True Masters

Tuesday, December 11th 2012

Mastery is unsatisfactory unless it is accompanied by passion.

As mastery increases, passion can dissipate as technique takes over. A True Master discards technique once it is mastered and seeks the primitive form that has been lost.

Success and mastery both prevent creativity; mastery is only useful once it is forgotten, success only satisfactory when it no longer matters.

A true master has no choice about what he does.

True mastery knows no success; a master is always a beginner.

A true master does not know envy; the master simply recognises a new person from whom he can learn.

Only True Masters can recognise other masters.

True Masters always seeks out other masters and delight in them.

True Masters are not afraid that they will be eclipsed by others. The True Master simply doesn't understand why everybody else is incompetent.

True Masters are often alone; but the the master's work has always been his greatest friend and ally.

The True Master does not hide, nor does he proclaim. There is nothing secret about what the Master does, not is there anything particularly special. The True Master is generous with his skills.

The more humble the master the more masterful he is.

A True Master's humbleness is not an affectation; it is genuine dissatisfaction with his work.

True Mastery occurs when the master's aesthetic and and master's skill are in perfect symmetry. This rarely lasts. This is what spurs the master on.

True Masters are interested in many things; a novel synthesis of ideas is more important than concentrating on a single set of ideas.

The most important thing to the master is keeping the work interesting; boredom means the end of creative reverie. And without creative reverie life is just administration.

A True Master does not write pompous blog posts with lots of pithy sentences in them. He has better things to do. :-)