In the Anteroom
A new metaphor/analogy to relate the relative and the absolute
by Gene Poole

Welcome to the anteroom...
where you already are

Beyond that door is the
realm we all speak of

Some of us speak as tho
we are beyond that door

But if we speak, this is
where speaking is done

Beyond the door there
is no speaking

Beyond the door there
is no-one to speak

Beyond the door there
is no-one to speak to

Here in the anteroom we may
speak to each other

If any of us speaks with
pretense of being beyond
the door, everyone but
the speaker understands
that fantasy is being
woven with words.

Everyone knows that those
who speak, in the anteroom,
are in the anteroom.

Yes, some of us in the
anteroom have been beyond
the door. Some of us spend
considerable time beyond the
door.

Some of us come into the
anteroom to speak of what
we see and know, what we
have, what we have lost,
when we have gone thru
the door.

But anyone who speaks here,
is in the anteroom. Anyone
who speaks here, is not
beyond the door. Anyone who
speaks here, stating that
they speak from behind the
door, is mistaken, and the
mistake will be pointed out.

This is the anteroom, and
we may speak here, of anything.

We speak of and point to the
door. We discuss what lies
beyond the door. Now perhaps
we can understand, that if
speaking is being done, that
the speaker is in the anteroom.

To be in the anteroom does not
imply in any way, an inability to
go thru the door. To speak in the
anteroom does not in any way,
qualify or accurately describe or
explain what is beyond the door.

Those of us who speak here,
who know we are in the anteroom,
know that our words do not
emanate from beyond the door.

Some speakers have the habit
of speaking here in the anteroom,
as though they are beyond the door.

Those of us in the anteroom who
have been thru the door, know
that there is no speaking beyond
the door. We may speak here in
the anteroom, of anything, but
to speak as tho we are beyond
while we are here, reveals a
serious schism in the speaker.

Those of us who talk back to those
who speak as tho they are beyond
the door, are typically answered in
words that the speaker imagines are
from beyond the door.

Wake up, you are in the anteroom;
here you may speak. You may
describe immense infinite vistas,
you may bawl endless tears of
gratitude, you may rant on and
on about what concerns you.

Wake up, speaker. If you speak,
this is where you are; here you may
speak.

Realize that you need not formulate
your speech into cosmic diatribe, to
prove you are not here. If you speak,
this is where you are.

Gene Poole is the moderator of Open Source Spirit and hangs out at NonDuality Salon and GRF

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