Note No. 37

December 29, 2009

The e-mail, from a woman named Silvia Culebro, reads like something from The Matrix, complete with a slew of code names. The subject line is Notification of Arrival for Margaret Graphic Communication Fec Goerig and inside, it says (translation):

Esteemed Margaret:

On behalf of Federal Express, we inform you that on the 22nd, the following aerial guide arrived:

865087098695

1

22-Dic

MARGARET GRENS

TRACE

CHOCOLATES, BAG OF COFFEE, BAG OF POWDERED CHILE (Someone is sending me chile when I live in Mexico?) AND A BAG OF “ZAATAR” HERBS

TO LIBERATE THIS PACKAGE REQUIRES THE AUTHORIZATION OF (SAGARPA)

I write back to this woman who has signed off as silviared, which I believe is supposed to be Silvia Red, but that is not what my Inbox has said that her name is and in Spanish, red means “network.”

My reply to her says:

Good day,
Thank you for the notification. How do I liberate it? Who is SAGARPA?
Thank you,

Margaret
Casa El Pío
Isla Mujeres, Mexico

Then I read my Zen message for the day:

Chang-yen asked Shen-hui: “When is illumination obtained?”
“Just see into nothingness,” Shen-hui said.
“Even if it is nothingness, it is seeing something.”
“Though it is seeing, it is not to be called something.”
“If it is not to be called something, how can there be seeing?”
“Seeing into nothingness—this is true seeing and eternal seeing,” replied Shen-hui. —Zen Mondo

And somehow, it all becomes clear.

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