These notes are from a Cynthia Huntington lecture. I didn’t record the date.
I wrote this down, attributed to Marcus Aurelius? “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.”
Then, a series of bullet points:
A fatal flaw built into every work.
The problem contains the solution.
The problem carries its own destruction within itself.
The obstacle is the gift. It has helpfully arisen to get you where you need to be.
Amor fati: Love what happens.
The energy locked into every obstacle.
Flow in the direction that the energy is flowing.
And this, which I wrote as a quotation, but did not attribute: “And together you can sit among the broken pieces, full of possibility.”
The element that makes the arrow a threat becomes a threat to the arrow. (Once landed, it’s stuck).
Castle is a fortress until it is surrounded, then it becomes a prison.
First rule: Reject nothing.
Next: Be willing to be a fool.
You need emptiness to hold something new. You need silence to hear.
Again, unattributed: “I’m making you and you’re making me.”