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Autism And Me (I)

This is to put my thoughts in order before i leave this subject, but you may read along if you wish.
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I was born In 1933; so was the concept of autism as a neurological condition.  The doctor who discovered it turned his "patients" over to the state death machine.  I suppose he considered such disposal to be a patriotic and moral duty.  Half a world away. on the Pacific Coast of North America, no one was aware of any of this; so a child born there with this condition could not be labeled "labeled "autistic."

The word autistic had existed in our language at least since 1914; it meant self centered.  In another word, sociopathic.  No kind person would give a child that  label.  Given greater than average socialization, a child with autism can learn to pretend to be a normal human; but such becavior can never seem natural nor real.  A person so afflicted will always seem at least a bit "strange."  His or her "parallel play" and seeming lack of concern for social rules will last past the ages of 5 or 6 and possibly well into adulthood.

It was my experience that given a tolerant and simple environment  where demands and expectations are not too high, a child with autism can "pass" for normal until the demands of adulthood -- citizenship, employment, marriage, parenthood, etc.-- come into play.  This sudden awareness that society is "beyond them" may be roughest on autistic adults who are also very intellligent.

In 1943, another germanic doctor noted that most geniuses seemed to have at least a touch of autism.
His "syndrome" became part of American psychiatry shortly after autism itself did- in the 1960s.  But people already in their thirties, 40s, 50s, or 60s were very unlikely to have their autism diagnosed except by almost random accident.

(To be continued...)

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Kahlil Gibran - Self-Knowledge

Self-Knowledge

by Kahlil Gibran


And a man said, Speak to us of Self-Knowledge.
And he answered saying:
Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.
But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart's knowledge.
You would know in words that which you have always known in thought.
You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.

And it is well you should.
The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea;
And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes.
But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure;
And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line.
For self is a sea boundless and measureless.

Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth."
Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path."
For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.


-- from The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran
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Kahlil Gibran - Self-Knowledge

Self-Knowledge

by Kahlil Gibran


And a man said, Speak to us of Self-Knowledge.
And he answered saying:
Your hearts know in silence the secrets of the days and the nights.
But your ears thirst for the sound of your heart's knowledge.
You would know in words that which you have always known in thought.
You would touch with your fingers the naked body of your dreams.

And it is well you should.
The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs rise and run murmuring to the sea;
And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes.
But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure;
And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line.
For self is a sea boundless and measureless.

Say not, "I have found the truth," but rather, "I have found a truth."
Say not, "I have found the path of the soul." Say rather, "I have met the soul walking upon my path."
For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.


-- from The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran
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Kahlil Gibran - Pain

Pain

by Kahlil Gibran


Original Language English

And a woman spoke, saying, Tell us of Pain.
And he said:
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.
Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.
And could you keep your heart in wonder at the daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem less wondrous than your joy;
And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen,
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.
Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility:
For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by the tender hand of the Unseen,
And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has moistened with His own sacred tears.


-- from The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran
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We are present through perception, not action. Yes, action and interaction can be a powerful way to force us to pay attention, but it is also common to use action to shut down the awareness. Whether in movement or in stillness, the real goal is to keep the eyes open and feel fully with the heart and with the gut. We want to do more than look, but to see and see deeply. We need to see what is ignored and glossed over, to "dig and burrow in the world."

Even in complete stillness, truly seeing is one of the most profound actions we can engage in. People are brought to tears by a gentle gaze in the eyes. This is what the soul craves, to be seen, to be recognized, to be truly acknowledged. This is true not just of the human soul, but of the world soul. I think of this when Denise Levertov writes of how the world "looks at one looking."

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Some of my friends worry, Tao bless them, because i so rarely post.
I am into silence and not talking.
I have little to say.
I am lazy.
I am fine!
I love you all!

Kalidasa - Exhortation of the Dawn

Exhortation of the Dawn

by Kalidasa

English version by W. S. Merwin & J. Moussaieff Masson
Original Language Sanskrit

Listen to the Exhortation of the Dawn!
Look to this Day!
For it is Life, the very Life of Life.
In its brief course lie all the
Verities and Realities of your Existence.
The Bliss of Growth,
The Glory of Action,
The Splendor of Beauty;
For Yesterday is but a Dream,
And To-morrow is only a Vision;
But To-day well lived makes
Every Yesterday a Dream of Happiness,
And every Tomorrow a Vision of Hope.
Look well therefore to this Day!
Such is the Salutation of the Dawn!


-- from Sanskrit Love Poetry, Translated by W. S. Merwin / Translated by J. Moussaieff Masson
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This preparation for the day has been a favorite of mine for mine.  I first read it 33 years ago in a book of meditations for members of AA.  The first and lines were missing and it was presented as a "Sanskrit proverb."

It is nice to learn that its writer was the 4th Century Hindu poet, Kalidasa.  Some of my favorite poets were devotees of the manifestation/goddess, Kali; i have no idea why.

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