The last few weeks have been about taking what I don't like, or find hard, and discovering 'new' ways to make things work.
I realise it's not always a new way, but quite possibly (actually, yes) an ongoing process of conditioning ourselves. A bit like re-progamming, and it's built one block at a time, but is most definitely an ongoing process. It does not happen over night and giving up is not an option!
Since asking for help with a life/social skills coach for my son I am glad to report that something (someone) very positive came back to me. Someone, ironically, I'd met through artistic circles and it turns out they are fully trained and teach ASD kids - the power of asking is one key strategy on the journey from getting to where we are to where we wish to be, for sure.
I've had a meeting and prospects and ideas seem exciting. With all the books I read, I keep returning to the same messages and ideas and teachings: everything is a reflection of our mind - but, and there's a but, there are things within that that can help us discover why the things that go through our minds lodge there and keep repeating. Okay yes, I've been listening to Anthony Robbins too ;) I need to know there are ways around, through, and over the obstacles that one faces in life otherwise it feels depressing (for me anyway). I can't change the fact that my son has ASD, but I can change responses and thoughts to it. I can teach him certain things and I can continue in my passion for discovering what makes human's work the way they do and apply some of that knowledge to change things for myself and those nearest and dearest to me creatively. Those I care about.
I have recently been reading Supercoach: 10 Secrets To Transform Anyone's Life by Michael Neill and he discusses three strategies that have been popular for the notion of getting what we want.
1. Acquisition based thinking
2. Attraction-based thinking
3. Creation-based thinking
The last really excites me because it's so very obviously tied in with my love of creativity and art. I'd love to share more, but really it's a whole book of interesting things.
Are we at a pivotal cross-roads in the development of the human psyche and what it's capable of? It's not just about getting or asking for, but creating.
It's an ongoing journey of discovery (or in spiritual terms: remembering). And another message that keeps rearing its head is the notion of giving being the way to getting (but not if you do it for that reason alone!)
I am coming out the other side of some stressful times and reading the books, applying what I've read and talking and learning which all help with these steep curves.
I found a secret moment to visit the Joseph Cornell show, Wanderlust at the Royal Academy - I loved it. I am going to do some more collages and build a structure in my life around this - maybe more to come on this idea ;) I love the section that talks about Cornell's commitment to Play & Experiment likening art and it's processes to being in a laboratory - let's go do that. A bit like 'life' again really; one big experiment to see what works given where we want to go.
The image is a piece of Jim Lambie's work at the RA too.
I hope you're having a good and creative time and finding ways through the rich tapestry of this thing we call life.