I explain what aphorisms are in the introduction to the post just below this one on my “Post Index.” To see that post, click “My Previously-Posted Aphorisms” at the bottom of this one under “Related.”
Each Sunday, when I upload a new aphorism, I move the previous Sunday’s to the end of the aphorisms in that other post. This will keep them in chronological order, and at times they might even seem to grow out of the ones above.
At other times, however, I will simply be adding a thought that occurred to me during the week. And those thoughts might well repeat or even contradict previous thoughts.
But to reiterate what I say at the top of “My Previously-Posted Aphorisms,” When I work on these aphorisms each morning, I am simply thinking out loud with a 3B pencil and a Moleskine notebook to try to understand what I think about various topics.
I’m toying with that ubiquitous question, “How do I know what I think until I read what I’ve written?”
Please note, though, that these are my thoughts and are meant mainly for me.
I most certainly do not offer them as some kind of generalizable truth.
And finally, a suggestion. Some of the ideas in these Sunday aphorisms might make more sense if you read the previously-posted ones first, starting with “Our Unconscious Self,” 2019 August 09.
More recent aphorisms often build on concepts that were discussed earlier.
Create a Void
2021 January 24
I’ve talked a lot lately about Luke 16:13.
Maybe Raymond Chandler’s suggestion about writing would be helpful here.
Chandler says that anyone can write. All you need to do is set aside a period of time each day for writing. You don’t have to write, though. But you can’t do anything else during that time period. Nothing at all.
After a while you get bored, and gradually the ideas begin to surface.
Maybe that would work with Luke 16:13. You don’t have to do anything spiritual, but you can’t allow yourself to be interested in or to think about money, or possessions, or power, or reputation.
If you do that faithfully (pun intended), you create a void, and very soon spiritual things begin to fill that void.
Maybe that’s what Lao-tzu means by non-doing. If you are not immersed in busyness, in conscious doing, that non-busyness allows your unconscious mind, your Inner Voice, your Self, to nudge you towards the spiritual without you even having to work at it.
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