using your Truth Love Energy to learn how to choose, and to choose how to learn
This is a topic I have pondered for a while. "The art of being and Artisan," is an idea of personal exploration. That includes understanding and validating the five inputs that the Artisan is so famous for. In my reading of the vast Library of transcripts I can across this little tid-bit from Michael.
[M_Entity] The Artisan has a “knowing” that there is so much more than what is seen and yet is it is not touchable until she creates it. This “knowing” vs “creating” can either fuse the Personality and Essence into a powerful force of creativity, or the Personality begins to splinter and reject the Essence.
I think I have experienced both of these things. We are speaking only of the positive here so I won't be telling you any story's of sad broken artisans. Going on now... I can validate the "knowing" vs "creating" scenario. It is an extremely profound moment when one brings forth the unknown into physical reality. It is like speaking. You have a thought, then you must assign words to that though in order to communicate it. When you are successful at projecting your thoughts and they are understood by another, it is a momentous occasion indeed. But frustration can come from not using grammar right or your words could be taken the wrong way. When one has a competence of the medium being used to communicate thoughts there is a better chance you will be understood. When creating art, I am using and developing a "voice." I choose to compose music and, mostly, play the bass guitar. Composing is very much a meditative experience for me, but playing the bass gets the moving center going like non-other. I always joke that I cannot dance unless you put a bass in my hands. Which is true. In a nut-shell, I love the bass. I love the sound it makes, the size it is, its role in an ensemble. It is a perfect extension of my personality. I always get the "chills" when I play in a full band setting. Improvisation is a huge part of my creative process, not to mention it is the most fun I have as a musician. Sitting down with two other musicians and "letting it rip" is my specialty. There often comes a moment when the "planets align" and the music is perfect. Everyone is responding dynamically to everyone else. The drummer and I are locked in a romantic stranglehold that manifests as a heavy rock groove. The guitar is soaring somewhere above, rising to the occasion. He is pelting your ears with melodies reminiscent of a Chet Atkins/Van-Halen love child, somehow fusing the wholesome goodness of country and the dangerous speed of a rock-star on a cocaine binge. The sounds come effortlessly as we tap into an otherworldly supply of creativity. This is what I call the "Groove Machine." The combining of "knowing" and "creating" into a single action.
For me, the "groove machine" is a state of mind in which the five inputs work seamlessly. I feel I am having a conversation when I am playing music with others. I must be aware of the intentions of myself and the others participating in the music. Compassion actually plays a huge role when participating in an ensemble. So, not only am I keeping up with what others are doing, I am anticipating their moves and simultaneously executing MY move, as well as planing my next. Also one must consider a certain amount of flexibility. Because obviously anticipating a persons actions is not the same as seeing the future. But this is when the "groove machine" starts to come alive. At the point when the band begins to "click," the anticipation becomes a shared awareness of the direction of the music. The individual voices become unified into a single voice. Each musical identity supports and grows from the others; the instruments, with their own unique timbres, blend on a larger scale to produce a new timbre that is totally unique unto itself. Yet the new sound still contains the identities of its parts. The direction of the music begins to flow and the creature develops a mind of its own. At this point it is not up to me to create the music, the music creates itself. I no longer have to think, the five inputs become seamless and essence is invited to join.
There is a song that comes to mind, actually titled "Groove Machine" it is where the name for this state of mind comes from. It is fitting, as a bassist, my "job" is to groove and the song, in simple words, describes this state. The lyrics go like this:
Lay down your burdens by the riverside
Take a deep breath and go for a ride
Welcome to the groove machine
Welcome to the groove
Music, oh music, such a funky thing
The closer you get, the deeper it means
Welcome to the groove machine
Welcome to the groove
I put this out there only to share my experience through my own personal journey. Music for me is a metaphor for "something" larger, understanding and participating in music helps me to understand the universe around me.
I invite anyone to share there own "creative process" especially any fellow Artisans who share my number of inputs.