Friday, January 4, 2013

Lesson TWO: Follow your expertise

L´earning to  Love

Gloria Ornelas Hall

Lesson TWO: Follow your inner drive
On January first, while watching television I came across Film and Arts’ re-transmission of world re-known, Chinese pianist, Lang Lang’s stunning concert from London's legendary ROUNDHOUSE, recorded at the iTunes Festival in July 2011. He played LISZT. His dramatic transfiguration into ecstasy was astounding. In a later interview he described his empathic connection with Liszt and how, urged by a deep inner drive to emulate him, he was working through painstaking efforts to develop his latent talent into expertise.
Following my New Year´s commitment to respond with re-newed  awareness to the synchronicity of my immediate surroundings, I followed my inner stirring, reading up on Liszt. I was eager to find what motivated him to create such beautiful music.
Though deaf, Beethoven´s early recognition of Liszt as a child prodigy, proved right, since he became, what is now considered the most outstanding pianist in the world.  Despite multiple love affairs, he never married and became a Franciscan  Monk, in his fifties! Not only a teacher, a philanthropist, and a musical composer but a mystic, healer and exorcist! I was enthralled with Liszt´s inner drive towards God.

 Having been a Nun, myself, I found Liszt's desire for priesthood to be the longing that drove his soul-search through music.  I too, found an empathic connection in the comforting appeasement (peace-ment) of the reassurance, that my personal yearning for fulfillment  through God-ness is too, the inner drive that has moved me to LOVE, even through two marriages. Having been nun, wife, widow, divorcee, lover and now MYSELF, I have found that my diverse experiences are the colored threads that have woven my unique tapestry of life.
At the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, there is a tapestry that describes this sense of life-imprint in a personal family scene, painted by Monet in his garden at Argenteuil four years before his wife Camille, died of tuberculosis.
 Tapestry of Camille and a Child in the Garden, oil painting by Claude Monet, 1875.

Though my innate drive is not music, I found hope in developing expertise in loving. 

Walk with me as I reflect in soul-search through this blog on: L’Earning to Love.

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