Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Inside of What We Want

What you want and what you get -
how far apart are they?
Is what you get what you need?
Maybe what you want is hidden in what you get.
What is more important: What you want, what you get or what you need?
How long will you endure to get what you say you want?
In the quest for what you want, perhaps you get what you need in the process.
How do you handle what you get?
How do you handle what you don't get?

What I thought I wanted, and did not get, pointed me in the direction of what I needed, that masqueraded itself in what I thought I wanted....
Perhaps, inside of what we think we want is the meaning or essence of what we truly want and need.
For me, that was the case: To be full in oneself, not full of one's self, but fullness of Self. To have discovered this is what I truly want, for this I am ever grateful and I hope my life continues on this path of discovery.

My hope is that whatever work I do in this life, from this point on, will be of help to others: To encourage their own Self discovery and their further development of their natural gifts, whatever they may be.

In this, I am thankful for the great people in my life - from my parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts siblings, friends, teachers, students, my son and my dear, dear wife, all of whom have been my spiritual teachers and messengers, in their own ways.

May each person find their inner Self and live their own life in fullness, whereby all can benefit from one another as expressions of Life.

Happy Holidays to all!


Lise said...

Thank you! What wonderful and inspiring wisdoms you're sharing here Norman, and what a great time of year to share them.
Best of New Year wishes to you and Carol!

Ole said...

Hi Norman,

Thanks a lot for your post - your hope of being helpful to others has come true, as this life has been reminded by your post and been given definition to a living process.

It's somehow very settling to know that in what I think I want - perhaps further along the road - will be revealed the unexpected gifts (from adjacent angles) of what I truly want.

In this there's an incredibly encouragement in being able to go on - knowing that it's all about doing my best and never give up.

The thankfulness for our loved ones seems essential in making it real (and not let it remain an intellectual property) - as an example, my dear wife has a tremendous ability to point out when there's too big a gap between what I say and what I do.

This I will take with me in looking back at 2008 and projecting myself into 2009, in which your post is very helpful - so thank you very much again, and all the best to you!


Anonymous said...

Hi Mr. Bolter,
My name is Nicole and I played for you at your masterclass at this year's ETW. I just wanted to say how much I appreciated your message in that class, and I also wanted to express the quality of information that I took out of it. My mind was opened to a whole new way of approaching and performing music- I learned that instead of thinking about the notes on the page, I should be thinking about the heart, the essence, and the being of the music that I am playing. After participating in your masterclass, I truly believe that there is no other way to approach music. My whole concept of music has been altered, for the good! I just wanted to say thank you very much for giving me, and all of the people in attendance at your masterclass, a wonderful and enlightening experience in the art of musical expression.

Thank You,

Norman Bolter said...

Hi Nicole,

I am very happy to have met you. I am so pleased that you found value in what I was attempting to get across at ETW. The notes on the page are only symbols to be on locked and building blocks to play with. Be a musical alchemist, with heart of course, and you will find yourself in the domain of the living Art, which will be as alive as you are and a never ending source of growth and perception.

Keep in touch!