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Sunday Sep 18, 2016

Double Helix

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Double Helix

From my book, An Artist Empowered:

According to believers, ‘Francis Crick, the Nobel Prize-winning father of modern genetics, was under the influence of LSD when he first deduced the double-helix structure of DNA more than 50 years ago.’

Whether this questionable and anecdotal account took place or not is irrelevant. Regardless of how it happened, we do know this discovery was the result of ingenuity coupled with passion: a circumstance of a prepared mind meeting intuitive information. We thank Crick and his research associate, James Watson, for being sufficiently aware in March of 1953 to ‘see’ what was in the genie’s bottle: the molecular structure of DNA.

Unless you were looking for it, how many would have recognized the double helix, the genetic instructions, or blue-print of life, if they saw it standing on their kitchen table? How many in the presence of an innovation in art would recognize the breakthrough for what it was before it was sanctioned by the powers that be?

Thursday Apr 14, 2016

mystery of synchronicity

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Swiss Army Knife

The mystery of synchronicity …

Psychiatrist Carl Jung coined the word synchronicity to describe events of meaningful coincidence with no apparent causal relationship.

When I was traveling through Europe in 1981, I lost my Swiss Army Knife.

Fast forward to 2015: One morning, I opened the door to my studio, and there on the ground, I find the same model Swiss Army Knife that I had lost all those years ago. The knife had seen much bad road.

I asked around, including the UPS and FedEx drivers if they lost such a knife. No lost knife from them.

I can’t explain how or why this knife ‘returned’ to me any better than Jung’s concept of synchronicity.

Tuesday Dec 22, 2015

Tip Six: Self-Reliant—No Excuses

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

Copyright © 2011 by Eden Maxwell


TIP SIX: SELF-RELIANT—NO EXCUSES

When confronted by adversity, you are reminded that the problem is the teacher, which is this: you are resourceful, and can do what is necessary yourself.

As a leader, you find a way, not an excuse, a response that separates doers from wannabes. You are sure because being unsure inspires no one. Your sense of mission also motivates others.

Self-confident people avoid parroting clichés, and have a sense of humor, especially at their own expense.

Wednesday Dec 02, 2015

Tip Five Self-confidence

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

TIP FIVE: RULES FOR AWARENESS 5

Awareness is intuitive perception that allows you to see things uncluttered by illusion or preconceived notions. Acts of awareness promote confidence and self-preservation. While your attention is on reading a book, awareness informs you that your house is on fire.

Awareness demands discernment between what is pertinent from what is irrelevant. If you can’t, then you have lost single-mindedness of purpose—making self-confidence immaterial.

To engage awareness, master the first rule: don’t believe your own bull.

The second rule is that no ‘thing’ is obvious; and the third is that no ‘thing’ goes without saying.

Wednesday Nov 11, 2015

Tip Four Self-confidence

From my Ten Tips for Building Self-Confidence

TIP FOUR: SELF-DISCIPLINE—STEPPING UP

Reading advice in a book about a diet for improving your health only works when reinforced with self-discipline, which, in turn, progressively develops into self-confidence.

Step up, move with purpose, as you confront each challenge—from facing a blank canvas to approaching a gallery. People who act bravely despite their fears set the agenda for what matters.

There is an overarching proviso: if you don’t have faith in your abilities, then it’s time to reevaluate your mission. Lacking confidence is one thing; self-deception is much worse.