Alan Rayner
1 min readJan 17, 2021
Flow and Counterflow’ (Oil painting on canvas by Alan Rayner, 2008)


So far as any of us alive can tell

In any language

There is One reality

One Nature of Infinite extent

Which has two intangible aspects

Receptive spatial stillness and responsive energetic motion

That together make a third

Tangible aspect

Which manifests in two kinds of material form

Grading into and out from each other

Responsive and Receptive

Yang and Yin

Male and Female

Animal and Vegetable

Acid and Base

Metal and Nonmetal

Name them what you will


This is Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology and Spirituality

Not to mention Mathematics

Combined in conscious ecological awareness of unconscious source

As Living Art


Here is simple human understanding

Knowing what we and all are made from

Continuously co-evolving

An end to needless opposition

Between abstracted, partial views

Each denying the other’s truth

A beginning of I-opening

Into one another’s heart


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Alan Rayner

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