Hotel Acceptable, Tremont Street, Boston.
Rising circa 05.32 to a grey, damp day. The roadworks began not long after seven, the sound rising from six floors beneath and directly in front of this room. Oh! the horror of it all. A loud and nasty noise, yet it has not managed to disturb my composure.
In a jetlagged, waking-and-sleeping state in the night, I found my mind whirring around the subject of discipline. I have been asked to say a few words on the subject to the Bennett group in town this evening. This is fine, provided I am not incontinent and overly pitiful by the time of the meeting.
A DevCall for 11.00.
15.29 Dev arrived two minutes late, on-time for Boston traffic, and we set off…
… to a church near Harvard Square. We are looking at a possible location for The Orchestra Of Crafty Guitarists c. May 2012. The church is superb, not ideal as a performance space for The OCG but a wonderful place and do-able I…
Returning to the hotel for computer and e-fury. Next DevMobile collection: 18.45.
18.45 The call has come in: on the street at 19.00. It will be so.
23.28 Punctually into the DevMobile, with Frank and Jaxie just in from Seattle. To the JGB meeting in Somerville. Comments were presented on the theme of discipline, and a few words invited from myself. Notes…
DisciplineThe primary aspect of discipline is reliability: when we say we are going to do something, we do – for a certainty. Discipline confers effectuality in time: reliability, repeatability, and responsibility.
Discipline is a means to an end, not an end in itself.
The musician has three disciplines: of the hands, the head, and the heart. Taken together, these form one discipline.
IIDiscipline implies indiscipline: unreliability, irresponsibility and arbitrariness.
We usually associate discipline with being able to do something. Discipline also means, being able to do nothing.
Discipline also means being able to respond to the initiatives of others: ie to support others in their work.
There are different qualities, or degrees, of discipline. There are the disciplines of the mechanic, the professional, the master and the genius.
The discipline of the mechanic addresses maintenance.
The discipline of the professional addresses renovation.
The discipline of the master addresses innovation.
The discipline of the genius addresses the creative act.
Discipline is significant. With discipline, the impossible becomes possible. In time, discipline enables us to take on the work of our own teachers.
VIDiscipline also enables us to repeat ourselves.
Beginners’ Luck is fine for beginners. Beginners don't know what they can't do, so the impossible is available. This is also a characteristic of mastery: the assumption of innocence within a field of experience.
The master knows what they can do, and also the parameters of their competence, what they can't do.
The master also knows that what they can do has already been done, and lacks the creative element that makes life worth living. The master has faith in the Creative Impulse that gave rise to the way, or the path of their particular discipline. Their competence becomes a springboard, to take them to the edge – and then they jump.
VIISeven Assumptions for work in the Circle:
Playing In Tune
Playing In Time
The Eight and invisible Assumption is the assumption of virtue. If we are unable to define the characteristics of discipline, or the attributes of the person with an established discipline, discipline will elude us.
IXDiscipline is also a process.
This process has a beginning, middle and end. Each of these three stages also have a beginning, middle and end. This gives nine stages in all.
XThere is a creative element in discipline.
XIDiscipline has its own necessity.
XIIEstablishing a discipline is personal and individual.
The future requires groups, communities and societies which are themselves disciplined and able to work as a whole.
So, how to develop a disciplined group? By establishing a personal discipline.
Excerpts from the viddy of The OCG V in Farese to illustrate certain points. The meeting was completed c. 21.30. Victor arrived with Sandra and Leo, also just in. Frank, Jaxie and Leo set off for Camp Caravan; Victor dropped me off at the hotel and set off into the wet night with Sandra.
Lobby call tomorrow at noon.
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