The secret behind all successful skill

They all spoke about skill and hard work…No music teacher at The Academy or elsewhere, ever told me the most essential secret:

Namely that Music  – or any other successful undertaking – derives naturally from Your Inner State. From inner ease, balance, and clarity. And above all, from unwavering Peace.

If you´re unwell and your perception is disharmonious, irrespective of how much perfected skill and practice, the result will be null.

Blessing in disguise

You come to a point when you understand that all undertaking is of no avail. Things remain achingly insoluble. The frustration is total. But this overwhelming perplexity is such a blessing in disguise:

You can’t…

LIFE CAN.

Without a fair degree of madness

…life becomes a total Nuisance…

Bad news – great news

Depending on whether or not you get this:

The gist is that no matter what you do, or how hard you try, when it comes to reaching the highest Reality – call it God, Source, Grace, the Miracle – you will unquestionably fail.

You see, you can’t negotiate with it. You don’t go to It. It will come to you, when you truly understand the above:

Namely, that no undertaking will take you there.

Honey

 

– Hello!
– Hello to you too! – she answered promptly. Her tone was so incredibly winsome: no airs, no false respect. Directly. Simple. Open. Without a trace of fear.
In those few seconds she seemed to say, “I am – you are, I see you – you see me”… So liberating and sweet. Charm embodied. Dignity. Spine.

Her name is Honey.  She is 5 years old…

Stillness is not the opposite of unrest

This is what makes a great musician

A blissful state of unforced choice-less listening – which takes in, appropriates and renders every single tone as SUPREMELY IMPORTANT.

This is a perfect analogy to what makes a great human being…

Indeed, this coherent, sublimely even awareness…- namely, that there is no more important thing than the other…That every single perception, action, gesture is equally and formidably IT:

L I F E… – lived in loving attention…