One Breath. One Line

If you are someone who is telling yourself you can’t draw this activity is a wonderful re-training for your thinking mind. We tell ourselves a great many untruths. If a thought begins with “ I can’t” this is a big clue that what is about to follow is a lie, a belief habit we have learned from others in the outside world.

Breathe in, breathe out, draw a line:

So try this. Breathe and for each out breath draw a line. We are not trying to draw anything. That is all we need to do. It is a joyful experience once you stop thinking. There is no right way or wrong way. There is no destination and nothing to achieve. Relax, breathe in, breathe out, drawing a line. Repeat. Continue until you feel a gentle relaxation. These drawings I call “Vessels of Breath” You can stop whenever you feel like stopping. It will quieten your monkey mind and bring you back to peace.

Be as a Small Child,

Children when handed pencils and paper will draw happily. It never enters their minds that thought, ” I can’t draw”, that comes later in our training. This training in negative self judgement is not helpful. It causes us to interrupt our creativity which is an expression of our essential soul self. So cultivate a child mind. A beginner’s mind.

Practice non prejudicial involvement.

This is also known as Open Attention. Open attention is the natural expression of a consciousness, from the heart mind,which is not preoccupied with achieving one thing or another or is making a judgement about what is right or wrong, what has priority or not. … Therefore, in this sitting still and listening we do not lose ourself but maintain the awareness of the Heart, of the source of the essential soul self connecting to the great Soul.

We don’t know what to do or how to create anew from our brain alone. So in practicing Heart Mind consciousness we do not decide what is important or not. That is the task of the heart mind not the ordinary local ego. Just enter the heart mind listen and get out of your own way.

Create from this place

You may have noticed in my intuitive art style I don’t have rules. I am just involved in every moment of creating. I have no idea what will emerge. I have no set outcome or destination. I am like a child. I just create. We cannot create or be in the flow when we begin to think there are rules about colour, composition, or perspective or tell ourselves there is a right way and a wrong way to draw or paint.

Blessings on your creating.

From my Heartinn me to your Heart in you,

Jan

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