Archive | August, 2013

Week 4 : The Creative Psyhe

29 Aug

Jung explored his active imagination and discovered how the symbolic play of child hood, Meditation and hypnosis allowed him to regress back in time, tapping into his subconscious. He realised this experiences to be self-healing (1997).  What Dr Spoors explained to us is the lecture, certain traumas we experience as children can manifest as fear, complexes or phobias in adulthood and damage us emotionally (2013). Children don’t have the mental strength or resilience that adults have therefore confronting or difficult memories or emotions will be suppressed. Jung determined that the medium of practises like child play, mediation or hypnotherapy not only lets us acknowledge these difficult thoughts and confront them in a non-threatening way but also releases an enormous release of positive energy as well as insights will give a new orientation (1997).

I feel that I can relate very strongly to what Jung reveals and what Dr spoor reinforces about the ‘active imagination’ and its healing qualities. As a child I was exposed to a lot of unpleasant scenarios and my guardianship was never stable. I developed an imaginary twin sister, partly I think because I was an only child but also because I was very lonely and anxious, and having someone with me was comforting when I was experiencing these difficult emotions.

After realising the befits of symbolic child’s play Jung explored further methods of reaching his subconscious and would spend time inducing him self into a hypnotic or meditative state (1997). Having experienced mediation being hypnotised myself I can relate to how this process can help to heal old emotional wounds. I suffer from a phobia and ongoing anxiety and depression, after trying therapy and multiple types of medication I decided to try a new avenue and discovered hypnotherapy. The process was unbelievably simple and I was shocked with the intense out of body experience that came with it. While I was ‘under’ I was regressed back to the very event that initiated my phobia, this event happened when I was two and a half years old. The memory that was evoked was so clear, like it happened yesterday; I could even remember small details like colour of my blanket that ‘The little Mermaid’ was on the television. This memory was not accessible in my conscious mind so this moment was very profound for me. What was also amazing was how seemingly insignificant this event seemed yet.  I realise now that I would have been so impressionable at this young age what happened, although not at all terrifying had affected me greatly.  What I have discovered after practising mediation and hypnotherapy I can be more insightful and I can say that it has definitely helped take the edge of my fears and phobias.

References

Jung, C. (1997). Jung on active imagination (pp. 1-17, 28-33). (Ed. Joan Chodorow). London: Routledge.

Spoors, G. (22/08/2013). The creative psyche. [lecture]

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My first thoughts

29 Aug

Today I began to think about what I would like to do for my creative project. The term ‘creative project’ reminds me of art class in primary school and the crappy paper maches, mosaics and paintings I would create and pass on to my loved ones as a precious gifts. As nostalgia washed over me thoughts of collaging furniture or building a life size sculpture and experiencing again that magical feeling of physically CREATING with tangible materials… but then I realised these concepts may be a little bit too ambitious and not at all relevant to the skills have I have developed.

Doing majors in film and photography I began thinking of ways to intergrade both mediums into one project. Immediately I thought of a film clip I have seen that was created by a friend that works here at the University, Baz Harvey. By using 5 years worth of photographs of the band performing live, showcasing these pictures in sequence
creates the sense of movement. See the video clip here http://vimeo.com/68850399

This can only achieved if the shots have been taken in quick succession. I think this would be a great challenge but achievable and a project that I would enjoy creating.

Week 2: A history of creativity

15 Aug

Although I fancy myself to be creatively minded, the ‘history of creativity’ is not an area I have given much thought to. This however is not due to lack of interest, more so that it is not a topic widely taught or discussed. I found the lecture that Dr Glenn Spoors provided so expertly on this topic compelling but also slightly overwhelming. There was a lot of information to receive in such a short period of time. Points he made that resonated with me the most involved the form of creativity in different periods in time and also how scientific advances influenced the process if creativity in thought and practise. The most interesting I learnt was that in the 17th century before the introduction of artificial light western civilisation sleeping behaviour has two sleep cycles, The ‘first’ sleep and the ‘second’ sleep.  In further readings, journalist Stephanie Hegarty also suggests that in between these two cycles there was a short period lasting approximately one to two hours that was often used to pray, reflect on dreams, converse with ones sleeping partner or engage in intercourse (2012).

This fact is interesting when related to the topic of creativity because in the 21st century it is not common for time to be put aside or any special attention been given to these activities (excluding that of intercourse). This makes me ponder how the absence of this dedicated time of reflection and interpretation of dreams. Has this affected and possibly hindered the new age creative thought process and how in tune we are to our inner psyche? The weekly reading At day’s close: Night in times past by A.R. Ekrich provided more detail on this topic. Ekrich focuses on the impact the industrial revolution had on society in the 17th century. Provided is a summary of my interpretations and reflections on this reading.

What I have learned from reading this text

  1. Before the introduction of artificial light western civilisation primary experienced segmented sleep (as discussed previously)
  2. Decline of magical beliefs night time lost its terror and became a source of beauty and wonderment
  3. Now with the technology of artificial light and change in sleeping patterns shops could stay open past nightfall, and night culture was established. People stay out late, visit the theatre frequent bars and shop at a time once before people would be well into their first sleep.

What I found interesting about this text

  1. It was common practice for people to discuss and decipher their dreams. This ritual has been lost in the shift to a single continuous sleep. Now people usually wake to an alarm and rush of to work or other commitments and there is no time set aside for this type of thoughts or discussion.
  2. Night time fast became a “fashionable hour” … describes “The pleasures of the evening and night are the ruling fashion in every large city, where luxury and the need to entertain constantly increased”. This activities they participated and how they socialised in the 17th century was very similar to the way we socialize now by dining, drinking, gaming and attending parties.

One posing question that I would like to further research

  1. I would be interested to know how the industrial revolution and the increase of social behaviour influenced the fashion industry. In today’s era we have separate ‘day time’ and ‘night time’ attire with night time requiring a more fancy and sophisticated form of dress. As the late night socialisation boomed quickly, how quickly did fashion change?

References

Brooks, D. G. (08/08/2012).    Creativity: A historical overview. Lecture.

Ekrich, A. R. (2005). At day’s close: Night    in times past (pp. 324-339). New York: Norton and    Company.

Hegart, S.    (2012, Feb 12). The Myth of the 8 hour sleep. Retrieved 07 20, 2014,    from BBC News: vhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16964783