Dreams of Reality - The View, and the Point of View

Written by Sam Vaknin

A Dialogue about Art - Excerpts Between: Roberto Calvo Macias and Sam Vaknin


What'srepparttar meaning of it? Its sense? Why did that Altamira Cave man paint those animals, Why? For magical purposes? as a religious act? What was his proposition? To communicate his personal views? Was he mad, as Vincent, did he see something different, that others didn't? Did he see animals inrepparttar 122436 abstract? was herepparttar 122437 first person to think inrepparttar 122438 abstract, was herepparttar 122439 first man? Was it a kind of pastime, a diversion, a game? Moreover, can we measure it? are there good and bad artists? What defines a great work of art? The recognition ofrepparttar 122440 public? In which way, its quantity or its quality?

I have always been a bit of a dreamer, with a facility to imagine inrepparttar 122441 abstract, but years ago, when I began to read some poets, and other writers like Borges, Jünger, Neil Gaiman, something strange changed my view. What happened to my eyes? Why did my sight get so clear? Was it something mystical,repparttar 122442 beginning of madness? What isrepparttar 122443 dividing line?

I don’t know if it is schizophrenia, god’s gift or some other matter. Probably I am mad, but what does it matter with ART? Where isrepparttar 122444 relationship between order, hard work, etc. andrepparttar 122445 Quality of ART? Was Vincent a calvinist man?

Sam: Absolutely. Read his letters to Theo. Also studyrepparttar 122446 last two years – especiallyrepparttar 122447 last two months of his life. The “madder” he got –repparttar 122448 more diligent, industrious, hard working and disciplined he became.

Roberto: Which ones of this list, all of them manifestly anarchs, unstable and inconsistent, do you consider not to be great artists?

Thomas de Quincey, Baudelaire, Theophile Gautier, Byron, Orson Welles, Ernest Hemingway, Ken Kesey, William Blake, Walt Whitman, Mozart, Isaac Albeniz, Vincent Van Gogh, Edvard Munch, John Lenon, Camarin, Michaelangelo, Rimbaud, Gaudi, Dali, Jimi Hendrix, Federico Garcia Lorca, Holderlin, Woody Allen.

Sam: This is quite a list. Still I think that it missesrepparttar 122449 point. Art, by definition, isrepparttar 122450 surrender ofrepparttar 122451 anarchical spirit torepparttar 122452 dictatorship ofrepparttar 122453 format. A painter is limited to his rectangular piece of cloth or cardboard, to his paints, torepparttar 122454 maxims of his language, however private. Art isrepparttar 122455 sad documentation ofrepparttar 122456 capitulation of form to matter, ofrepparttar 122457 subordination ofrepparttar 122458 ethereal torepparttar 122459 material. It is a white flag inrepparttar 122460 ever raging war betweenrepparttar 122461 eye ofrepparttar 122462 spirit andrepparttar 122463 eye ofrepparttar 122464 flesh. Evenrepparttar 122465 most prodigious and insane of writers must sit down, facerepparttar 122466 sharply limited piece of paper, write in reasonably straight lines and succumb torepparttar 122467 most basic rules of grammar, of syntax, of meaning, of alliterative or other resonance. Evenrepparttar 122468 most deranged and non-calvinistic composer can use, as a maximum,repparttar 122469 dodecaphonic scale. This is what I meant by order and discipline. They are imposed, inherently, inrepparttar 122470 very choice to engage in a work of art. Working habits are a natural extension of these spatial and temporal constraints.

Roberto: What aboutrepparttar 122471 work of art? for example, what about Dr. Jekill and Mrs. Hide? Is it a masterpiece, though it was written in just one weekend underrepparttar 122472 influence of great amounts of cocaine? Arerepparttar 122473 images of E. A. Poe, mercurial, abysmal, mathematical as they are, unfit to describerepparttar 122474 century? Doesn't his Maelström mean anything to you, apart from a horrific picture?

Is it that my satanic images are just that? Were Michelangelo’s later sculptures worse than his first ones, unfinished as they are? Mention to me, if you please, great works of art fromrepparttar 122475 Calvinistic land: Le Confederation Helvetique. I love this country, my aunt is Swiss, but what great art works have come from Switzerland?

Sam: Art isrepparttar 122476 picture ofrepparttar 122477 spirit shackled, furiously battling, striving to unchain itself, rebelling againstrepparttar 122478 form imposed on it, mutinously attempting to reflectrepparttar 122479 world – no, to BErepparttar 122480 world – with all its chaotic pain, convulsive features, horrific beauty. It isrepparttar 122481 spirit of God floating aboverepparttar 122482 abyss, an act of creation, as detailed in Genesis. It is precisely this unnerving, unsettling, terrifying, melancholy, raging contrast that a great work of art makes. Order and discipline applied to order and discipline yield government regulations and other gobbledegook. Order and discipline applied to tumult, chaos, havoc, disorder, anarchy, decadence (ultimately to death) – yield art. You must not confuserepparttar 122483 method withrepparttar 122484 content,repparttar 122485 reagent withrepparttar 122486 substrate. For where do we find greater order and discipline than inrepparttar 122487 martial arts (they earned their title – “arts” – not in vain)? And where do we find more devastation, maelstrom, turbulence and disintegration of form than in war, their subject matter?

Roberto: If Art came from childhood, why must it require order, discipline... Is it not that every child is a little anarchist? Is that not true, that a child is like a terra incognita, plenty of anarchy, great views ofrepparttar 122488 upper lands? Why should wild horses be less beautiful than domestic ones? Are we not talking about Beauty?

Sam: I am evidently less a romantic than you, Roberto, for I see no art in children as I see no art in primitive people (inrepparttar 122489 psychological sense, not inrepparttar 122490 historical or anthropological meanings ofrepparttar 122491 word “primitive”). I see none in childhood but fear and anxiety, egotism andrepparttar 122492 curiosity to serve it, cruelty and malignancy. Indeed, we grow out of itrepparttar 122493 same as we pull ourselves out of quicksands. Children are incapable of being artists. They are manipulative Narcissists. Forever inrepparttar 122494 throes ofrepparttar 122495 Big Bang of their personalities, embroiled in searing heat, unable to see a thing forrepparttar 122496 brightness of their own formation. To be an artist, one needs to die a little, to experience entropy, to be as barren as those rocks of our moon. One needs to combine that primordial fire withrepparttar 122497 cold formalisms of death. After all, our works of art are dead: letters are dead on dead, acidifying paper, paints decay, cloth frays andrepparttar 122498 greatest sculptures turn back to stone. The mystical tradition ofrepparttar 122499 Jews (the Cabbala) says thatrepparttar 122500 first, most comprehensive and hitherto best, act of creation involved divine light which was poured into vessels (again,repparttar 122501 incoherent intorepparttar 122502 orderly). These vessels – owing to a cosmic accident – broke.

The light dispersed, attached torepparttar 122503 splinters ofrepparttar 122504 shattered vessels. These are our souls: a measure light, a measurerepparttar 122505 mundane, a piece of broken vessel. No, beauty has nothing to do with it. Anyhow it is inrepparttar 122506 eye ofrepparttar 122507 beholder, a matter of judgement, of epoch, of cultural context, of tastes, too relative for art. We are not talking about beauty – but aboutrepparttar 122508 law. Creation isrepparttar 122509 law – art one of its manifestations. In its cold indifference liesrepparttar 122510 beauty that you are seeking. This isrepparttar 122511 maddening thing, this apathy towards our individual fates, as though we were its slaves, not its creators. This is what makes us children once more, awed by omnipotence and omniscience. This awe lasts until we overcome this sensation, dare to be Gods again and to create, dare to engage in art. Read Kafka,repparttar 122512 most sublime and perfect of all writers.

Honoring Your Life's Purpose

Written by Francoise Rapp

We all have a specific life's purpose. The presence and experience of others in your life helps you grow in consciousness, creating a chain-like reaction that has a profound effect onrepparttar collective awareness onrepparttar 122435 planet.

It isrepparttar 122436 ultimate goal for all living things to fully express our gifts and talents, to exalt and upliftrepparttar 122437 spirit of those around you by being and expressingrepparttar 122438 beautiful gift you are. If you are like most and are still trying to find your life's purpose, there are vital spiritual questions to ask yourself:

*What isrepparttar 122439 unique gift held within me? *What is my talent and soul's purpose? *How can my purpose serve others?

Allow your true, innate talent to blossom and put it atrepparttar 122440 service of others. By accepting your gift, you honor yourself andrepparttar 122441 nature of life itself. By living each day withrepparttar 122442 goal of being who you really are, you not only awakenrepparttar 122443 souls of others, but also allow them to express themselves with confidence and trust in their infinite possibilities. But identifying and keeping in touch with your life's purpose can be a challenge. Below you will learn how to keep in touch with your essence and its message. It is vital to practice these kinds of spiritual exercises, but easy to lose touch with our spiritual goals. As important as it is to your body to exercise, it is equally important to give yourself a regular spiritual workout. Commit to practicing these exercises often and be true to yourself and your essence.

~Your Spiritual Workout~ Sit in front of your altar or in a quiet place where you feel very comfortable and at peace. Close your eyes, stay silent and relax. Then chooserepparttar 122444 appropriate aromatic blend below and apply it onrepparttar 122445 crown chakra (fontanelle), third eye (betweenrepparttar 122446 eyebrows), andrepparttar 122447 solar plexus. Also applyrepparttar 122448 blend every morning onrepparttar 122449 solar plexus, crown chakra and third eye. Pour a few drops intorepparttar 122450 palm of your hands and breathe it in deeply.

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