Sitting on your own egg

March 10, 2012

I watched a terrific film this week called “Quantum Activist“:

Dr. Amit Goswami, Ph.D, a pioneer of this revolutionary new perspective within science shares with us his vision of the unlimited potential of consciousness as the ground of all being, and how this revelation can actually help us to live better.

The Quantum Activist tells the story of a man who challenges us to rethink our very notions of existence and reality, with a force and scope not felt since Einstein.

I’ve not felt so optimistic after a film in a long time. At any rate, Dr Goswami points out modern man’s obsession with constantly DOING, stressing the importance of BEING as a counterbalance to doing: Do, Be, Do, Be, etc ha ha… One of the points he makes while explaing the importance of BEING is that, like female birds, when we are working on a project or a problem, we “sit on our egg” until it becomes clear what our path is or the egg hatches. The analogy of sitting on an egg is an amusing one but a useful one in that we can apply it to one aspect or another of our lives.

Analogies aside, I don’t recall any of my teachers ever encouraging me to THINK or PONDER or MEDITATE over a composition I was working on. Schoenberg told us that the eraser is the most important part of the pencil, but he never mentioned putting the pencil down and closing your eyes to think.

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comporgan March 13, 2012 at 8:09 am

Roger –

Excellent post. I think one of the challenges is that we think of sitting on the egg as not doing. To be is a state of “doing” but not trying soi hard tp dp pr evince our existence.

It is common knowledge and said many times, but a good deal of our composing is done quietly when we attend to non-music matters after we have done what we could do with our composing.

Methinks the new dog will be a valuable added tool to your compositional resources – how lucky to take a a rest by playing with the dogs in a big sunny backyard!

comporgan March 13, 2012 at 8:13 am

Edit –

Pardon the typos and garbled sentence,

I meant: ” one of the challenges is that we think of sitting on the egg as not doing. We must realize that a state of “being” is an act of “doing” but for once we are not trying to so hard to assert our existence – we finally understand one need not work so hard to show one is “there”.

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