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"The way in which we view the world in general and the knowledge in particular depend on how we understand and use words."

My approach in using the words is like drawing a portrait. This involves the using of lines, negative spaces (the shapes between different objects), relationship between objects and the values (the shadows).

It is very important when painting a portrait to capture the essence - to make the picture alive. So how do I do that? Briefly:

First of all, it is important to see only the shapes and lines and switch off the internal dialogue. Or, in other words, there is just an observation and drawing but not any inner chat saying: this is an eye, this is a nose etc. This requires being in a mood that is a sort of neutral and has the quality of warmth and patience. After the general shape is done and all the relationships between the different shapes are observed then I start focusing and drawing on the what is called - values. The values are the shadows. They are not one colour but different nuances of darker hues. So, the trick is to continue drawing and drawing the interplay of those shadows. The more I focus on the shadows, the more I see how the bright spots also get into play and get accentuated - the contrast, the interplay of shadows and brightness. This draws me deeper into the mood I mentioned above. And then comes a moment, patiently so, when the ESSENCE of the image JUST emerges, it pops out, it gets revealed! And then I stop. This essence itself brings the feeling and it cannot be explained. It is like the LIGHT. We do not see the light directly but we actually see the interplay of the brightness and the shadows. And once we recognise and observe this interplay, an stay with it, then the feeling of the light itself emerges, that is, our heart sees the light.

So, about the use of words:

The words have lines and shapes and values too. It is the same. The mind provides the form and the emotions provide the colour. So, I focus on that and I go into the drawing mood. But the most important thing is how I focus on the interplay of shadows and brightness. Here, by shadows I mean what is NOT. It is like un-dressing. And then comes a moment when the FEELING emerges.

We cannot approach the unknown positively, so to speak. That is, we cannot describe it in words before it is KNOWN for us already. So, when I am exploring (drawing) with words I use them to see what is NOT. And then comes a moment when What It Is emerges as a pure feeling.

This is my not-doing.

P.S. I do recommend, if someone is interested of course, reading the book: “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” and to go over the exercises in it.

A Man of Action