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At the center of the Universe dwells the Great Spirit

We do not leave separate from the world and universe. We are firmly embedded in and it is in language we create separation. Not only are we embedded in the universe. It is embedded in us. We close our eyes and find ourselves.

Zen Flash

“The first peace, which is the most important, is that which comes within the souls of people when they realize their relationship, their oneness with the Universe and all its powers, and that at the center of the Universe dwells the Great Spirit, and that center is really everywhere, it is within each of us.”

~Black Elk

Tao & Zen

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

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  1. Indian culture seems eerily similar to Zen Buddhism and a mindful relationship with our planet.

    Jill Bolte Taylor, a brain scientist, had a stroke, which shut down her left hemisphere of her mind over a four hour period.

    She was going back and forth left to right, calamity to euphoria.

    When she stepped into the shower she commented she could not tell where the wall stopped and her arm began. Our connection is not visible but there.

    Most awakened beings also have shared we are connected to the inanimate things also.

    Also when she went to her Rolodex for an phone number, it was pixels.

    No words, judgment, sentences on the creative right hemisphere, below conscious, the ego.

    When thought fades natures connection appears more vividly

    • Many indigenous cultures share a lot with Eastern philosophies and mindfulness. They do not see themselves living apart from the world. Having said this, Western philosophies accepted the same principles until about 350 years ago at the beginning of the ironically named Enlightenment. I think many of us are trying to find our way back to those days prior to the Enlightenment.


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