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Monday Jul 17, 2017

Teach without Teaching

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Apt Students

From my groundbreaking book, An Artist Empowered:

“Teaching without teaching ? said the young Zen disciple. “Is that truly possible?”

“Yes,” replied the master. “When the student learns without learning.”

There is more than one way to gain knowledge, and that insight alone is enough to get things going.

I sat in the class with what seemed an acute case of acid reflux. This was English 101, and I was a college freshman. The bushy bearded Professor Fulton had a reputation for being aloof and tough, which spelled a major problem for me.

Saturday Jul 08, 2017

Problem is the Teacher

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Heatwave Dream

In my groundbreaking book, An Artist Empowered, I write about seeing things as they are in reality.

One such avenue takes us to understand that the problem is the teacher. If we allow problems to unsettle us into depression, then we have missed the object lesson. Detach yourself for a moment and observe what gem is well hidden inside the problem that you are now facing. Take a deep breath and enjoy the gift while letting the angst evaporate.

On balance, a great Indian sage observed: There is no problem.

The true artist will always find a way.

Friday May 05, 2017

Heed your Intuition

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An Artist Empowered

From my groundbreaking book: An Artist Empowered:

If you went to the art mecca of New York City to make your mark as an artist, you would find, in time, that many would offer you advice on how to proceed, or that it was impossible to succeed in this market.

Do not take anyone’s word as gospel—because, in truth, the path toward recognition is always unique and unknown. otherwise, everyone would already know the route, and that wouldn’t be so bad.

Sunday Feb 12, 2017

Unconscious. Conscious. Consciousness

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Here Comes Trouble

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

Unconscious. Conscious. Consciousness.

For our purposes, let’s define our terms: The wellspring of art flows from the unconscious in the Jungian sense; conscious is an awareness of the soul self; and consciousness itself is the source of all that is, or will ever be.

Given this understanding, we see that the prize of temporal existence is higher awareness; consciousness is already divine and requires no improvement on our part.

—Eden

Tuesday Dec 20, 2016

Hope is not a Plan

Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson and Friends

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

WE THE PEOPLE—did not hope or wish!

In English, the ubiquitous words ‘hope’ and ‘wish’ have particular meanings that are imbedded in the American and British psyche.

‘Hope’ and ‘wish’ are passive words; once informed, a creator wouldn’t willingly use them.

In the Declaration of Independence, we read: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Thomas Jefferson didn’t pen: We hope these truths are obvious. To its credit, there isn’t a single utterance of ‘hope’ or any other passive word in this magical document that the Founding Fathers bestowed upon posterity.