Fishing the Sea of the Unconscious

Thursday, December 18, 2008

And just when I was wondering how to explain to people how becoming a painter and letting my unconscious direct my paintings relates to, and is important, in the real world, an answer arrives in my inbox. Thankyou.

"We each must become like fishermen, and go out onto the dark ocean of mind, and let your nets down into that sea."

"And what you're after is not some behemoth that will tear through your nets, foul them, and drag you and your little boat into the abyss. Nor are what we looking for a bunch of sardines, that can slip through your net and disappear, ideas like 'have you ever noticed that your little finger exactly fits your nostril' and stuff like that."

"What we are looking for are middle-sized ideas that are not so small that they are trivial, and not so large that they are incomprehensible, but middle-sized ideas that we can wrestle into our boat and take back to the folks on shore, and have fish dinner."

"And everyone of us, this is what we should be looking for. It's not for your elucidation, it's not part of your self-directed psychotherapy; you are an explorer, and you represent our species."

"And the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness."

"And so, to whatever degree, any one of us can bring back a small piece of the picture, and contribute it to the building of the new paradigm. Then we participate in the redemption of the human spirit."

- Terence McKenna

Reproduced from a wonderful weekly newsletter I receive, available from Free Will Astrology (no I don't actually believe in astrology, but I do love this guy's take on life and getting a weekly reminder of wider possibilities).

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  1. This is good. I like that he talks about middle-sized ideas. :) Kind of makes it feel personal. Thanks.


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