These are two of the metaphors guiding and undergirding my life, and serving as sources of reflection and realization in my work of establishing and maintaining right relationship between head and heart. The Gateless Gate is my image of the old Taoist phrase that was the title of one of two collections of koans used by Taoist and Zen practitioners (Zen is what happened when Buddhism met Taoism in China) (The other collection is called "The Blue Cliff Record"). A gateless gate is an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms, which sages used to stop novices from overthinking and drop down into their heart/instinct/intuition to make the connections necessary for finding the path that cannot be designated as "the path." The gateless gate is the moment of realization, of Aha! of understanding/enlightenment, that happens as a lightening bold with a shift in perspective. For me, the gateless gate is a metaphor suggesting that we are all one slight shift in perspective from seeing what's what and doing what needs to be done about it (Seeing is doing-- a shift in perspective is a transformation of life). The unfinished circle is a wabi sabi symbol reflecting the Taoist/Zen understanding of the nature of truth, and of true human beings. We are all a bit off course, out of alignment, "simple, imperfect, impermanent, and therefore beautifully irreplaceable perfection just as we are! The unfinished circle is the gateless gate. The gateless gate is the unfinished circle. It only takes seeing to know that it is so.