When learning Thomsen was writing Golf: Find Center, Enter the
Circle, many had emphasized the diversity of golf due to its
natural setting, and golf's natural setting was open to amateurs,
professionals, and all ages also. Thomsen was quick to agree. "Golf
can serve the needs of many. It's my job to open up to more and
increase the standards within the art form-golf." Thomsen said.
Some have asked, "Who do you think will read it, Jack?" "Few," came
the reply. "Golfers mainly, and only the most obsessive of those.
There's no popular market for this book. Materialism is too much in
demand, and serving the spirit has become lost in the equation."
That brief exchange reveals an unvarnished truth: golf is
essentially caught in a materialistic grasp as an overview of the
game, and yet as an art form, independent players function in it.
The artist Vincent van Gogh had sold few of his paintings. Someone
else had done that. Is the treasure the money or the art? Golf:
Find Center, Enter the Circle's genesis from a personal journal's
beginning had been imbued with a Joycean stream of consciousness
that, in its intuitiveness, is likely to engage none but the
determined reader. By way of contrast, however, the book's title
forthrightly distills Thomsen's thesis. Golf, he asserts, can be a
spiritual practice when done as an expression of the golfer's
essential self and if engaged in it for the sheer love of golf's
diversity, its wholeness, bringing on its transcendental nature.
Accept Thomsen's invitation. Turn your attention inward, tap into
the answers that are there, feel the resultant centering, the
balance, and project that centering-enter the circle. "A liberated
person possesses perfect senses and with perfect senses only can
serve the sense proprietor," says the Bhagavad Gita.
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