Friday, April 30, 2010

"Life Strategy 3: Manifesting"




“There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.” J. Robert Oppenheimer




"Our Guernica" © (detail) 2006
Collaborative Wall Painting
Tom Schulz and Isaac Schulz
Empathinc. Studio and Gallery. Charlotte NC.
Now The Sanctuary Bar.


Life Strategy 3., Manifesting

My younger brother, Billy, (who was born with Down Syndrome) often asks me, "Tom, how long you know me?"
My reply is always the same, "All your life, Billy."
His response is always the same. "Ahh", he says.



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"Terrific Manifesting"© 2010
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From "The Systemic Amazement Factorial"©


In this chapter, we ask you the reader,
"How long you been manifesting?"
The answer will always be the same.
"All your life...........All your life."





J. Robert Oppenheimer
1904 - 1967

Robert Oppenheimer's name has become almost synonymous with the atomic bomb, and also with the dilemma facing scientists when the interests of the nation and their own conscience collide.


We are all midwives delivering up our individual realities. While many of our concepts regarding the formatting of our manifestations were concretized early on, they are not necessarily default settings.

Manifesting is more powerful that we will ever understand.

Please learn to use great circumspection and compassion in its employ.

Our next Chapter is Life Strategy 4: Manifestation.


Find out more about Billy's fascinating life by purchasing Grown Man Now, by Dr. Jane B. Schulz here.



Saturday, April 24, 2010

"Life Strategy 2: Manifest"


And on my side it is so well apparell'd,

So clear, so shining and so evident
That it will glimmer through a blind man's eye.
William Shakespeare
Henry VI, Part I Act II Scene 4.


"Goldfinches and Forsythia #3" © 2010
Spidey-Hole Series / Spring Forward Subset
watercolor on paper

In our last chapter, we looked at Life Strategy 1., Intention. Now that you have mastered Intention in your life, let us move next to Life Strategy 2., Manifest. Many define Manifest as that which is clear and requires no proof. This concept operates most completely when clarity is available. But, you may ask yourself, what of obfuscation? Exactly.



"Towards Sheryl's House - 7:11 AM"© 2010
watercolor on paper

While Manifest may infer a certitude in the understanding of the obvious, we must constantly be on guard as to what the obvious must mean. It is a proven Scientific fact and Matter of great import, that indeed even Light itself is composed of one aspect of existence even while maintaining all the reasonable and authentic aspects of another.


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"Manifest Intention"© 2010
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From "The Systemic Amazement Factorial"©

And, so (we discover) that life may come to follow Science, especially as you implement Life Strategy 2., Manifest. One may be confused in the possibilities offered in a multitude of reality choices. But what then of confusion? Once the decision as to what aspect of being is to be chosen, so collapses the situation into a particular trajectory.
Practice now to relax into the astuteness of confusion, turning your face and heart to the light of clarity. Commitment may come at our next session: Life Strategy 3., Manifesting.
Please do not attempt to actualize Manifesting until you have Mastered Strategy 3. Empathinc. makes no claim and/or notion as to the safety of such an endeavor.





This meant that electrons in experiments could only exhibit one aspect or the other, but not both at once. If one experimented on an electron as if it were a wave, that was what it would be for the duration of the experiment, and similarly, if one treated it as a particle.
Bohr called this "complementarity".
Arthur I. Miller
Deciphering the Cosmic Number: The Strange Friendship of Wolfgang Pauli and Carl Jung



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Friday, April 16, 2010

"Life Strategy 1: Intention"



There is no logical path to these laws; only intuition, resting on sympathetic understanding of experience, can reach them. "


Albert Einstein, "Principles of Research", 1918



"Morel Fabric" © (detail) 2009


In our last chapter, we came to the realization that as each of us has come to master Transformation in our lives, we are contrite not to ask the inevitable question, "Now what?"
In this chapter, we will aspire to actualize Life Strategy 1. Life Strategy 1. involves intention.




"Things to Forget"© 2008
From "The Spidey-Hole Series"


As so often happens after Transformation, one may find themselves at odds with life as they have previously known it. Do not be alarmed. Let me repeat: do not be alarmed. Transformation has effectively shattered your reality. At the risk of appearing overly dramatic, we may even describe this momentous event as "explosive" (or even "implosive" depending on your personal experience and leanings).


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"Cautionary Tale"© 2010
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From "The Systemic Amazement Factorial"©

Existing models of perception will most certainly become now, not only obsolete, but cumbersome, and yes, in some circumstances - dangerous. At this juncture, one should necessarily implement Life Strategy 1., Intention. If you find yourself currently acting without any clear intention as to what form your thoughts or actions are taking, now would be a good time to change that approach. Good luck with that.



"No Discernable Purpose"(sic) 2010
from "The Brilliant Notebook Project" ©


Please join us for our next chapter, entitled "Life Strategy 2: Manifest."
Until then, please practice your understanding of this chapter, especially as you wait in the grocery line. And people? Be safe.





All art on this page by Tom Schulz. Contact Tom@empathinc.com with comments or inquiries.




Saturday, April 10, 2010

"Transformed. Now What?"


"Yes, we are the nation of progress, of individual freedom, of universal enfranchisement. Equality of rights is the cynosure of our union of States, the grand exemplar of the correlative equality of individuals; and while truth sheds its effulgence, we cannot retrograde, without dissolving the one and subverting the other. We must onward to the fulfillment of our mission -- to the entire development of the principle of our organization -- freedom of conscience, freedom of person, freedom of trade and business pursuits, universality of freedom and equality. This is our high destiny, and in nature's eternal, inevitable decree of cause and effect we must accomplish it.

John L. O'Sullivan on Manifest Destiny, 1839


Yes, that would be one way of looking at things.




"Lynch Mob"© 2008
From "The Spidey-Hole Series"

Cause and effect is a wonderful concept, and works quite well when dealing with apples, agendas and perhaps even Nations. And would probably work really well with human dynamics if the equation of exchange held the symbol of equality as being essential to the key expressions. Maybe in comparing apples to gravity, our friend Newton gave us cause and effect, but not necessarily equality.
Perhaps he left those considerations to his private investigations of Alchemy.
I can only speculate. And do. Often.




"Manifesting Destiny"© 2008
From "The Systemic Amazement Factorial"©

But I can't help but wonder that if we are awash in the brilliant effulgence of truth: and if that truth is intended to Enlighten our way, and blah blah blah blah blah. That's just me yakking out of a contrived belief system. Which, like cause and effect works well enough on most days. But well enough is just a beginning. See, I think we are so much more than we believe and so much less than we think. I intuit that the ancient light of stars cross in each of our cells and create us again and again. Transformation is a constant. It is altogether complete in each moment and then incomplete in the process of living. Any destiny we own is the trajectory of this process. And if we have any input into its
creation and course, then we better get cracking.


Transformed. Now what?



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"Transforming My Selves"© 2010
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From "The Systemic Amazement Factorial"©


As the light changed from red to green to yellow and back to red again, I sat there thinking about life. Was it nothing more than a bunch of honking and yelling? Sometimes it seemed that way.

Jack Handey


Friday, April 2, 2010

"Reality Check, Please"


Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.
Niels Bohr


Over the past few days, I have worked on the foundation of a new project designed by Ann Beha Architects. The SAS Music Building at the University of Pennsylvania. We have been looking for a particular set of timing, temperature and dryness. All things intersected this weekend. My task was to use polymer stains to both equalize disparate surfaces and materials and to create a sense of a particular wholeness. And also to speak the visual dialogue of the surrounding materials (a blend of the historical and the contemporary). The concrete was to maintain it's integrity as essentially what it was, but to be enhanced so as to be what it wasn't.




"Henry"© 2008
Water Media and Marker on Paper
From the 1850 Codex©


I have been reading a fascinating account of the relationship between physicist Wolfgang Pauli, and analyst Carl Jung, and was drawn especially to Jung's excursions into the concept of Alchemy. As it turns out, that becomes a foundational issue as well.




"Towards Sheryl's House - 7:05 AM"© 2010
Watercolor on paper

I contemplated our human ability to be actively involved in the creation or our particular and personal realities. I considered that this is a power that needs be exercised with particular consideration and intent.
That we are each of us Alchemists.

And that with this understanding comes a charge and a responsibility:
Transformational Realities are not just Reality - they are the system of intersections where we may discover our authentic selves.
In community.



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"The God of Small Things, Tokyo"© 2010
Video Sketch, Reading from "The God of Small Things", by Arundhati Roy
From "The Systemic Amazement Factorial"©

If men define situations as real, they are real in their consequences.

William Thomas


PS. Thanks for your patience. I just wanted to say that I painted something this weekend that probably no one will notice. Aesthetically, it's absence might have caused some consternation, but its presence most likely will not be a point of discussion. It wasn't on a canvas. It was done with material that doesn't even behave like paint, much less follow the rules of color mixing. It is quiet but not reticent. All in all, a very successful project by Empathinc. standards.

Alchemy:
In every moment, change is available.