melting & burning


June 1, 2012, 9:46 am
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I found that what I had desired all my life was not to live – if what others are doing is called living – but to express myself.

Not even the shadow of my shadow

For there is only one great adventure and that is inward toward the self, and for that, time nor space nor even deeds matter.

I am thoroughly healthy and empty. I am a nonentity. I am so thoroughly alive and healthy that I am like the luscious deceptive fruit which hangs on the Californian trees. One more ray of sun and I will be rotten. Pourri avant d’être mure.

If I am against the condition of the world it is not because I am a moralist, it is because I want to laugh more. I don’t say that God is one grand laugh: I say that you’ve got to laugh hard before you can get anywhere near God. My whole aim in life is to get near to God, that is, to get nearer to myself. That’s why it doesn’t matter to me what road I take. But music is very important. Music is a tonic for the pineal gland. Music isn’t Bach or Beethoven; music is the can opener of the soul. It makes you terribly quiet inside, makes you aware that there’s a roof to your being.

For years now I have been trying to tell this story; each time I have started out I have chosen a different route. I am like an explorer who, wishing to circumnavigate the globe, deems it unnecessary to carry even a compass.

-Henry Miller, Tropic of Capricorn

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