spring 2014

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.”