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For a very long time I was “the kid” speaking honestly about my individual experiences for two primary reasons:
1) to save my own life
2) to find those who could hear me and acknowledge what I was saying, with a sense of safety, respect, and unconditional love.
Since age seven, as part of what is a life-long and life-saving will-to-survive, my own searches for well-being, have been and are allied with art. Art in many forms from dance to music to visual expression has allowed me to stand within, and grow into defining who/what I truly am. Defining the value of my own sense of self, versus having one’s spirit sucked out, when too young to understand there are options to defend one’s self, or to have the right to the soul’s own choices in this life.
Now, as a midlife adult I post the above video of Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, speaking at TedTalk. She is a righteous pediatrician on the front lines of community healthcare in a major U.S. metropolitan city on the West Coast, and her voice, steeped in committed experience is confirming.
Watch this video and let it move you to action. Action that works for you to participate in support of raising us all up, no matter the scale of that participation. Let the reactionism and naysaying run its course out of earshot, don’t let that on-going toxic unconsciousness hurt your heart anymore.
My post-Baccalaureat project- the ARt project, joins in as a very motivated approach to this reality change, coincidently and so directly described by Dr. Burke Harris. Since graduating last June, I continue to pursue the realization of the ARt project vision with my sleeves rolled up. Because as the most excellent Dr. says, this is a reality change that involves us all. “The single most important thing we need today is the courage to look this problem in the face and say this is real and this is all of us.” -Dr. Nadine Burke Harris
Participating in this reality change from the cultural side, reflects a lifetime thus far of handbuilding personal agency into an evolving career path in the arts, in community access, in building national aesthetic identity participation. I am not only a culture hound, an artist, an artist-researcher, I am a project director, participating in the massive 21st c cultivation of opening access between community cultures, through the use of mobile technology.
Within the ARt project goals are: to make our public, community-sized, cultural resources much more accessible. Accessible within community to enhance cultural climate-building through free choice learning. Accessible community learning that translates more directly into both the quality and the breadth of life enriching results. And integrated results, benefitting everyone throughout our community culture(s), without exception.
“In Sense Writing, I often talk about trust, and to me Sense Writing is a practice in understanding that there is a part of us below the surface that is intelligent and intricate. A part that lies beyond our own will; a part that is often smarter than the rest our sense of self.
Sense Writing is an empirical practice in knowing that if we settle into ourselves, work with our nervous system, and refine the information we give this part of ourselves, that part of ourselves grows! The still presence deep within becomes a more conscious and integrated part of our direct experiences- not through effort and reductive reasoning, but through an ongoing and specific process of curiosity and investigation.” Madelyn Kent
In the midst of an initial discovery and upon first impressions of this curious term, found in the wee hours earlier this morning, I gleefully recognize the very real prospects of longterm handicap liberation!
It’s a gift! A gift I tell you, to finally find a relatable, accessible method that states it will slowly take a writing novice through to development of one’s own coupe de plume! Sense writing, is based in consciously experiencing somatically focused observation exercises, that one practice writes in short initial sentences, progressively building on clearly observed stages over time.
Being kinesthetic/visually dominant, writing is not natural. It’s a foreign engagement quite often resulting in a psychologically/emotionally, even physiologically painful struggle. There has been real fear about expressing from such an intimate expression of selfhood, one too vulnerable to risks of attack, that anything else has seemed preferable- until now.
Therefore, owing to a very personal and lifelong commitment to communication and clarity of understanding no matter what, and certainly reflective of the reality that I can be found during nightly bouts of insomnia, intuitively scouring the Internet for nourishment, meaningful and hard-found connections to right-fitting tools/solutions; hard-found resources that eventually are recognized as repeatedly in front of the one who is searching, a very long time!
Sense writing is a new exploration on this path to cultivating solid, workable, longterm, personally enriching and meaningful writing skills!
What obstacles have you experienced getting out your compelling truth/vision? How have, do or did you find a solution/ overcome those obstacles?
Share your responses in the comments section. La femme artiste would love hearing from you.
“Making art is like making fire in the dead and cold of the night. It gives out light, it gives out heat, it gives direction…” –Lily Yeh
Lily Yeh’s statement is a good one to describe my own tentative steps, embracing life through traditional media again.