Alan Rayner
5 min readMay 30, 2021
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

Frothing over hidden depth

Carving initials

Into stone and bark



‘I was here’


‘I really mattered, didn’t I?’

Which could never have happened

In the first place

Without what remains

When all’s been said and done


We are but traces in eternity*

Flowing lines that gather around receptive cores

Before passing on from here to there

We are not building blocks or machine parts

Neither are we made from building blocks or machine parts

We are receptive-responsive relationships

All the way in and all the way out

The music of silence wrapped in sound

And sound wrapped in silence

The play of light enveloping darkness

As darkness envelops the play of light

Solvent and solute in natural solution,

Not one or other at odds

That’s what really matters


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*Thanks to Jim Welsh for this evocative phrase

Addendum (added 04/06/2021)

This poem expresses my feeling that I have said and done all I humanly can to bring to light a fundamental natural principle.

This principle of ‘natural inclusion’ can only fully be understood when it is admitted that the entirety of modern theoretical science and rationalistic philosophy is falsely premised on the assumption that matter and space are either mutually exclusive or indistinguishable from one another. This assumption arises from the mental isolation of the human observer from what is objectively observed, and consequent inattention to the ubiquity of natural space as an intangible receptive omnipresence at and extending infinitely all around the gravitational zero-point centre of all material bodies. It goes hand-in-hand with the false isolation of self-identity or ‘ego’ from its natural spatial and energetic neighbourhood and neighbours. As such it supports a false sense of self in conflict with and either domineering or subservient to others. It also yields a profoundly paradoxical, ‘building block’ view of reality in which space and boundaries are regarded as sources of definitive discontinuity instead of receptive continuity and dynamic distinction.

No sooner is it admitted that matter and space are distinct but mutually inclusive occurrences, then this false assumption can be set aside, and a more fluidly realistic, compassionate and ecologically and evolutionarily sustainable view of Nature and human nature put in its place. I have been communicating this view verbally, scientifically and artistically now for more than twenty years.

I have, however, always felt uncomfortable with being personally identified with natural inclusion, because it enables people to focus on (and disregard) me instead of what I am trying to give voice to as a fundamental principle of Nature that does not belong to me. And nowhere have I found anyone well-known in the scientific and philosophical communities prepared to admit the false assumption upon which so much of their authority is founded, let alone explicitly support what I have been saying. Without that explicit admission and support, natural inclusion cannot become known and appreciated by more than a precious few.

Hence all that remains for me to say and do in this situation is to bide my time and offer support receptively and responsively to anyone who wants to enquire further, beyond the impasse that has become so deeply entrenched in modern human culture. I cannot argue with those whose habitual inattention to innermost receptivity prevents them from acknowledging natural inclusion.

There is a world-view of difference between the acquisitive or isolated self/ego, which exploits and/or cuts itself off from its neighbourhood, and the receptive-responsive self/ego, which dwells in reciprocal relationship with its neighbours and surroundings.


If you truly wish to unlock the door

To a wide-open new paradigm of love in life

And life in love

Stop looking for the key!


First find the keyhole-

The innermost receptivity

Around which the key revolves

To reveal those different aspects

That come into life when admitted


Receptive love

Invites and welcomes in;

Responsive love

Moves towards and flows around;

Reciprocal love

Dynamically embodies each in the other

Receptive stillness within responsive circulation,

Hearts within minds

Within the wide-openness

The ever-present grace of endless space


There’s no admission without admission

Biophilia and Biophobia

No, I do not feel excluded from Nature

On the contrary

Nature is a source of joy, inspiration, wisdom and life itself

For me

Not to mention danger, pain and death


Yes, I do feel that all I have lived and loved and worked for

Is excluded by human abstraction

Which appears in many guises

Overt and covert

Pedantic and romantic

In part and as a whole

Separately and connectively

As a source of great dismay, ostracism and utter nonsense

For me

Not to mention danger, pain and death

In this topsy-turvy land

Where human success is natural failure


So you may not find my self-expressions

To be entirely delight-full

Does that surprise or repel you?

Or could it be that in your heart of hearts

You feel the same way

Should you dare enough and care enough

To admit it?

Dead Loss

How does it feel
To be written off
To write your self off
As a dead loss?
To be the story
You most dreadfully feared
Back in those earnest days
Before the haze
In which you now drift
In this maze
Round blind corners and bends
Wishing you could make amends
Find restoration
For all that went wrong
In the midst of your song
It’s a strange place to be
That’s for shore
At this shifting horizon
Between sand, waves and wind
In fading light
Where you are no more
Than desolate figure surrendering to ground
But, just look what you’ve found!
Deep in this distress
What’s seldom been cared for
But cares none the less



Alan Rayner

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