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The art of silence in a mad world….the answers lie within Nature

April 28, 2014

‘All poetry is a matter of giving sensory form to ideas and finding the images that take us unhindered into the heart of things.’ Roger Scruton

‘Art takes Nature as its model.’   Aristotle

‘The greatest art in theoretical and practical life consists in changing the problem to a postulate; that way one succeeds.’ Goethe

Hands Holding a Seedling and Soil

To see a world in a grain of sand,

And a heaven in a wild flower,

Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,

And eternity in an hour.     – William Blake


(Oil painting on canvas by Alan Rayner, 2005). Light as a dynamic inclusion of darkness continually brings an endless diversity to Life.

Super Tramp, Logical Song (extract):

When I was young, it seemed that life was so wonderful, a miracle, it was beautiful, magical
And all the birds in the trees, well they’d be singing so happily, joyfully, playfully, watching me
But then they send me away to teach me how to be sensible, logical, responsible, practical
And they showed me a world where I could be so dependable, clinical, intellectual, cynical
There are times when all the world’s asleep
The questions run too deep for such a simple man
Won’t you please, please tell me what we’ve learned
I know it sounds absurd but please tell me who I am

I said now, watch what you say, now we’re calling you a radical, a liberal, fanatical, criminal
Won’t you sign up your name, we’d like to feel you’re acceptable, respectable, presentable, a vegetable…


Joni Mitchell Big Yellow Taxi (extract):

They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel , a boutique
And a swinging hot spot

They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot…


‘Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught falsehoods in school. And the person that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool.’ Plato

The quietness between soundings; the preparation for what is to come from what has already been; the stillness between incoming and outgoing; the dance of life’s movement within and around the receptive space of life’s ever-present love, forever becoming refreshed in each other’s presence.


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