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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.
Thursday Sep 26, 2013
The Tale End
The other day returning from Santa Fe on the Turquoise Highway, there was a lone motorcyclist on a black Harley in front of me. The motorcycle on the back fender had a perfectly centered sticker that read: Fuck You.
I’m no prude, and can see humor in many things, but this message was not funny.
With all the troubles in the industrialized world, there is an answer that would allay most problems. It’s called civility, which should be taught beginning in kindergarten, along with empathy, and compassion. I know there are people who would like to see these mandatory subjects in the curriculum. This simple act in education would produce a better human.
The future is made in the present.
Thursday Aug 22, 2013
from An Artist Empowered:
You might have noticed that the assignment didnt include these annoying verbal ticks: um, eh, like, and ya know.
The reason for this is that editing out the hardwired reflex words in the Gauntlet challenge will spontaneously and organically begin to eliminate other ticks. If you are an abuser of obvious, then I urge you to drop this dangerous word from your vocabulary.
The true artist once informed knows that no thing is obviousif it were, wouldnt you have already been acclaimed for your genius? Keep a sharp ear and hear how many otherwise intelligent people use obvious, a reflex, holier than thou word meaning that everyone would come to the same conclusionwhich is a perilous view apparently overlooked by so many.
How insidious covert coercion can be as it attempts to manipulate our lives as artists, especially when dealing with rejection or acceptance.
If you control your language, you will define and give meaning to a reality of value where you have authority.
Saturday Jul 20, 2013
Fields of Gold
I feel that this experience is common to many, if not all, people.
You wake up one morning, and from the get go, everything seems to be going your way: a raise, a check, a healing email, you name it.
Is this day special some how? Have the planets lined up in your favor? Maybe so.
Such days are a reward for not giving up, for being persistent, aware, and maintaining your character despite temptations to be weak.
This is part of life for the true artist, and anyone else who is on a sane mission to honor their dharma, or purpose in life.
Stick with it and the rewards will show up in time.