MIND BEFORE MATTER
for Larry Dossey
As long as I’m alive, I’ve consciousness,
Yet when I die, my mind becomes inert;
Alive I can both flourish and progress,
But dead I am no different than the dirt.
So what is mind and how does it arise,
And when I die, where does it disappear?
Or have we simply failed to realize
That mind, that consciousness, is always here?
Indeed, there’s nothing other than One Mind:
That out of Universal Consciousness
All latent objectivity’s defined,
A motive no dead matter can express.
One Mind abides throughout the universe,
Whence all things first emerge, thence reimmerse.