by Ariel Speaks
Behind human oscillations of sight & sound, there exists a space that that bears no description. It remains free as has always been, just outside of the lingering needs of pleasure by which we are accompanied on this journey.
There are those that worship this sense of magnificence, giving it a body and face with which one can identify. There are others that have come to a conclusion and claim the purpose of life is to make better our death.
For the moment, I'd like to attend to our present state of being and the practice of expansion. Long ago the ancients utilized a method that even today endows the practitioner with an increased awareness of other states of consciousness.
Many people at some time or another have momentarily experienced a greater sense of being, at least more than what was accustomed. What appears to be similar in these cases is in that moment of expansiveness, there is as well a feeling emptiness, as if it were just a dream.
In other words, one experiences a momentary release on what we may consider to be our sense of self.
The ancient ones recognized this and found that through the practice of repetition, the conscious mind would enter into a trance-like state, allowing one the experience of an alternative perception of reality.
The development of most any skill requires that one learn by the act of doing. Mastery therefore relies on a consistent practice which usually involves the task of repetition after repetition, which enhance motor skills and increase the mind/body connection.
The Chinese have a word for this practice that we are somewhat familiar with, the term is "gung fu" or kung fu. The literal translation of gung fu means "hard work or good skill." So we can say that one who has mastered the art of cooking has good gung fu. Cooking here is just an example, as it could be most any skill, however the original term had little correlation with the practice of martial arts.
The term "art" comes from the Latin ars, derived from techne (Greek), meaning skill. It was believed that all endeavors requiring some degree of skill, was an art. Any development of skill required an understanding of rules, which act as the foundation for each distinct discipline.
The mastery of an art begins at primary level with the study of basics. Through continued practice, the art commences to take shape, assisting the practitioner to envelop a greater understanding of self. The artist then goes through a transformation by which he/she is no longer separate from the art.
Art has the ability to touch people in a way that hasn't any explanation but the transformational experience of realization that comes with an awakening of the artist within.
"Drink from the wellspring source of thine own creativity
in a toast to the gods and you will surely be blessed."