Jan. 2010 drawing/sculpture based on four recurring dream characters from 2009, by Chris Wayan
I don't make New Year's resolutions. But as the old year wanes and the new year nears, I review all the dream-advice of the old year and make a to-do list of what I've neglected. For 2009, it soon became clear that four recurring dream-figures were vying for my attention--and for my waking-world time to do their thing. Three of the four felt neglected, and one (a mad artist) was afraid these three would confiscate all my art-time!
As a first step toward balance, I made a chart of them:
I get recurring fevers. I need testing/diagnosis, and meantime I need antiviral herbs, lots of sleep, moderate exercise (none or a lot make me worse), limits on computer work and a very specific diet.
Music, songwriting, poetry, prose, comics, drawing, painting, sculpture, digital art... Love them all! But can't there be too much of a good thing? Don't want to feed the illness.
A dream-self who loves parties and socializing, fun and play, dancing, flirting, dating, sex and love. All good things--but they take energy!
Money, fame and respect. Steps toward grad school count since this part wants degrees and awards--recognition of knowledge and achievement.
Next I made a prompt--a list that pops up at the end of my journal each day. As well as asking what I dreamt, which I've done for years, my journal now asks what I've done to satisfy each of the four. And I have to fill that in. Painful some days, but it focuses me.
HEALTH: took herbs, stretched, limited computer time. Got free acupuncture. Made appt w/clinicBut the truth is, most days it's more like
ARTIST: Work on two paintings. Worked on p.3 of comic PIXY. Practiced solo music.
SILKY: went to benefit, flirted with a fox-woman and that cute dream-artist in the tent.
AMBITION: got favorable mention in NY Times for Dubia piece in book Strange Maps
HEALTH: Worse. Didn't call clinic. Overdid computer again. Stayed up too late.Now I've drawn the four on a small mirror and hung that on the wall so I have to face them every day. I've drawn them in their sexiest forms, so I'll at least try to court them instead of seeing them as threateners or nags...
ARTIST: No music or painting. Edited others' work for World Dream Bank but neglected my own.
SILKY: No. Stayed in, working. Longed for girls passing by my window, but talked to no one.
Traditional guardian/elemental: sylph
My guardian: angel. Though my bird-girl angel looks Peter Pan-ish. I won't grow up? Probably not. Not if it means being practical and giving up what I really like. But the others deserve time too!
ARTIST! This one's the easiest for me to honor daily--my mind likes to soar. The challenges are to balance this with the other three needs. And when doing art, to focus on real creative work, not slip into comfortable crafts where I just trance out. If I prioritize, I needn't reduce my true creative time.
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