The Illustration Friday word of the week is cultivate.
Yes, we do all laugh and find solace in that Yiddish saying (made famous by Woody Allen), “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” but Allen’s jokey perspective on Life seems to be quite the opposite of the one presented below by mountaineer W. H. Murray,
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way.” (The Scottish Himalaya Expedition, 1951) (I suspect this quote came from here.)
Can they both be true? Perhaps the real question is not only “Is the Universe friendly?” but in what ways, what directions are we being supported? I am beginning to suspect that a friendly Universe supports that which is most like itself: the spirit, the heart…and discourages that which is least like itself: the ego. Here I could launch into a long essay on the nature of the Universe (“All One”) versus the nature of the ego (“all alone”), but I will give you a field work assignment this week instead…
Assignment: Notice if your mental machinations are being thwarted by that laughing God…or if your heart’s desires are being cultivated and encouraged by a friendly Universe. Tip: sometimes it’s pretty hard to tell if our desire is originating in the mind/ego…or if it’s coming from the heart. Be ruthlessly truthful with yourself!
Many more quotes to inspire your experiment here.
(above) “Garden Vegetables” (gouache on paper)
(right) “Garden Tools” (gouache on paper)
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