Alan Moore, the British author who wrote the graphic novels Watchmen and V for Vendetta, is nearing completion of Jerusalem, a novel he’s been writing for six years. It’ll be more than a million words, almost twice that of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, and 200,000 words more than the Bible. “Any editor worth their salt would tell me to cut two-thirds of this book,” Moore told the New Statesman, “but that’s not going to happen.”
Congratulations. Your current dilemmas are more useful and interesting than any you’ve had for a long time. If you can even partially solve them, the changes set in motion will improve your entire life, not just the circumstances they immediately affect.
“You can exert no influence if you are not susceptible to influence,” said psychologist Carl Jung. Extrapolating from that, we can hypothesize the more willing and able you are to be influenced, the greater your influence might be.
The English verb “cicurate” is defined as “to tame or domesticate” or “to make mild or innocuous.” It once had an additional sense: “to reclaim from wildness.” It was derived from the Latin word cicurare, which meant “to bring back from madness, to draw out of the wilderness.” Make cicurate your theme now, concentrating on these definitions: “to reclaim from wildness, to bring back from madness, to draw out of the wilderness.”
“I am a seed about to break,” wrote Sylvia Plath in her poem “Three Women.” That’s how I see you. You’re teeming with buoyant energy that throbs when a seed’s ready to sprout. You’ve been biding your time, gathering nourishment, waiting for the right circumstances to burst open with your new flavor. That nervous, hopeful, ecstatic moment is about to arrive. Be brave!
As the makeup artist for Dallas Buyers Club, Robin Mathews had a daunting task. During 23 days of shooting, she had to constantly transform lead actors Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto so they appeared either deathly ill or relatively healthy. Sometimes she had to switch them back and forth five times a day. She was so skillful, she won the Academy Award for Best Makeup and Hairstyling. Her budget? A meager $250.
With expert execution, musician Ben Lee can play 15 notes per second on his violin. Superstar eater Pete Czerwinski takes just 34 seconds to devour a 12-inch pizza. When Jerry Miculek holds his rifle, he can get off eight crack shots at four targets in a little more than one second. While upside-down, Aichi Ono can do 135 perfect head spins in a minute.
Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004) was an influential French photographer, a pioneer of photojournalism who helped transform photography into an art form. In 1986, he was invited to Palermo, Sicily to accept a prize for his work. The hotel he stayed in seemed oddly familiar, but he didn’t know why.
If you don’t identify and express your conscious desires, your unconscious desires will dominate your life. Be very clear about what you really want, and install a shining vision of what you really want at the core of your everyday life. If you don’t do that, you’ll end up being controlled by habits and old programming.
“I choose a lazy person to do a hard job,” says Bill Gates, the world’s second-richest man, “because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it.” That’s good counsel for you now. Get in touch with your inner lazy bum. Let the slacker within you uncover the least stressful way to accomplish a difficult task. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, there’s no need to suffer and strain.