Robert Henri, who was an artist to the core, it seems, was once better known to the public than he is today. He died in 1929, but these quotes from his book The Art Spirit have not dated in any way. And they aren’t about “art” as a profession, or even as an orientation, so much as about art as a way of living. Try these:

Every movement, every evidence of search is worthy of the consideration of the student. The student must look things squarely in the face, know them for what they are worth to him. Join no crowd, but respect all for the truth that is in them. [P. 106]

Do not be afraid of new prophets, or prophets that may be false.
Go in and find out. The future is in your hands. [P. 106]

Today must not be a souvenir of yesterday, and so the struggle is everlasting. Who am I today? What do I see today? How shall I use what I know, and how shall I avoid being victim of what I know? Life is not repetition. [P. 115]

Find out what you really like if you can. Find / out what is really important to you. Then sing your song. You will have something to sing about and your whole heart will be in the singing. [Pp. 125-126]

Don’t take me as an authority. I am simply expressing a very personal point of view. Nothing final about it. You have to settle all these matters for yourself. [P. 129]

Blunder ahead with your own personal view. [P. 129]

Use the ability you already have, and use it, and use it, and make it develop itself. [P. 166]

What I would say is that you should watch your work mighty well and see that it is the voice that comes from within you that speaks in your work – not an expected or controlled voice, not an outside educated voice. [P. 176]

Go to your work because it is the most important living in you. make great things – as great as you are. Work always as if you were a master, expect from yourself a masterpiece. [P. 178]

It is a mistake to think that spirituality is seen only through a mist. [P. 196]

Nobody wanted Walt Whitman, but Walt Whitman wanted himself, and it is well for us that he did. [P. 198]

Our education has led away from the realization that the mystery of nature is in each man. When we are wiser, we will not assume to mould ourselves, but will make our ignorance stand aside – hands off – and we will learn from ourselves. This habit of conducting nature is a bad one. [P. 199]

Do not let the fact that things are not made for you, that conditions are not what they should be, stop you. go on anyway. Everything depends on those who go on anyway. [P. 214]

The only sensible way to regard the art life is that it is a privilege you are willing to pay for. [P. 228]

Life is finding yourself. It is a spirit development. [P. 241]

Saturday, April 11, 2015

[Omitting my talk with Rita held April 10, as inappropriate for the public at large.]

F: 2 a.m. Okay, Miss Rita, I can’t sleep – a cup of coffee a few hours ago, I think – and I hope I’m not too tired to do this.

Yesterday’s session seemed not entirely you. Nancy Ford mentioned, too, that it didn’t sound like you. If it is a long story and you’d rather discuss other things we can skip it, but I’d be interested.

R: It is a long story, or can be. But probably we can touch on it only briefly. It is not news to you that we “over here” or “in the higher dimensions” or however we should put it are not as individual as you persist in thinking us, because the factors that most give you the impression of individuality in the body are not operative in the absence of bodies. You are each communities rather than individuals. So are we, but we know it. Well, you can see that it is easy for us to move in and out of the forefront of a communication without ceremony.

I have come across the most amazing book. Found it in my library, can’t remember buying it. The author is artist Robert Henri (google him) and the book is The Art Spirit. Published in 1923, it could have been written yesterday. As for instance the following quote from pages 93-94:
“In these times there is a powerful demarcation between the surface and the deep currents of human development.
“Events and upheavals, which seem more profound than they really are, are happening on the surface.
“But there is another and deeper change in progress. It is of long, steady persistent growth, very little affected and not at all disturbed by surface conditions.
“The artist of today should be alive to this deeper evolution on which all growth depends, has depended and will depend.
“On the surface there is the battle of institutions, the illustration of events, the strife between peoples. On the surface there is propaganda and there is the attempt to force opinions.
“The deeper current carries no propaganda. The shock of the surface upheaval does not deflect it from its course.”

Thursday, April 9, 2015

F: 2:40 a.m. The sound of rain on the roof, or against the windows. Is there anything cozier? Yours at no extra charge, Rita.

R: Yes, but you get it only one day at a time, which gives you focus at the expense of diversity, and us the converse.

F: Shall we proceed? Several of us are all ears, waiting for your ideas on the new Explorers program.

R: Recapitulate the points I made, if you will – that is, the four overlapping priorities.

F: Access to information
Learning to obtain that access
Demonstrating new possibilities
Creating a new support system

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

F: 5 a.m. Good morning, Miss Rita. Shall we continue down the list?

R: Let’s answer Al [Dahlberg]’s questions about the future of TMI.

F: All right. Between us, I’d like to know if you and Bob [Monroe] are consulting, just as I would like to know your continuing relationship, but I think that would be a touchy subject [among others here in 3D] – Frank purporting to bring through Bob or reports of Bob – and I can see that it would make the Monroe family nervous, and I can see why it would. I have the same reaction myself when I read other people’s unverifiable claims. But it is something we’re going to have to learn to live with, I just don’t know how yet. So, let’s stick to Al’s questions for the moment.

[Albert Dahlberg:
[We are starting up the Explorers program at TMI again. Does she have any suggestions as to the direction it should be going?]

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

F: 2 a.m. Back again, Rita. Feeling pretty buoyed up. Shall we continue down the list, or do you have something in mind?

R: Let’s finish the deferred questions, though there are some you did not print out, that we can get to another time, when Charles lists them for us.


[You said, “…no level of consciousness decides its own state of being. Our lives are always guided and shaped by the next higher level of consciousness, which is itself shaped by its next higher level of consciousness, and so on and so forth. No one pulls himself up by his own bootstraps.” You also said, however, that the answer is “merely cryptic until we can provide the context.” Will you provide the context or answer the question I don’t know how to ask?]

R: This seems simple, but if I miss the point of contention, Charles can say so and perhaps we can re-address it.

Monday, April 6, 2015

F: 5:10 a.m. Here we go again. Shall we begin as you advised me to yesterday, Miss Rita, with queued-up questions, or do you have something different in mind today?

R: Everything connects. I think you will find, in the long run, that one’s plans and short-term maneuverings mean little as opposed to one’s deeper motivations and interests. So, it amounts to saying, do what you want to do and you will wind up expressing who you are, and therefore and thereby, what you want to do. It is how we live when the ever-moving-present-moment goad and stimulus is removed from the equation.

F: I hadn’t thought of that. It sort of implies that if one has no internal compass, one can only be blown about by the winds.

R: Well, it might be more helpful to put it this way: Once beyond 3D time as it is experienced, your array of choice is much expanded, and this has both agreeable and disagreeable aspects. For those who have never had enough time to do everything they wanted to do, it is freedom. For those whose life was internal tedium stemming from lack of internal resources or direction, it can be a harsh and empty desert. But either of these extremes is much modified, of course, to the extent that the newly arrived soul is in greater touch with the rest of itself, for all those other influences will modulate and to some degree contradict any extreme reaction.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

F: 5:15 a.m. Well, Miss Rita, I trust that you are as gratified by the response this work is meeting as I am. It occurs to me to ask, have we gone far enough that you can give us hints as to what you are up to? If this is to be a book, can you give Charles and me an idea of the central theme, other than “the way it looks from here”?


F: Are you there? Wrong question? Are you out hunting Easter eggs, and want the day off?

R: Perhaps it would be as well to move to one of your accumulated questions.

F: All right, we can do that. Interesting that you choose not to respond to what I thought was a simple question.

R: It is, perhaps, too simple a question. I would not care to encourage the idea that this has only one intent, or is aimed at only one expression. You naturally think in terms of a book, or books, and that is possibility, but in thinking of a future possibility, you shouldn’t let yourself overlook a present reality.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

F: 3:15 a.m. So, Rita, you said “there is a vector to your life, to everyone’s life.” Would you care to explain?

R: Of course, and you will find it obvious when once stated. At least, I think you will. It is the elaboration, and the implications on a wider scale, that may perhaps give you pause.

F: Well, I’ve always wanted to have paws. Go ahead.

R: What I have said to date is accurate, or at least is an approximation, but it only goes so far. You – anyone living a life in 3D – continually face an array of choices stemming from past choices. Your past is determined (from the standpoint of your present moment); your future is absolutely free within the constraints of the possibilities presented by the situation as it exists.

Friday, April 3, 2015

F: And, Miss Rita, I hear you ready to come in, at just 6 a.m., after I have been writing to myself for half an hour.

R: It is the writing to yourself that I wish to remind you not to overlook. One pitfall of regular communication with others is that you may neglect to communicate with yourself.

F: Thoreau said it long ago, something like, “depend on it, the man who walks away from the post office with the most letters hasn’t heard from himself in a long time.”

R: An overstatement, perhaps, but a pointed one, and obviously it resonated with you, enough that you remembered it well enough to be able to paraphrase it. But it is not enough to be able to quote wisdom; not enough, even, to agree with it. You must live it, or what good is it to you?