Archive for October, 2015

A spiritual journey

October.12. 2015

I had mentioned the materialistic component of virtuosity in a previous post, which might give the impression that I am all about materialism.

And that might be true.

Unfortunately, we live in materialistic times.

Unless you live in a cave somewhere, it’s hard to live a virtuoso life if you’re struggling with the basic necessities of life.

Of trying to put food on the table.

Or if you have to work two jobs just to pay the bills.

To me, a virtuoso life has to include all the basic creature comforts of life, being able to do all the things you want to do without having to worry about constraints, financial or otherwise.

But as I also mentioned, it’s not something you have to worry about.

Because if you attain virtuosity in what you do, that virtuosity will almost always result in some material gain for you, either directly or indirectly.

But virtuosity itself has little to do with materialism.

In fact, the reverse is true; all journeys into virtuosity are spiritual in nature.

No I do not mean spiritual in a pseudo religious sense. (In fact, most religions have less to do with spirituality and more to do with enforcing strict rules of conduct and conformity.)

The word ‘spirit’ here refers to the essence of things.

The soul of things.

As in “capturing the spirit’ of a thing.

All journeys into virtuosity are a search for that essence, for that soul.

For it is only in discovering the essence that we can achieve mastery over it.

In guitar playing, it’s about finding the soul of the guitar, understanding it in every detail, and knowing how to blend with its lines of energy so that we can achieve a perfect union with it.

The only way to achieve this perfect union is to spend countless hours with it, day after day, week after week, year after year.

With no thought of material reward, driven only by the thought of knowing that one day all its secrets will be revealed to you.

Hardly a description of someone in search of material wealth.