spirit

Profound experience is a communion with the divine. Those who have been led to this place by way of David’s music, his character, and his journey may seek to explain this experience in many ways, and I think it is helpful to both respect these different modes of expression and also to recognize their limitations.

First and foremost, it is important to recognize that David is not and should not be construed as the source of divination nor even the portal to it, but merely a rare conduit or mechanism by which our own inherent connection to the divine is activated. In other words, David is for all intents and purposes a naive outside agent by which our own pre-existing heart connections are opened.

I don’t mean to in any way diminish this extraordinary gift of David’s, but we must be aware that both the connection and the divine itself reside in us, not in David himself (not, of course, that it doesn’t also reside in David, but no more so than it does in us). It is useful to maintain a recognition of this not only for our own perspective but also for David’s well being–it would be unfair to levy onto him the magnitude of expectation that would accompany such prophetic appointments.

Secondly, it would be helpful in the course of discussion to confine the scope of our language to personal experience. To some, a profound connection with the source of all things has an obvious religious connotation; it is, in effect, a “religious experience.” But there are many others, myself among them, for whom there is a distinction between spirituality, which has a personal experience dimension, and religion, which has an organized institutional dimension. Because personal experience is not limited by institutional self-perpetuation, it is often easier to share a spiritual experience than it is to share a religious one, even if they may be two sides of the same coin.

Finally, I think it is appropriate to comment here on the essential illusion. The success–or at least the nature–of the physical world is dualism, or the appearance of separateness. Up and down, black and white, past and future, good and evil are all necessary aspects of the physical construct, and so we must acknowledge and respect them, but we needn’t be ruled by them. We have the capacity to transcend the petty constructs of the world and see that all–all, mind you–is the essential One. Art has the power to break this illusion and bring us to this transcendence in a blistering, blinding moment. David is such an artist.