Patterns That Connect

January 27, 2020

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This is a fascinating video showing the movement of a school of striped eel catfish moving collectively almost as a single entity, reminiscent of flocks of sparrows behaving similarly but in the air, not under water. It also brings to mind Gregory Bateson’s great 1972 book, Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity;, in which he discusses observable and recognizable patterns in nature from an epistemological perspective. Knowing can and does take place of systems and meta-systems through observation of “patterns that connect”.

Centering

January 5, 2020

https://www.brainpickings.org/2020/01/03/m-c-richards-centering/?mc_cid=91721b0981&mc_eid=4892e1c952

From Brain Pickings: The Art of Centering: Potter and Poet M.C. Richards on What She Learned at the Wheel About Non-Dualism, Creative Wholeness, and the Poetry of Personhood

This book was a must read during my art studies in the 60’s. Richards’ musings about duality/non-duality, inner/outer awareness, and interrelatedness were seminal in my development of understanding about being and the importance of creativity in the process of being.

Maria Popova’s Brain Pickings is a wonderful site. She exhibits a brilliance with her knowledge of literature and the arts and with her pattern recognition- her awesome ability to notice and explain connections and similarities among a disparate field of writers and other artists.

Popova on Richards: “Richards explores the poetry of personhood through the metaphor of centering, drawn from the craftsmanship of pottery — a potter brings the clay to the center of the wheel, then begins the process of giving the amorphous spinning mass the desired shape.

https://brainpickings.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=13eb080d8a315477042e0d5b1&id=426aeebaa8&e=4892e1c952

This video below shows a graphic comic artist demonstrating automatic drawing. I learned to do this in the late sixties when I was studying art. Although the artist says, “let your brain” do the work, I actually experience it as letting my body/mind do the drawing while suspending any conscious, deliberate attention. (I imagined that the energy for the movement of the drawing come directly from my heart through my arm, bypassing my head. I felt like an observer to my own drawing process.) While following along as an observer I was always surprised at what emerged. At some point late in the process I would notice an object emerging from the markings. At this point I would redirect my attention and apply deliberate action to bringing out the newly discovered object. This process of automatic drawing has been very rewarding, both as a meditative process and a way to discover new images heretofore hidden below my conscious awareness.

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Beautiful and moving-

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Mary Oliver on Creativity

September 7, 2019

The Third Self: Mary Oliver on Time, Concentration, the Artist’s Task, and the Central Commitment of the Creative Life (from Brain Pickings)

“Certainly there is within each of us a self that is neither a child, nor a servant of the hours. It is a third self, occasional in some of us, tyrant in others. This self is out of love with the ordinary; it is out of love with time. It has a hunger for eternity.

“The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time.”

Mary Oliver in “Of Power and Time,” found in Upstream: Selected Essays(public library).

https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/10/12/mary-oliver-upstream-creativity-power-time/

www.nytimes.com/2019/08/26/style/can-plants-talk.html

Dave Brubeck’s iconic “Time Out” jazz album was a synthesis of American jazz and world polyrhythms. I loved this album as a boy, saw the quartet perform it live, and love it still today. Its a good example of a form of creativity. This short video from Open Culture breaks it down and explains.

www.openculture.com/2019/08/how-dave-brubecks-time-out-changed-jazz-music.html