Pair with this vintage guide to creativity and a modern blueprint for transforming your daily creative routine from mundane to marvelous.
Ojai, California. 6th Public Talk 1946 As this is the last talk of this series perhaps it might be well to make a brief summary of what we have been considering during the past five Sundays.
Unrest “I do believe you’re blushing” live a couple years back. Love this song, love this band.
“I saw deep in the eyes of the animals the human soul look out upon me.” -Henry David Thoreau
Notice when I speak, if your internal dictionary matches my internal dictionary, that my thoughts cross through the air as an acoustical pressure wave and are reconstructed inside your cerebral cortex as your thought. Your understanding of my words. Telepathy exists. It’s just the carrier wave is small mouth noises.
When you quote the Bhagavad Gita, or the Bible, or some Chinese Sacred Book, surely you are merely repeating, are you not? And what you are repeating is not the truth. It is a lie; for truth cannot be repeated. … Judge not that ye be not judged.” The gospel precept applies to our dealings with ourselves no less than to our dealings with others.
When you quote the Bhagavad Gita, or the Bible, or some Chinese Sacred Book, surely you are merely repeating, are you not? And what you are repeating is not the truth. It is a lie; for truth cannot be repeated.
Judge not that ye be not judged.” The gospel precept applies to our dealings with ourselves no less than to our dealings with others.
— Krishnamurti, The First and Last Freedom
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Upstream Color, Shane Carruth’s long-awaited second film, begins with an extended sequence of victimization, extraordinary in its deadpan brutality.
It’s not that you magically transcend suffering. You simply lose interest in it. Suffering is our attempt to escape or transcend this moment. But who we really are is, in truth, inseparable from this moment. What’s happening now is, on the deepest level, not an enemy to be feared or rejected, but a dear old friend in disguise, already deeply allowed in the unlimited vastness of what we are. In seeing both the futility and ultimate impossibility of separating yourself from life itself, you simply lose interest in escaping present experience. It’s way too much effort and only leads to psychological pain. Escaping this moment does not provide what you truly long for. And so what remains is simply a natural willingness to experience everything in its fullness, and not run away into comforting stories, or spiritual concepts. It’s the willingness that you are in your essence. The end of suffering is not a personal achievement nor a future state or goal to reach - it’s the simple recognition of the way things already are, and have always been. Some teachings say “nobody suffers”, and now we can understand why.
— Jeff Foster (via ashramof1)
One of our commitments as an MFA program in Creative Writing and Translation is to immerse ourselves in various literary traditions and to encourage students to see themselves as members of a community of writers practicing a range of different styles, techniques, and writerly strategies.
This life in the fire, I love it.
I want it,
If you see two strangers quarrelling in the distance you do not give much attention to them because you know that the dispute is none of your business. Treat the contents of your mind in the same way. Instead of filling your mind with thoughts and then organising fights between them, pay no attention to the mind at all. Rest quietly in the feeling of “I am”, which is consciousness, and cultivate the attitude that all thoughts, all perceptions are ‘not me’. When you have learned to regard your mind as a distant stranger, you will not pay any attention to all the obstacles it keeps inventing for you.
— Annamalai Swami (via ashramof1)