Friday, December 17, 2010

"The God and The Universe Conversations". Week Eleven.

“We have to relax the spiritual cramp which knots us

in the painful “I” that is all we know as ourselves.”
Thomas Merton


Today's Editorial: "On Justice and Righteousness and Empathy"

Milton and Bernice have been stopping by my house over the years. Primarily as the temperature turns off cold. Milton is a veteran and Bernice is deaf. Milton and Bernice have made some poor life decisions over the years. Over the years, I have given them directions to certain social services and given countless gifts of twenty dollar bills to help assuage their various hungers and needs. It's not much, all in all. But it is something. I have listened to their stories. Their stories have remained constant in that they include a downward spiral that has left them bereft of much of their dignity. But the years and circumstances have not yet stolen the all of who they are. They are sad. And orphaned by their choices. Milton has cancer. Bernice has no heat. Where is their ladder that will help them climb up out of adversity? They just want that ladder.

Posted Direct from the Spidey-Hole.

"My heart and my mind, fill with peace."

"Water Labyrinth #11"© 2010

Unbounded Extension

“The Universe is experiencing great joy in this moment!" exalted The Universe.
"That experience of The Universe's impacts God in such a favorable way", purred God.

"Really?" grinned The Universe. (Oh yes, The Universe can grin). "Sweet."

"For Unto us a Son is Giv'n."

Tokyo - based Artist Isaac Schulz

Symbolic Transference

“Here's a question for God", started out The Universe. "What happens when an Entity perishes?"
"Good one, The Universe", responded God. “In the sense that time is perpetually perishing, an Entity has perished when it is complete."
"But then God is saying that an Entity is always at the same Time Becoming and Perishing?" asked an incredulous The Universe.

"That is precisely what God is saying", said God precisely. "And that is what God refers to as an Entity with spatial needs."

"The increase of his government
And peace shall never end."

Albert Einstein on World Peace


"In the newness of the world God was a young man, and grew indignant over the slightest thing. In the newness of the world God had perhaps not Himself realized the ramifications of His Laws, for example, that shock will spend itself in waves; that our images will mimic every gesture, and that shattered they will multiply and mimic every gesture ten, a hundred, or a thousand times. Cain, the image of God, gave the simple earth of the field a voice and a sorrow, and God Himself heard the voice, and grieved for the sorrow, so Cain was a creator, in the image of his Creator."

Marilynne Robinson "Housekeeping" 1980

This concludes Week Eleven of
"The God and The Universe Conversations".

All art and writing by Tom Schulz unless otherwise noted, or unless it is so cool
he will try to get away with claiming it as his own.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

"The God and The Universe Conversations". Week Ten.

"The God and The Universe Conversations". Week Ten.

“It is no good casting out devils. They belong to us,
we must accept them and be at peace with them.”

D.H. Lawrence

"Duck and Cover"
Civil Defense Film 1950

Today's Editorial: "On Context, Tides and Empathy"

An acquaintance recently asked, "If one friend is worried about the tax bill and I cut my finger, which matters more?" Intriguing question. One that points out that no relational equation can have an answer that is insulated from the prevailing circumstances. A new wave forms behind the wave that is in collapse and all waves are similar. It is the Tsunami that reeks havoc on a large scale, yet even the smallest wave is an agency of erosion. Perhaps empathy is not about understanding or about comparatives. In this moment, let us consider that empathy is a method of recognizing each circumstance as essentially linked and then embracing that beyond our own personal traditions of being.

Posted Direct from the Spidey-Hole.

Seabrook Island, SC.
Preparatory Study for "Contemplative Tides"© 2010

Res Vera

“Excuse The Universe if The Universe appears not able to think 'outside the cosmos', but it seems that time would have to be a definable order of successions if Becoming were as significant as God lets on", intoned The Universe in a display of munificent logic.

"For the purposes of argument, that is an extraordinarily clarifying statement", replied God. "In a static reality. But in fluid time formats, the progression of Becoming is interactive with both continuity and potentiality."

"Dang, God - God has an answer for everything!" fumed an exasperated The Universe.

Jack Matney Memorial Labyrinth.
Presbyterian Hospital. Charlotte, NC (detail)
Photo by Mary de Wit, in2Wit.

Realitas Objectiva (or: Clothes Make the Man)

“So then, God", continued The Universe, "is there any point for an Entity to make a plan? The Universe means, given the input of non-local potentialities and all."

"Plan away, by all means', soothed God. "Plans are great comfort to many Entities. Just keep aware that as soon as an Entity implements a plan, it has always already long begun. And when a plan is completed, it may be in the midst of casting out countless galaxies."

"What a beautiful awareness", sighed The Universe.

Seabrook Island, SC.
Preparatory Study for "Contemplative Tides"© 2010

Intermittently Rational

“The Universe considers that The Universe is capable of sustaining persistent qualities", flexed The Universe unabashedly. "And that these qualities fundamentally define Nature!"

"Gosh, that frozen logic works in theory", God mulled. " But a Monistic Universe then only embraces the illusion of change. A Pluralistic Universe, however, might consider the alternative view of Nature as a society of diversities."

"Yeah, yeah - that last thing God said", replied the Universe with animation.

"From Here to Eternity" 1953
Directed by Fred Zinnemann

"All my thoughts, words and deeds
Were only bringing me closer
To universal embrace:
Here I am resting joyfully in myself,
Wrapped in deep silence on all sides,
And my heart beats in the rhythm of everything
Which surrounds me.
Enough. No need for words.”
Julian Tuwim

This concludes Week Ten of
"The God and The Universe Conversations".

All art and writing by Tom Schulz unless otherwise noted, or unless it is so cool
he will try to get away with claiming it as his own.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

"The God and The Universe Conversations". Week Nine.

"The God and The Universe Conversations". Week Nine

“Meaning is not in things but in between them.”

"In Both Worlds (Firmly Planted)" 2007
Sam M. Walton School of Business, Fayetteville, AR

Today's Editorial: "On Conversations and Empathy"

A cursory investigation found several resources defining empathy as the projection of one's own personality into the personality of another in order to understand the person better. Other definitions followed a similar vein of thinking: the idea that we may best understand another person’s plight by impressing our own sensibilities upon them. Which is not an exchange and not a conversation.
Odd, really.

If the one language we speak is the Language of Me, then how are we to understand anyone at all? Maybe a vital part of defining empathy would be the awareness that understanding another person must indeed, include the other person.
Posted Direct from the Spidey-Hole.

"The Abundant Universe" 2006

Change and Doctrines

The Universe had been really busy. Busy. Busy. Busy. God stood by (as much as God can stand by) and observed all the frenetic activity. "Hey there, The Universe!", interjected God, "That looks like quite the adventure of evolving actual things. Got any concept of what will come out of all this busy-ness?"
"God", replied The Universe, "it is what it is."

"That's cool, returned God, "whatcha gonna do when the is-ness becomes Being?"

Mystery Photo (attributed to John Schulz)

Antecedent States

"The Universe was wondering how the Historical Reality could exist along with the Contemporary Reality, if indeed it even does", pondered The Universe out loud. "Slow day?" laughed God. "Well, no - don't laugh at The Universe", pouted The Universe. "The Universe means, God acts as the linking datum of existence in a continuum, right?"

"Yeah", replied God, "But still the extensive divisions of potentialities can mess with that. Mess with that bad."

"Arabesque" (detail) 2008
From the "Inter-faith Prayer Painting Project"©

The Category of Transmutation

“The perceptions of "images" in the presentational immediacy must be like looking at the light of a particular star and enjoying in in the moment, even as an Entity understands that the star may no longer exist", stated The Universe with just a touch of smugness.

"Fascinating!" responded God. "And then by following relevant historical routes, then that perception of that light may form a corpuscular society and become a galaxy which then is the 'real' galaxy."

"Whatever, God", barked a petulant The Universe.

Scene from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" 1927

"People spoke the same language, but could not understand each other."


"That which has form emerges from that which has no form; that which has no form emerges from that which has form. Therefore the path of supreme spirituality cannot be sought in being
and cannot be fathomed in non-being;
it cannot be lost through movement

and cannot be gained through stillness."
Ming-Chiao, "Five Houses of Zen"

A Lass: Babble On

This concludes Week Nine of
"The God and The Universe Conversations".

All art and writing by Tom Schulz unless otherwise noted, or unless it is so cool
he will try to get away with claiming it as his own.

Friday, November 19, 2010

"The God and The Universe Conversations." Week Eight.

One must have chaos within oneself, to give birth to a dancing star.
Friedrich Nietzsche
, Thus Spoke Zarathustra

“Actual Occasions”

“God, when The Universe perceives that there is something other than what The Universe experiences, then what should The Universe do with that information?", asked The Universe.
"God is into the concept of being a radical empiricist", replied God. "Entities require a broad field awareness that involves much more than utilizing sense perceptions".

"So the light at the end of the tunnel includes the tunnel and the creation of the tunnel and the trajectory of the light and the beginning of the tunnel, and the recognition of place in the tunnel?"

"Yep, that's the Journey", nodded God.

Photo by Mary Geitner, 9-Volt Design

“Flux of Forms”

“Oh God", said The Universe. "Does God remember when The Universe was a tiny Little the Universe and played with the comet tails?"
"Has The Universe been looking at the after images again?", asked God

"Yeah", answered The Universe, "it is The Universe's special stamp of creative emphasis on the determinations of efficient cause."

"Chaos and Order: Caution"© (detail) 2010

“Finding Ourselves in a Buzzing World”

“God, why does God refer to The Universe as The Universe instead of Universe?", asked The Universe completely out of the Void."
"This is kinda tough", considered God. "See, the particular is necessarily a part of the universal, but the universal doesn't always speak to the particular. An entity is concrete cause it is such a particular expression in the universe. And God considers The Universe an Entity. Ergo, The Universe."

"God, no disrespect, but isn't the word ergo like, so eons ago?"

"Delete Magnify Silence"© marker on vellum 2000

“The Imposition of Conformity”

“The Universe has a question for God", said The Universe quietly but directly. "Does God ever keep secrets from The Universe?"
"No, not really", replied God. "Everything that God is part of, so The Universe is part of the same".
"Well, The Universe keeps plenty of secrets!", bellowed The Universe.

"Yeah. God knows that The Universe keeps secrets", acknowledged God. "Except God refers to them as Choices".

Video by podpeopleproductions - Hashaleena N. Wright


“Know what, The Universe?", asked God of The Universe. "A lot of entities think the just because God knows everything, that maybe God can't be surprised, or..or impacted by the behavior of other entities. God, God's self is radically moved and changed by that behavior."
"Yeah, The Universe experiences that as well", chimed in The Universe. "It's like the Cosmos is really just a neighborhood - a community."


And really the purpose of art - for me, fiction - is to alert,
to indicate to stop, to say:
Make certain that when you rush through you will not miss the moment
which you might have had, or might still have.
Jerzy Kosinski

This concludes Week Seven of
"The God and The Universe Conversations".

All art and writing by Tom Schulz unless otherwise noted, or unless it is so cool
he will try to get away with claiming it as his own.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

"Almetto Howey Alexander Labyrinth"

"When we are in the center, we can see the big picture."
Mrs. Almetto Howey Alexander

Mrs. Alexander presents a check to The McCrorey Y. 10/29/2010.
Charlotte, NC
Lending from her own funds, Almetto selflessly insures
that work may begin on the Labyrinth.

Through the sale of these prints, we hope to reimburse her by year's end.

Almetto Alexander Labyrinth Study "Mud Cloth #2"©
Image #1. 18" X 24" Giclee Print on archival watercolor paper
limited first run edition of 100.


"Almetto Alexander Labyrinth Study / Mud Cloth 1"©
Image #2. 18" X 24" Giclee Print on archival watercolor paper
limited first run edition of 100.


"Almetto Alexander Labyrinth - Study"©
Image #3. 24" X 18" Giclee Print on archival watercolor paper
limited first run edition of 100.


Video by Mary de Wit, in2wit. Thoughtful Information Design and Publishing.
"A Moment in History" August 21, 2010


"Spider Labyrinth 2"© Dust Landscapes
Autumn Missed Subset

Based on research relating Africa's "Spider Stories" and fabric and basketry patterns
once seen only as decoration, this painting shows how the image of the Labyrinth weaves into the oral traditions that contain the significant and symbolic meaning of Mythical life lessons and interactions.

“Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events,
not of words. Trust movement.”

Alfred Adler

For information on purchasing one or all of the three giclee prints shown above,
contact Tom Schulz

After the first twenty prints are sold to cover printing costs,
100% percent of the sale of each print will go directly to the building fund.

Art Enacted. Empathinc.

Print production by Clyde Baumwell, Baumwell Graphics

All artwork by Tom Schulz unless otherwise noted.

Friday, October 29, 2010

"The God and The Universe Conversations". Week Seven.

“The poet is the priest of the invisible.”

Wallace Stevens

The God and The Universe Conversations. Week Seven.

“The Perilous Nature of Objects” ("Still, Life Project"©)

“The Universe kind of has an itch The Universe can't scratch", said The Universe. "Seems like The Universe has to keep up this incredible level of energy just to keep things from collapsing in on themselves and then no matter how hard The Universe tries, they collapse anyway! Is that something that should concern The Universe?"
"Only if The Universe refuses to recognize that nothing disappears - it responds and transforms.", replied God.
"Is God ever transformed in the collapsing?”, queried The Universe.
"Constantly", replied God. "God is even transformed if a single entity attempts to concretize God."

"That's gotta hurt", allowed The Universe.

“Warblers, Ex Nihilo”
(Detail, "The Mechanics of Crepe Myrtle Series"©, 2010)

The Universe began, “It seems to The Universe that everything The Universe creates is created with something or out of something. But what of the creation of The Universe? Was The Universe created out of the remnants of Another Universe? Is there concurrent creation going on even in this moment with other actualized Possibilities of The Universe? The Universe is pretty sure that Nothing cannot create Something!"
"Well", mulled God, "perhaps The Universe might choose to consider that Nothing is actually Something".

"Inconceivable!", barked the Universe.

"God", asked The Universe, "how does The Universe express a "feeling" without objectifying the entity that is the subject of that feeling?"
God thought for a while. The a while seemed like forever to The Universe (such is the Nature of God's Supratime). Finally, God replied, "A defined mutual expression is very satisfying."

"Cool", responded The Universe. "The Universe will attempt that strategy."

“Everything Must Be Somewhere” Video Sketch 2010

“Let The Universe see if The Universe has this straight", said The Universe. "An entity is a Being presiding over the immediacy of the entity's Becoming? And each entity includes The Universe just in the entity's attitude towards every element of the Universe?"
"Yeah, yeah, yeah", chimed back a very enthusiastic God. "God considers it Synthetic Unity - an endless linkage of potentialities."

"Sweet", said The Universe.

Bioinformatics From "The Brilliant Notebook Project"©

“The Universe was in a contemplative mood, consumed (as it were) with considerations of Dark Matter. Addressing God, The Universe asked, "With all this communication vis a vis Process, then is The Universe merely a sketch? Some underlying cartoon in preparation for the Finished Painting?"
"Oh, the Finished Painting question", sighed God. "God actually prefers the cumulative acquisition of novelty to the Completed Piece".

"Thanks", said The Universe. "The Universe finds that oddly hopeful."

There is a sphere where there is neither earth nor water nor heat nor air, for it is beyond the field of matter; nor is it the sphere of infinite space, or consciousness, for it is beyond the field of mind. There is not the condition of nothingness, neither is there the state of this world or another world, nor sun nor moon. This is the uncreated. This condition I call neither arising nor passing away, neither dying nor being born. It is without form and without change. It is the eternal, which never originates and never passes away. To find it is the end of sorrow.

Udana Sutta
From "Buddha Speaks," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000

This concludes Week Seven of
"The God and The Universe Conversations".

All art and writing by Tom Schulz unless otherwise noted, or unless it is so cool
he will try to get away with claiming it as his own.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

"The God and The Universe Conversations". Week Six.

“To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to understand.”
José Ortega y Gasset

The God and The Universe Conversations. Week Six.

Complex Unity (Delno Ennis)

“It would appear", started up The Universe, "that Abstractions are useless to The Universe. Maybe The Universe is an either/or proposition. Everything is either real (or maybe even hyper-real), or it cannot yet exist. So it doesn't Matter if something is unreal."
"Yeah, but that is the flaw in Absolute Binaries", retorted God. "They leave out the Mediating Agencies!"
"Do what?", replied the beleaguered The Universe.
God responded, "Them furrows don't get plowed without somebody leading the mules."

"Got it", chuckled The Universe.

Pondering Woman” (detail)

“Y'know what God?, muttered The Universe, "The Universe doesn't know if God has noticed, but The Universe gets pretty caught up in all this Creation business, and sometimes gets a little carried away."
"(A little?)", thought God to God's self.
"But isn't that what The Universe is supposed to do - bring things into Being?"

"Actually", replied God in all kindness, "God is just as interested in the Becoming."

“So let me see if The Universe can get this straight", fumed an exasperated The Universe. Does God mean that the process is as important as the results?"
"Not as important", explained God, "but rather inseparable. Any entity as it currently exists is an element in the process of all becoming. For example, The Universe may experience a shift in identity as it is impacted by any series of becomings."
"Oh God! That sounds so complicated!”, cried out The Universe.

"Well, it ain't exactly rocket science", laughed God.

Dry Land and Streets”© 2010 Video Sketch

“The Universe is believing that The Universe is catching on", said The Universe. "Becoming and Being aren't in conflict. Becoming and Being are aspects of a total process".
"Something like that", replied God with a noncommittal tone.
The Universe jumped in, "Let's just say that like, in the Beginning there was this Godness and the Godness created all the isness and then turned it over to The Universe and stuff started Becoming out of that partnership and then Entities began all their Becoming. Does God control all of this?"

"God prefers not to micro-manage", God answered.

“There is that sphere of being where there is no earth, no water, no fire, nor wind; no experience of infinity of space, of infinity of consciousness, of no-thingness, or even of neither-perception-nor-non-perception; there is neither this world nor another world, neither moon nor sun; this sphere of being I call neither a coming nor a going nor a staying still, neither a dying nor a reappearance; it has no basis, no evolution, and no support: it is the end of suffering.”
Udāna Sutta 8.1

Special Bonus Feature:
"Participating in the Conversation"

Installation View, Town Outpost - North Carolina Educational Center, New Bern, NC.

Photo by Daniel de Wit

As an artist, I spend a lot of time on my knees. And concentrating on the task at hand. Often, there is an intrusive bedlam as projects are being completed all around me. I find myself entering into a separate zone of being. But not separated - for I still must remain cognizant of my surroundings. So I actualize within one particular reality without disappearing from the other. It is in this osmotic state of exchange that I most clearly participate in The God and The Universe Conversations.

This concludes Week Six of
"The God and The Universe Conversations".

All art and writing by Tom Schulz unless otherwise noted, or unless it is so cool
he will try to get away with claiming it as his own.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

"The God and The Universe Conversations". Week Five.

"In an age when our single-issue mentalities threaten to destroy any possibility of broad community, ambiguity is a gift that the arts offer toward formation of healthy, inclusive communities.
The ambiguity in fine arts helps us see flaws in our heroes
and redeeming qualities in our enemies..."

Doug Adams

The God and The Universe Conversations. Week Five.

Joseph Rodriguez/News & Record/AP

“But I’ll Be Seeing You”

“The Universe doesn’t mind admitting it”, sighed The Universe. “But sometimes it is tough being comprised of so much material that is beyond The Universe’s comprehension. Multiple dimensions, realities that shift upon observation, dark matter. You know everything, God - what do you call all that?”

“Love”, whispered God. “God calls that Love. And it is in never ending supplies and it is the unifying thread woven through everything.”

“That’s good to know”, breathed The Universe.

“A World With Walls”

The Universe was puzzled. “The Universe appears to require boundaries, but is full of indefinable matter and infinities. What of finality?”, asked The Universe.

“The issue is not about finality”, replied God, “but of process. Ambitious schemes must not frame previous experiences as being the total definition of the Nature of Things.”

“Gosh”, mused The Universe, “what if I can’t handle that Truth?”

“I Lacked Oversight”

“I overheard somewhere that you shouldn’t spoil a good story for lack of a few facts,” offered The Universe.

“Funny thing”, responded God, “is that every fact requires a system of descriptions that supports that fact, but still doesn’t contain the entirety of the system.”

“Language is thoroughly indeterminate, now ain’t it God?”

“Word”, said God.

“Mechanics of Crepe Myrtle #1”

“Y’know, the more certain The Universe is about the logical progression of things, the more The Universe becomes haunted by the limitations of the Absolute”, sighed The Universe.

“Yeah”, replied God (though an answer was not really necessary). “In that regard pretty much every premise in any conjecture is under suspicion.”

“You Haul”

“Please pardon my incessant badgering,” started The Universe, “but you know how pragmatic I can be what with twin particles, cause and effect, and all. So when presented with a concept like ‘Heaven’, I just gotta ask, God - where would such a place like that be? Is it an energy field? Some kind of actualized paradise? Is it the same for all creatures and beings?” “Well,” said God to The Universe, “for those beings unencumbered by expectations, it is a most marvelous and individualized otherness - hard to verbalize. For those who require a bit more tangible security - there’s Mom’s Attic. It’s a good system.”

"A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us.
To live is to be slowly born."

Antoine de Saint-Exupery

This concludes Week Five of
"The God and The Universe Conversations".

All art and writing by Tom Schulz unless otherwise noted, or unless it is so cool
he will try to get away with claiming it as his own.

Friday, October 1, 2010

"The God and The Universe Conversations". Week Four.

Hope grows with the ability to respond;
despair grows with the self-chosen
closing in of horizons.

John B. Cobb, and David Griffin
Process Theology:an Introductory Exposition

The God and The Universe Conversations. Week Four.

“Star Power”

Often The Universe was unnecessarily brusque. “Who created the stars?”, The Universe asked God. “Me? Or God?” “Does it matter,The Universe?”, asked God right back. “It does to me!”, exclaimed The Universe.

“You created the stars, then.”, God whispered.

“Always Time to be the Fool”
Video Sketch 2010©

“Hey, God what’s with the determination to always be direct and to the point?”

“You must be seeing something, I can’t (which of course is unlikely)”, replied God. “All I’m saying is look at wormholes, politicians and labyrinths”.

“Touche”, said The Universe.

“Knowing the Difference”

Photo by Kathy Richards

“Does God actually grant serenity?”, asked The Universe of God.

“It doesn’t actually need to be granted”, replied God. “It’s there for the taking.”

“Or the discovering?”, queried the Universe.


“Who is responsible for creating chaos, God? God or The Universe?”, asked The Universe. “Oh, God thinks both God and The Universe are totally involved in chaos”, God surmised. “But doesn’t all that havoc cause pain and suffering?”, retorted The Universe. “Well”, said God, “it most often appears that way in the moment. But sometimes the way needs to be cleared in preparation for the new”.

“Harsh”, said The Universe.

“Blendered Family”

“So then, speaking of chaos”, pondered The Universe, “What about things that get all in an uproar, y’know, like sunspots, and all this energy is emitted out into the aether, and certainly The Universe doesn’t know what it all adds up to. Is that chaos, God?”

“It depends”, returned God. “Sometimes God prefers to refer to it as Absolute Beauty.”

From "Hymn to Matter":

"Blessed be you, universal matter, immeasurable time, boundless ether, triple abyss of stars and atoms and generations: you who by overflowing and dissolving our narrow standards or measurement reveal to us the dimensions of God. Blessed be you, impenetrable matter: you who, interposed between our minds and the world of essences, cause us to languish with the desire to pierce through the seamless veil of phenomena."

Teilhard de Chardin Hymn of the Universe

This concludes Week Four of
"The God and The Universe Conversations".

All art and writing by Tom Schulz unless otherwise noted, or unless it is so cool
he will try to get away with claiming it as his own.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

"The God and The Universe Conversations". Week Three.

"If there be light, then there is darkness; if cold, heat;
if height, depth; if solid, fluid;

if hard, soft; if rough, smooth; if calm, tempest;
if prosperity, adversity; if life, death."


The God and The Universe Conversations. Week Three.

“Space Boy, Aghast” (Detail) 2006

Interactive Mural by Artists Tom Schulz and Isaac Schulz

“God?”, asked The Universe. “Yes, The Universe?”, God answered. “Do you ever get afraid?”, The Universe asked quietly. “Why yes”, replied God, “yes, God gets afraid from time to time”. “What would God possibly be afraid of!”, exclaimed The Universe.

“Oh, mostly irresponsible behavior”, said God.

“Re-aligned Realities”

The Universe said to God, “check this out. “Everything is so fragile, and so glorious. He closed his eyes. Here it comes…here’s the future…and here it is again…”

“That’s from “Her Fearful Symmetry”, by Audrey Niffenegger.”

“I like that”, said God………………. “Me too”, said The Universe.


“I don’t know”, mused The Universe, “but a lot of things seem out of whack lately. Pluto’s a planet, then its not, time folding back on itself, systems collapsing. I’m just one Universe, I don’t even know if my efforts to set things to right amounts to much of anything. And I don’t think I’m the only thing that feels that way.”

God figured it was time for a bit of en/courage/ment.

The Universe said to God, “Don’t take this personally, but I find that whole separation of Lightness and Darkness rather divisive.” And God replied, ” Yeah, well I’m into contrasts. It creates a tension that I consider balanced.”

“Gosh”, said The Universe, “That just makes good sense”.

“How Einstein Was Wrong”

The Universe said to God, “I heard it through the grapevine that you don’t gamble.” And God replied, “Have you been talking to Al again? Cause he’s supposed to be pure energy by now.” The Universe got kind of quiet. “But God”, The Universe asked, “If you know everything, then isn’t everything, well, um, determined?” God mumbled something about The Universe and randomness and perceived chaos and uttered one word:


"In the ultimate stillness
Light penetrates the whole realm;
In the still illumination,
There pervades pure emptiness.
When I look back on the
Phenomenal world,
Everything is just
Like a dream. "

Han-shan Te-Ch'ing

This concludes Week Three of
"The God and The Universe Conversations".

All art and writing by Tom Schulz unless otherwise noted, or unless it is so cool
he will try to get away with claiming it as his own.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

"The God and The Universe Conversations". Week Two.

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”
William James

God and The Universe Conversations. Week Two.

“The Eleventh Commandment”

The Universe said to God, “I’m down with all the begatting and the whole Lillies of the Field thing, and the Thou Shalt not Covet stuff. You know - I get it - I’m an ever expanding Universe.” God knew where this conversation was going, but get’s bored being all Omniscient and all, so God says, “And?” And The Universe said, “Can’t you come up with a sign that gives folks some kind of heads up?” So God did.


So God and The Universe were hanging around and God mused, “This whole autonomous individual thing we have going on over yonder on Earth has turned into a real bee in my nebulae”. And The Universe got all excited and said, “What if we created them in Pods??? Then they could learn from each other and help each other and stuff!” “Brilliant!”, said God. “Work me up a prototype!” And so that’s just what the Universe did.

“Room for Expansion” (Detail, 1990)

Sometimes The Universe is so busy, The Universe forgets to stop and ponder. Evidently, as the story goes, there is supposed to be a Time of Pondering. But The Universe thinks it can’t afford to use that Time for Pondering, especially since there is so much stuff to make and unmake. “Silly Universe”, thinks God. But softly, and to God’s Self.

“(Frank) God’s Gonna Sit This One Out” (From The Brilliant Notebook©)

There have been times when God has allowed The Universe to create things without God’s input. God figures, “How else is The Universe going to learn?” The Universe has a tendency (still) to rush headlong into creating things without really understanding or contemplating the ramifications. God seems pretty cool with that. After all, as God tells The Universe, “Things will work out. If not Now, then in a Billion Years.”

Exerpt from The Shawshank Redemption, written and directed by Frank Darabot, 1994

“God, The Universe, and Andy Dufresne”

Occasionally, God and The Universe utilize agents and/or agencies to implement scenarios that illustrate the sublime. While it is highly likely that you are currently involved in any multitude of these scenarios, it is essential to remember that you are not locked into a scripted response or reaction.

"The language that best describes desirable characteristics of experience is derived more from aesthetics. That does not mean that it is about objective works of art. But it is about the art of life and the beauty of experience. What makes one experience superior to another is more like what makes one painting superior to another than what makes one action more moral than another."

Process Theology, John B. Cobb, Jr.

Read entire article here. Fascinating!

Shall we pause for a moment and contemplate our level of participation in The Conversation? It surrounds us and calls to us in each moment.

This concludes Week Two of the God and The Universe Conversations.

All art and writing by Tom Schulz unless otherwise noted, or unless it is so cool he will try to get away with claiming it as his own.