These are notes and main concepts from Part III of the book Art is a Way of Knowing. This is a tool while reading – all intellectual thought and copyright remain with the author.
- I am outside myself when I paint. No, I am outside my head when I pee. For what seems like the first time in my life, I step out of the Watchtower that is my usual Consciousness. And no disaster takes place. Another part of me is at work here, apart I am unfamiliar with if I know it at all.
- The problem is, the minute I sit down again before a partially finished canvas, the voices start damning, critical voices, full of derision for my efforts, voices attached to eyes that see only floss. They prevent the process of emotion, they flay and destroy me.
- Still, I touched something in painting that feels alive and real, like stepping into a cold River and being shocked awake. I want to know how to get to that place. Drinking gets me the illusion of that place.
- The inner critic in some form is universal and has nothing to do with art or creativity as such. The critic really arises from the fact that created activities wake us up and lead to knowing. Actually knowing is dangerous because it leads to change. Changes in perception, changes and how we live our life, changes in relationships raise fear. To live is to change. And no matter how positive the eventual outcome, change often evokes feelings of loss and even death. Many times we try to fight the critic with alcohol or drugs to increase our courage, or we try to deny its presence by overachieving or simply not trying at all.
- State your intention to get to know your credit. Acknowledge that wall will people Dash parents, teachers, or others that may have criticized you, and internal version of the critic exist. Their purpose here is not to explain, which only strength is avoided, but to meet the inner critical self aspect, which you have the power to change.
- There will come a time when your critic will mature and change too, into a compassionate helper who lets you know when to keep working, went to sit and wait. We’re no, just turned to accept your critic as is.
- It is important to remember that the image functions in the realm of metaphor, speaking powerful yet symbolically. Do not mistake the message of the image for a little report or rush to judge its content as meaning, definitely this or that. It is all right not to know it all in a cognitive way what an image means. You will make surprising discoveries, some delightful, other disturbing. To come to an absolute conclusion about an image is to rob it of its power as a guide.
- Contents of our mind, when left unexamined, exert a strong influence over our behavior. These unexamined contents are a source of our resistance to living fully enjoy asleep. It is our fear that we will discover something terrible within ourselves that hinders our desire to know. We may have had difficult and painful experiences, and images work May reflect that to us, but ultimately it will also reflect that Beyond any experiences we have had, however awful, it is our soul, or Essence, perfect and unsalable, are cord. The soul’s deepest wish is for us to see this and realize that it is this essence we have in common with all beings.
- remember that the image is the messenger of your soul and never comes to harm you. The misperception of the arts school critique is that the image needs to be improved through criticism. He missed perception of our therapy is that the image must be analyzed. Both approaches try to overpower the image with intellect. The image needs to be known, seen fillet with loving attention and then courage to speak, treated as you would treat an ambassador from a different world. Then it will develop and reveal itself according to its own logic.
- The crucial concept here is to come to know what is right for you, at this moment in your process. Honor any resistance, do not push through it heroically. There is no rush. Trust soul, trust image, and trust your own gut.
- It is possible to wake up one day and find yourself with a highly evolved work-self without completely knowing how you got there, and wondering if it is right for you. Our work image, like any other of our lived images, is a constantly changing, evolving reality that develops out of our thoughts and perceptions about it. It can become more enjoyable if it develops along with our awareness of who we are and what we do best, or it can become a prison if it is formed largely in reaction to outside forces without are continually checking in with our soul and our gut.
- Work is so freighted with extra meaning in our culture that it can be a challenging place to do image work. Yet for that very reason, making work the most pleasurable and said it’s fine it can be is a worthy goal. Changes in work or seemly more public than inner changes; they affect family, our friends perception of us, or self-perception, and so they feel riskier. Sometimes the image process yields the answer that just a small adjustments in work or change in thinking is needed. What would the world be like if we each chose our work by asking ourselves, “How can I most pleasurably serve the world?”
- We create our spiritual connection by attendance of Soul. Spirit enters when Soul has made the place ready. So this basic, everyday, and is everything to do with daily life, eating, sleeping, loving, struggling. When we cultivate Soul, or eyes become clear and soft. We see Spirit and feeling, a sense of all and reverence in many different situations, not only does me a places of worship. If our soul is well-tended, we may even be able to enjoy them for take more fully and religious ritual and ceremony, to appreciate the diversity of expressions among different face.
- When it is time for image-making, sit quietly and let your mind settle and review your day. Pay attention to any subtle reactions you recall. There is an infinitude of things to see, but your eye will have been drawn to something particular. Perhaps it is the way two birds are sitting together on a wire. Maybe a cloud in an unusual shape speaks to you, or a baby’s smile. Recognition of your key will cause a steering; it may be very subtle or may move you to tears. It may seem entirely unrelated to spiritual matters and be very ordinary.
- If you find resistance rising at any point, let this task go and move on to another chapter. Don’t be concerned; the key will be there when you are ready for it. Thinking in terms of spirit may raise arguments in your mind. Respect this and do not struggle.
- Like the inner critic, who can hold our creativity hostage, the inner apparitions of spiritual authority can block our connection to soul and spirit.
- Images will reveal the nature of our relation to soul and spirit.
- Active imagination, dreaming the dream onward, is a way to reclaim your myth, your story. The soul narrates your deepest truth through image and metaphor. If you choose to undertake active imagination, be sure to take care of yourself in your ordinary life. Eat, sleep, and work regularly so that you have a set routine to balance the imaginal work. Do not attempt active imagination while using drugs or alcohol; this is both dangerous and dishonoring to the process.
- Keep in mind that the image comes to help and that it has information that you do not yet have consciously, although it is within you. Therefore, be as faithful as you can in rendering the image. Resist any urge to fix it up or to impose sentence. Try not to interpret the story, but just receive it. If a narrative emerges, do not edit it for logic or try to finish the story prematurely. Use simple materials at first to get the images down. Later, if you want to work further, you can elaborate the images by creating masks, books, or story boxes.