Reporter: "Discord, what is your favorite recurring event or celebration? Are there concerts or festivals or sports events that you like to attend regularly?"
Discord: "Oh, I LOVE Domino Day! ... I always try to arrive early."
Reporter: "Really? Why is that?"
Discord: "Well, before it gets crowded, it's easier to find a good spot. ... If you know what I mean."
The Mane 6 with Derpy are about to go on a road trip. Stuff is packed, the car is ready.
Twilie: Let's go then!
Derpy: I'm driving!
Derpy: WAAAAH! Okayokay, you drive!
If anypony would like to make a comic out of this, feel free to do so. Just show me the result.
A while ago I added a lot of favorites from the MLP Vector gallery at deviantART, one character at a time.
Just now I browsed through my favorites - endless Fluttershy pictures - when I saw this:
I just love it!
Witnessing excellence causes amazement and joy. But this would not be if it weren't for mediocrity ( and outright failure, haha ) to provide the necessary contrast.
So these things are a necessity in order to make excellence and success have a massive impact.
And I thought, these things being a necessity, it would be best to create them through the least motivating means.
What I'm trying to say is: If your or someone else's creative output isn't consistently excellent, rejoice! It means that there is a person regularly putting out mediocrity without being demotivated by it, since they have occasional excellence to pull them through.
Also, learning is great! If you achieved excellence in a certain profession right away, you would not create all the failure and unimpressive material that's so necessary for the contrast to even your own future excellence. When you are learning, you have your progress as a motivating force, making this an example of another type of mediocrity relatively easy to create.
This is why I tend to put out there whatever comes to my mind. Even if I become better at something, I won't pressure myself into becoming overly selective. When some idea reflects who I am, I will go with it. This is art. Not worrying about what people expect to get, but expressing yourself.
The greatest admiration though should go to those people who manage to provide a consistent supply of mediocrity without having the lack of excellence crush the force that drives them. There are those who aspire to greater heights and torture themselves with those aspirations until they can fulfill them (if ever), and those who go through a life of mediocrity with the serenity of a buddhist sage.
Thus we are all contributing necessary parts to this shared experience.
P.S.: I'm the self-torture type.
Imagine it is night. You are sleeping in your bed.
Suddenly, you are woken up by a loud noise.
You see a bright energy swirl in the room, a kind of portal.
How would you react if this really happened? Very likely you'll totally freak out, jump up, cower in a corner, leap out of the room, arm yourself or some other kneejerk self-defense reaction.
But now imagine out of that otherworldly thing Pinkie Pie poked her head and said: "NO TIME TO EXPLAIN! YOU HAVE TO COME WITH ME NOW!"
How would you react?
And there you see the relevance of trust!
In a way, reflecting on the dreams I recently had led me to a realization. Not something new, but more like a confirmation, a reminder, and also something that the show conveys. I keep pointing out the richness of guiding wisdom in MLP, and in a minute I will give another example.
When I was still playing World of Warcraft, there were people who were willing to help me, to lend a hand with things I couldn't do alone. People who I considered game buddies.
One day, they, plus some other players, overall a small group, were fighting a raid boss in old content that gave them a hard time; they failed multiple times from what I've got.
They asked me to help by reinforcing the group.
I somewhat remembered what was so special about that boss, had done him before, so to the best of my abilities I explained to them that knowing the fight tactics for this one was crucial for success. If you don't know what is going on, you will fail, but if you read up on the tactics, it's easy. I explained that and, because I was kinda busy at the time and didn't remember the exact tactics myself, didn't join the group.
They read up on the tactics and succeeded right away.
People are different, have different skills, and MLP demonstrates very much a working relationship of friends of very different couleur; how it can be used as a strength.
I knew what I was doing; I knew my strengths. I helped my buddies to the best of my abilities. Reinforcing the team, while we don't know the tactics, would only have furthered the frustration.
In S2E21 Dragon Quest, Rainbow Dash told Fluttershy that since she accompanied her to watch that boring butterfly migration, now was her turn to accompany her to watch the scary-as-hell dragon migration. And Dashie was given clear feedback by Fluttershy that friendship isn't always a synchronous thing; that one should respect differences.
While it might have been kinda boring for Dashie, I'm sure it was Fluttershy's charm and kindness that warmed her up to the idea, and loyalty is Dashie's strength.
Dashie's reasoning though was pressuring Fluttershy into it based on synchronous reciprocity. And obviously she overdid it - OUCH.
They were right when they did everything to bring her to the mountain in S1E7 Dragonshy, because they were aware of her skills in animal communication, and THAT strength of hers was the driving force back then. In Dragon Quest, it was merely a cheap trick. Dashie tried to impose his own qualities onto her friend, instead of nourishing Fluttershy's qualities.
To sum this up... As I mentioned before, there might be way more to take from the show than what you are currently aware of. Keep using MLP as a guide for your life. It will bring people in general and specifically bronies closer together in mutual understanding.
I myself will have to cultivate awareness of this latest realization, too, and that is part of why I'm writing this down.
Today I'd like to try and inspire you a bit. It might be somewhat lenghty, but I will come to the point. If many people read this, it would make me very happy.
Feel the Magic!
We see what we want to see. We see what we are looking for.
Curiosity enables us to see more and more.
I realized that MLPFiM is very much like what spiritual masters tend to say about sacred texts: It is all in there. It is a complete guide. You just have to see.
I encourage all bronies to take the show as a guide for self-betterment, because I frequently see bronies act contrary to what the show conveys, forgetting lessons or maybe never having noticed them in the first place. Many still maintain a good distance to parts of that show that they love. It's almost ironic. This show is awesome, but then again, it's "just a show"? Well, that depends on YOU. We are the creators, the deciders, the inspirers.
MLPFiM contains everything you need. Take as much as you can handle!
The show says "Friendship Is Magic". Here's a little mind game: How can you believe in the magic of friendship if you don't believe in magic?
Here's another irony: Sceptical people might discount magic as "You're fooling yourself. It only works if you believe in it.", thereby completely missing the amazingness in that - because something that works MERELY by believing in it is ... truly magical, haha.
The drive to explain phenomena through rational and empirical examination is a reality-manifesting belief system just as magic is. It is a choice of a personal path.
Imagine three mysterious things happen in a row that seem unexplainable. They, together, help someone solve a problem they have been hoping to resolve, with perfect timing.
Now, even if you manage to find an empirical explanation for how those events came to happen, then you're still faced with why three in a row. Strange coincidence. Then you might want to use the help of statistical probability and such, and it gets more vague and imprecise. Then, if you are satisfied with the explanation you found, you are still facing the reality of those events having happened with the right timing to solve a problem. You can go after these things farther and farther, and it gets more and more difficult to find waterproof explanations. At some point, when it comes to the big questions about life, the universe and everything, when you are confronted with things like eternity or time, it will bring your rational mind to its knees.
Now if you trace this back, you might wonder whether there is any objective middle ground at all for how far it is worth tracking these things.
When the mind gives up obsessing over attaining answers that are based on its beliefs about reality, ... magic is allowed to happen. Because our deeply rooted, unconscious beliefs are manifesting reality.
OK, so let's get more practical.
I love to make animated GIFs, caption pics, videos and other stuff from the show. A while ago I made an animated GIF, as described in an earlier blog entry:
As described there, some amount of chaos was unexpectedly introduced into the making of that picture, and it turned out to be the most popular aniGIF I had ever made. Note that I absolutely identify with Pinkie Pie at my core, that the picture was about her and that it was taken from the episode "Feeling Pinkie Keen". You see where this is going? Pinkie Pie's unexplainable premonition and Twilight Sparkle eventually giving up her denial?
But hey, this is just a TV show right? It's not real!
Haha, OK, if that's what you choose to believe and manifest. If you don't want that awesomeness to be part of reality, go ahead.
Some time after that, I had an idea about a crossover video between Game of Thrones and MLPFiM.
The idea was just to edit together two scenes. That was what my mind came up with. But in the process of making that, it evolved. I realized how perfectly I could use Spike's voice for the GoT dragon, and the video material was just enough to make it happen. There were also some other synchronicities involved; stuff that just fit with uncanny millisecond accuracy as if designed just for this.
And it became by far the most successful video I have ever made. It got 17000 views in the first five days! And from the feedback it became clear that the popularity stemmed mainly from the dragon lipsync part, which apparently was entertainingly unexpected.
So in a way I feel thankful and blessed to be given experiential feedback like this; that I come up with a basic idea, just an initial impulse, and then I keep the reigns loose and allow the magic to happen.
I once experienced my meager musical skills multiply when I found someone who provided a musical lead.
Get your mind out of the way and let it flow!
(This, as a brief sidenote, is also how zero point energy generators work and why mainstream scientists have trouble wrapping their head around the concept.)
Taking the Daoist principle of Yin and Yang as a model, the world is currently still in a phase of Yang dominance. Control rules, actively influencing things, pushing things into motion, not very able to let things develop on their own.
Let me point out that profound mind-freeing spiritual realizations are usually accompanied by uncontrollable laughter. And Pinkie Pie with her non-caring for reality and playful breaking of the fourth wall represents the element of laughter.
Twilight Sparkle clearly is a wizard - a well-read one - and her expertise is 'thunder magic'.
Pinkie Pie is a wizard, too, but not really well-read, which is an advantage for her subtle but profound branch of magic. Her expertise is the influencing of reality by willing things to be. She's a bit like one of those long-bearded masters in the mountains who smile all the time, because they see no reason to take life so seriously. ... Well, except when she has her Pinkamena phase, haha. Nobody's perfect.
So ... how much are you ready to believe in? Can you let go, free up a part in yourself and allow the values of the show to become an integral and guiding part of your being?
Here's a basic magical training exercise:
Next time you see a rainbow, find the point where it touches the ground. If you can do that, you have become better at practicing magic.
I'm still at the very beginning of this exciting and difficult journey, but wanted to share with you the humble experiences of success I had and give you some background info on what fuels me.
Thanks for reading!
Please feel free to comment and tell me what's on your mind!
I've been very active on my brand new Cheezburger account (mylittlebrony.com) lately and they have a feature to create a "site" in addition to the regular account profile. Based on recommendations in the help section, I sent a support ticket:
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This caused a little inner disharmony.
When I told someone in the PM section of another forum, it made me break the fourth wall. ... If that gives you any indication.
I calmed down relatively quickly though. ... Because ponies.
I hope they can restore it.
I think they can.
The alternative would be too mindboggling.
Might change later depending on how things go, but right now I'm quite content with it.
The glasses were not done with perfection in mind. I just went with the flow and wanted to get it done. I'm still learning this stuff and didn't have that much patience.
The base pony was made with the Pony Creator. The cutie mark was manually added by me. (The dolphin is a heavily modified clipart.) It represents the high frequency transmission of Dolphin characteristics like playfulness, sensitivity and zest for life. (I drew the sound waves freehand and they turned out so well!)
I'm a little kooky. But at least I'm not Spock. That would be spooky.
Take a dolphin. Now add a "w" (U-U) and - naturally - you have an owl there, too.
If you like owling, don't be stingy with the bees, then you can do bowling. It's just like owling, but more fun.(If you try to throwl an owl, it will make you run!)
This is how Pinkie Pie will drive you crazy:
Pinkie Pie is awesome and fun, so you can't stop thinking of her.
When you think of her, you can't stop smiling.
One cannot fall asleep while still smiling.
If you can't sleep, you will eventually go crazy.
That's why crazy people tend to smile and laugh so much.
...While you can!
Here is something I wanted to share with you.
Pinkie Pie is very dear to me. In a way she is representing a part of me that needs more expression. I embrace her spirit and welcome her nature into my being.
Lately I have made many animated GIFs and some caption pictures from the show. Half of the time I didn't look for specific scenes, but did other stuff and noticed them in the process.
That one time the idea came to be to make an aniGIF out of Pinkie Pie's final twitchatwitch scene. In the process, I got the idea to make a caption pic out of it.
The animation consisted of merely two frames. Free picture space was scarce, so I arranged the caption text around Pinkie Pie. Eventually, the text was all one vector layer. Now all I did was to copy that whole vector layer into the other animation frame, which naturally has identical dimensions. I saved both and when I loaded them into the animation program and did a preview, I saw this:
Pinkie Pie twitchy
Now my initial reaction was:
"WHAT THE HAY?! WHY?? THIS-IS-NOT-SUPPOSED-TO-HAPPEN! THIS WAS A SIMPLE COPY&PASTE!!!"
And indeed how could this happen? Every one of the three text segments had been misaligned in a completely different direction, resulting in that slight text jitter.
A few moments later, a second thought occured:
"Oh hello Pinkie Pie! Sorry I didn't recognize you at first!"
Because I suddenly realized that this 'happy accident' had made the whole caption pic so much better! It now truly reflected Pinkie Pie's spirit and habit of fourth-wall-breaking: She is so on edge that she even makes the caption text jitter!
Pinkie Pie, you are so random!
Not only does the final result DEPICT her breaking the fourth wall in an unusual way (as usual, haha), but the very fact that this picture came to be like that constitutes her breaking of the fourth wall into this reality, too! By giving that caption text a little nudge, she made it perfect in a way my limited mind could not have conceived.
Well played, Pinkie!
Later some doubts crept in about whether I should have taken the idea further and made that text jitter a lot more, but I quickly realized that this would lessen the effect and reduce the 'depth' of the whole thing, the depiction of how the text is supposed to be still, since it's not in the same layer of reality, but how Pinkie Pie has that habit of having a more or less subtle effect on other layers.
She's jumping all over the place, not caring for that boooring! idea of "reality".
I think it's no coincidence either that this whole AniGIF thing was about Pinkie Pie's twitchatwitch sense and how Twilight Sparkle kept resisting the idea and eventually had to give up.
Dear Princess Celestia,
today my good friend Pinkie Pie made me realize that friendship can not only transcend time and space, but whatever artificial barrier we make up in our minds, because true friendship comes from the heart.
Your faithful student
P.S.: I DON'T EVEN LIKE COFFEE!