Having a border or confined space ‘to fill’ as I did with my work for the Threshold Festival, changed my process, it took away the need for conscious thought; knowing when the work was complete, it became safe to get lost in it.
My automatic organic drawings are like a conversation going through different stages of thought, back and forth, conscious verbal thoughts, the written words, to deeper visual thoughts through focused and repetitious drawing. Its like or it is creative thinking, a process of balancing the right and left sides of the brain which Betty Edwards explores in her book Drawing on the Artist Within. (Edwards, Betty. Drawing on the artist within, how to release your hidden creativity. Great Britain: Fontana Collins, 1987.) It is where the verbal, left side of the brain asks/talks of an issue or subject and through the process of entering the visual, right side of the brain, the subconscious or higher self gives the insights/answer a feeling.
Instead of knowing when the work is complete through the boundaries, the organic drawings rely on this conversation process between conscious thought and the knowing through feeling and intuition, to know when the work is finished and an insight is reached.
Seeing the difference in my work has helped me to understand my aims, one is to explore my thought processes and beliefs, to gain awareness and be mindful while the other is to access ‘no thoughts’ to meditate.
Something that might help me to understand the difference in thoughts and meditation, and something that crops up in my reading, (I don’t want to get too technically) but brainwaves Beta, Alpha,
According the website Brain Works Neurotherapy;
‘Our brainwaves change according to what we’re doing and feeling’
‘Beta brainwaves are present in our normal waking state of consciousness. Beta brainwaves dominate our normal waking state of consciousness when attention is directed towards cognitive tasks and the outside world. Beta is a ‘fast’ activity, present when we are alert, attentive, engaged in problem solving, judgment, decision making, and engaged in focused mental activity.
Alpha brainwaves occur during quietly flowing thoughts, but not quite meditation. Alpha brainwaves are dominant during quietly flowing thoughts, and in some meditative states. Alpha is ‘the power of now’, being here, in the present. Alpha is the resting state for the brain. Alpha waves aid overall mental coordination, calmness, alertness, mind/body integration and learning.
Theta brainwaves, occur in sleep and are also dominant in deep meditation. In theta, our senses are withdrawn from the external world and focused on signals originating from within. In theta we are in a dream; vivid imagery, intuition and information beyond our normal conscious awareness. It’s where we hold our ‘stuff’, our fears, troubled history, and nightmares.
Delta Waves, They are generated in deepest meditation and dreamless sleep. Delta waves suspend external awareness and are the source of empathy. Healing and regeneration are stimulated in this state, and that is why deep restorative sleep is so essential to the healing process.’
I can see already how different parts of my work bring on these different states, and hopefully through looking at this I shall be able to perfect my process to be the most healing.