Friday, 22 February 2013

The House

 Jung's house

It's been two weeks since starting back at university and I'm struggling to get clear about how to move forward. I have so many ideas and I feel overwhelmed. So I need to get all the ideas down and start sifting through them. Get some focus and clarity. So I am writing my proposal, which I will share with you soon.

One part that I am clear about however is that I will be using 'The House' specifically in relation to its symbolism. In jungian terms the house is symbolic of the psyche... (At this stage my house and my psyche in particular)...

While looking to back this claim up I came across this link. It's a fascinating theory.

Tuesday, 19 February 2013

First day

Well actually my second day. 

 Spent the day sorting out my studio space at varsity

Loved this pile of broken ceramic pieces tossed outside the studio... A minotaur in the courtyard...

Saturday, 9 February 2013

Why Transpersonal Psychology

So I have all these wonderful like minded people in my life with whom I share and get inspired by.

The thing is, I think, at least for me, there needs to be some kind of a ‘container’ for all of this wonderful sharing of ideas, theories, philosophies, dreams, stories etc, or a ‘thread’ that runs through, connecting them all, and for me that ‘container/thread’ is Transpersonal Psychology. The way I described it to a friend the other day was that it feels like I am looking through a key hole in an ancient door at a beautiful scene/landscape on the other side. (The Secret Garden springs to mind). These conversations and sharing that we have are like seeing, through the key hole, snippets of this beautiful scene, of ‘completeness and interconnectedness’. But they’re only snippets, not the whole picture. And that for me, TP is like the key that unlocks the door to the whole beautiful garden. Wouldn’t it be nice to think that in this life time we would get to see that garden. Another way I described it was that each conversation/connection/’aha’ moment is like a piece of a puzzle and that TP can help put that puzzle together until, and again wouldn’t this be wonderful, we can see the complete picture.

Photo by Martin Eager

Thursday, 7 February 2013

Back to School

And so after what seems like quite a break, I am back to painting and working with clay again. It hasn't been an altogether barren time creatively. Ideas have been 'gestating' and to carry on the 'pregnant' metaphor a little further, I feel ready to burst. 

Next week heralds the beginning of what I'm confident will be a very exciting and challenging 4 years. I have committed to doing an MA in Fine Art at UKZN and am honoured and thrilled to be doing so.

Although the ideas are still in their early stages I am going to be using my love of myth, dream, story, metaphor, symbolism etc, and in particular the teachings of 'Transpersonal Psychology', as the inspiration behind the creative work.

As synchronicity would have it, my Transpersonal Psychology book arrived today from overseas.

 Journey in Depth. A Transpersonal Perspective

Ian Gordon Brown and Barbara Somers.