What is it about my life that I think is so interesting to others? Am I just crying out into the darkness in search of a reply, listening to my voice echo? Am I trying to find something that I lack, or am I trying to share something I’ve found?

We have to ask ourselves hard, honest questions if we want to live in harmony with our inner selves and the world around us and stop living in error.

It bothers me a bit that I use the word “I” so much in these messages. It’s not really about me, but about all of us, together. “I” is only the particular lens through which the Consciousness of Life is focused right now, in this particular time, place, and body.

“I” is the only perspective I can observe and write from! So I won’t try to remove it from my writings. That would be not only artificial, but also superficial and even dishonest. Even worse, it would be insincere.

“I” is the only perspective from which you and I and everybody else operate. So, I describe what’s going on in my own little piece of flesh, knowing that it relates somehow to what’s going on in your little piece of flesh, and hoping that someone will find something somewhere in my words that will make a light go on or help them make some connection they’re missing.

I even hope people will find mistakes in my messages so I can correct my own views if they’re wrong!

That’s why we’re here, isn’t it? To experience life, share what we’ve seen, compare notes, and help each other to be better? To adjust our inner world so that we see the outer world more clearly and then can create better conditions “out there” with what we’ve learned?


All that has happened has happened with a full view of past, present, and future. Life doesn’t happen blindly, from the view of the Universe—just from our own limited view in the flesh.

All that we think, feel, and do creates ripples, whether we know it or not, whether we want to or not. These ripples go outward in every direction, like waves from a radio tower. The more we are aware of the ripples we’re making, the better ripples we can create (to the degree that we’re free from wrong thoughts and unexpressed negative emotion).

My writings are my own way of becoming more aware of my ripples, refining them before they go out, and sending them in the best way I know how. They’re also a way for me to get ripples back from you—somehow, someway, sometime. Maybe not directly, maybe not even from you. If children in the future benefit from my ripples today, that’s more than worth my effort NOW.

In the fabric of Life, ripples go on forever. Look at history and you can see this. Today is the result of all the ripples that have ever been broadcast by everyone (plant, animal, protist, fungus, virus, and human) who has ever lived, and those who are alive today.

The dead create no more ripples, so we the living have the real power to change the ripples around ourselves, even in the unimaginably complex background noise of the ongoing ripples of the past. (Visibly, we see this noise as our culture.)

I’m doing my best to make the ripples harmonize as much as I can from where I am. That will help others to do the same. Ripples make ripples, make ripples, make ripples. And ripples affect living beings (redundant phrase).

Ripples are the voice and intention of Spirit in this world of matter. We, as spiritual beings (redundant phrase), can either make them or be made by them—in which case we only send out more of what’s already there.

But we can do better than that!

(written in 2009)

6 Responses to Ripples

    • venbaxter says:

      Hi, Connie! Thanks for your comment.

      Where did I get all of this? Well, starting some years ago I was in great turmoil. I looked around in the inner world and felt the urge to write down what I saw and felt. Eventually I started sharing what I had written. People liked it, loved it, hated it, were troubled by it, and generally seemed to appreciate it.

      Looking and sharing got so frequent and enjoyable that I made a habit of it. A mission, even. There’s much more to come!

  1. TheTaoOfD says:

    Great post! Enjoyed the read!

    Check out ZazenLife, you would enjoy the material! We talk about life too!

  2. venbaxter says:

    Thanks, I’ll do that. 🙂

  3. Kristin Metcalfe says:

    I’m glad you have – yes.

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