The Hole Story and the Whole Story

Alan Rayner
2 min readNov 19, 2020
Holding Openness’ (Oil painting on canvas by Alan Rayner, 2005) Light as a dynamic inclusion of darkness continuously brings an endless diversity of flow-form to life


As Robert Frost put it:- ‘Nature does not complete things. She is chaotic. Man must finish, and he does so by making a garden and building a wall.’

This is why I often speak of the fundamental difference between the ‘Hole Story’ of Nature, and the ‘Whole Story’ of definitive human thought.

I am alluding to the difference between the rationalistic division of reality into wholes and parts separated by definitive boundaries and gaps of space, and the natural flow geometry in which boundaries are intrinsically dynamic and space is a source of receptive (frictionless) continuity.

Whereas ‘wholes’ are generally thought of as definitively complete in themselves, ‘holes’ are receptive voids.

When we appreciate that material bodies naturally both dynamically include and are included in void space, we can understand that they have receptive ‘zero-point’ gravitational centres encircled by energetic flow. This radically inverts the focus of much human thought, from zero-dimensional centres of mass to centres of space.

Hence my poem, ‘What may not be obvious’:-

What May Not Be Obvious

Every body is a cavity at heart

Every figure reconfigures both in science and in art

Every face is interfacing from no bottom to no top

Every faith is interfaith that cannot tell us where to stop

Every lining opens inwards as it brings its inside out

Every curtain closes outwards to conceal its inner doubt

Every story ends in opening from some future into past

Every glory is the story of finding first in last

Every aching is the making of another role for play

Every taking is the slaking of another’s thirst to stay

Every tiding’s no confiding with-out the trust to tell

Every siding is no hiding from the fear of utter Hell

Every flowing is the ebbing of another’s world within

Every glowing is the lighting of the darkness in the spin

Every heartbeat is the murmur in the core of inner space

Every drumbeat is the echo of the dance within each place

Every silence is the gathering of the storm that is to come

When Love comes to Life

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Alan Rayner

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