The Beginner's Mind

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The Beginner's mind is a wonderful strategy that can help us to learn all this stuff--mysticism, spirituality, metaphysics--much more easily. The idea behind this is that you take all of the things you know--all of your brilliant opinions, all of your reason and logic, even your cherished beliefs--and you put all this stuff on the shelf for awhile.... and  then just go ahead and do the work of making  art!

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When you begin to explore experiential work, there are many little exercises that don't seem to be important, or make sense. Many opinions about this may come up that get in your way. None of these ways of approaching the canvas is going to permanently change you in any way, it is just one more facet of a whole experience of being awake and experiencing "the totality of the here and now."

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People don't allow themselves to show up with  "I don't know" often enough. This is because we always know, or we always think we know. Most of the time when people think they know, they don't really know at all. It is just past impressions, stories and limiting beliefs of the situation that is happening now, the conclusions they came to on previous times, or judgments about similar events or circumstances that happened before.

Living with "I know" is a away from keeping us in the past. It doesn't allow us anything new, no surprises, no insights, no discoveries. It doesn't allow us to unlock and understand any of the mysteries of the present moment, and it keeps us often perfectly perfect which to me isn't all that interesting ~ the trying to get it right...create like them.

The freedom to create from your own hand to me requires a state of constantly coming back to the beginners mind.

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“If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist, will answer you: I am here to live out loud.” ― Emile Zola

Beginner's mind doesn't ask you to believe in anything in particular. It simply says put aside the beliefs you already have for a little while, and try a new or different approach without beliefs or expectations, simply see what might happen if you stay open. You can take back all of those opinions, all that reason and logic, all of those beliefs--in a moment! You can put them right "back on" all over again. If there was some new insights, new discoveries you never noticed before...perhaps a new way of mark making or freedom to play, it may be worth trying it again with your beginner's mind.

You can still go back to your old way but the choice is always up to you.

You may have new and exciting discoveries both with yourself and approaching your work this way.

That is the value of beginner's mind ~

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The world is full of magic things patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper” – W.B. Yeats

Peace + freedom to be you

Michelle xox