7 thoughts on “The Melt

    • I actually did but it doesnt really make a difference Hariod. I never really paint with a definite intention. It is always process. I did at one time paint in a more illustrative intent way. Even when I label or name a painting there is no implied meaning in it. I am also not a fan of modern art, more specifically the abstract intellectual kind. Abstract art I love.

    • Hariod in your book at around the eighty percent mark you talk about presence nit being mysterious. I am not sure. Maybe it is more that you are saying that the process of finding presence is not mysterious.
      I was reading a critique of the German romantics today in the New York Book review. The writer a well know literary critique Paul de Man was more critical of the critics and in the end he wrote that they were not concerned with power or shaping the world but more with authenticity. If there was a problem with their intent it was most likely that it was that they mived away from their original impulse of humility and got caught up in their own dialogue at times. In humility there is mystery. What do you think.

      • I think it’s both that the process of finding presence is not mysterious, and that presence itself is too, in so far as it is self-evident, accessible by all and with a little practise, readily so. Now, if one wants to explain what it is as a concept, then it would be easy to slip into mysterianism, or clouding the actuality with all sorts of verbal accretions. As you say, we can so easily get caught up in dialogue; though if one is inclined to regard presence or awareness as mysterious, then it doesn’t change their actuality, it merely changes our thoughts about their actuality. So, when you say that you are not sure that presence is not mysterious, then are you in fact not referencing the conceptual about-ness of it rather than its actuality, which is simple and immediate?

      • I follow you. I think that it is not so much that it is mysterious but more that from that place of utter humility and nakedness, absent of the conventional armour there is a sense of mystery that arises out of that. A mystery and wonder that might give birth or be connected to the creative urge and maybe that is at that heart of language. The formless is taking form and what that will look life no one knows.
        There is an aspect of cognition involved but where is that derived from.Is it prior to the higher formation of our neurological system. Is it inseparable from our essence.
        Im not sure about these things but I am sure that in presence I am filled with presence that fills me with life and wonder.
        It is like Paul said about the Romantics. Maybe the initial urge is something of humility. But there is something that arises from that that is curious.

      • I am 90 percent finished your book. It is not of a quality that one should zoom through it but I have not encountered any part of it that does reflect something deeper in a fine way. What you write is of the heart and should be absorbed and processed. I feel that your experience is right on and that you have taken the time to express that a careful and personal reflection of that. I will read it again only because it touches my heart.
        Many would not grasp it, I think as many do not grasp Heidegger. But many do. It is for those who are drawn by the heart to deeper reflection. As was Heidegger I believe. I read and enjoy Heidegger and I know what he is saying and rings true for me more than most philosophers, as does Nietzsche. Depending on your perception one can find fault in most anything especially if ones perception is limited. But you write as they do from a place of truth within themselves yet you have your own authentic way but as they do for me you point to a similar thing, a real and necessary thing at these times.

      • Thank you so very much for your kind and generous words Gord; you are one of only a few people who truly make me think that my efforts with the book have been worthwhile.

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