Transforming the Mental Onion

mind, like an onion
growing layer upon layer
each wanting to be peeled
granted a reality
a wish to be more
anything transcending the layers

layers growing inside outward
each subsequent one larger
yet all the same, just layers
ripples on the mind’s surface water
curved lines with no beginning or end
no independent existence
never free of all else

in the end
just swirling circles
atop formless prima materia
seeking to become more
than an onion
in the alchemist’s flask

Note: Toss an onion into an alchemist’s flask and this is what you get. What do you get?

Author: Don Iannone, D.Div.

Biography Photographer, poet, teacher, complementary medicine provider, interfaith minister, and former economic developer. Holds a Doctorate in Divinity, Master of Divinity, Master of Mind-Body Medicine, and Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. Clinical certifications in Reiki, guided meditation, life purpose coaching, and spiritual counseling.  Author of 12 books, including two new books in the contemporary spirituality field. Learn more here. Contact Information Contact Don Iannone by email:

7 thoughts on “Transforming the Mental Onion”

  1. Thanks Dan, Polona, and Floots.

    Yes Dan, nothing is at the core…just emptiness. Tribe victory was sweet.

    Floots: I know the type flask you are referrring to…

    Polona: Microscope? You’ll have to fill me in. Are you a scientist? Haiku microscopy: The study of the finer details of life.

  2. the layers of the onion
    good stuff don

    as to what you’ll find in the alchemist’s flask
    who knows
    but whatever it is – that’s shallot 🙂
    (sorry – best i could on the spur of the moment)

  3. This is a good one, Don! That Bosox/Tribe game last night musta been a good one, too…

    Nothing is what i get at the center of the onion –which is everything.

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