Sunday, 1 July 2012

Life "on the right side of the brain"

"Artists say that they feel alert and aware yet are relaxed and free of anxiety, experiencing a pleasurable, almost mystical activation of the mind." (Edwards 1979, p4).

An artistic flow, according to Edwards, is about the way you see things.  Likewise, our relationship with God is based on how we see things.  In both cases, our vision is often off.  We are not seeing what is actually there, and so we don't represent reality in either our art or our relationship with God.

It is my aim, over the next few days/weeks to complete some of the exercises that Edwards sets (in order).  The first four activities require that I produce what I know will be fairly ordinary pieces.  But I also know that establishing where I am at right now is important.  How else will I know when I have improved?

Challenging thought though:  admitting to the ordinary state of our relationship with God.  Or maybe you have already learned to live life "on the right side of the brain"!


  1. We love that book! The kids and I worked our way through much of it about 3 years ago. It was a real eye opener for me who is so left brained that when I would draw a lion for Japanese class they would guess with things like 'can opener'!

    1. Haha...I too am very left brain in how I view life! I have moments of right brain so I am pretty excited about the process and the thought that I can tap into "seeing" better. It's encouraging to me to hear it was positive for you. :)