Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music—the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful souls and interesting people. Forget yourself. HENRY MILLER
Cameron, Julia. The Artist's Way (p. 52). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
“Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one’s self esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily; and why older persons, especially if vain or important, cannot learn at all.”
— Thomas Szasz
Desenrascanço (Portuguese from Portugal)
The ability to solve a problem without having the knowledge or the adequate tools to do so, by use of imaginative resources or by applying knowledge to new situations. Also, "MacGyvering."
Frank Lloyd Wrights: Apprentice Manifesto
An honest ego in a healthy body.
An eye to see nature
A heart to feel nature
Courage to follow nature
The sense of proportion (humor)
Appreciation of work as idea and idea as work
Fertility of imagination
Capacity for faith and rebellion
Disregard for commonplace (inorganic) elegance
Do not be sad, he said. You have begun your own journey, not into the world, like your friend, but into yourself and your memories. As they fall away, perhaps you will attain that enviable emptiness into which all things flow, like the empty cup in the Daodejing—
Everything is change, he said, and everything is connected. Also everything returns, but what returns is not what went away.
Understanding of the self only arises in relationship, in watching yourself in relationship to people, ideas, and things; to trees, the earth, and the world around you and within you. Relationship is the mirror in which the self is revealed. Without self-knowledge there is no basis for right thought and action.
often times we think surrender means losing something in the process of letting go. but that is not always the case. surrender means shifting one's perspective on something, and thus, letting go of one's attachment to it. surrender is only a loss if it is forced upon you, or when it does not align with your intentions. in all other contexts, surrender is likely a challenging yet liberating experience of paradigm shift, release, and metamorphosis.
we cannot forsee the future. that is not our burden to bear.
so when in doubt, ask yourself "if i knew that i would be supported, what would i do?"
and then, do that.
observe and intuit.
pay attention to the signs, the happenings around you, so that you are as ready as you can ever be to venture into the unknown.
that is what it means to trust your path.
it means to trust your intuition, to hone it through observation, and to explore consciousness as we experience reality.