Yesterday I posted Under the Great Wave off Kanagawa, painted by Hokusai. I told its story and asked some questions about it, part of my inner dialogue about this great poetic painting.
Imagine you are a 21st century Hokusai, seeing the picture in this post. Fuji and the sunset overwhelm the city, but will you paint it that way? The city also captures our view. Is that the poetic content for the 21st century? Does nature gradually disappear from our view, as we network on our iPhones? Are there so many people that we can no longer find silence?
Maybe we can find silence by looking at art painted in the 1820s, by our great-great-grandfathers. What do they have to say to us, about our 21st century? Do we listen? Is the past relevant to us?
The Japanese artist Hokusai painted the 36 views of Fuji in the early 1820s. Under the Wave off Kanagawa is his best known work. I recently went to the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and saw The Great Wave, and the other works.
What is there about the Great Wave that fascinates us? I know I have a internal dialogue when I gaze at it, mainly about the wave, its height and force and movement. Fuji is almost incidental. The boat with the fishermen is also hard to see but important. The wave and the fishermen are fighting each other, with Fuji as a distant, silent witness.
What is this internal sense in me that tells the story of the conflict between the boat and the wave? It is what distinguishes me from every other animal — my storytelling ability, my sense of the meaning of things. What will I do with this storytelling, meaning recognition capability? Is that an important question? Who can answer it? How will I know that they are telling the truth? How do I know that I am telling the truth?
Add your own questions please.
“Know the true direction of your Life journey and follow your inner compass to get there.”
A compass is a good metaphor to use for guiding the direction of your life. But most people have never used a real compass so they actually don’t know how to unpack the compass metaphor to apply it to their life journey. Here is a simple guide to using a real compass (with how to use your metaphorical inner compass to guide your life in parenthesis):
- Align the north pointing needle of your compass with north of the compass (In your life, you have to discern which direction you feel pulled toward, which is your inner north)
- Align north of the compass with north of the map where you are located (Of course you have to have a map of your future life to do this.)
- Decide which direction you want to go on your map and note the compass heading (You know where you are now; you know where you want to go in your life. You need to plan your trip in that new direction and increase your inner compass’s energy in that direction)
- Finally, use the compass to follow the path you have chosen, even when you can’t see any landmarks (You have headed in a new direction and you need to track how well you’re traveling. Sometimes you’re lost so your inner compass is your only guide.)
Too complicated for you? Here is the idea in a nutshell. Know where you want to go, versus where you are, sense where you are being pulled, energize your inner compass, and keep track of where you are going. A Life Map is a big help. http://lifemapping.me
You probably recognize half of Neil Armstrong’s pithy statement when he first stepped on to the moon. But do you ever think you might need some words like that yourself?
You’ve been selected for a significant honor or award, by your national government. You have to make an acceptance speech, and have decided to look back at what led up to you winning this award. Could you remember the first step that you took?
I think that the question of how we got to where we are in life is basically unanswerable. Too many threads, too many small decisions. If we are famous, we might remember a particular person who helped us — a parent, teacher, coach or friend — but they only deserve partial credit.
In actuality, our first step to where we are today probably took place when our worldview or mindset gained enough strength to guide us. Our choices and decisions were heavily influenced by our view of the meaning of things. The clarity and intensity of our intentions depend on the meaning we attach to controlling our own destiny.
Sharpen your clarity about your future desires and intentions by creating your own unique life map. See http://lifemapping.me for how to do that.
I can remember a few times in my life when I was REALLY going down. My true friends were there, helping me pick up the pieces of my life. In fact, the mere fact that they were there stopped my fall, or at least slowed it down.
I believe in passing things along. Not just to the people who were there for me, but to all my friends and acquaintances. So, this is an open invitation to all who receive this post to contact me when they feel they are going down. Give me clue in a Facebook or LinkedIn personal message, or by email if you have it.
It takes a long time to learn that we are human becomings. It seems for a long time that life is about results. Success seems to have bullet points for achievement.
Gradually we see that life is primarily about relationships, which are not achievements but ongoing processes. And love is a process too. So, maybe we might be a process of becoming.
Life is about transformation — but not us transforming ourselves. Being transformed by love, and transforming others in our journey.
Where did I get these ideas? Who was my source? My source is you, and through you, God. That is what becoming is all about. Go to http://lifemapping.me and learn about becoming your journey.