We all have conversations in our minds. Some of those conversations repeat and repeat and repeat and we seem to have no control over the coming and going of the thoughts that begin the dialogue. Mindlessly, we sometimes carry on those conversations out loud.
Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626) remarked, "Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention." It is the same with our thoughts. Those thoughts that take us nowhere, that cause harm to ourselves or others, need not even be tasted. One of the most dynamic things about being an artist is the unique conversation that goes on in the creative mind during art making. Those conversations are introspective and contemplative, revealing who knows what during the various stages of the artistic endeavor. That conversation is where the artist’s knowledge, emotion, intuition, and experience come together. It is the expression of this converstation that brings a work to life and that initiates change in individual or cultural life.
And just where does this conversation come from? All things are united through a common conscious ground, or unified field. The act of recognizing this unified field through the creative endeavor, or prayer, or meditation, gives us the ability to raise the level of communication within our minds and within our social conversations, passing over already well-established mental pathways, to what Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) described as the super conscious.
Each of us has the inherent capacity to unlock and open the door to Cayce’s super conscious. Put art and yoga into your everyday routine, or at least weekly routine, with the specific intention to shift your awareness, your purpose, your lifestyle, to begin to access your creative mind and open dialogue to the world outside your mundane box. How could your life change if you begin seeing with your artist’s/yogi’s eyes? The possibilities are limitless. Make a space in your home dedicated to a lifestyle that includes time for you to explore and develop new conversations with yourself. Enjoy a lifestyle that offers opportunities to open your mind and exercise your creativity.