The infinite charm of self-expression lies in the creating of art itself, I can be happily doing something that pleases me, and seldom know what it is I’m going to do before I actually do it.
Mushrooms, moss and an old log, photographer Frans Lanting took this picture , Manu National park, Peru, those are Cup fungus in the Amazon rainforest. She captured a still of a very vibrant living landscape. When we are creating, we must perceive the subject & really fully grasp its essence, the visual, evokes inspiration, which in turn creates and stimulates a desire for expression.
When we put our full attention, sincerity and scrupulous attention to whatever creativity we engage in, the results are much more rewarding and pleasing to us. So it is when we are faced with a challenge. How we proceed, the choices we make, all become part of the fabric of the results or product that we produce.
Today was a day of “Learning” I’ve been building/creating for a long time using virtual software,graphic programs and I’ve happily done a little bit of this and a bit of that. Content to play. A dear friend and mentor that I hadn’t seen in a long time popped over and while we were talking she suddenly asked me why I hadn’t done something. I had no idea what she was asking me, but in discussing it with her, I realized she was talking to me about a step or process in the doing of something, that I didn’t do, and it caused problems with some of my presentations. I had known that I had to work at achieving what I wanted, and was often stuck with the problem so had to work around it. Now here she was asking me a simple question, in that moment, she opened a whole new window for me.
It was too much for me to take in, I will have to review our conversation, look up tutorials, meet with her again, and and and. I was happily doing my thing… but… to someone with experience in what I was doing, I had left out a step in the process. hmmm I reflected as my head hit the pillow. There is always something to learn. Then my mind decided that perhaps I should deal with some of my other creative projects.. do something less “Intense” So now it is 4:52 a.m. and I’m still up. Yes I’ll pay for it tomorrow, but this is something I wanted to do.
Now that I know there is another step and that if I do it another way, I will have different results, what will I do I will learn the new method, because I like learning. However, if I am creating something because it pleases me, will I do it the new way after I’ve learned how, or will I want to do it the old way. To grow I need to be able to let go of what I have done, and have an objective mind” There is a saying… our Self is revealed when there is no ego....
Namaste – Oyashikiri
PL Precept #6 Efface your self conceptions
3rd picture -Morel Mushrooms (Pacific Northwest)
4th-Phelloodon sinclairii (fungus,New Zealand) by myxonz-flickr