Facets of a Diamond – Blog

“Now I’m Painting as a Child Again”

“The reason we find nothing to dislike in the drawings made by children is that in them the inherent nature of man finds expression without being thwarted or frustrated.”* That is to say, they are free to express their Muse, their Souls unrestrained.

 But then, “The moment children become self-conscious, their pictures degenerate.”

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“Expressionism in Music”

As soon as the music starts, we search for the tune. We must find it, or else we reject the piece as “too modern.”

But what if the very need for a tune is itself a problem? Isn’t the music the equivalent of what is called in art “expressionism”? We have paintings – “modern” – without a subject, and now music without a tune.

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“Healing with the Eye”

A Zen master who is also a photographer has had published a book of his photographs, each accompanied by a Zen commentary. The book is called Hearing with the Eye.*

I photograph for the viewer not to hear, but to heal. Hopefully, my book could be called Healing with the Eye.

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“Our True Self Is Our Divinity”

“The Infinite exists potentially in every being,”* writes Lafcadio Hearn. (I think he means that it always exists in every being with the potential to be Known.) “That,” he continues, “is the Reality. The other self is a falsity, – a lie, – a mirage.”

Our True Self is our Divinity, our Buddha-Nature, our Soul.

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“The Mother of Love, Amida”

Lafcadio Hearn uses the phrase “the Woman-never-to-be-known.”* To me, She is the Mother of Love, Amida, within each of us that can be Known, but usually – tragically – is not.

He speaks of “the ideals unattainable, – the haunting of troubled souls” by her. He uses the word “soul” in the sense of person, hence here, “troubled person.”

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“Deputized to Alter the Sufferer’s Karmic Plan”

There comes a point when every healing endeavor becomes deeper, and therefore more spiritual. For all healing is basically to do with the Soul.

At this point, every so often, the sufferer quits – sometimes acrimoniously. He has come to the moment of truth, when he sees himself honestly. And now there must be the commitment to see the process through, or at least to fully examine and understand the urgent need to escape.

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“The Muse Enchained”

“Composing,” the composer proclaimed, “is creating within restraints.” And I did hear it right: restraints!

I have always believed that more restraints mean less creativity. Creativity comes from the Muse, and It must be free to express Itself into the world, for Its Song is ever of love. But there are so many hindrances and distortions on Its way up to conscious release that It is never clearly heard.

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