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A Writer Learns to Draw – Lesson 1

November 6, 2015
LPeterson-selfPortrait-2

How do I change my perception? I know there’s more to life than I’m seeing beyond mundane daily tasks and news grabbing world events. There’s something more rich than I’ve ever experienced in the unseen. I know this to be true as I’m able to see aura colors around people and ghosts around loved ones.

I want to dive deeper into the magical unknown. Without being able to describe it, how do I tap into it? I recently came up with a plan to go deeper into the mystery of life.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Dr. Wayne Dyer

A couple of years ago I started practicing Soaring Crane Qigong. It lifted me so high above any problem that I was able to see differently. They were but specs of dust on the surface of the earth. What was I worried about?

With qigong, I learned a zoom out way of perceiving and now with drawing, I’m exploring a zoom in perception. I recently dusted off an old copy of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain (Copyright 1989). I remember buying the book, a sketch pad, drawing pencils and eraser with eagerness to learn how to draw. When I opened the sketch pad the other day, the only rudimentary drawings were dated May 18, 1998. Did I give up so soon? No, the timing wasn’t right. Now is the right time, as I can look at this project with sensory awareness that I didn’t have back then.

Let me make myself clear, I don’t know how to draw. My animal and human figures have stick legs and carrot noses. But I was inspired by the quotes in the book. After learning to draw, students said, “Life seems so much richer now” and “I didn’t realize how much there is to see and how beautiful things are.”

The main principle of the book is “drawing is a global (or whole) skill requiring only a limited set of basic components.” Global skills include activities such as reading, driving, and riding a bike – once you’ve mastered components and integrated them, you don’t have to remember how to do it, it comes naturally. Same with drawing.

Drawing requires learning five perceptual skills as laid out in the exercises in the book: perception of edges, spaces, relationships, lights and shadows, and perception of the whole. There are many techniques and other basic skills beyond these lessons that a student can develop to master the art of drawing. But with perceptual training, students learn the basics and are able to create realistic drawings in a short period of time.

Gertrude Stein asked the French artist Henri Matisse whether, when eating a tomato, he looked at it the way an artist would. Matisse replied: “No, when I eat a tomato I look at it the way anyone else would. But when I paint a tomato, then I see it differently.”

In this training, students become conscious to how their brain handles information. The left hemisphere of the brain is verbal and analytical thinking while the right side is visual and perceptual thinking. In our society, it tends more natural to use our left hemisphere thinking because that’s our language center. Learning to control how the brain handles information opens up access to powerful brain functions that are overshadowed by language. The strategy of this teaching is to understand perceptual brain processes and offer techniques in accessing and controlling these processes.

People gather visual information by scanning the environment using a whole brain process. The visual data they gather is then interpreted in ways depending on beliefs and experiences. People see what they expect to see based on conditioning. This is not conscious awareness as the brain alters and sometimes disregards the raw data of vision. They only see what they believe is possible. When students learn perception through drawing, it alters the brain process to allow a more direct, unedited way of seeing.

Anyone can learn how to draw if they learn how to see. Using the right brain transports the student into an altered state of awareness, similar to meditation, exercising and listening to music. It opens up the consciousness to inventive, intuitive and imaginative powers by taking the student beyond mundane details of daily life to develop the ability to perceive things in a complete way. New possibilities bubble to the surface, as do creative solutions to problems. This can enhance confidence in decision-making.

“To be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and the inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large – this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone.” Aldous Huxley, The Doors of Perception

These exercises are designed for those who cannot draw. It teaches the basic fundamentals in learning to draw realistically. Eek! Following the instructions in the book, my first drawing is a preinstruction drawing before learning anything about perception. As I was drawing it, I noticed my inner critic going wild with how perfect it was not. I have not taken a drawing class, at least to my recollection. Maybe from Mr. Carlson in seventh grade? In this first drawing, I put my pencil lightly to the paper, out of trepidation and also so it wouldn’t be hard to erase the mistakes.

Both my sisters are super creative artists. When I showed one of them my first attempt, I asked with great pride, “does this look like me?’ No, was her response. I smiled. I knew it didn’t look like me but I was proud the portrait didn’t have a carrot nose.

In this series, my intention is to learn how to draw. Whether it will be good or not remains to be seen. This is an exciting journey as I explore and come up with a new awareness of the beauty around me. I hope you’ll join me!

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Healing

October 15, 2012

Pacific Ocean

Healing is focusing energy to achieve a state of well-being. Simply directing energy happens all the time when you cook a good meal, embrace a loved one, solve a problem or close a real estate transaction. These actions shift the energy creating a desired outcome or a healing. Everything is made up of energy, from the furniture in your house to your body to a thought to your surroundings. You have the ability to heal a person, company, situations or an event. Do you want to lose weight? By redirecting the energy into something you would like to experience, say finding love, you can lose those extra pounds. Healing can be used to create prosperity, strengthen a business, improve your own or a friend’s mood, revitalize your body, or throw a fun party. It can even be used to heal a stalled car or your food at mealtime. Continue Reading…

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Precognition

October 8, 2012

Torrey Pines

Precognition predicts the future. You can choose to use it for yourself, with anyone or on anything. If you are not happy with what you foresee, it empowers you to create change in the present moment to actualize the best possible future. It helps you to determine where you can influence change. And forecast things, such as the stock market.

Precognition exists in each moment of your day, but it is only when you become aware of this gift that it can really work for you. Just as you catch yourself slipping into the past, you also slip into the future. But this might be a foreign concept, as you quickly push it aside. As you practice this skill, it will reveal what you need to know about the future and guide you to a potential solution in the present. It might not always make sense, but if you follow your intuition, you will realize the power beneath this tool. Continue Reading…

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Remote Viewing

October 1, 2012

Torrey Pines

Remote viewing is the process of going into a situation or a place and observing it. Instead of directing information, like in telepathy, you explore it, picking up or sensing images. As with the other intuitive skills, you view from a detached space but take it a step further by visiting places or structures that you might not be familiar with. Remote viewing does not mean that you have to “see” it. Use the sense that you are naturally drawn to. In assessing the place, you can go there through feeling, knowing, hearing, smelling, tasting or seeing.

Remote viewing is a handy tool in sensing a structure, body, or a process. You can visit a meeting you were not invited to, find a missing object or person, view the end result of a project, and evaluate your own strategies or a competitor’s. Take the time to explore future investments, solve building structural issues or take a walk through your grandmother’s childhood home. There are no boundaries in time and space. Continue Reading…

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Body Heat Telepathy

September 24, 2012

shadow

Body heat telepathy assists in attracting the right people or situations into your life. Whether it is a business partnership or a romantic relationship, it will create a sense of openness that draws the perfect person or situation in. Consumers fall in love with a product just as a person falls in love with another. Body heat telepathy can help you prepare for a relationship before you are in it, unlock what others need to see in you, open you up to attractive parts of yourself, and align you in a strategic negotiating position. People unconsciously communicate with each other all the time, but with body heat telepathy you will find a new awareness to the messages.

Connections can be made everywhere from walking down the street to the grocery store to a dinner party. Sometimes an instant love connection is made, leading to passion for a few months only to wind up broken hearted. You have a choice to send out messages through either your true needs or through old habits and patterns. Using body heat telepathy, you can clear out patterns and shift the messages you are sending out. Once you develop authentic self-love, you reclaim your own heart and are able to show your true self to the world. Deep within you, there are authentic memories, thoughts and feelings you can tap into to find your power of attraction. By tapping into your inner strength, you can overcome your weaknesses to find that partner you can grow with. Continue Reading…