“One thing that helps is to give myself permission to write badly. I tell myself that I’m going to do my five or 10 pages no matter what, and that I can always tear them up the following morning if I want. I’ll have lost nothing—writing and tearing up five pages would leave me no further behind than if I took the day off.”
—Lawrence Block, WD
“Awakening is not something newly discovered; it has always existed. There is no need to seek or follow the advice of others. Learn to listen to that voice within yourself just here and now. Your body and mind will become clear and you will realise the unity of all things. Do not doubt the possibilities because of the simplicity of these teachings. If you can’t find the truth right where you are, where else do you think you will find it?”
“It is only when we realize that life is taking us nowhere that it begins to have meaning.”
“Man is a machine, but a very peculiar machine. He is a machine which, in right circumstances, and with right treatment, can know that he is a machine, and having fully realized this, he may find the ways to cease to be a machine.
First of all, what man must know is that he is not one; he is many. He has not one permanent and unchangeable “I” or Ego. He is always different. One moment he is one, another moment he is another, the third moment he is a third, and so on, almost without end.”
- P.D. Ouspensky
I always speak the truth. Not the whole truth, because there´s no way, to say it all. Saying it all is literally impossible: words fail. Yet it´s through this very impossibility that the truth holds onto the real.
Some silences are nothing, they are 0, zero. But sometimes that silence becomes a pregnant one; it turns into 101 – the preceding and succeeding sounds turn it into a valuable communication, as with rests and pauses in music, holes and gaps in sculpture.
Time and space, as I’ve said many times, are the two hardest things to make a viewer consciously recognize. It must be like trying to describe water to a fish. To them it must be as invisible as space and time are to us since we inhabit them. One can’t describe the house one lives in if one has never gone out and looked at it from the outside. One can only describe what it’s like to be inside it.
… El pensamiento está desde siempre encarnado, y esto es aún sensible para nosotros en lo que consideramos lo más caduco, lo más inasimilable, el desecho, en el nivel de ciertos desfallecimientos que sólo parecen deberse a la función del déficit. En otras palabras, eso piensa en un nivel donde no se aprehende en absoluto a sí mismo como pensamiento.
Esto tiene mayor alcance. Si eso piensa en un nivel en el que no se aprehende a sí mismo, es porque no quiere de ninguna manera aprehenderse. Sin duda prefiere desprenderse de sí mismo aunque sea pensado. Más aún, no recibe en absoluto gustoso las observaciones que pudieran venir de afuera a incitar a lo que piensa a reaprehenderse como pensamiento. Esto es el descubrimiento del inconsciente.
Extracto de conferencia de Jacques Lacan