Dive deep in your introspection, reach your unspeakable core, and then, “Make art there.” The struggle to communicate the incommunicable is what makes us most human.
Our core values are our map of the world. To be emotionally and spiritually healthy, we must be aware of these values and seek to enact them in the world, relieving ourselves from internal psychological tension. This process of introspection and action is recursive, and must continue our whole lives.
“Trust the possibility of bringing forth the impossible.” This must be our affirmation if we are to access the Real. To become subjects of Truth, we must dedicate ourselves to making the impossible possible.
Why do we explore? Perhaps it is because space affects us: the hadal depths of the ocean cut trenches into our curiosity, and the distant reaches of the universe beckon with constellations of desire. More than just a search for unknown facts, humans explore new spaces to experience the unknown as such.
The first event of The Open! Using Daniel Quinn’s “Ishmael” as our jumping-off point, we discussed topics ranging from the evolution of consciousness, to the teleology of biological life, to the fuzziness of boundaries between conceptual categories. The great achievement of the book, we decided, was its ability to engender strong, polarizing reactions.
This book is about the distinctly human journey all people must make psychologically in order to become the heroes of their own story. The hero’s journey, and myth in general, is about making external our internal lives so that we can understand and shape them better. If the individual can find wholeness, then she will be able to bring wholeness to the entire world.
Do we say the Tao is “outside of” duality? “Beyond” duality? All these prepositions are spatial, and as such are relational, and as such re-posit the very duality they aim to escape. If the Tao is “outside of” duality, then we’ve prepositionally established an inside/outside binary, thus trapping us back in the system we were trying to exit. This would be incorrect thinking. So… what prepositions should we use?