April 19, 2020 – Day 34 of my quarantine
Many things went through my mind while I was finishing The Sphere project. What became clear to me is that the thing I love most about the virtual world of Second Life is finding and testing its limits. This has always been what thrilled me from the moment I became a builder, over 8 years ago. Finding ways to do things I was told could not be done and breaking the “known rules” of that virtual world. What made that magical for me in the beginning, was that I HAD NO IDEA what the rules were, so I experimented with ideas others dismissed. This is truly a case of “Beginners Mind”.
Shoshin (初心) is a word from Zen Buddhism meaning “beginner’s mind.” It refers to having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner would.
This is how I played alone as a child – open-ended and without rules. This is absolute ground zero for my Joy.
Where I sabotaged myself with this was turning my play into businesses, and turning my ideas in to “products”. I created several distinct companies to handle all these “products” each one added one more layer of mind-numbing tedium and complexity which ultimately came crashing down around me… Behold! My IDEAGASMS!
These “business entities” stand as absolute proof that, for a very long time, I did not know my own mind, heart or spirit as a virtual designer and creator. I confused my love of experimentation with entrepreneurship.
I guess I can chalk all this up to personal creative evolution.
Because The Sphere had only one customer – ME – building it was unlike anything I had done previously. I took big risks, disregarded the rules, followed my artistic instincts and only asked for outside help when it came to programming syntax. Because there was nothing like it to compare it with, I was suddenly freed by all preconceived creative constraints. And this is where I rediscovered my joy, my sweet spot.
So now – in an undisclosed location, floating high above the virtual world, there is a research facility – dedicated solely to experimentation, research and development. There are no products or stores, no customers or clients. Just a 5 story office building (that I always wanted – just because I think it’s really cool) a garage and a test track for experimental vehicles. A place for my Beginner’s Mind to go and play. Other people like to watch Netflix or play computer games but this is MY thing – this is what I like to do – experiment with interactive virtual constructs.
The site will also serve a dual purpose as a digital photo staging area for my upcoming Real Life book – “Intersection”
Sending you all my Love and Light – Stay Strong and Stay Safe out there.
Until next time …