About me — Elio D’Anna
Best-selling author, philosopher, economist, entrepreneur, poet and musician
How would it possible I describe the 70s, that I lived as a young Italian musician?
At that time we thought about changing everything, we were against the world, we looked for a method that usually was embodied into political movements, social commitment and fight for equality and equal opportunities transformed ideologies into battles. That was the field of battle, we were the warriors fighting on the first line. Then the years of lies came, years of flower children, of looking for shelter in music and sex, it was another description similar to that of politics, but this research let a better approach to yourself.
I was in a period of strong growth, and I met the guru of musicians Sri Chinmoy. I was beginning to meditate, I used to read a lot. Then the research of a master began, of a guru, but not to be a disciple, the importance for me was getting closer to myself.
When the individual is ready, he can find the Master…
You are the one who moves the threads of the world. Think about the quantum jump! The goal, the target is always the same, changing the world, changing what you don’t like.
After having tried with every technique, only dissatisfaction remains, because it’s impossible to change the world outside. There’s a parable in the Gospel that says men can not pour new wine into old wineskins… Sometimes you’ll find yourself in a state that you don’t even know where it comes from, a state of powerlessness and you repeat to yourself, it’s me, it’s me generating all this but you don’t know how to change it. The true changing happens through the attention towards this state of powerlessness.
Then unhappiness is a very important starting point…
Being aware of having limits is a good thing because limits show the way, signal the visible path, I’ve seen people praying, meditating for long hours, renouncing the world… but is completely useless because instead of running off we need to get closer to this unhappiness, to this state of nausea and death.
Someone asked me ‘we don’t have to try distancing ourselves from unhappiness when it comes?’
No one ever says: are you unhappy? Well, try to be even more unhappy. We need to have towards ourselves a strong determination of throwing ourselves in the abyss, in the mouth of evil. Without blaming the others. Let’s touch this physical pain that wrongly we believe comes from the outside. Touch it and realize that the pain is inside, it has always been there with the nausea, the disgust, the fear, where we should never win, where we are always defeated.
What a revolution touching unhappiness! How determined are you to touch this pain? Get rid of everything and dive into pain. You’ll figure out that there’s nothing, it’s only a shadow, a pale and far description that governs and has governed all our life. It’s a big lie that opens the doors of paradise. And now the world is at your service, friendship, love, beauty, richness, everyone and everything works for you. Everything.
Remember this, in the hard moments is nearly impossible. In the hard moments things get bigger and perpetuate when the opportunity is there instead. Feeling even more the pain… instead of running away from it…When you are in a state of blessing you’ll look for the pain inside of you and you’ll never find it anymore. The awareness is light, it’s like looking for a shadow with a torch. If you carry light in the darkness it is not dark anymore. Even quantum physics is discovering that what we observe changes depending on the observer. I say something more, the observer creates what is observed. This will of meeting with the darkness, with ghosts and pain makes you rich. I feel sick… Perfect! See if you can feel even worse and be even more in pain! The trick is knowing that evil doesn’t exist.
You’ve lived a whole life with the description of being menaced by a world that wants to take everything from you, especially what you think you own. The only way to solve your problems is a state of awareness, where you understand that things start to work and gain value. Let’s give clarity to ourselves first and the world afterwards. Jump into the deepest agony, in the most painful parts, in the darkest meander of being and you’ll only find light and, when you’ll train yourself to this sport, you’ll see you’ll dive in the feeling of death that since the beginning is menacing you and you’ll find the absence of death. Death will not touch you. Neither you, nor those close to you…
Find Me on Medium…
My latest article, are an anthology of writings that are partly used during meetings with students at the university of economics and finance ESE that I founded. I’m sharing here on Medium.
I am Founder and President of the European School of Economics which today has six centers in the world including London, New York, Madrid, Rome, Florence and Milan.
Also The Bottaccio Group, a global hospitality group that I established more than 30 years ago, when I purchased an ancient 17th century water mill, nestled at the foot of the lush green slopes of Forte dei Marmi, in Tuscany and converted into the most exclusive 5 star luxury Relais & Châteaux.
I founded a contemporary art gallery Aria Art Gallery because I believe that self-improvement, interior unity and the virtualization of one’s vision will become the jobs-hobbies of the new generation of men. More and more people will dedicate themselves to art and culture, which will be the bridges connecting science and consciousness.