Doing and Non-Doing

  Doing and Non-Doing We are always making plans, always finding reasons to do things, or not to do things.  The mind knows the way, but it is in distinguishing the way that we go wrong.  Our nature has been to live up to ideals, to live up to goals, but there in the midst of our striving the ideal and the goal are indistinguishable from the unacceptable and the aimless.   As diverse as we consider ourselves to be, the real problem lies in the monotony of our diversity.  Most of it is only an admission of an ongoing trend, and the rest is a demand to be like others already there.  You can only go as far as sanity allows, but sanity heeds no excess when pursuing what is allowable.  In living up to your dreams there is the presupposition that you want to bring the world down to your understanding; thus, what we allow always inclines to the ideal.   Like it or not, we can never admit to anyone that we are doing nothing, and what we do admit of doing is always more than what is done.  To s

The Aspect of Immortality

  The Aspect of Immortality The strange powers that arise from interest can lead us to immortality.  Time is only a conditioning by which we see things endure; every thought, action, or idea, because it is perceived of through searching, has no other choice but to end.  In reality there is only one moment, never ending.  Most of the time we see it coming or watch it go, but that is only the mind believing in time; in truth, the moment since our birth has never been anything other than what it is now.  Everything else that is a part of that reality is what changes; so even before our birth, and even after our death, there will still be just this one moment.  Thus when our interest arises, we see an aspect of the present, but since our attention is focused on only one perspective, we see it through a mind of mortality.  When we finally take this interest to the wide and formless ocean of the unborn, it finds the remnant of immortality.  Every interest that we have, or ever will have, is

Free Poetry Chapbook!!

  Please go to  @from__a__poet  and check out the latest post to play. If you like reading poetry, this is your chance to get a bookful of it for FREE!! How To Enter: LIKE THIS POST *and* TAG TWO FRIENDS Deadline: October 18th Midnight (CEST) What is at stake: 1 signed paperback and 1 ebook (epub or mobi format) of The Uninitiated by Douglas Thornton The winners will be chosen at random using Wask giveaway tool.  Winner #1 will have the choice between paperback or ebook version.  The remaining option will revert to winner #2.  Both winners will be contacted by DM through Instagram.

The Uninitiated Is Now Available!

  The only place we are heard Is in silence; the summit Never rises above the ground.                                   From The Mountain-Drifter The Uninitiated has now gone live in print and ebook form!  The poems that make up this volume hold a sign of our connection to phenomena, entering into a space where chaos becomes recognition, where attention finds purpose, and ancient ritual an understanding of the present.  So if there are any of you who still accept poetry in your lives, or who still give importance to poetic thought, please accept this offering.  Poetry can do wonders, even for those who think they are unpoetic. Have a look!   The Uninitiated Douglas Thornton

Book Release Coming Soon!

  A new volume of poetry will be released in the very near future by Douglas Thornton.  This volume will include all original poems published and unpublished from the years 2016-2022.  Here is the description from the back of the book: 'Before the red sunrise Could catch my steps Upon the dew, Across the quiet hills They came, where sun Is last to leave And fog is first to move, And a solemn, Inward marching Awaits the moon....' A world perceived in change, a moment hidden in darkness, silent companions to our inward movements....  Who are the uninitiated?  Where do they come from?  The poems that make up this volume hold a sign of our connection to phenomena, entering into a space where chaos becomes recognition, where attention finds purpose, and ancient ritual an understanding of the present.  The more elegantly described, the more truthful feeling becomes; the more truthfully conveyed, the more closely we approach this world and come face to face with ourselves.