Series: The Framework for Mystery
by Chris Lorensson on 18 May 2011 with
by Chris Lorensson on 1 May 2011 with
Let me talk a little bit about one of my other community experiences, which I will simply call the men’s bible study. I want to talk about why this experience made me lean toward ‘organic’ community models, as opposed to communities which have been thoughtfully created, or intentional community.
My men’s bible study, as I mentioned in a previous post, was completely un-planned. There was no goal, no vision, no strategy, no hierarchy. But there was a schedule. Saturday nights. A lot people who believe the same things as myself about community would think that even having a schedule would kill it, but in this case, it didn’t. Actually, it simplified things and made it a bit easier to thrive. Read the rest of this entry »
by Chris Lorensson on 9 April 2011 with
This post is a follow-up to The Dance of Mystery.
The Mystery is not something that can be created. It is something that already exists, yet can be nurtured. Indeed it must be nurtured in creating good art. Mystery is the secret ingredient to good art, but it cannot be sprinkled on from a jar like so much fairy dust.
The framework is not superfluous, it is crucial. But even more crucial is its fidelity. How strong, how supportive, how prescriptive are the questions. These questions can only be addressed in the moment of creativity, there is no guide to follow, only intuition. One could say the possession of this intuition is something that separates good art from bad art, talented artists from the rest. Read the rest of this entry »
by Chris Lorensson on 9 January 2011 with
This post is a follow-up to Lifestyle Minimalism
In a dance, there is a fine balance to be maintained in order to strike that perfect balance of strength and grace. If the male lead is too strong, he will overpower his female and thereby create an imbalance which destroys the beauty of the collaboration. If the female’s gracefulness steals the show, the dance is too weak and the balance is undermined. Only when the two work in harmony together can the perfect balance be struck, creating a beautiful ebb and flow like water flowing navigating through the obstacles in a stream. Read the rest of this entry »
by Chris Lorensson on 3 January 2010 with
I realise that this topic is very much a Generation X topic, but I am resurrecting it because God has brought it back to my mind. Anyone, nowadays, who is between the ages of perhaps 22-35 should have no problem relating to this. I think even some baby-boomers may dawn a smile.
Here’s what I want to talk about; the problems of
- personal dissatisfaction in being a pawn of Western Democratic Consumerism
- the pressure of fashion, design and ‘stuff’
- and the mantra of modern minimalism
Being a designer, visionary and entrepreneur, I am one who is deeply steeped in consumerism. In fact, I’m a well-oiled cog in the consumer machine. The ‘verse’ that I heard many years ago which will not leave my head goes something like
A key to Happiness is learning to require less.