Great talk. Awesome advice.
Robert Greene is a writer of human interaction with a bunch of books to his name, including The 48 Laws of Power, the 33 Strategies of War, and Mastery. Here.
Tom Bilyeu is a phenomenal entrepreneur whose life task is freeing people from the Matrix of this Wasteland life. Here.
I’ve recently picked up an old Alan Watts book of mine and read it this week. For the longest time, it was a wayward book in my library. You know the kind–one of those books that always mean to pick up but never get to it. A book, sadly, more looked at than read. It’s called ‘Tao of Philosophy‘. Check it out, it’s a very enlightening read. Continue reading
I want my novels to be a solid and glimmering symbol. I see ancient languages of Sanskrit or hieroglyphics with powers like these, and I want each one of my books to be a symbol, complete but also saying more than what they represent. And every one of my books will be another completed letter in the language of my being, and so saying more together than what they can say by themselves; just like each word in every sentence and each sentence in every paragraph in my stories, each character, each story, each scene, all part of the same elaborate symbol of beauty and mystery. There it hangs from my soul like a bauble on a string, insignificant to everyone but the people who can unlock its meaning. This is what it means to write. Continue reading
As far as I yet know, reading and writing do not feed each other equally. Continue reading
In place of a post, I’d like to post a song. And Ani says (and has been saying for over thirty years) more in a three-minute song than most can utter in a lifetime. Enjoy.
Please learn more about this amazing woman here.
One winter morning back in 1999, while attending ISU, one of my roommates decided to pay (for as long as he was able to) the lion’s share of the cable bill simply because he wanted every single movie channel. It lasted only one semester, but for that time, I was spoiled. I’d always been a film buff, having grown up with cable tv, so having all the newest and coolest films to watch was a treat. But only one of those channels was my absolute favorite–the Independent Film Channel. I saw so much. From Jarmusch’s Coffee and Cigarettes to Linklater’s Slacker to Anderson’s Bottle Rocket to Reggio’s Koyaanisqatsi, films on the IFC touched the artist and creator in me with their odd characters, their bare-bones budgets, and their young and yet-to-be-recognized directors and actors. These were films that made for me a creative spark that would later fan the first flames of my dream of writing. Continue reading
Hello. Sorry for this last part being a week late. I promise it wasn’t a deliberate delay to heighten the tension (but it did, hey oh! Here’s the release).
The final part of my new mantra iiiiiiissss–
Here’s a number for you:
1 in 400 billion
That is the probability of you being born–your parents finding each other, your grandparents finding each other, your great-grandparents finding each other, and so on all through the history of time.
You are a miracle.
So……….. Continue reading
I read this quote today from Steven Pressfield‘s book, Do the Work, and it blew me away.
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
— Marianne Williamson
I love the part about “your playing small”. It’s such an eye-opener. How many beautiful, talented, thoughtful, caring people ‘play small’ because maybe, deep down inside, they think they’re nothing short of worthless? You deserve better.
P.S. Watch this amazing amazing video. I honest to God just found it randomly on Youtube and it blew me away.