The Hidden Sphere
(of Artistic Concerns) Cecil Orion Touchon

One who knows the Creative Harmony
does not waste to much time
talking about what can only be experienced.
One who engages with great relish
in continual theorizing and speculation
is not rooted in experience. [1] 

Turn your senses inward  and close the door.
Let your intellectual cleverness loose
its sharp edge.
Untie the sinuous tangles of endless speculation.
Dissipate your focus that causes your
attention to leap from one interest to another.
Thus, look upon all things with equanimity. [2]

Entering true nature;
one is neither close to nor distant from things,
does not derive benefit from nor harms things. [3]
Is not uplifted by fame nor cast down by humiliation;
such is the exalted position of the master craftsman.

 [1]  It is a mistake for a sculptor or a painter to speak or write very often about his job. It releases tension needed for his work. By trying to express his aims with rounded-off logical exactness, he can easily become a theorist whose actual work is only a caged-in exposition of conceptions evolved in terms of logic and words.
 But through the non-logical, instinctive, subconscious part of the mind must play its part in his work, he also has a conscious mind which is not inactive. The artist works with a concentration of his whole personality, and the conscious part of it resolves conflicts, organizes memories, and prevents him from trying to walk in two directions at the same time.
Henry Moore from; Notes on Sculpture

  All this talk and turmoil and noise and movement and desire is outside the veil; inside is silence and calm and peace.
Abu Yazid al-Bistami

Poets, priests and politicians
Have words to thank for their positions
Words that scream for your submission
And no one's jamming their transmission
'Cos when their eloquence escapes you
Their logic ties you up and rapes you

De do do do, de da da da
Is all I want to say to you
De do do do, de da da da
Their innocence will pull me through
De do do do, de da da da
Is all I want to say to you
De do do do, de da da da
They're meaningless and all that's true

De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
From the album Zenyatta Mondatta (A&M)
Words and music by Sting

 [3]  The mind of a Zen Master is perfectly straightforward. He is neither front nor back and is without deceit or delusion. Every hour of the day, what he hears and sees are ordinary sights and sounds, but nothing is distorted. He is perfectly unattached to things, and thus does not need to shut his eyes and ears. Because he has eliminated delusion, perverted views, and bad thinking habits, he is as clear and tranquil as an autmn stream. Someone who is like this is called a Master of Zen, a man who has freed himself from all attachment.
Kuei-shan (771-853)


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