a distillation, half a century confronting Art and Practice.
Drop your compulsions. Don’t wait. Act like you have all the time in the world while you just might still….
Put that time before what matters.
Put your effort into patience and stamina.
Develop one confidence: That you will suspend your desire for conclusions.
Make effort while a glimmer illuminates your task.
Make effort when incoherence stops the whole from appearing whole. Sit with it when the impulse lags. Leave it fallow when attention wanders.
Take lessons forward from where they have been discovered.
Work in ways in which an addition or a subtraction, an affirmation or a negation, become indistinguishable, interchangeable.
Move on the urge. Stop at the end of it. Distinguish urge from compulsion. And, drop your compulsions.
Value is not “added.” Quality is not something we can “control.” Value results from the honesty of our confrontation. Confrontation, not meant as a battle. It’s not a battle. It is a standing before. We stand before questions we can’t hope to answer.
Quality is a characteristic of coherence. Coherence is a movement between implicit and explicit and back again and again. Coherence can only begin to appear when we can no longer distinguish intention and result. At the point where everything is where it has to be and nothing is extraneous. Where a wholeness shimmers and brings to life a whole much larger than its parts.
Neither impose nor destroy. Suggest and catalyze.
Neither boldness nor nuance is enough. The one without the other is hollow, shallow, dishonest.
Illusion, in the sense of a mimesis, is part of transformation. Delusion blocks it. The two can be distinguished. This is where we need to maintain Faith.
This use of illusion surprises me! It opens another door…, to I don’t know where.
There is a power in the way a painting takes on what can only be called an illusion of an actual some-view-seen. Mimesis occurs. We call this an illusion.
Is this the same illusion that masks our view of what-is?
It doesn’t feel that way. It feels like an actuality has come into being using the means of perception…, as its vehicle? What had been a series of more or less successful impositions, pushing for a controlled result, dissolves into an actuality that has a depth of…, reality? Actual depth, not “3-D,” depth in the way our perception always implies more beyond what we can perceive…, a wholeness.
This appears as an illusion. After all, it is just paint on a surface….
Delusion does not hold up without the support of compulsion. Illusion sweeps through the whole like an animating breath. This movement is transformation.
Illusion sweeps through the whole like an animating breath.
There is something here.
What is transformed maintains every state it has passed through and denies nothing. This effect grows with time. This effect is independent of desire. Is not subject to Will. It is the breath of Grace. It is inspiration. It establishes a being capable of confronting us back.
We need to first make room for change. This is why we drop compulsions. They fill our attention and block any passage towards change we might otherwise discover.