“[Duke] Ellington never let you forget that music was his profession. On the other hand, the popular vision of Coltrane is that he seemed to ask you, repeatedly, to alter your life.”
Ben Ratliff

Coltrane: The Story of a Sound

Good Advice

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I have just completed another reading of Carlos Castaneda’s “Journey To Ixtlan“. This is probably something like my fourth time reading it (I think I’ve read the entire series of his books at least twice). This is also the first Carlos Castaneda book I read – as I think it is for many.

If you’ve not read any of Castaneda’s books… as the story tells it… he was an anthropologist who attempted to study the nature of psychotropic plants used by Indians. His inquiry led him to an Indian sorcerer by the name of don Juan who took him in as an apprentice. Castaneda’s journey is documented in his books.

The first two books in the series (A Separate Reality: Further Conversations with Don Juan , The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge) cover a period of ten years. Then in “Journey to Ixtlan” the story is retold from the beginning. I never quite understood this time-line, actually it caused me quite a bit of confusion. Only in this read of “Journey to Ixtlan” did I finally realize the explanation that is offered in the very beginning of the book:

“In reviewing the totality of my field notes I became aware that don Juan had given me the bulk of the new description at the very beginning of our association in what he called ‘techniques for stopping the world’. I had discarded those parts of my field notes in my earlier works because they did not pertain to the use of psycho tropic plants. I have now rightfully reinstated them in the total scope of don Juan’s teachings and they comprise the first seventeen chapters of this work”

It can take 10 years to realize good advice which is freely offered. It took me 8 years (the time that has passed since I first read the book) to realize what was clearly and simply written at the very beginning. I am a funny creature.

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Enlightment? What Next?

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“The secret is not in what you do to yourself but rather in what you don’t do.”
(Don Juan through Carlos Castaneda from “Journey to Ixtlan”)

“Intelectuals are people who study things that other people do naturally.”
(Bill Cosby)

I recently subscribed to two magazines – hoping to widen the bridge between my life and the world around me. I also recently received a first issue from both subscriptions. I have found both to be uninteresting and uninspiring. Both times I was hoping to find inspiration and heart, both times I encountered static patterns. I was bored and disappointed. We think we are so smart… Read More »

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Smart! Too Smart?

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dynamic becomes static over and over again!

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Ariel Shibolet

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Ariel is one of the pillars of a small (but growing) group of improvisation musicians in Israel. He is the organizer of a monthly Meeting in Tel-Aviv (where I have also performed with Shahar) and is an inspiring musician whom I have also had the pleasure (and sometimes frustration – he likes very low light and the clicks of the camera are to him like an additional instrument in the space) of photographing numerous times. If you’ve never heard this kind of music (and I am guessing you probably haven’t) then free your mind. I invite you to listen, to really listen. Stop whatever it is you are doing, make a space in your heart, turn up the volume (though not too much) and then hit play.

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Appreciation

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Appreciation came to my mind this morning. I realized that appreciation turns my attention to quality in my experiences. It is seeking out goodness. It makes me soft. It makes me smile. It makes me welcoming, and then experience welcomes me. It colors my experience of the world around me. It negates negativity. It shouts out when it experiences low quality. It makes me attentive and sensitive. I was resting in the hammock this morning thinking of my hands. When I opened my eyes I was greeted by a beautiful blue-blue sky.

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