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Wednesday Feb 26, 2014
Dalai Lama and I Connect
Isle of Minos
For years, I have been suggesting the merits of deleting the weak and limp word wish from one’s vocabulary. I make this point too in my book: An Artist Empowered.
A while ago, I watched a documentary where the Dalai Lama addressed some twenty thousand people in a hall in London. He decided to use an interpreter, and it was clear that they had worked closely in the past.
At one point, when the interpreter translated a word as wish, the Dalai Lama immediately corrected him: Not wish but having a strong desire.
Do you feel the difference? The concept of wish is passive while desire implies action.
I felt instantly connected to his holiness.
Sunday Jan 19, 2014
Intelligent is not Smart
Earth Day Redux
The other night I heard a radio interview with Dan Hurley, a journalist who wrote Smarter, a book about getting smarter. He brought up many good issues and insights. But, he used intelligent and smart interchangeably, which is something I’d like to clear up.
Years ago the word genius would come up between my Zen master art teacher and me. He said: “Genius is dedication.” So, we put that notion to bed.
From my book, An Artist Empowered:
“While intelligent and smart arent mutually exclusive, the two dont inevitably dwell together. While smart presupposes intelligent, a person can be intelligent without necessarily being smart. When put to the test, you will discover this assessment isnt only accurate, it is liberating.
“What is smart? And, please, leave out all that highfalutin academic stuff. Smart is how you process information differently from others in the mainstream. Smart is how you see opportunity when others see through the eyes of the socially conditioned. Smart is a direct function of intuition that is expressed through awareness moment by moment.”
Another barometer: You can easily forget an intelligent remark, but not a smart one.
Unique art flows from smart, not conceptualizing or thinking about it, which is in the realm of intelligent.
Monday Dec 30, 2013
In the popular culture, entertainment, and media, we often see the drama of spouses arguing that for whatever reason (usually work related) one isn’t paying enough attention to the other.
This is a tempest in a teapot for the true artist and anyone who knows their true identity. When you are in dharma (your purpose in life), you are already complete and mindless thoughts are dismissed on the spot.
In this way, spouses or friends can be alone together.
Sunday Nov 10, 2013
What You See
What you see is what you get. Have you heard that observation?
We see what we want or expect to see. Haven’t you experienced seeing one thing, then seeing another in its place, the second time being the most accurate. That’s also why lawyers like eye-witnesses.
Art exists on this premise. What you see is what you get. The deeper you feel with your emotional intelligence the more you will see and learn.
And when you say, “I see,” who is that by the way?
Thursday Oct 17, 2013
Aldo, my rescued parakeet
A while back I was a featured speaker on two Webinars for artists.
After my presentation, which was not rehearsed, I asked the many hundreds of artists whether they had given any thought to their endgame. I suggested that this was an important consideration. If you think your art is the endgame, then you have limited yourself. The art is wonderful, but there’s more in connecting with the source. To end things with a tip, I told these artists this: understanding is the endgame.
Remember, do not have opinions about this one way or another. Let the seed of this concept gently take root in your awareness. Then, you will be in for a big surprise.
As the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, put it: “Understanding is the booby prize.” You can see why The Beatles liked him.