these questions were based on the article
"The Conscious, Subconscious, and Unconscious, a New Look at an Old Metaphor."
This Week's Questions
[posed by Austin S.]
Do you know?
[Question 1] What are the fundamentals of founding a school? What are the first actual steps in founding a school?
For instance, a philosophy might be that the school of art would focus primarily on teaching students to question what they see and what do not see, even to the degree that these students learn to question their own eyes. In addition, students might be required to develop a personal meditation practice, a self induced space for the purpose of developing an imaginary visual canvas on which to create spiritual masterpieces.
As for the more pragmatic aspects of the school, start with this. Most schools, including most schools of art, focus too much on students parroting and not enough teaching them to reinvent the wheel. Your school might require students to reinvent many wheels. For instance, students might be asked to not only imitate the masters but also to revisit what the student believes to have been this master's spiritual space. What I mean by this is, students might actually be required to spend weeks, living and or working in arrangements similar to those in which they believe the artist actually lived, including that the student would have to create a new work in the artist's style.
Creativity is the heart and soul of each and every school. Conversely, parroting is the death of every school. Start here. Work outward.
A very loving therapist I saw years ago once told me that I should think about volunteering to counsel people. At the time, I thought I was one of the sickest people on the planet. Thus I asked her the same question. Her response? She said that as long as I was working on my issues, that it was fine to become a therapist.
Her belief in me has often buoyed me up in times wherein I thought I was not qualified to be a therapist. Ironically, I can nether remember her face nor her name. I was not yet conscious enough to access such things. Even so, I will remember her kindness forever and believe that through me, her kindness has been visited on many people she has never met. As I believe my kindness to you will effect others I never meet as well.
Moreover, seeing this beauty creates an ongoing desire in the artist to explore it and to create more beauty in a similar vein. Thus, there is no need to worry healing will ruin your creative drive. Healing never makes you love something less. It only opens your eyes to the beauty which was right in front of you all the time but which you had never noticed.
As for your first statement; that wounds in and around art are what create the artist, know that in all likelihood, the drive to be an artist gets created the artists' need to heal, not by their injuries. This healing includes putting what happened to them into some form of visual dialogue. Thus, whether painter, writer, poet, or musician, what artists create literally gives voice to what they had previously been unable to put into words, often because what happened to them was beyond words. No coincidence, I spent my childhood in a silent house with a catatonic schizophrenic mother while my father worked long hours, and that I now have an almost unending drive to write, talk, and teach for a living. To put what I saw and felt into words.
Said in other words, exploring one's spiritual practices to discover what one cannot picture is the heart and soul of many, many existing spiritual practices. They just never refer to doing this directly. Theoretically, at least.
All critique comes from the eyes of an external "watcher" rather than from some internal "self" view. Thus, when you react to someone, even yourself, as if you, or they, are personally inferior or superior, then you are in one of the outer layers. Most likely, you are in Layer 2.
The interesting thing to know here is, since almost all creativity occurs in the inner layers (it occurs while transiting Layers 10 - 7), when artists get stuck in an external view (Layers 6 through 1), they will be unable to create. They will literally experience a creative "block."