This is an ever-growing list of some principles of living that I’ve found to be useful or interesting
The world is borne of unity, which then produces root duality (material & conceptual realities), from which all of plurality is then generated. From zero comes one (00 = 1), and from one and zero come everything else.
Creativity is not actually materially creative. All of the materials you use have been created already, all the notes already existent, etc. Creativity is actually an organizational task, consisting of the arrangement of materials in recognizable patterns. The thing that is being created is immaterial and conceptual.
You can practice creativity in every conversation, in every footstep, in every mindful moment. Artists who limit their creative output to their professional work are missing the opportunity to practice their creative skills throughout the day.
Writer’s block is an egoic function, where your ego essentially paralyzes you because it is pained at the inferior quality of what is being produced. The problem with this reaction is that it creates a negative feedback loop: your work will never improve unless you work on it, but you will never work on it if you don’t like it. So, the solution to writer’s block is to learn to bypass the ego. This is a practice like any skill.
A “pattern” can be defined as a uniquely recognizeable set of relationships between one or more entities.
The fundamental patterns of reality are unity and complementary duality. Unity is the pattern of identification — if you can identify a single thing, it expresses unity. Complementary Duality is the relationship of “opposites” within a single thing. For example, if the single concept is height, then short and tall are the complements that completely define the concept of “height”. Masculine/Feminine are complementary aspects of “gender”. It is not always the case that language has a word for the concept that complementary opposites constitute. For example, what we might call “organizational integrity” is vague wording that expresses the relationship between the two types of systems we experience: ordered patterns and inherent randomness.