Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
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John Tarrant writes about Awakening in the July Shambhala Sun.  He says transformative experience can happen just like that.  Here are two examples.

Garcia Marquez tells how he began writing fiction.

“One night (at college) a friend lent me a book of short stories by Franz Kafka. I went back to the pension where I was staying and began to read The Metamorphis. The first line almost knocked me off the bed, I was so surprised. The first line reads, “As Gregor Samsa awoke that morning from uneasy dreams, he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.” When I read the line I thought to myself that I didn’t know anyone was allowed to write things like that. If I had known I would have started writing long ago. So I immediately started writing short stories.”

                From The Writer’s Chapbook edited by George Plimpton (Viking)


From The Invisible Writing by Arthur Koestler (Macmillan)


Arthur Koestler writes what happened to him when he was in a prison during the Spanish Civil War, facing execution.


                “I must have stood there for some minutes, entranced, with a wordless awareness that “this is perfect - perfect.” … Then I was floating on my back in a river of peace, under bridges of silence. It came from nowhere and flowed nowhere.  Then there was no river and no I.  The I had ceased to exist …. when I say “the I had ceased to exist,” I refer to a concrete experience that is verbally as incommunicable as the feeling aroused by a piano concerto, yet just as real - only much more real.  In fact its primary mark is the sensation that this state is more real than any other that has been experienced before.”

Who knows what will wake us up today, and it is fun to consider the myriad ways.



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