April 23rd, 2010

William Segal: Something is Here, Strange, Wondrous…

“A man meets his life most poignantly in moments of painful contraction and expansion. At those moments he senses the difference between being present and being taken. If he keeps himself open to the question, he will move in what he believes is a fruitful direction.

Many roads will beckon: art, studies, perhaps drugs — other pursuits. He may not find the answer to his fundamental question but he senses that a reality is escaping him; perhaps that something within himself can change existence. Maybe he has a fleeting feeling while listening to a passage of music, or is struck by a word, by nature. Perhaps some flash appears in the midst of love, of sorrow, or joy — a moment of ah…! Something is here, strange, wondrous.

And at that moment, a door opens. He may or may not go further. The chances are that the pull of gravity will close the door. He will be shut away from his ever-present possibility. Back to the office and workplace, to vacations, to family, to having a good time/bad time, getting and spending. The door may never open again — or will it?”

William Segal from Opening: Collected Writings of William Segal 1985-1997. Continuum International Publishing Group.

2 Responses to 'William Segal: Something is Here, Strange, Wondrous…'
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  1. reece remarks:

    not surprisingly this Segal book is out of print and the resellers want a small fortune for it. no one’s dropping it off at any of the recycling shops in other words. it’s that good. segal integrated the gurdjieff work flawlessly with his path as a zen practitioner and artist. a joy to read. thanks for posting this and making me wish i’d not lent my copy to my x wife! gone. gone. gone.

    April 25th, 2010 at 1:41 am
  2. Ian remarks:

    Seriously. Someone needs to reprint that!

    April 26th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

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