The Sixth Chakra relates to vision/perceptual prowess.
this includes in equal measure:
what we see and how we perceive it
what we project of our internalized visions
since we're bombarded by visually based information and its counterpart
and tend to feel at least partially 'helpless'
(or perhaps giving up too much personal agency and its attendant power)
in the face of all we've witnessed of the whirling world
by the end of any given day and evening
we're going to SLOW DOWN
because now we're in a sratosphere of deep space
there is no linear time
or absolute gravity
this. is. Mind.
let's treat it with the respect and awe
it needs to reclaim
Every day, take a picture that relates to your visual perception within that day.
keep it separate from all the other pictures
you take for similar or disparate reasons.
this is a project.
give it a file or an album or some other storage category that means when you take/or look at your daily pictures that is ALL you are perceiving.
this is how we'll figure out (I'll be doing this too)
what we are perceiving at a blink level.
by the end of the month you'll see
what's 'really' going on with your blink-time perceptual energy.
pick one of the following, or since it's all so slow, go for both if you've got the space and time.
Tape together two sheets of letter sized paper. Make sure they're the same weight if not exact duplicates
(i'll be using copier paper and taping them together with dark purple washi tape)
Every day - glue-down JUST ONE thing.
follow the same loose-eyed/no-brain approach
described above in relation to picture taking.
TAKE EACH DAY AS IT COMES
do not plan a picture
or an abstract idea
or what you currently believe to be important
At the end of the month you'll have a collage
that speaks your own secret language
about what's really going on
at a slow and trusting level.
Pro-Tip: take just a small swipe of a glue stick to adhere your pieces if that's feasible. That way you have flexibility as the matter of placement begins to reveal it's own unique narrative as your tuck and tear and explore afresh with each new addition.
(i want to do this one, too, but I also want to get my garden planted
and continue immersing as much as possible
in the mindblowing (and extremely visionary)
class I'm still taking. so we'll SEE.
Find an indigo or very deep purple ground cloth within your fabric stash.
If you usually iron everything
before you work
don't do it this time
if you usually don't
find a way to create a steam dewrinkling system over a boiling pot of water or take your cloth into the shower with you and let it dry on a perfectly flat surface, with a few smooth-outs along the way.
or, y'know. locate your iron - wherever it is - and press the fabric.
we're going to give our existing over-extended mind-perceptions a bit of a break. Whatever you usually/habitually/feel you absolutely MUST do in order to begin stitching speaks to the brain-hemisphere we most rely upon and, hence, tend to ignore in terms of letting it rest and have a break.
this month: Whatever feels most NECESSARY to your mind may benefit in the long run from having a few questions asked on its behalf. Find out if your mind is happy. Not in the top dead center sense of happiness but more specifically: Is your mind happy with the way you treat it? Ask your mind to give you a one word answer to the question: How do you feel right now?
see how honest
your mind is capable of being to its least receptive audience:
Mind is very quick and easily engaged with something new. Especially when the newsness fits into something
we habitually do in a different [habitual] way.
stitching is extremely tactile and connects us to our heart center via its energy pouring through the so-called lesser chakras in our palms into our work with cloth, needle, and thread. There's a third component, of course, within the miracle-magic of hand EYE coordination.
For this particular ongoing prompt
you are adding HEART to Mind.
this can get confusing for people.
The will attempt to 'replace' their mind with the perceptions
that bloom in Heart's ether.
Mind enjoys replacing Heart.
we're told to do as much
practically from birth
and everybody likes to succeed.
Every day select something from your stash that speaks of your internalized perceptual visioning in the moment of selection.
Once you've decided where to place your fabric on any given day, stitch it JUST ONCE into position.
the reason should be visually obvious within the half cycle/full moon point.
Mind is greatly enhanced with an ongoing maximum of flexibility.
the story of tactile heart's eye-hand coordination
will require as much shifting overlaps and redefined edges
as your mind will make
in the process
of discovering itself
in this way.
[am coming up with slow month long project oriented prompts straight out da gate because this center's both my wheelhouse and the place I found consistent solace and peace throughout my challenging childhood and coming of age. It's why ... the story of my life ... is JUST a story.
having overtaxed and thus thoroughly misunderstood, both the purpose of Mind as well as the ongoing mechanics of authentic 'survival'
I know this month is going to take me places, as the saying goes.
at the moment I'm preparing
by adding the metaphorical equivalent of a surfing leash
to my lower-case mind