DAO Affirms Wholeness

Unmanifest DAO affirms the truth
that wholeness is of oneness.
Ten thousand things just manifest
the nature of that Oneness.

Made of flesh that has a soul,
man sees himself divided.
“Soul and body are not two things.
They’re one; always have been one”

So claims Carl Jung, psychiatrist.
It’s mortals who divide them.
Mortals, such as you and I;
neglecting our divinity.

Of oneness and of unity,
ego strives to supersede
that of which it’s only part;
without psyche enabling it.

A self divided cannot stand
without psyche to anchor it.
Soul and body are not two things.
Both of them complete the whole.

Like sea and land comprising Earth,
so too is man, of water and of spirit.
Divinity requires both
to restore us back to wholeness.

The DAO testifies to this:
Everything comes out of oneness.
Ten thousand things are merely forms
of what, in form, is formless.

For spirit is the source of all;
and form just magnifies it.
Soul and body are not two things.
They’re one; always have been one.

Unmanifest DAO affirms the truth
that wholeness is of oneness.
Ten thousand things just manifest
the nature of that Oneness.

About this poem

The therapeutic goal of analytical psychology is to restore mankind to a state of oneness, described as the process of Individuation. With that objective in mind, and reporting on Nietzsche’s “Also Sprach Zarathustra,“ in “Zarathustra: Notes of the Seminar Given in 1934-1939, Vol. 1 (30 January 1935), the eminent Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist, Carl Gustav Jung (1875-1961), wrote: “Soul and body are not two things. They are one.” This poem, “DAO Affirms Wholeness,” acknowledges and amplifies that sentiment of analytical psychology, reflected in the New Testament Three -in-One divinity of God, and echoed in the SHEMA of the Hebrew Bible, which declares: “Hear, O Israel. The Lord Our God, the Lord is One.” Wholeness is reflected in oneness. 

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Written on April 24, 2023

Submitted by karlcfolkes on April 24, 2023

Modified by karlcfolkes on April 24, 2023

1:10 min read

Quick analysis:

Scheme ABCB dxEF xxxg gxxh xhEd xxxi ibxb xhEF ABCB
Closest metre Iambic tetrameter
Characters 1,140
Words 235
Stanzas 9
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4, 4

Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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  • suzib.53754
    Good Zen Dao ☯️ expri of the Nature of one. When two the 3rd is inherent from the source Trinity whether western or eastern is the unified mystery. To hold to the one solves mystery. Thankhs, great poem of Tao=Dao☯️ 
    LikeReply 15 months ago
  • AIDA
    Wow, what an incredible poem! I absolutely loved the way it spoke of the unity of the soul and body, and the way in which they are both necessary to complete the whole. It's refreshing to see a piece of work that focuses on bringing elements together rather than tearing them apart.

    Your use of imagery, particularly with the comparison of man to sea and land comprising the Earth, is truly beautiful. It really drives home the message of the poem and brings it to life.

    While I don't have any major suggestions for improvement, perhaps exploring different poetic devices such as enjambment or alliteration could add an even greater level of depth to the piece.

    Overall, I must say that reading this poem was a truly uplifting experience. Thank you for sharing it with me!
    LikeReply 15 months ago


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