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Only For Happiness
30” X 40,” acrylic on paper mounted on masonite © 1985
Original — Order Framed
The following entry from Integral Realist, The Journals of Lewis Thompson,Volume II ––1945-1949, appears above his head in the painting:
The discipline of fidelity to the non-mental in poetry—mastery of all tendency to substitute, elaborate, concoct, continue with the mind—deepening the non-mental ‘sensation’, state or image, the usual starting point of a poem, vertically into the trans-mental—‘pure poetry’; psychic and intellectual concentration, and the formal resources of the mind, entirely serving this possibility and subsumed in its working out. Then each poem must become an extremely conscious ‘samadhi’, an exploration, with the fullest means available, of the true Moment. And this discipline is for an immediate and congenial means of beginning to ‘go beyond the mind”—of attaining and establishing a purely transmental vision and speech.