A man and his wife: she who cooked up magic
by Jon Rappoport
July 11, 2022
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It seems I’m doing a series on writing.
Today, I have a story about a writer who was close to giving up and found rescue.
I give you the story, because I want to remind you that if you’re a writer, or want to be, your breed will go to the ends of the Earth to find what they need. And if you have THAT, you’re electric. You’re launched. You can outdistance anything.
This is a story about the great Irish poet, William Butler Yeats.
And his marriage. There are several versions. The one I prefer illustrates what I mean when I say: no one can predict what reality a writer will create when left to his own devices, when freed from the restraints of what he is supposed to believe. The story also illustrates the lengths to which individuals will go to forge a unique vision.
For almost 30 years, Yeats pursued the love of his life, Maud Gonne. She refused to marry him. A year after she turned him down for the last time, in 1916, grief-stricken and at the end of his rope, at age 52, Yeats married Georgie Hyde-Lees, who was 25.
Almost immediately, Georgie saw their marriage was doomed to fail.
Four days after their wedding, she suddenly told Yeats she could perform automatic writing. “Instructors” dictated highly esoteric texts to her.
This intrigued Yeats. Together, he and Georgie began to work out myriad systems to make metaphysical sense of the huge cascades of strange pages Georgie began setting down—-eventually resulting in the 1925 book, A Vision.
Their marriage endured. They had two children. Yeats dug deeply into the automatic texts and extracted images and phrases which he used and reworked in his late (and some say his greatest) poems.
In my preferred version of this story, Georgie, desperate to hold on to her husband, INVENTED both the claim of her ability to perform automatic writing AND invented the ensuing mystical texts.
Once the new alliance with her husband was formed, the marriage survived; and Yeats, his writing up against a brick wall of exhaustion, suddenly found new sources and material and inspiration.
New life, new poetry, new partnership, new love.
Georgie decided to risk everything, and she won.
On the wings of THE INVENTION OF REALITY.
Whether you believe in God, or rocks, or something in between, or something you assert is greater than any of these, the question is: how far will you go to find what you want?
A few feet, a block, a mile, a hundred miles, the ends of the Earth, farther?
A writer is dealing in great spaces and distances, as well as things close to home.
He has a nose for the grindstone and other galaxies.
Nothing stops him from his work.
And because of that, he finds help in the most unexpected ways.
— Jon Rappoport
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The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free NoMoreFakeNews emails here or his free OutsideTheRealityMachine emails here.