beautiful things grow out of shit

“Beautiful things grow out of shit.”

This is the single most important thing I know, can share with you, can be taught to anyone. It’s way down here in this little snippet of a conversation between two lions, Daniel Lanois, at whose musical feet I bow, and Brian Eno, who says this most important thing of all things, which should be listened to by us all all first thing every morning, and played to our children first thing every morning, all of the mornings, for the rest of our lives:

“What would be really interesting for people to see is how beautiful things grow out of shit, because nobody ever believes that, you know. Everybody thinks that Beethoven had his string quartets completely in his head, they somehow appeared there and formed in his head, and all he had to do was write them down and they would be kind of manifest to the world.

“But what I think what’s so interesting, and what should be a lesson everybody should learn, is that things come out of nothing. Things evolve out of nothing. You know, the tiniest seed in the right situation turns into the most beautiful forest. And then the most promising seed, in the wrong situation, turns into nothing.

“And I think that this would be important for people to understand because it gives people confidence in their own lives to know that that’s how things work. If you walk around with the idea that there are some people who are so gifted, they have these wonderful things in their head, but you’re not one of them, you’re just sort of a normal person, you could never do anything like that, then you live a different kind of life, you know.

“You could have another kind of life where you can say, where you say, ‘Well, I know that things comes from nothing very much and start from unpromising beginnings, and I’m an unpromising beginning, and I could start something.'”

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venture with love

goldman bird chickadee

 

Venture

with love and

you win the battle.

Defend with love and you are

invulnerable. Heaven’s

secret is motherly

love.

 

from The Tao te Ching of Lao Tzu,

Chapter 67


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wei wu wei

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The

best effort 

one can make is the 

gentlest effort: wei wu wei

Quietly, persistently direct the 

mind toward emptiness. When 

all thoughts and ideas have 

dissipated, then make no 

further effort. Just 

breathe. 

 

This

is the only

practice required of a 

human, the best one, the one 

that perfectly purifies

our lives.

 

Wei wu Wei Ching, Hexagram 9

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a highly evolved individual integrates yin & yang

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The first

integration of yin and yang

is the union of seed and egg within the womb.

The second integration of yin and yang is the sexual union

of the mature male and female. Both of these are

concerned with flesh and blood, and all

that is conceived in this realm must

one day disintegrate

and pass

away.

 

It is only

the third integration

which gives birth to something immortal.

In this integration, a highly evolved individual joins

the subtle inner energies of yin and yang under the light of spiritual

understanding. Through the practices of the Integral Way he refines his

gross, heavy energy into something ethereal and light. This divine

light has the capability of penetrating into the mighty

ocean of spiritual energy and complete

wisdom that is

the Tao.

 

The new life

created by the final integration

is self-aware yet without ego, capable of

inhabiting  a body yet not attached to it, and guided

by wisdom rather than emotion. Whole

and virtuous, it can

never die.

 

from Hua hu Ching, Chapter 66

 

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the spirit is attracted to humility

redwood tree
 

 
Rumi

advised me to keep my spirit

up in the branches of a tree and not

peek out too far, so I keep mine in the very tall

willows along the irrigation ditch out back,

a safe place to remain unspoiled by

the filthy culture of greed

and murder of the

spirit.

 

People

forget their spirits

easily suffocate so they must

keep them far up in tree branches where

they can be summoned any moment. It’s better

if you’re outside as it’s hard for spirits to get into houses

or buildings or airplanes. In New York City I used to reach

my spirit in front of the gorilla cage in the children’s zoo

in Central Park. It wouldn’t come in the Carlyle Hotel,

which was too expensive for its taste. In Chicago

it won’t come in the Drake, though I can see it

out the window, hovering over the surface

of Lake Michigan. The spirit above

anything  else is attracted

to humility. If I slept in

the streets it would

be under the

cardboard

with

me.

 

Jim Harrison