The Hidden Sphere
(of Artistic Concerns) Cecil Orion Touchon

Remaining open; 
the winds of change cannot dislodge one.
Holding no position;
one cannot be attacked. [1]
Emptying one's heart of desire;
intuition becomes clear. [2]
Calming one's mind;
understanding deepens. [3]
Too many thoughts bring confusion.

Embracing the Universal Harmony,
the master becomes a model that others emulate.
Abandoning self-interest, his work becomes inspired.
Without explaining himself, his work is accepted.
Because he is not concerned with his reputation,
his reputation increases.
Not wasting time to advance his cause,
thus others follow his lead.
Because he does not contend with others,
no one can contend with him.


[1] In the beginning, people were expressing fixed positions, which they were tending to defend, but later it became clear that to maintain the feeling of friendship in the group was much more important than to hold any position. Such friendship has an impersonal quality in the sense that its establishment does not depend on a close personal relationship between participants. A new kind of mind thus beings to come into being which is based on the development of a common meaning that is constantly transforming in the process of the dialogue. People are no longer primarily in opposition, nor can they be said to be interacting, rather they are participating in this pool of common meaning which is capable of constant development and change. In this development the group has no pre-established purpose, though at each moment a purpose that is free to change may reveal itself. The group thus begins to engage in a new dynamic relationship in which no speaker is excluded, and in which no particular content is excluded. Thus far we have only begun to explore the possibilities of dialogue in the sense indicated here, but going further along these lines would open up the possibility of transforming not only the relationship between people, but even more, the very nature of consciousness in which these relationships arise." 

David Bohm, _Unfolding Meaning_, p. 175 

[2]   Intuition rises from the depth of the human heart. It has two aspects: one is dependent upon an outer impression, the other is independent of any outer impression. The former is called impression, the latter intuition. Intuition is a fine faculty. As it comes by responsiveness it is a feminine faculty... Intuition has nothing to do with learning. An unlettered person can be much more intuitive than one who is most qualified, for intuition lies in another domain of knowledge; it comes from quite another direction.

Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan

[3]   Mental purification can be done in three different ways. The first way is the stilling of the mind, because it is very often the activity of the mind which produces impurities. The stilling of the mind removes impurities from it; it is like tuning the mind to its natural pitch. The mind can be likened to a pool of water: when the water in the pool is undisturbed, the reflection is clear; and so it is with the mind. If the mind is disturbed, one does not receive intuition, inspiration, clearly in it. Once the mind is still it takes a clear reflection, as the pool of water does when the water in the pool is still.
 This condition is brought about by the practice of physical repose. By sitting in a certain posture a certain effect is created. Mystics in their science know of different ways of sitting in silence, and each way has a certain significance. And it is not only an imaginary significance; it produces a definite result. I have had, both personally and through other persons, many experiences of how a certain way of sitting changes the attitude of mind. And the ancient people knew this, and they found different ways for different persons to sit. There was the warrior's way, the student's way, the way of the meditative person, the way of the business man, of the laborer, of the lawyer, of the judge, of the inventor. Imagine, how wonderful that the mystic should have found this out and have had the experience of it for thousands of years--the great effect that sitting in a certain posture has on a person and especially on his mind.

Sufi Message of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Mental Purification

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