• CHAPTER 3

    :: C R E A T I V I T Y

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    Only the empty mind can touch a mental plane of brilliance.

    A full mind insulates you from the dance with grace.

     

    That's why the perfect design comes while you are in the shower, or when you go for a walk. Mental space permits your super-conscious mind to speak in a series of sporadic flashes.

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    Appreciation of art can rest the mind.

    By resting that normally restless mind, you can briefly go beyond it into spheres of non-thinking where you will find insights that would normally evade your thinking mind.

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    To be brilliant you'll need to be alone.

    Being alone for an extended period of time will require that you make a peace-treaty with yourself.

    Most people are far too deeply embroiled in an unconscious pattern of self-hate to ever surrender into a deep-seated acceptance of self.

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    Spiritual gifts are more often granted to those who tend toward a mode of non-compliance. Most blessed are the irreverent.

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    What makes a Nerd a Nerd? Tightness.

    What makes somebody cool? Looseness.

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    The fastest way to go backwards is to listen to people who have results worse than your own.

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    School, the beacon for humanity's moral rectitude, convinces all new souls arriving in this world that the compliant will be rewarded.

    God keeps whispering into your heart that "only the non-compliant will be rewarded by Grace".

    Choose your master, the school "head" master or the real master of life.

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    If people aren’t ever calling you crazy, then you’re obviously playing life way too safe.

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    Boundaries make the mess beautiful.

     

    Life would simply be one large messy blob without all the boundaries to define and beautify. The wise keep appreciating the edges, the importance of borders, even when they find themselves surrounded by ideological twits who wish to throw everything that get their hands on into one great melting pot: These twits have a deranged ideological recipe to make the broth so bland it will have absolutely no distinguishing note at all.

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    Charm is to love oneself enough... yet not too seriously.

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    Creative types don’t tend to criticize others for their idiosyncratic choices. The torrent of criticism always comes from people who:

    1. got a conventional degree
    2. in order to get a conventional occupation
    3. to afford a conventional house
    4. raise a conventional family
    5.  for the children to then perpetuate this 'convention' in the following generation.

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    You could be the world’s greatest genius and a large portion of the population would still not be impressed. Seeking the good opinion of others is folly. You’ll never be good enough for them. You can be good enough for yourself but only if you’re willing to work hard enough to exhaust your potential completely and thereby grant that honour to yourself. Your own conscience will liberate you if you deserve it.

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    The purpose of work is not to “get it done”.
    The purpose of work is to enjoy it.
    Zen teaches us the preparation of tea is more important to your soul than the drinking. There's much spiritual beauty in the ritual of work, and it’s far more meaningful than the momentary glee of gluttonous pleasure.

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    The most rapid progress is secured when you're in deep enjoyment of the process rather than lustfully pining for the destination.

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    The beautiful lustre that can emanate from a string words is always from a simple polish of brevity.

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    If you show something you’ve created to a random person on the street, you’re likely to get a blunt and honest evaluation, either that or complete non-chalance. Show it to your CLOSE family members and the evaluation will be far more negative, that is, unfairly negative than an objective appraisal. There’s something slightly malevolent about this phenomenon. Family is a blessing yet also a curse. Appreciate the blessing and avoid the curse.

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    Only those who “lost themselves” can enter heaven.

    Lose yourself completely into what you love.

    If there’s nothing left of you, you may not have to come back again.

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    The only souls that will leave a lasting legacy are the rule-breakers.

    Eternity will be won by those the rebels alone.

     

    The rule followers will certainly breathe a little air here on earth, they quickly turn to dust and then fall into a permanent oblivion of perfect historical obscurity.

    It's such a beautifully designed system of spiritual justice.

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    A true artist see the people who ‘compromise’ as spiritually retarded or sick, as their heart is obviously not free.

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    Love for that which is ‘manifested’ into our physical word is over-rated.

    Love for beauty that has yet to find physical expression, is under-rated.

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    Everything you create will be embarrassing to you 10 years later.

    Create anyway.

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    Circumstances make the man.

    But first, man makes his circumstance.

    You get to design that which shall in turn design you.

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    All confidence is self-awarded.

    This is a perfectly fair system; it implies an intelligent creator.

    You may think that you can cheat and fool yourself, but you can’t for long.

    You don’t just stumble across self-respect, you must earn it bit by bit.

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    How do you have beauty without words?

    Words are essentially the appreciation of beauty,

    or the appreciation of beauty’s shadow, ugliness.

    Words are the paintbrush, without which, we’ll have no painting.

    So then, without words, what are we?

    Beings without any self-awareness!

    Words, as clumsy as they are, are our saviour.

    All the horrors are usually the ones we place on ourselves,

    All the blessings… are self-bestowed.

    God is in the words if anywhere at all.

    The god you are open to, is the god you’ll get.

    We create the music that then creates us.

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    Humanity tries to make each individual feel important, then each individual quickly gets grey hair and dies.

    In an overwhelming number of cases the ‘importance’ was a fabrication made possible by elaborate human institutions that were constructed to give a title or status to individuals on the basis of no real truth or beauty or merit. In other words, if you agree to give me a trophy because I have already agreed to give you a trophy, we can both fool ourselves into feeling important. But we’re not actually important. We’re just pretending to be important and feeling good about ourselves whilst we’re bound in a shared lie. If the beauty of your work doesn’t ever get appreciated beyond your own lifetime, your life was insignificant, YOU were insignificant. Your soul failed to express any great truth or beauty that people who came after you sincerely appreciated on the basis of the work’s merit alone. For after you are gone, your work must then stand for itself, on its own merits, without you present to negotiate ardently on its behalf.

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    You will perish. But your work can live on forever. Your work can arouse a sense of beauty and awe inside hearts for an eternity. You, the person cannot keep blessing forever, yet the work you create can keep blessing without end.

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    If you’re not having fun, the result of your work will be ever so plainly vanilla.

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    There’s no art made by pandering to the masses.

    That’s salesmanship.

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    In a perfect world, you’re create something a great value that is deeply appreciated by others. In this world, you may create something of great value that isn’t even appreciated whatsoever. Create anyway. Create for the sake of seeing the beauty that can come from you.

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    When I see a beautiful painting, it only takes a few moments and I feel inspired to write better.

    When painters read my words, they may in turn become inspired to paint better.

    Nobody loses from exposure to beauty, the spirit of beauty just grows in its reach, using even more artists as vehicle for it’s expression.

     

    The Goddess of beauty uses all of her willing servants. The servant is paid well by being able the feel that beauty in their heart as they work, to be touched by the goddess for consecutive hours at a time.

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    The terms we use in order to communicate are just simple labels of convention. People will try to tell you that there are hard rules and some kind of linguistic absolutes. They also tend to act like these terms or syntax of grammar were decreed by God almighty. The only absolute rule of communication is this: be understood as easily as possible. If you need to break the rules in order to do that, then go for it. If you need to follow those rules in order to most clearly communicate, then follow established convention. But never forget the rules were just MADE UP as we went along and are in no way “hard and fast” as all the haughty technocratics would have you believe. Conventional art is an oxymoron. Words are flexible, use their flexibly, let the word police officers gasp at your flagrant creativity.

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    The terms we use in order to communicate are just simple labels of convention. People will try to tell you that there are hard rules and some kind of linguistic absolutes. They also tend to act like these terms or syntax of grammar were decreed by God almighty. The only absolute rule of communication is this: be understood as easily as possible. If you need to break the rules in order to do that, then go for it. If you need to follow those rules in order to most clearly communicate, then follow established convention. But never forget the rules were just MADE UP as we went along and are in no way “hard and fast” as all the haughty technocratics would have you believe. Conventional art is an oxymoron. Words are flexible, use their flexibly, let the word police officers gasp at your flagrant creativity.

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    The universe won’t ever reward you for your weak-willed compliance,

    instead you’ll be punished with a looooong lifetime of ugly mediocrity.

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    When you have no faith in yourself, then all is lost.

    To lose all faith in yourself was a choice that can, at any time, be reversed.

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    There’s some meaning from life in the appreciation of beauty.

    There’s also meaning from the fact that you’re free to create some beauty.

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    Do it so that you may appreciate the beauty of your work,

    not so others will appreciate you for creating something valuable.

    An artist serves others best when they serve themselves.

    Those who appreciate art, don’t want to be placated within the artist’s intent.

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    It’s goulash to temper your Art to cater for the audience.

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    Pen a poem a day to keep the gods away.

    The attention of the gods may not be the blessing you think it is.

    When all is well, they tend to leave you alone.

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    Your “make” your meaning,

    not “find” it like some lost ring down the side of the couch.

    You use your FREEDOM to create something meaningful.

    What’s meaningful? Something you think has true inherent beauty!

    You make something beautiful to enjoy.

    Whether other people like it or not, is wholly irrelevant.

    The more beauty you create, the more the beauty will inspire you even more.

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    What is a true victory?

    Victory is the expression of self

    rather than expressing what others want to see in you

    victory is acting out what you truly see in yourself

    Victory is the glory won only by the authentic.

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    The perfect effort is effortless.

    All else is a degree of imperfection.

    All strain leads to imperfect outcomes.

    But you have to strain for a long time to finally become effortless,

    then perfect outcomes come naturally and automatically.

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    What is weakness?

    The weakest soul only has concern for what others think of them.

     

    What is strength?

    Strength is demonstrated by a person trying to earn their own high opinion of self.

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    If you love to write, people will end up liking your writing.

    If you have fun writing, people will end up finding your writing “fun”.

    This truth rests on the condition that you do it for long enough….

    so that your skill may be honed.

    Cast all fear of judgement off, if people don’t like it, who cares?

    Create to express yourself.

    No rules.

    Do what pleases you.

    All else would be a lie and will turn out to be ugly.

    Beauty is truth.

    Other people’s blindness to beauty is not your concern.

    They may even revisit your work 20 years later and absolutely love it.

    The reward is seeing the beauty you create, not the passing compliments of judges.

    You are the only judge that matters. That’s art.

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    The reward for art is the art.

    The joy is in the making and also your own appreciation of what was created.

    What the world thinks, means nothing.

    From the sidelines you’ll hear the all the many exaggerations…. the empty cheers and empty jeers.

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    You don’t need to be great.

    Instead all you really need to do is to become a vessel for greatness.

    It only takes an hour of your lifetime,

    during which you willingly abandon yourself for a short time,

    into a complete surrender to some greater spirit than your own.

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    Scrutiny can only take you so far, then you have stand back and make sense of the bigger picture. This is what the nerds can’t do.

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