… ambiguity – living & writing the mystery …

‘The Magician,’ a painting by Silvia Pastore

Ambiguity is my name. I’m burdened or blessed with a self-reliant streak. Major decisions in my life were made intuitively, magically, spontaneously. I tend to escape the tedium of – must – have to – social coercion – small mindedness, and the like, via stretches of doubt, waiting for the sixth sense and moments of clarity to kick in.  You guess right, I dislike rigid structures, uniformity and over regulations that kill creativity. I juggle for authenticity. A glimpse into the psychology of this stance appears in this post from 2012 – the wild horse of the mind,  but possibly rebels are simply born with a disposition to serve social balance and individual autonomy.

Ambiguity moves (as in emotion) – is subtle – complex – questions facts – tolerates uncertainty – leaves doors open – is universal and timeless – playful and iconoclastic – tends to link dust motes to the cosmos and embraces multiple meanings.

I climbed into the plum tree and ate the grapes I found there. The owner of the garden called to me, ‘Why are you eating my walnuts?’    …  Yunus Emre

My son ordering my stone collection …

There is beauty in order and certainty.

 There is beauty in chaos and uncertainty.    

Ivan Aivazkovsky – Between the Waves

         

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life serves up both, be it in slow motion or in rapid succession. 

From the tension between order and chaos springs creativity.

To strike a balance is becoming difficult. Scientists, today’s explorers, provide useful facts that endlessly improve our lives, bless them, but unlike individuals and small businesses, they can indulge in mistakes, because science funding continuous even when facts prove wrong and change, because it aids the economy. To use a quaint example, one moment coffee is said to kill us, next it is lauded as beneficial. The list of contradictions is endless, and amusing. Statistics, as expedient as they are, skip the varied metabolisms of individuals, the whim and wisdom of the body. Some bad stuff, in moderation, actually maintains the body/mind equilibrium. And there are the cosmic and psychic weather changes we have no control over that affect individual moods and attitudes. In short, the tyranny of algorithms that dictate what is good for us can be counterproductive.

Since having taken the risk of making time for writing, with less duties and roles to consider, I’m tolerant of disorder. My personal erratic filing, analogue or digital, starts out well, but as data builds up, valuable notes, articles and images sit unattended and unconnected, until I vaguely remember an item that might fit a present concern. It takes a day or two day fretting over, but if I open the question as to the whereabouts of particular information in the Noosphere  my brain eventually makes the connection and goes ‘ping.’

I prefer this disorderly memory system. It liberates and enables me to switch off  ‘overwhelmed,’ providing a descent amount of inner peace.

John Keats (in 1817) coined the term negative capability for his preference of intuition and uncertainty above reason and knowledge. His definition chimes, though for me, ‘living the mystery’ sums it up better.

Writing from intuition resulted in my first novel, ‘Course of Mirrors, continued with a sequel venturing into SF, and a third book. There was no plan, only an initial image. From there on the characters created their world. My personal myth added spice and deepened the narrative, making it universally relevant.

I write for the pleasure of sharing the diverse experiences of my personal myth. My gut feeling tells me we need more living and writing through mystery.

another relevant post  the magic of remembrance

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  1. “From the tension between order and chaos springs creativity.” – I like it.

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  2. ‘juggle for authenticity,’ ‘a disposition to serve social balance and individual autonomy.’ ‘Between chaos and order springs creativity.’ ‘Some bad stuff, in moderation, actually maintains … equilibrium.”,,,the risk of making time for writing…’ and ‘…more living and writing through mystery.’ Thank you for these gems!!!

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  3. Ambiguity is in a sense uncertainty. Markets dislike uncertainty, but markets deal in risk – another paradox. Some fear uncertainty, maybe because it might cause anxiety. Controlled uncertainty (the roller coaster ride, the thriller film, the novel) may provide that need you mention, to maintain balance?

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    • Controlled uncertainty, yes, like homeopathy that works on the subtle body. Or imagined scenarios, metaphors that play the imagination, testing, stretching endurance. The media function in this way, keeping horror at a distance, making us feel lucky that all is well in our backyard, which of course it isn’t. We are challenged by necessity (the mother of invention) to solve one problem after another in the hope to limit uncertainty.

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      • Just with regard to media influence, the nagging that all is not well in our backyard, while there’s greater balance in the world than headline news suggests. Ambiguity is necessary to keep adaptation skills developing. Only through change do we survive change.

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  4. Love that last line. I think that’s why I write in fantasy more than anywhere else: to bring more unknown into this small corner of Midwestern blandness….

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