Kintsugi. きんつぎ, “golden joinery” illluminating & strengthening along break lines.

Kintsugi, like the practice that says, “The pain of error … will teach you what is real and what is not, what to value and what not to value,” is the tracework of the search for meaning in life.

As a philosophy, kintsugi can be seen to have similarities to the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect. Japanese aesthetics values marks of wear by the use of an object.[10]

Kintsugi can relate to the Japanese philosophy of “no mind” (無心mushin?), which encompasses the concepts of non-attachment, acceptance of change and fate as aspects of human life.[11]

Kintsugi. きんつぎ, “golden joinery”

Ring the bells (ring the bells) that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything (there is a crack in everything)
That’s how the light gets in –Leonard Cohen, “Anthem”

It is not a question of love or fear. It is a question of honesty and wisdom. The truth is not the product of perspective. It is the product of clarity and self-honesty. The truth does not change depending on how you look at it. The question is, can you really look at it? Can you abide with it? Can you allow it to challenge you and to restore you? –THE ONE BOOK: The Dangerous Second Coming

The birds they sang
At the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
Has passed away
Or what is yet to be.–Leonard Cohen, “Anthem”

The positive/negative dichotomy … is merely subjective. Yet real/unreal, true/untrue, honest/dishonest calls for and speaks to a deeper experience… these are not spectra, they are deep determinations coming from Knowledge. –Marshall Vian Summers, Nov. 26, 2016


We asked for signs
The signs were sent…

Yeah the widowhood
Of every government
Signs for all to see –Leonard Cohen, “Anthem”

Do not fall into the trap of thinking that this is about love or fear. That is a fool’s discernment. It is about wisdom or no wisdom. It is about responsibility or irresponsibility. It is about seeing the truth or not seeing the truth. It is about responding to reality or not responding to reality.

The killers in high places
Say their prayers out loud
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
A thundercloud
And they’re going to hear from me –Leonard Cohen, “Anthem”

The danger of most pseudo-spiritual paths is that they stimulate the ego, whereas the authentic path will suffocate it. — Paul Brunton

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