I am grown past caring

Past sharing

Past daring

To put my soul on line

Where resistance begins

And receptivity ends

As an impenetrable wall

Unyielding to all


Yet utterly without foundation


Influence remains as life passes

There is so much Joy in my life, work and art

Digitalis’ (Oil painting on canvas by Alan Rayner, 2006). Oh, that iron fist that hides In a velvet glove; Intoxicating the heart; Whilst ordering its erratic wanderings; Into the hard-edged metronomic beatings; Of a loveless marriage to mechanical objects; So clearly defined; To beguile the seeker of certainty. Could not that purple velvet; That flatters to deceive; Yet restore our child’s play? An antidotal, anecdotal softening; Of hard manipulations; That exclude the darkness from the day. Light touching lightly upon the fringes; Of etchings into clay; Where the bodies’ soft life-linings; Can frolic in the summer hay

Just in case there’s any doubt

I am not motivated by plaudits

Or any sovereign sense of my own superiority


On the contrary

My primary feeling

In the zero-point vacuum of my heart -

My innermost receptivity -

Is compassionate concern

For this human world

And its natural neighbourhood

The Scrapheap’ (ink and watercolour sketch on paper by Alan Rayner, 2021)

‘You don’t want to end up here’

My father said

With mournful eyes

After years of striving

To make his mark

Undermined by lack of dare

In a world where reckless wins

And caution misses out


I took his words to heart

As I set out on my way

From Abstract Zero to Natural Hero (coloured pencil and ink drawing on paper by Alan Rayner, 2021). The Transformative Mathematical Move From Abstract to Natural; Is the integration of Zero; As a dynamic inclusion of One; Within Infinity; Spatial Stillness and Energetic Motion; Soul and Spirit; In co-creative, mutually inclusive relationship; Making us what we are; Embodiments of Place-Time

What makes us miss out

What we need to include in our minds

To make life worth living -

Loving, caring, joyful, creative, understandable, sustainable -

A gift to be received, nurtured and passed on

In continuous relay

And instead treat life as a quest

Against all odds

For supremacy…

Nightburst’ (Oil painting on board by Alan Rayner, 2020) The emergence from void into conscious expression

I am here


Bathing you

In my receptive, omnipresent stillness

The silent calmness within and all around

Your agitation


I am no threat to your existence

I am here for you

Not against you

Calling you this way

To be as you become


See me, feel me…

A manifestation of the mutually inclusive relationship between receptive spatial influence and energetic current in all material forms

What is it that holds together

What would otherwise drift apart

If not an innermost receptive call

To all around

To come into circulation

In confluent formation dance?


A call that…

All that exists in no time

All that remains

When all’s been said and done

Is what’s always been here

And always will be


The vast presence of absence

Endlessly calling for attention

Waiting to burst into life

At the strike of a light


Endlessly forgotten

By the clamour of inattention to innermost receptivity

Compassion Fruit’ (Oil painting on canvas by Alan Rayner, 2008). The confluence of classical elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water via a zero-point at their vertical-horizontal intersection, enables the emergence of a Passiflora vine, symbolizing the natural inclusion of Love in Life.

The Essence of Regenerative Sustainability

Stitching in Time’ (Oil painting on board by Alan Rayner, 2020). Every moment is a turning point; In ever-present current; Carrying life across the gaps; In human memory; From future into past; Without a pause for thought; Yet dancing in the Stillness; The play of light in void; That brings relief to form; Flowing here and there in rhythms; Receiving and responding; In continuous relay; Throughout the day; Throughout the night; From season into season; Without the need for reason; To divide, make whole or keep to straight and narrow; Only dying to pass on

What is natural organisation, how does it arise and how is it sustained or lost?

You might imagine that this is a question to which modern evolutionary, thermodynamic, social and complex systems theories would have the answer well sussed. …

‘Anew Leaf’ (acrylic painting on board by Alan Rayner, 2020) At the turn of the decade, I resolve to open up a new horizon, and to make a start by painting a new picture. I find a dead maple leaf in a gutter, beginning to disintegrate. I set out to resurrect it in the colours of freshly fallen autumn leaves, lifted up into clear blue sky, leaving behind its mirror image in a sky-filled hole.

I have nothing to sell

No one to tell

No hidden agenda

No vested interests

No heroes to worship

No organization to manage

No empires to rule

No industries to serve

No institutional support

No salary to earn

No profit to turn

No money to burn

No self-belief

No clients to coach

No patients to cure

No therapy to seek

No books to promote

No courses to offer

No technologies to invent

No theories to present

No religious persuasion

No fan clubs to grow

No party-political allegiance

No magical tricks

No axes to grind

No alternatives to debate

No points to score

No games to win

No battles to lose


I am here for one sincere reason, alone

To open the door


For further exploration beyond the open door, please visit http://www.spanglefish.com/exploringnaturalinclusion

Alan Rayner

Alan Rayner is an evolutionary ecologist, writer and artist, who is pioneering the philosophy of natural inclusion

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