Creation, Validation and Inspiration: Part 4
“THERE ARE MORE THINGS IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH…
THAN ARE DREAMT OF IN YOUR PHILOSOPHY”
It takes light 1/10th of a second to circumnavigate Earth 7 times. It takes light 20 minutes to travel from the Sun to the Earth. It takes light 120,000 years to travel from one end of The Milky Way galaxy to the other. It takes light 4 million years to travel from The Milky Way to the next nearest galaxy, Andromeda. Are we getting an idea of the sheer physical scale of the infinite Universe yet?
Physically, it’s impossible to “expand” into the Universe. My epiphany was that it’s possible to travel faster than the speed of light to get to the outer reaches of all creation and to become part of all that carbon, hydrogen and oxygen (Some most abundant material out there, and the same stuff we all are made of)
That happens by opening your heart, and making that journey within the infinite space between your own ears. This is something I knew all along, but refused to acknowledge.
Carl Sagan once said, “We are all Star Stuff”. Wanna go say hello to your distance cousin, your distance nascent beginnings of your own DNA, which happens to live in a neighborhood about billions of years away from where you stand? Do you want to participate in all of the abundant gifts that the Universe wants to share with you?
Just close your eyes, and ask with humility to go there.
Like Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz”, to travel from a figment of your imagination to home, from one reality to another, all you need to do is click the heels of your ruby slippers together three times, close your eyes, meditatively chant the mantra “There’s no place like home” repetitively... and you are there.
In other words, you’re already there, because you never left in the first place. The Universe IS home, because you are a part of it, and it a part of you.
“BE NOT AFRAID OF GREATNESS: SOME ARE BORN GREAT, SOME ACHIEVE GREATNESS, AND SOME HAVE GREATNESS THRUST UPON ’EM”
By it’s very name, popular art, or the truncated term “Pop Art” is oxymoronic at best. What is popular may not be art (Insert the concept of a Paris Hilton, here) and what is art my not necessarily be popular in the time of it’s creation (Insert the cliché of the unappreciated starving artist flailing away in a garret, halfway on the way to total madness, I.E. Vincent Van Gogh, etc., here).
As those that are involved in the arena of popular art know, the journey is rife with rejection, harsh criticism, dashed hopes, crashed dreams, brushes with goals that are just beyond the reach of our outstretched fingertips, and of course, the ensuing crushing disappointment that follows.
Through our journey, we develop defense and coping mechanisms to deal with that crushing disappointment. We come to expect that crushing disappointment is always lurking around the corner, and we have to be prepared for it, for it will never hesitate to rear it’s ugly little head; especially when things are going well.
So we harden our hearts. We most definitely do not count our proverbial chickens before they’re hatched. We expect nothing good to happen, and when it does, we can be non-chalant about it’s appearance, in true “who gives a fuck?” rock and roll fashion.
Cool heads prevail, right?
Wrong. At least in part.
Hardening your heart is an effective short term strategy to shield you from the hurt of crushing defeat, but it also cuts you off from projecting into the creative Universe. It’s a self defeating pragmatic approach. Good things happen so far and in between because hardening your heart, although a protective act, puts up massive barriers between you and the force of creation. You can’t dream big, if you are always dreaming small. You can’t expand and project your energy if all that you do is expend inordinate amounts of negative energy to further a self-protective agenda.
A shield works both ways. It keeps things from getting in, but it also keeps things from going out. You might be protected from hurt. but you also shield yourself from anything good that might be trying to come in as well.
Eventually, employing this as a long-term strategy is like cutting yourself off at your own knees to prevent yourself from kicking yourself in your own crotch and then wondering why you can’t walk forward.
Doesn’t make much sense in the long term, does it?
"You may shoot for the stars and end up in a back alley behind Pluto, beaten and bloodied, but at least I dare to dream, and that’s better than being Earthbound, mired in the muck of mediocrity.
I judge my forward progress and success by the crushingly epic nature of my failures.
The more epic the crash, the more I’m convinced I must be doing something right"
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COLONEL BEAUREGARD "IRON THIGHS" JEFFERSON, A.K.A. "THE MANAGEMENT"