Every Time I Open my Eyes: A poem by Rupert Spira

 Every Time I Open my Eyes: A poem by Rupert Spira
Rupert Spira’s poem, Every Time I Open My Eyes, explores the shared experience of seeing and the collapse of perceiver and perceived.

This poem is about waking up – not just from sleep but from the delusion that the world is one thing and I am another, and we are separate. It’s also about life cycles, birth and death, creation and dissolution, happening moment by moment as everything arises and passes away. 

What I normally take to be ‘me’ is nothing more or less than a continuously changing flow of experience, and this experience I call ‘mine’ includes the world. We experience the world and our body via our sense perceptions, which thought then names.

In the poem we find gentle repetitions of seeing, looking, cradling, holding. With mirror-like reciprocity I invite and am invited, I am taken into the transparency of things and am myself transparent, I am cradled and I hold all.

Open, invite, cradle, hold, see, offer, take, die, become: as I do all these, so does the world. As above, so below.

I am the world, and the world is me.

Every time I open my eyes

every time

I open

my eyes

I invite

the world

to take shape

and every time

the world

takes shape

I am 

invited to open 

my eyes

 

and see

the world

raw

and naked

holding out 

its hand

calling me

into itself

where I am

taken

into the transparency of things

and find myself

transparent there

 

standing on the edge

looking

down

and in

to the dark silent pool

in which

the world

is cradled

and I am cradled

there

held

with all things

and hold

all things

in myself

 

myself

not a thing

in the world

but

this 

here

seeing

in which

the world

opens

inviting 

and offering itself

 

and every time

it is seen

it dies

and in dying

holds out its hand

again

asking

to be taken in

 

and every time

I take it in

I too die

and in dying

become 

this

here

seeing

every time

I open

my eyes

 

If you liked this poem, Rupert has also written a rendition of the poem Hsin Hsin Ming . 

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