Is What We See Where We Are…, Or Only Where We Think Ourselves To Be?
Perhaps we can begin with a useful insight from one of our heroes of the sport of Hockey. Wayne Gretzky, who was the all-time leading scorer in the National Hockey League and voted Most Valuable Player nine times, when asked about his uncanny ability to score said, ‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not to where it has been… a good hockey player plays where the puck is or appears to be… a Great Hockey player plays where the puck is going to be!’
How does one ‘play’ the future and by doing so, make it present Now? What aspect of mind provides that Unique and Discerning Difference? If such an ability of mind results in unusual, perhaps Exceptional Effects — the experience we call ‘Greatness’ — then it would surely behoove us to Look and Feel Into the dynamic of that possibility and get To Know first-hand and in the Here and Now, personally and interactively, how that aspect of mind works.
If our current state of mind and practice of thought produces familiar, repetitive, and predictable results, already deemed to be problematic, and documented history as our witness, might we benefit enormously from a New Approach that brings Greater and More Desired Experience into Being? I suggest that Mind Is Extraordinarily Capable and that how we habitually and traditionally apply our mind is only one of a virtually Unlimited Constellation of Expansive Options…and that in order To Effectively use and benefit from such a vast resource we need access to these options… and Have That Access but are largely unaware of it!
Consider a few references from our fellow artists…
Bob Dylan suggests that ‘The Answer Is Blowing in The Wind.’
Edgar Degas said, ‘Only when he no longer knows what he is doing does the painter do Good Things.’
Vladimir Horowitz said, ‘My future is in my past and my past is in my present. I must now make the present my future.’
Jascha Heifetz said, ’Music has a lot in common with mathematics. But in music two and two need not make four. They add up to whatever you wish.’
Alice Walker said, ‘Look closely at the present you are constructing… it should look like the future you are dreaming.’