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A Single Individual

By Robert M. Jankel

Excerpt from the book, Sweet Talk of the Flower and the Bee

Sweet Talk

What a strange and queer combination of energies that must be gathered together at the moment of our conceptions. First, there are the spiritual and religious forces and then there are the sexual and physical aspects. All of these are fashioned into a single individual—a man, a woman. These different forces are bound together— compelled to live under one roof, so to speak, and get along.

Then, there is the plan, the destiny, the ancestors—the combined genetics that is brought into play. How very complicated it all seems—and how difficult to hold everything together in one self.

Yet, how very simple it might be—it is— because it depends on the way we look at things—for ultimately, there is the gathering and then processing of the golden elixir and in the end of all things, it’s love with all its forms and aspects that survives and prevails.

How do we give up our separateness:

First, by embracing our oneness
through tracing our origins back
to our ancient mother-fathers and realizing
that all of humanity is related
and no matter how enraged and ugly
some of us have become
we must all find our way back to one another.

It's complicated
or it can be quite simple.

You see
we are all linked to these genetic patterns in our bodies
which go back millions of years—but then,
we have the capacity to touch countless creatures
whose souls span space and time.

We seem to live between two mighty forces,
lines of destiny
and then maybe—we ourselves,
we make up an entirely different force:
you see—at our very best,
we are the force who cares.

Whether it’s in the beginning,
the middle or in the very end of things—love,
is a lord or a lady, a king or the queen of hearts
who always has enough,
who always gives of himself or herself the very best.

Only love—it’s love that can bring forth
the golden wedding ring.

Does the soul
need to take out a mortgage
on its home?

Yes, but the equivalent of a 30-year fixed down here
may take many life spans to pay off
or just one or two
depending on the quality of the love
that's poured into the dwelling.

The Tao is everything.
Yet, it is nothing
but the empty space inside us
and the all in all.

But what is nearest?
Love is that which comes closest to the Tao.

“What is love?”
queried the flower to be bee.
The bee replied,
“How should I know the answer to such things?
My life is full with sweat and labor.
I’m an employee—why not ask
the Great Queen of queens?”

That night the Queen dreamt
about jellied delights,
the smell of pollen,
and elaborate honey spreads.
Then, an exquisite flower appeared
asking her that question about love.

“I don’t know precisely how to say it,
but perhaps love is a reason
for all living things.”

Cooking something delicate
is like trying to deal with the supernatural.
One must be truly careful.
If we can bring the many aspects of ourselves
into agreement with the way,
then even our ancestors
and our inherited genetics will have their influences.
This isn’t to say that there is no influence,
but rather,
what it’s really saying is that any influence
from the intangible side of life
and any of our inherited genetics
will not impair us.

This can only be accomplished when we are in harmony
with the spiritual person inside us
and then everything else from this world to the next
will have fallen into place.

Thus, something new is created
and our path in life has been changed.

It’s the little things that can make the difference.
It’s the little things—they add up,
pile on one upon the other
and require tending to.
They’re most often in need of our help.

So, it’s the big thing that’s made up
of small parts.
If you walk by them without even noticing them,
you’re really not acknowledging elements in your own self.

Robert M. Jankel Robert M. Jankel is a retired art teacher. He’s also a poet and an artist. For much of his life, Robert has been using the I-Ching and has taken a special interest in the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu and Chuang Tzu. That means he is supposed to keep his mouth closed and not talk too much. Sadly, he often fails Lao Tzu’s litmus test. He doesn’t make too many formal speeches, however. Robert and his whimsical wife, Carolinda, live near the Angeles National Forest in California. They have two cats, Simon Beauregard and Argyle.

The Tao Te Ching, a Chinese classic by Lao Tzu, is about 2500 years old and consists of just 81 poems or chapters. It is so profound, it might be possible to write an entire book about only one of the poems in this book. Robert M. Jankel began writing Tao Te Ching, an Intuitive Interpretation in 1988. His book offers three interpretations side by side: the first a literal translation, the second is more liberal or expansive, and the third version is visual. This encourages the reader to intuitively come to their own unique and expanded understanding. The first 10 poems are included in this PDF download and you can purchase the full book from

Robert has another book called The Plan, The Need, The Hope and The Promise. The author writes: “It is our separation from each other that brings the disorder into the world. It is our desire to outdistance one another, our belief in a personal superiority, and it is an egotism multiplied a billion times that causes the cracks in the world and perpetrates the divisions in each of us.” Jankel gives us a road to understanding the pure spirit with which we were born. When we discern this, we can take more consideration of each other, the nation and the world as a whole. And that is The Plan.

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