is a statement of what you would like to receive
from the Creative Source at this particular moment.
An intention should be made in writing before each
art making time. Prior to writing it is helpful
to become quiet, focus on the breath, and relax,
allowing the intention to rise up and make itself
known. Intention should be worded clearly, in present
tense, without using the word 'want'. For example:
'I explore my creativity' not 'I want to explore
my creativity'. Intention can take several forms:
Inquiry: 'I receive information about·' I explore possibilities about·'
2. Engagement: 'I commit to learning·', I
am guided in my relationship to..', 'I place myself
in service to the Creative Source'
3. Celebration: 'I give thanks for..' 'I remember· 'I honor·' 'I mourn·'
Ultimately, all intention is about coming into alignment
with our deepest purpose. To do this we must be in
agreement in body, mind and spirit in order to manifest
our unique truth.
Art Making: Use any simple materials that you enjoy, follow the marks you
make and your sense of pleasure until you feel a sense of completion. Simple art
materials and tasks are described in Art as a way of knowing.
Witness: The witness is your chance to actualize your intention by turning
your attention and full consciousness to what you have received in your art making.
The steps are as follows:
1. Sit in front of your art quietly and just notice what it looks and feels like.
2. Describe in writing what you see as fully as you can without coming to conclusions.
3. Write down any feelings or thoughts, including judgments that come up for you.
4. Dialogue with the image or a part of the image; write it down as it comes,
including any seemingly extraneous thoughts or tangents.
5. Check in with
your intention; ask your image what it has to do with your intention.
Creative Source: The life energy that is the birthright
of every person. It is a vast unending, incomprehensible source of potential.
It is called the Void, chi, ki, inner wisdom, the One, ein
sof or God depending on the tradition. Art and writing are a means
to tap into Source. Other means include prayer, meditation, music and movement.
Safe Group Environment: This is created when each person present is fully
engaged in his or her own art process without interfering in the process of others.
The no comment rule has proved very effective in ensuring safety.
No Comment Rule: It is important to refrain from commentary when we engage
in Studio Practice with others, particularly when the group reads witness writing
aloud. We allow ourselves to be touched by the words of another. Sometimes the
Creative Source speaks to us through the words and images of others. We make no
comment so each person speaking can hear the truth of his or her own words. We
hold the space for one another with compassion and respect. We are the embodiment
of witness consciousness when we do so. We do not deny any judgments or
conflicting feelings, we simply do not speak them aloud. Such responses can be
invited into our art and witness practice to reveal their meaning to us.
Witness Consciousness: This is the state one seeks to enter in any form
of meditation, when judgments fall away, our awareness clears, our minds quiet
and we are in a state of oneness with the Source. Witness consciousness is the
reality that exists beyond the rising and falling of our thoughts and emotions,
holding them without judgment.
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