the Art of Nao
Scroll 33 . 93 x 170 cm ~ 36 x ~ 67 inches
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> to their transformations seem to respect a kind of logical sense.
As in morphing, as long as there is a superficial connection between a reality’s ”before” and ”after,” and as long as any transformation is in the direction of our needs and desires, then we won’t scrutinize the logic of new opportunities, new situations, or sudden inputs of information.
Quite the contrary, we will have been primed for such change by our ongoing imagination of how it would be and feel if a longed for reality did appear. Our feelings will have repeatedly tried it on for size and so, there will be an element of familiarity to its arrival, even in the midst of its suddenness.
However surprising, this change of reality will nonetheless seem to be based on its own logic—a necessary aspect for our psychological balance and sense of reality’s homeostasis. Without the latter, we feel insecure both that any change has come, and if it has, will it last.
That said, since we rarely ever conduct an extensive retrospective analysis, we have no documentable way of knowing how logical is a change in our life circumstances. More than that, our brains organize all new information such that we could have a completely nonsensical logic, and we would still accept it as true.
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This is as it should be because it is more important for a desired change to occur than it is to be able to prove that it did so in regular and rational increments.
Life is not about logic, but about creativity, which always has its own self-contained reasoning. In addition, if searched for, there will always be an explanation, one based on new information as to why a given change appeared, sometimes including an irresistible tug to be where a serendipitous encounter/opportunity took place.
The changes in our life all end up as the unfolded text of our own story and, as with a novel, there is no need to spell out every different element between one chapter and the next. The fact is that no one can write the complete story of even their own life. Instead, we recall our past in the same way that a movie is constructed; in scenes and dialogues.
Logic will always have its important role, just as mechanical clocks are useful tools that secure our actions. As it is, most of life’s aesthetics and music depend upon a retraceable stream of events set in motion at a certain point and played out at another. This kind of sequencing is the track upon which any storyline travels. Without some such degree of unfolding, everything would be happening at once, and in a nonsensical way. A seemingly logical development is essential for human experience to specifically be as it is: the build-up of events, >
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> predictable growth, seasonal changes, plots and their finale, birth to death, genetic development, discoveries, history, musical composition, investments, infinity. These are the plays of life that we all get to influence and to participate in.
The more insight we have into the nature of creativity and its processes, the more we can appreciate how the linearity of, so-called, “ordinary life” is a technical aspect that is essential for our unique human experiences. Endless human contexts and products depend upon its seemingly absolute character. However, we are misdirected—as with a magic act—when we make linear time the controlling concept for our options to influence the contents of our lives.
Transforming our reality is possible via collaboration between the +crossfield of information and ourselves. Its orchestration of information from a multitude of sources provides us with the wanted changes. They appear in the form of new opportunities and new information whose potential we still need to act upon to fullfill.
The transformation of reality is not about things falling out of the air, but about things falling into place.
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38 Ideal, You Deal, They Deal
An ideal is something perfect within its own context. There is no such thing as an undesirable ideal because desire is the juice that flows through any ideal’s veins.
An ideal life along human terms would be to obtain whatever we need and want at our command. This isn’t asking too much. To be able to transform our reality at will is the only fair dynamic in a life that has the potential for great suffering on a vast scale. Any other arrangement between humans and life has an extremely sadistic component to it.
The ideal is already the ultimate objective of every being; plants and animals intuitively have the integrity not to abandon theirs. No such healthy lifeforms will ever refuse to reach for exactly for what they need and want with whatever means they have. Ironically, the one creature that can strive and create for whatever they envision—human beings—are the ones most likely to withdraw from their ideals.
Idealism is nonetheless, native to our humanity, and its fulfillment always within our reach. As humans, we are able to disassemble and then reassemble raw materials in order to make this world an increasingly better place in which to live; or a worse one when too many ideals are considered beyond our reach.
Most of us abandon our ideals because we are culturally discouraged from validating the idea of the ideal itself. In many societies the adjective “idealistic” is virtually synonymous with “unrealistic” and associated with youth’s naiveté. Just the same, humans cannot help but subliminally recognize that the ideal is possible; it >
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Just the same, humans cannot help but subliminally recognize that the ideal is possible; it is simply that they manage to place it somewhere out of reach, as in heaven. However, if you look at what any heaven consists of, you will see that its parts already exist on earth—just as do those of hell.
Heaven is a sensory experience whose terms we all readily grasp: peace, beauty, joy, love, health, prosperity, and so on. We long for a heavenly life all the more so because we cannot prevent ourselves from reaching for such ideal states, if only latently within us.
Given that reality is constructed from raw energy guided into virtual form, the ideal is as possible to materialize, as is its absence. Ideals are only dismissed as unrealistic because of current global models that actualize the viewpoint of life as a harsh external reality to which we have to adapt ourselves in order to survive. This paradigm forces people to live life at its most oppressive level: survival as a zero sum game, with enough only for those who grab what they want before someone else does.
On the other hand, when we realize the community that life represents, we automatically recognize that the ideal for all is simply an extension of our self-interests. And once you take it for granted that your external circumstances are created from within yourself, then there is no need to scramble for the most advantageous position within a limited pool of resources, and so no need to let go of your ideals. On the contrary, you can now insist upon them.
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The ideal is not a goal that must be abandoned due to life’s so-called realities. Instead, the challenges and the obstacles towards it are part of the adventurous playing field that is life. Any complications along the way are natural participants in the process, and not the proof of our unrealism.
In fact, our successes, come from the willingness to accept, even to embrace, the changes needed for our ideals to manifest. The more we do so, the easier it is for others to do the same.
39 Breathing 101
Many spiritual disciplines emphasize the importance of deep and deliberate breathing, and with good reason. With the space that it introduces, breathing literally expands our capacity to receive and process deeper layers of sensual information. Churches intuitively know this, which is why most of them have very high ceilings and large rooms.
By its introduction of space, breathing moves organic, emotional, intellectual, and psychological elements away from each other. Consequently, the circulation of all systems—from cells, to liquids, to feelings, to thoughts, to actions—can now flow uncompressed and into their optimal relationships vis à vis one another. As forced contact among these parts is reduced, the demands on our neurological systems also >
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> diminish and so, we begin to expand within.
The practice of deliberate breathing strengthens and stabilizes our nervous system. It also creates an opportunity to feel comfortable in the midst of emptiness. Just as there are infinite subject matters possible on a blank canvas, in the void of space everything’s materialization is latent as pure potential.
Conscious breathing combined with imagination catalyzes a dynamic that draws out what inspires and motivates us. By applying our inspirations to a desired content, we can extract a transformed reality from the space offered by our breaths.
Not only does breathing fill our inner spaces with oxygenated air, it also enables us to receive information from the rest of the world. Air is not only passively imprinted with the vibratory activity of whatever it touches, but it can also be used as a messenger to send information to other beings. Because air can infiltrate itself everywhere in the world, a deliberate reach for contact with someone can connect with them through their own intakes of breath.
A simple enhancement to breathing is that of regular meditation. Meditation turns us into a detached observer who has stopped resisting and ignoring the texts and textures of their life, and who lets them drift along. This practice—without the need for any accompanying belief system—strengthens our capacity to get off the stage and to just be the spectator of whatever comes before us.
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Without such expanding tools as breathing and meditation, we often do not have the luxury of a space from which to contemplate how a given reality is constructed, or where it is likely to go. Consequently, we are pulled into events without enough perspective to challenge their ruling concepts. We then assume that something is either inevitable, or else necessary, which then leads us to act reflexively instead of reflectively.
Notwithstanding the above, when things are going well we do not want to dispel our experiences by adding too much space into our lives. Instead, we seek to be ever more saturated with our present reality, and do not want it to be diluted. This intensity of being is part of any vital functionality. Only our full absorption of life can provide complete information at each moment to the +crossfield and so optimize its role as a benevolent collaborator.
However, when we come under pressure or distress, then we do want to dispel certain aspects of our reality. In order to do so, we have to be able to increase our inner space and look at how the situation is conceptually constructed from a conceptual point of view.
In all cases, our feelings and thoughts will arise from the activation of N-maps triggered by the words and images we use to describe our situation. The description may be concrete (I’m sick, healthy, rich, poor, alone), but the heart >
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