.

Draw

a circle.

Draw a line,

through its middle,

in your mind. Within that

circle, on that line, draw yet

another circle there, just as the 1st;

you choose the size and where upon the line

it falls. And in the spaces left unclaimed, on either

side, if there is room, draw yet another circle there. And

others still until the line is full. This string of worlds, sized large

or small or mixed, is ready now. The secret of this Tao is

held within. The universe, the path you choose; the

distance ’round each world alone, when added

to the others, is equal to the measure of the

first. You drew the circle. Drew the

line. Drew the others. Chose

their size. The secret

of this Tao is held

within

.

*I discovered many years ago that if you draw a circle and then, like a string of pearls, draw a series of circles enough to fill the diameter of the first circle that the sum of the circumferences of the lesser circles is equal to the circumference of the great circle no matter how many circles you draw and of any varied size. If you draw just 2 circles within and trace a line around them like a sine wave you get the basic on the yin-yang which, if you measure the perimeter of each piece (yin or yang) the number once again is equal to the circumference of the great circle. A meditation on this bit of mathematics reveals more than one spiritual truth. At least it has for me.*

*Published in “Between Music and Dance” 2013 as “Tao”*