Anthony Blake in Nashville

anthony blake seminar

DuVersity sponsored Anthony Blake for a weekend seminar held at Scarritt-Bennett center in Nashville.  Along with the lectures embracing the theme of “The Resurrection of the 4th Way in the 21st Century” there was music including oboe, santor, Chapman stick and guitar with musicical interludes before and after the lectures, Anthony also read T.S. Eliot’s Ash Wednesday accompanied by the musicians, and we had Turkish folk dance by Travis Jarrell.  Here are the aphorisms derived from notes taken during the event.

explanations kill

music has an intimacy that can’t be found in words

true understanding embraces the whole

 

risk is the key

allow contradiction

open new doors

step into the unknown

 

if you want to play by the rules

this game is not for you

 

real understanding

disrupts the equilibrium

embraces new experiences

and creates different ways of describing

 

intelligence is in your ears

in your sex organs

in your skin

in your actions

feed your feelings

your thoughts

and your movements

not just your body

 

“Never do things like other people.”  the last words Gurdjieff’s grandmother spoke to him.

 

the intellect

is a rusty machine

unable to perceive uncomfortable truth

 

we are imprisoned

in the dream

of the conditioned mind

 

think the unthinkable

 

unless a truth is in your bones

you don’t get it

 

the school of ignorance

recognizes all truth is an error

all facts are fictions

if you can’t use it

it will poison you

 

use your whole body

as an organ of perception

 

ordinary movements are a habit

repeating a repertoire of gestures

ordinary emotions are a habit

mired in reactivity

ordinary thinking is a habit

stuck in repetition

 

practice makes you a slave

to your slavery

 

exercise your awareness

invest in it

 

the burden of belief

is the illusion of existence

 

what you say

and what you do

typically have nothing to do with each other

 

the approach

is better than the arrival

 

expect the unexpected

pay attention to the gaps

 

the perfection of doing

is when the doer disappears

the doer eats the energy

 

yes but

is the typical form of discourse

yes and

amplifies the understanding

 

“Only that is true which everyone knows.”  Goethe

 

tune to the matrix

listen

appreciate

come to presence

 

the condition of complete simplicity

costs not less than everything

 

there is no initiation

except self initiation

 

meaning happens in the gaps

between expectations and reality

 

feel the nothingness at the heart of your being

if you get depressed

you missed it

 

seek out the parts of yourself

you didn’t know exist

 

understanding is lost

in information

that which is ignored

is the most precious part

 

books are agents of entropy

 

you can never be sure of anything

 

 

 

 

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