One of my all time favorite books was The Way of No Thinking where in Kunihiro Yamate pointed out from at least 20 different angles that it was thinking that was the problem and it would be no thinking that would take us to the next level of human evolution. I believe it was written in 1995 and that is the year I read it. It smacked of truth from beginning to end. It struck every chord in me, but it was perplexing to me because I had worked long and hard to become the intellectual giant 😉 I was and damn, I LIKED thinking — I liked it a lot!
It was exactly how I felt when Apple came out with an easy to use computer after I had spent so much time and effort becoming a DOS jock. Pissed off! Then Windows came out and who the hell needed a DOS jock any more. Really irritating.
My violin teacher, Kato Havas, a child prodigy from Transylvania, trained with the power hitters in Budapest, played her Carnage Hall debut when she was 17, got rave reviews, “perhaps the greatest hope of the new generation” and gave it up altogether not long after that because it was just too hard. You see, she had grown up watching Gypsies play inferior internments, with no formal training, playing with glorious tone and heart wrenching beauty. She knew there was something horribly wrong with the way she had been trained. She got married, learned to cook, had three daughters then once the daughters were off to school she started to work with the violin from a totally different perspective from that which she had learned. She started working with the natural balances of body and mind then fit the violin into that balance. Once she started teaching what she had discovered in working this way it caught on immediately because it was coming from truth and it worked.
Though the wonderful results of what came to be known as The New Approach to Violin Playing were immediate and astonishing, the opposition started raging immediately! The Strad magazine for violinists had angry letters from people all over the world telling everyone who would listen why this approach to violin playing was nonsense and then there were the relatively quiet responses countering the attacks. So much ANGER generated by this simple discovery that we had taken something which was essentially a natural and easy joy in our lives and had made it difficult to the point that only the very few were able to bring the promise of beautiful music to fruition on the violin.
The battle still rages 40 years latter. Amazing! Those who have worked so hard in the entrenched system are not going to give up their medals and citations of battle for anything.
I too had worked long and hard to become a professional but mediocre violinist. But I saw the truth when I read Kato’s books and it was inescapable. I was in such pain over not being able to make the music that I was hearing in my head that I left home and family and country to go study with her. It was my first great manifestation of a dream but that’s another story. Here we are discussing letting go of that which is difficult when the simple truth presents itself.
Now here we are, those of us who are in various stages of awakening to the “all that is” in ourselves. What I see a lot of is the reluctance to give up the hard way for the true way, partly because of uncertainty but a lot, I expect, from the reliance on our poor brains (our “intelligence”) and the interest in using all that we “know” in forming complex and fascinating puzzles in explanation of truth as we see it. There seems to be so much enjoyment in mulling it over and over and over… People so enjoy doing acrobatic intellectual feats with concepts that are incredibly interesting, sometimes mind boggling but never quite enough to drive them out of their minds — which is what is necessary to find a life in All That Is.
I’ll leave this offering with my favorite quote from Kato, “The violin is not a difficult instrument. It’s either easy, or it’s impossible!” Trish
P.S. If you like, you can visit one of my previous lifetimes here; Flying Fiddles