Seek out what magnifies your spirit.
Patti Smith talks about writers and artists who magnified her spirit — it’s a beautiful phrase and a beautiful notion. Who are the people, ideas, and books that magnify your spirit? Find them, hold on to them, and visit them often. Use them not only as a remedy once spiritual malaise has already infected your vitality but as a vaccine administered while you are healthy to protect your radiance.
by Frank O'hara
oh god it's wonderful
to get out of bed
and drink too much
and smoke too many
and love you so
“The path isn’t a straight line; it’s a spiral. You continually come back to things you thought you understood and see deeper truths.”
source: Barry H. Gillespie
my process may be slower than what capitalism demands, but it is unfolding with the natural flow of my curiosity.
It may be more useful to consider the individual journeys to the mountaintop that exist in many traditional spiritual traditions to better understand the importance of the natural order of verticality/scale. Starting on the valley floor we develop experiential knowledge of each segment of the landscape as we travel towards the mountaintop. When we reach the mountaintop we become able to see all of the places we journeyed through as a single place—we attain a synoptic perspective. The moments of our 4th dimensional existence come to be seen as a single 5th dimensional moment (as is often the case when people have near death experiences and speak of ‘seeing their life flash before their eyes’). We then return to our community in the landscape surrounding the mountain with the synoptic perspective attained on the mountaintop, and we can thus bring the insights we derive from seeing things as a whole to bear in our embodied existence on the valley floor. This vision of vertical relationships is particularly important because it implies that we must develop embodied, experiential knowledge of the places that are assembled into a synoptic perspective if we are to truly understand the synoptic perspective afforded by the mountaintop.