Awakening the Artist Within:
3 Steps to a New World
by Heather C. Williams
Welcome – I'm so glad you’re here!
Let’s explore 3 steps to SEEING and FEELING a NEW WORLD.
When I sit quietly and draw - I enter a new language in my mind - a language without words - a language of simply FEELING connected with what I SEE. I have learned and practiced a simple yet powerful way to see through the habit of naming and judging what I see. Naming, labeling and judging things is a habit we all deal with and it comes from our belief that we are just material beings in a material world.
My 3 steps in drawing may help you to free yourself from the old habit of seeing material things as separate from you. I believe it is time for all of us to FEEL the reality of how, in truth, we are CONNECTED to what we see. Want to try it? Let’s go!
Three steps to activate the artist within you.
STEP ONE: Wherever you are right now - stop and look at the world before you. Breathe and relax. To FEEL CONNECTED TO WHAT YOU SEE, instead of naming “what” you see - try this simple meditation: Look for a vertical direction. (If you are in an urban setting, you will see lots of vertical directions: A door, a window, a table leg, a fence post, sometimes the trunk of a tree. Vertical directions express a feeling of strength, being upright, confident, secure, independent.) FEEL the strength of vertical and DRAW lines lightly on paper. FEEL yourself connecting with the vertical direction you SEE.
STEP TWO: Wherever you are right now - stop and look at the world before you. Breathe and relax. To FEEL CONNECTED TO WHAT YOU SEE, instead of naming “what” you see - try this simple meditation: Look for a horizontal direction. (If you are at the edge of a lake you will see the horizontal surface of the water. If you are in your apartment, you may see a table top, the top of a window or door or picture frame. Horizontal directions express a feeling of rest. Often a horizontal direction connects two vertical directions so consider the attributes of connecting, reaching across, dialogue.) Feel the “resting quality” of horizontal and DRAW lines lightly on paper. FEEL yourself connecting with the horizontal direction that you SEE.
STEP THREE: Wherever you are right now - stop and look at the world before you. Breathe and relax. To FEEL CONNECTED TO WHAT YOU SEE, instead of naming “what” you see - try this simple meditation: Look for a diagonal direction. (Tree branches, roofs, noses, shoulders, car windows, eyebrows. Diagonal directions express a feeling of being different, of coming and going, of being drawn into or compelled forward.) Feel the “compelling nature” of diagonal and DRAW lines lightly on paper. FEEL yourself connecting with the diagonal direction that you SEE.
These three steps are just the beginning. As you know, drawing is more ancient than words - and drawing connects us with our heart. Our Heart or our True Identity is already within us. We are the only ones who can draw our True Identity (our Higher Consciousness) out into the world. Now is the time.
LINKS TO MY ACTIVITIES
- My upcoming SUPRA CARGO CLASS will be a team project between me and my Teacher, Thane. This will be a zoom class - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Pacific Time on both Saturday & Sunday, August 21 & 22. The artist within each of us lives in our hearts. Our world today is unstable due to old habits that are causing big problems. You cannot enlighten the world unless you enlighten yourself...and the number one cause of our frustration is that most of us have no idea of who we really are. This class is created to help you awaken the creative core of your being. Learn more and register here: www.theprosperos.org/prosperos-events/onl-202108-ss-m-1
- My upcoming 10-week ONTOLOGY BOOK CLUB will be on zoom this fall 2021 beginning September 18. We will read and discuss the book by Red Hawk, SELF OBSERVATION. Learn more and register here: www.drawingtogether.com/bookclub
- My two 10-week Drawing Classes will be on zoom this fall 2021. Imagination Drawing Class begins Monday September 13 at 11:00 am Central Time and the Observational Drawing Class begins Wednesday September 15 at 11:00 am Central Time. Learn more and register here: www.drawingtogether.com/drawing-classes.
Heather C. Williams, H.W.,M.
High Watch Mentor - The Prosperos School of Ontology