The Knights of Moleskine, Spirit and Ale celebrate Discovery Day today. Most of the world, especially here in America, recognize this day as Columbus Day. But, seeing how the human spirit's need for discovery knows no political or geographical boundaries, we the humble Founding Father's of KMSA deemed this day Discovery Day.
I was reading my latest edition of Rolling Stone at La Sombra Coffee Shop in downtown Newburgh yesterday, which was filled with a lot of political commentary as you can imagine, when breaking through the clutter was a gem of an article about Carlos Santana. The article dealt with his struggle with a recent divorce that had him contemplate suicide 7 times, and how his seeds of faith brought him through this trying time.
Of course, I could relate very well with his pain, struggle and seeking ways. But, what captured my imagination was how, if you truly bare your soul and break away all the baggage that we tend to carry, there is beauty in the struggle and the release. It appears to me that the Seeds of our Destruction, as a nation, a people, a culture, etc., is our lack of Discovery of our Seeds of Faith.
I'll let Carlos take it from here in excerpts from his interview in Rolling Stone, Issue 1063, October 16, 2008 (Wow! I discovered the future by the way!)
"The theme of this tour is 'live your light'. I want the audience to be reminded that before they had all this stuff, this DNA and flesh and bones, they were made out of light. And that fighting and doubting and all that shit separates you from your light. And that the real light comes when you forgive and forget. And so what we want to do is not blind people but illuminate people. We are the architects of a new dawn!"
"I'm not sick of what I do, but I find that God gave me the gift of communication even without my guitar and with the ability to get people unstuck with certain sections of the Bible having to do with guilt, shame, judgement and fear. The God of that stuff is retarded, demented and not real. The real God is beauty, grace, dignity and unconditional love."
"It's like my manager Bill Graham once said to me: 'Carlos, you have to accept that your music is very sensual and stop apologizing for it. People want to have sex to your music, and that's just the way it is.' And once I accepted that, I wasn't so much in conflict with my Catholic upbringing and thinking it was dirty or against God to have an erection."
"I'm discarding things. It feels like an incredible blessing from God, that he's telling me my life is wide open more than ever. The thing I learned is, you have to go through the darkest night of the soul to get to the brightest light of the day, and that's what I did last year."
"I'm still with the dark night of the soul. I'm still with the 40 days and 40 nights. And I don't know how it's going to unfold. There is no clock, no script. What happens happens on God's time. But who am I to myself? That's the question. I am a child of God and God is not done with me. Nothing more needs to be said."
I leave you with another quote, which happens to be today's quote from my Positive Thinking Every Day book by Norman Vincent Peale..."Fear is the most powerful of all thoughts with one exception, and that exception is Faith."
Sir Hook the Cosmic Discoverer of Warrick