The Art of Precession & Earning a Living, Buckminster Fuller Plus


Talk about Precession. My large and splendid cat Thomas Jefferson spent the better part of the last 2 days sleeping in the closet. It’s large with no door, but I anxiously searched house & garden for him before finding him there. Everything seemed okay with him but for this out of character seclusion.  Well, five minutes after the meteor did not hit planet Earth, roughly 11:27 AM, PST this morning, (that is, the expected one, not the one aiming for Putin), my large and splendid Thomas Jefferson sauntered forth and took over the house again. This cat’s got the feet of elephants.  Read on.



I saw a >beautiful bird< this morning on a blog I follow got briefly lost in the rippled water, which led me to what produces the ripple which turned up Buckminster Fuller on the subject, via a quote from a California foot specialist.

It appears to be primarily sensing in advance of an event, and in communality with an event. One example given is that elephants, (whose feet provide keen sensitivity to vibration), moved up into the hills 3 hours in advance of a tsunami. Precession. What a fine thing to learn and practice.

This excerpt is from Dr McQuaid, lightly edited by me……

“I am telling you about precession because the power I am explaining operates not only in nature, but in our everyday lives. Precession is also functioning on a sociological and economic level. Most people have never heard the word precession before, but learning about it can change your life.
      One of my favorite authors and mentors is the late R. Buckminster Fuller. He wrote extensively about human nature and specifically the role mankind plays in the universe, (and that…) only one in 10 million people can comprehend the significance of this natural law.”

Which led me to a really fascinating discourse by Buckminster Fuller himself. The site author (Synthesense) notes that this came to Fuller at a time when he was broke and had suffered a great tragedy. It is touching for that, but more…. a very rich read:

Buckminster Fuller….From a fascinating site called >>Synthesense<<

He(Fuller) conceived of a force that actively helps and assists those who use their individual talents for the greater good of the greatest number. He named this phenomenon; “precession”. He explains it as follows:

“The big question remained: how do you obtain the money to live with and to acquire the materials and tools with which to work? Since nature was clearly intent on making humans successful in support of the integrity of eternally regenerative Universe, it seemed clear to me that if I undertook ever more humanly favorable physical-environment-producing artifact developments, that did in fact improve the chances of all humanity’s successful development, it was quite possible that nature would support my efforts, provided I was choosing the successively most efficient technical means of doing so. Nature was clearly supporting all her inter-complementary ecological regenerative tasks-ergo; I must so commit myself and must depend upon nature providing the physical means of realization of my invented environment-advantaging artifacts. I noted that nature did nor require hydrogen to “earn a living” before allowing hydrogen to behave in the unique manner in which it does. Nature does not require that any if its inter-complementing members earn a living.
Because I could see that this precessional principle of self-employment was a reasonably realistic probability, I resolved to adopt such a course formally.
I assumed that nature would “evaluate” my work as I went along. If I was doing what nature wanted done, and if I was doing it in promising ways, permitted by nature’s principles, I would find my work being economically sustained and vice-versa.

Buckminster Fuller


At the very least, we might start by going barefoot. And never feeling alone. And observing house cats. Happy Valentine’s Day.

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Synthesense” Website

Dr.Matthew McQuaid

Studio Chair

The Studio Chair

Oil on Canvas.

This big old fine thing sat in the corner of my studio in Big Sur in the Sycamore Canyon cottage. The seat was a good three feet almost square, fine curling up with a book chair, or collapse in me chair or just to look at for it’s generous proportions.

The bathroom is through that door around the corner, deep claw foot tub and circular shower curtain that always made me feel like Paris redux.

Painting Holiday in Big Sur

Expressionist Painters Holiday in Big Sur, California!

Beginning April 2012.

Seven remarkable and stirring days among the exquisite redwood, fern, and purple sand beaches of heavenly Big Sur.  All inclusive: enchanting hotel rooms, three meals a day, transportation to and from airports and local guided tours. Open to painters who are interested in art with emotion, learning to break through the barriers that have made you feel distant to your work and the creative process.

There will additionally be instruction given in pen and ink sketching and its use for sharpening memory, leading to finished drawing technique.

Please leave a message here, or contact Barbara Sparhawk by email: for details and scheduling your stay. 7-day, 6-night sessions are limited to four students only. Children under 18 may be accepted for instruction, but must have an accompanying parent. There will be be two of these week-long sessions a month from April 2012 through September. Guests of painters, not taking classes, are welcome with a reduced fee. Locals requiring no housing, only classes, will be charged for classes only. Please book your place well in advance.

It’s going to be intense, thrilling, and life-altering. You’re going to discover how to break through what has previously short circuited energy connecting your heart and soul to your brush filled hand.