“Let any man examine his thoughts, and he will find them ever occupied with the past or the future. We scarcely think at all of the present; or if we do, it is only to borrow the light which it gives for regulating the future. The present is never our object; the past and the present we use as means; the future only is our end. Thus, we never live, we only hope to live.”—Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
“Most people don’t know what they want or feel. And for everyone, myself included, it’s very difficult to say what you mean when what you mean is painful. The most difficult thing in the world is to reveal yourself, to express what you have to… As an artist, I feel that we must try many things - but above all, we must dare to fail. You must have the courage to be bad - to be willing to risk everything to really express it all.”—J. Cassavetes (via echomi)
“How else could it have occurred to man to divide the cosmos, on the analogy of day and night, summer and winter, into a bright day-world and a dark night-world peopled with fabulous monsters, unless he had the prototype of such a division in himself, in the polarity between the conscious and the invisible and unknowable unconscious?”—C.G. Jung (via sex-death-rebirth)
“Sex and death, creativity and dissolution, are the most persistent themes in spiritual practice. Meditation is, for instance, a form of ego-stilling that tends toward the dissolution of the known self. Tantric practice takes erotic ecstasy to the limit with the intention of evoking the orgasmic level of experience as a sustainable event. Even the Lord’s Prayer involves the promise of some level of personal ‘dying’ in the wish to have a higher will than one’s own take over- ‘Thy will be done.’”—Joseph Bean (Leathersex)
“I do not believe that sheer suffering teaches. If suffering alone taught, all the world would be wise, since everyone suffers. To suffering must be added mourning, understanding, patience, love, openness, and the willingness to remain vulnerable.”—Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Gift From The Sea (1954)
“I am finished with myself, with my sacrifices and my pity, with what chains me. I am going to make a new beginning. I want passion and pleasure and noise and drunkenness and all evil. But my past reveals itself inexorably, like a tattoo mark. I must build a new shell, wear new costumes.”—Anaïs Nin (via findinglife)
Another creative outlet for my writings & photos, old and new. I’ll be adding a lot more new material as the weeks go by. Will be nuking my writerscafe profile all together and using this as a forum for my poetry, free writes, self portraits, and whatever else strikes my fancy enough to capture.