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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt's archive:  Meditating on the Other Side...
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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt’s archive:

“What we really need to realize is that in reality we have two dimensions: our material and our spiritual. Think about the other side. Talk about it. Meditate on it. One day you will be there, looking back over the rainbow, doing a jig like Gene Kelly, telling all the people you loved and hated in life: Come on over—the water’s fine!”

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SaltAndPepper

Previously unpublished “Salt & Pepper” from Matt’s archive:

“I saw a documentary on television about geniuses. People really want to figure out what a genius is. To me, it would be someone who’s on this side of the universe for so many years, destined to cross over to the other side at some point, the spiritual side, and who uses every extra minute to talk about the power of the spirit.”

From Matt's unpublished archive:
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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt’s archive:

“I am a person devoted to peace. But I am flawed, because if someone killed my children or grandchildren or great-grandchildren, I’d be the first one there with a rope to hang the son-of-a-bitch. There are no easy answers to the quandary of being a human being. When one state or other is holding an execution, there are some people cheering and other people outside the prison protesting. We all have a right to our own opinion and to express it. In terms of my own manifestation, I’m going to do what I can do to make the world more peaceful, so that the thought of blowing people up would never occur to anybody. It’s a long road, but I believe we have started down that road. I think there is a Yellow Brick Road to wherever we’re going to go, and at the end of it will be peace. I really and truly believe that. That’s why they always keep a straightjacket in my closet!”

Matt on grief -- from his unpublished archive
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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt’s archive:

“Nobody is ever prepared for anybody’s death. As an undertaker, I learned that when someone you love dies, you have to take a deep breath, go through whatever your emotional manifestation is going to be, and try to get through it. It may take a strength you didn’t know existed within you. But the extreme emotions finally begin to mellow and change, and I believe that acceptance of the reality of someone’s death eventually becomes part of the person. But it’s an individual phenomenon, not a herd phenomenon. We are all unique, and we all need to grieve in our own unique ways.”

Matt on grieving for his father -- from Matt's unpublished archive
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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt’s archive:

“I was born into the funeral business. My training was bereavement and getting over grief, the acceptance of a world with somebody and then the realization that they will never be here again. That is a very intense and individual process. People try to think there’s a silver bullet that’s going to change everything. I always used to shiver when someone came up to a child and said, “Keep a stiff upper lip and don’t cry.” That is the stupidest advice you can give to anybody, because in my case in the funeral business, after my father died, I grieved during the wake, but I was so busy, I would be walking down the street, and I would get a rush of thoughts about him, and I would begin to cry. I was on the board of a hospital where the members of the board were psychologists, and they said, ‘You didn’t take time to grieve. You have to figure out your own way of grieving.’ This was a full three years after his death. They said, ‘You have to talk about your relationship with him, good and bad, and all of the other things that go into it, and eventually it will take its place in your life.’ And they were right.”

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SaltAndPepper

Previously unpublished “Salt & Pepper” from Matt’s archive:

“If we could all get the small little message of treating other people the way we want to be treated, the world would be a drastically different place. The birds would be singing, the butterflies would be flying free in the meadow, and the rest of us wouldn’t have to have eyes in the back of our heads!”

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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt’s archive:

“All of us are unique and wonderful. We shouldn’t chide ourselves because we don’t follow the same yellow brick road as everybody else, all skipping to the same place to meet the man behind the curtain who in reality knows jack shit about nothin’. So our own personal elves, whoever or whatever they might be, are teaching us about the inner stregth of ourselves. It’s our inner voices that give us the courage to become risk-takers and visionaries. So may God bless our elves! And may we never stop dancing through the high and the low grass, occasionally jumping off the cliff but not crashing at the bottom—but landing in cool, sweet water, where somebody with a boat is going to take us wherever the hell they’re going to take us! Where are we going? Don’t know, do care!”

Our secret dreams...
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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt’s archive:

“We all have our own secret dreams that belong to us in our meditation and thoughts. None of them are supposed to make any sense to anyone except us. They are part of who we are, and as I keep preaching to whoever will listen, we are all different because of our gene structure. It would be pretty sad if we all believed that elves in Ireland were all sitting around a pot of gold. Our dreams, our meditation, our manifestations of the unknown, are unique to ourselves. As far as I’m concerned, that’s the spice of life—it’s a little bit of salt and pepper, oregano, garlic, a little of this and a little of that, which makes the medicine go down!”

Art as meditation and acceptance of ourselves
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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt’s archive:

“Art is a very lonely situation. Unlike actors or singers or dancers or people who can do it all like Michael Jackson, artists don’t go onstage and people yell ‘Hooray!’ or throw tomatoes at us, telling us it’s the best or the worst performance they’ve ever heard. For us, it’s grinding it out, day after day, and wondering: Will anybody come look at the stuff? These are my children! Will anybody care for them? In my philosophy, I don’t care if anybody cares; I’m doing it for my own sake. It’s a very complex human condition that goes beyond the art world and permeates every part of the human being. It can only be conquered by meditation and acceptance, not of other people, but of ourselves. And my feeling is: If other people don’t like my art, let them stick it up their ass! I did it for myself, not anybody else. And if they knock it, I’ll bite my lip and keep going. They can’t make me stop, and they can’t make me change. What do they care? What do I care? Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!”

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Previously unpublished remarks from Matt’s archive (continued):

“Jealousy is a pervasive symptom that I believe is part of the work of the devil. I do believe in the light forces of the universe and the dark forces. If a dark force can corrupt me into thinking I’m diminished by somebody else’s success, I’m on the wrong track. It doesn’t just have to do with art, it has to do with what car you drive, what underwear you wear, what wallet you carry… Every part of your manifestation to the world then becomes a contest, which, taken to its worst degree—you stand in the corner, hating everybody for different reasons!”