As these six weeks come to an end,… it’s been like there’s a chalk circle, a spider web… a dream that we’ve had access to.
This “teaching from the middle” that I’m been experimenting with has its echo in what it’s like to “learn from the middle. Assume that this “course” was
just a remembered dream:
List those parts you can remember: Travel, Health, Music, people, ideas, activities, animals, birds, stuck songs...Try to recall coincidences, accidents, items from the margins of your regular life.
This "course" was an attempt to see what the powers of minimal attention are. No Full Frontal Attention. Maybe Treat this like its now one of Kim's Dream Groups: If that were my dream… use these collected elements.
Here’s my collection in words and images: (I'll keep adding)
Look Below for what I described as hypnopompic and hypnagogic...
That's dream stuff. The Celts call it the Fifth Province, the Land of No Land.
Far away from it all
There is a place you go
Where teardrops fall
Far away and over the wall
You are there in the flickering light
Where teardrops fall
You know the song in my heart
In the turning of twilight in the shadows of moonlight
You can show me a new place to start
I like Kim's Sky Views and Land Veins
I continued working with Kindergarteners on Faery Houses
Crows were around a lot. But one day,
two Turkey Vultures visited and set the crows a cawing:
Hello travellers, Congratulations! I heard from nobody for the last week, only an updated email address for Kim: As you see, this engagement for these six weeks, is as much an experiment in form as content. We can use email and/or I can put our exchanges on this Wayward Blog… or you can do it here as “comments.” It’s a chance to alter our more comfortable forms of in and out. This experiment is tipped towards being more alone, but with the vague consolation that there are six others trying the same thing.
Salmon Jaws. Oh, how they stink!
Oh, there are so many of them.
OR NOT (the “or not” is as important as doing it!!)
nightsun the moon
For the next few months, I'm going to explore some different ways of working with what's been called the "creative unconscious". I invite others to join in. I'm calling it MARKINGS
It's what artists often work with, self-consciously, some of the time;
It's what everybody does some of the time;
Children have an easier time getting to it than most adults do;
It crashes in on people in transitions--grief, illness, retirement, rehab, reentry, unemployment,-- circumstances that ask for some kind of re-invention of who we are or who we think we are. We are all "vets" of something.
So for a six-week period, a small group of us will roam this territory. The key feature of this activity is its interactive, or perhaps unpredictable, nature. One goal of this endeavor is to become more comfortable with the indistinct, the ambiguous, the unpredictable. There is NOT a plan or Way to do this. It's a process. And a process you have to be an active part of
So I'll be BOTH the kindly guide, the beadle, the cicerone, the shepherd AND the trickster, the mis-director and the scallywag helping you to stumble and find YOUR OWN ways. (Remember, it's all about You! It's not about following my directions)
And for this, you'll pay me $25 for each week you can stand it or enjoy it.
Nope, never happened. No $$ involved . Too elusive an experience to commodify
We'll use Alchemy to inform all this. Alchemy is the practice of encountering the world with The Heart, The Head and The Hand. Most of us can do all three; some better than others. Markings is an opportunity to tune up and tone up those areas that might need it. Right-Brain/Left-Brain thinking is another form of this.
Let me emphasize the importance of the interactivity of this. This is not a book, a course, a program.
This is a time-bound encounter that will change; It's really all about getting comfortable and fluent with change...
So, I'll lay out a menu of suggested activities: (starters, entrees, sides, desserts??) You's get to decide what you're hungry for and what would be a good place to start. Yes, you can start with dessert!
You can and must decide on the rhythm and pace of involvement. Perhaps you need some daily contact; perhaps not. There are always small, manageable decisions --forkings-- presenting themselves. When you look back on the series of these you've made, you'll be surprised and delighted at what you see.
There'll be an emphasis on Distraction and its buddies Chance and Accident. (Actually, it's called Synchronicity, and it's not "random") I'm looking for ways that both honor and dissemble the routine ways we naturally have come to live. I just found this video that speaks to a kind of letting go. It's what the Surrealists did with the Exquisite Corpse exercises.
Specifically, I'll suggest making Cards, Imaginal Tools, Carving stones, random anonymous art moments... We may even use the US Postal Service!
We'll probably start a private Blog to show and share work... and I'm liking tumblr. But no-cost lurking is possible and encouraged.
Finally, thanks to Katherine Wilson for provoking this. As a new mother, she understands transition, distraction, chance and accident. As an architect, she understands the phases of making and re-making things. Katherine, and a few more of you, were involved with a 2007 version of this.
We'll start when about eight people fall for this.
I thought it was fun last time to gather local materials--sending them to you and redistributing and then making something with them? Maybe creating something around a theme. Katherine