Delicious Toxicities

I thought a lot yesterday after my article, about the fact that some artists, some stories, some movies are disturbing, or hard to understand, or even toxic to us. Some persons too!

I talked a lot about this idea, which is like an obsession to me.

I could listen to Abba all day but sometimes I feel I have to explore Mahler, even if it’s very complicated. I have to read, to listen many times, it’s a mess. I need to make efforts. I have to work.

I watched Mission Impossible 6 and it was such a pleasure. But I need to watch Manchester by the Sea, and Ladybird, and Phantom Thread, and Bergman’s Persona – I needed 3 evenings to finish this last one. Efforts : it was like a puzzle for the mind, it was complicated.

“Pourquoi faire simple quand on peut faire compliqué”, say the French. Why being simple when you can be complicated?

How come I want to explore things which need… efforts? I don’t know. Exploring is a good feeling. And I love structures : I dream to watch every movie of 1960 just to have an idea of the mood of the era. I will attack Miles Davis one day. I promise.

Mahler is hard. Proust is hard. Bergman is hard. Bacon (the painter) is hard. And learning a new language too!

I don’t think it’s about efforts, even if it’s needed. It’s about exploring. Extending something. Enriching? Of course, one solution is to quit, or to give up on these beginnings. But I won’t : I need to be disturbed, I beg.

Why? Because it changes things in you. Progress, it’s about. Evolving.

It’s like when I see a new challenge in Gurushots. I have to take a steampunk photo, and I don’t have any pictures of that. I have to invent one. It’s… a challenge – I had great fun.

 

Thanks for reading!

Happily, the challenge today was “Green”. Not to hard :

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Dots & Arrows, States & Movements

This morning I read over My Archetype? Koala. With glasses…, an article about different boxes I stay in.

I’m a Taurus, Gemini ascending. In China I’m a Horse of Fire (please kneel)! In MBTI I’m an INFJ for almost sure. And I’m a 5, The Observer, in Enneagram.

In some of these disciplines, from the “Dot” you represent, they talk about directions, the forwards. My Taurus “becomes” Gemini. My 5 have inner tendencies, etc…

So I have an idea for a book – and as I will never write it, I give it to you :

Make a big LIST of your qualities and characteristics.

From EACH item, draw two arrows.

  1. One is your TENDENCY, the natural evolution of the item. Yes it can be bad : poor you, what to do what to do!
  2. Two is about EFFORTS you should make (it’s maybe the contrary of One but it doesn’t have to).

(because of course if you use your “name” (Scorpio ENFP blah blah) to be a lazy “I’m like that take it or leave it”, it’s wrong, you should go to hell now. Allez!

  • If your brain is Black & White, you’re analytical, you obey rules and you use your reason – but sometimes you should use Colors, take risks and use your intuition and listen to your fantasies.
  • If you’re slow, you can get stuck, but you could also choose to move fast (and you know you can).
  • If you live in a place you could visit another country all in a sudden.
  • If you’re churchy, everything linked to pleasure is more or less forbidden or guilty – shup it up today and you go girl!
  • If you’re a Taurus you’re slow and you like your quiet home – go outside and take fast decisions. If you’re a Capricorn, well : you’re also a Wolf, go run with the wolves!
  • If your life and brain is structured too much, use some tools to bypass your mess : alcohol, sex, and sounds!
  • Shut up words : music will talk to you without them and… free something.
  • What is forbidden? Why? REALLY?

See?

Ok what do you need to evolve? Someone else? A long time? A shock? Intuition? How is the path himself? What tools do we need?

You’re welcome!

Thanks for reading!

(sorry for my English, it’s getting worse and I hope you don’t laugh too much)

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Photo : Eve Arnold

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Unexpected Connections & Sparks Exchanges

ONE

Yesterday I thanked a retired man I always have good conversations with. Always curious and funny, we often have our ten minutes of jubilations, before quitting each other with a smile (and a few sparks around our heads).

You know, he replied, what we do is “Le commerce des idées” (ideas exchange) : I give you seeds and you give me seeds too.

It’s not only about sharing little ideas, but also ideas of books, movies, patterns, links (links and connections are great!). Some spirits like “the idea of getting ideas”. Exchange.

You are one of them, right?

In France we have this word, “commerce”, which means “business”, of course, and “trade”, and also “store”, but also, in a little old-fashioned way

“Madame de Sévigné conducted a vast exchange of letter” :
“Madame de Sévigné avait un grand commerce épitolaire”

TWO

While coffeing in my bed this morning I found this quote from a great French drama actor, Michel Bouquet :

“The public doesn’t come to watch you play, it comes to play with you”.

THREE – Mutually Beneficial

I hope/dream this blog acts this way for you my fellow readers!

Not only as a toolbox, a basket of gathered ideas and patterns, but also I wish it :

  1. Gives you the desire to comment, interact, begin a mutually beneficial exchange of ideas.
  2. Gives your brain a slight movement, a desire to know more, which could lead you to exploration. A map, an index, a little machine…

Thanks for reading!

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The Bourgeois Citizen

What’s the destiny of the bourgeois citizen, today, in Occident?

This citizen is hung between freedom and rules, between individuality and links, between pressures and liberty, between imagination and duties, between work and dreams.

It rubs and scrapes. There. In between.

There’s a fracture between the demands and the possibilities.

Impossible satisfactions.

Where are the levers?

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“A Room with a View” & nuances

Early 1900. A young English (and passionate) woman visits Italy with her chaperon cousin. In the hotel she meets George, a quiet English young man who gives her a kiss. Back to England, she is to be married to Cecil, an inhibited tight ass aristocrat. Of course, the young man and his father find a house not far. “Lucy begins to tell a series of lies, mostly to herself, about what and who she really wants for and in her life”.

A Room with a View. I love this movie and I watched it many times. At the very beginning you understand that you’ll have fun with the shock between upper class English demeanor and the call of life of sunny Italy.

I was amazed how Forster (who wrote the book) draws footbridges within the two universes. Lucy’s family is wealthy and well educated, but fun-loving (her brother is a light hearted music lover). Forster is anticlerical but his priest character is very smart and funny.

You constantly feel the forces of life and daring possibilities moving strongly under the polite British maneers : the fiery writer character who loves to get lost in the city of Firenze, the cousin Charlotte who struggles between rules and what she likes (or liked), Lucy’s family, the way she plays Beethoven, etc. One of the pleasures of the film is to see the pile of lies needed to keep a “respectability”, until the whole thing crashes down…

This scenario should be studied a little more. I wrote this article because of this tool/structure :

  1. Find two opposite universes A and B.
  2. Show where are the doors and potential bridges between them.
  3. Show possibilities, desires, will to discover and explore.
  4. Show what part of B exists already in A (and vice versa).
  5. Have fun.

This structure can be used for the two faces of yourself, two merging companies, a new couple… what else?

What about the “Ahh screw it!” moment?

Thanks for reading!

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Everything that goes wrong…

Hi everybody!

I heard about a Tai Chi teacher, an old Chinese woman living in France, who used to say a mysterious sentence to the students.

“C’est ce qui ne va pas qui va”

…which sounds like a typical Oriental brain-teaser riddle like “Everything is in everything and reciprocally”.

What does that mean? How to translate it?

  • Everything that goes wrong goes right
  • This is what does not go that goes
  • Only wrong things are moving forward
  • What goes wrong goes right
  • What doesn’t go goes

 

This sentence is a bit like the Toltec thing. A few words compacted in a seed.

 

The first Toltec agreement says : “Don’t make assumptions”, and the fifth : “Be skeptical (use the power of doubt to question everything you hear)”.

I love that because it’s a loop, and it’s incoherent (to question everything is to make infinite assumptions). And in a way that’s life!

Also this : Ruiz’s agreements are injunctions, orders : Do this/Don’t do this. It’s very Occidental (we all this like this, right? : If this then that (consequences)).

“What doesn’t go… goes” is more Oriental. It’s an assessment, a fact, almost a report. An observation!

 

OK. When you think about it, it works! The perfect image of the grain of sand in the oyster : this makes a pearl.

Nietzsche is more lyrical : “One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star.”

And also, in a way, it’s the Amor Fati wisdom, the love of fate. You can (and have to) decide that what happens… happens. It’s better to accept it. If it’s wrong, we can maybe decide it’s right :

…it’ll make you stronger, it’ll make you think, it’ll show you new path.

On our need to be disturbed…

“What goes wrong goes right”, hey, it’s the title of my future book, OK? Don’t steal it, please!

Have a nice day!

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