The artist Picasso was asked in an interview why he didn’t paint pictures of people “the way they really are.” Picasso asked the man what he meant by “the way they really are,” and the man pulled a snapshot of his wife out of his wallet. “Like this,” he said. Picasso responded: “Isn’t she rather small and flat?”
Picasso understood the fundamental idea that is also expressed in the Anais Nin quote, “we don’t see things as they are. We see them as WE are.” The way things are is for the most part a creation of our minds. Life is made up of a series of events and experiences, some of them as abstract and confusing as a Picasso painting. The meaning is all in the frame. The frame can bring out the best in the experience like a frame can highlight the best in a painting. The challenge is to frame your life experience with beliefs that are optimistic and empowering.
“A quiet mind is all you need. All else will happen rightly, once your mind is quiet. As the sun on rising makes the world active, so does self-awareness affect changes in the mind. In the light of calm and steady self-awareness, inner energies wake up and work miracles without any effort on your part.”—~ Sri Nisargadatta (via kkdas)
Let’s take education. What a hoax. You get a little child, you see, and you suck it into a trap and you send it to nursery school. And in nursery school you tell the child ‘You are getting ready to go on to kindergarten. And then wow-wee, first grade is coming up, and second grade, and third grade.’ You are gradually climbing the ladder towards, towards, going on towards progress. And then when it gets to end of grade school, you say ‘high school, now you’re really getting going.’ Wrong.
But on towards business, you are going out into the world and you got your briefcase and your diploma. And then you go to your first sales meeting, and they say ‘Now get out there and sell this stuff,’ because then you are going on up the ladder in business, and maybe you will get to a good position. And you sell it and then they up your quota. And then finally about the year 45 you wake up one morning as Vice President of the firm, and you say to yourself looking in the mirror ‘I’ve arrived. But I feel slightly cheated because I feel just the same as I always felt. Something is missing. I have no longer a future.’ ‘Uh uh’ says the insurance salesman, ‘I have a future for you. This policy will enable you to retire in comfort at sixty five, and you will be able to look forward to that.’ And you are delighted. And you buy the policy and at sixty five you retire thinking that this is the attainment of the goal of life, except that you have prostate trouble, false teeth and wrinkled skin. And you are a materialist. You are a phantom, you are an abstractionist, you are just nowhere, because you never were told, and never realized that eternity is now. There is no time. What will you do?
“There’s one weakness that comes of depending—having to depend on 20-year-old, 30-year-old extremely technically qualified people, even if only 5 percent or 1 percent of those people have a conscience, and even if one percent take seriously the oath we all take to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, which includes the Fourth Amendment, by the way, against unreasonable searches and seizures, you know, that amendment—I keep repeating—people don’t realize—you cannot have these searches or seizures without probable cause, without a warrant, and without the particulars of each searcher or seizure being spelled out in that warrant. There is no way that what NSA is doing internally in this country can be square with that amendment. So here’s Snowden and here are these other young people saying, you know, this is bad. You know, I know enough about American history, I know enough about European history to think, this is going to lead to a police state, and I’m part of it. And that’s precisely what he said.”—Ex-CIA Analyst on Snowden and Calling Journalists Terrorists | The Real News Network (via america-wakiewakie)