Artist’s Journal: NUMBER 87

The Eternal Presence of the One Creative Act?


Synchronicities are cystallizations

in linear time of a nonlinear,

acausal, atemporal process,

windows into the realm outside of time

and space, a world in which we

ourselves are active participants

in and of “the one creative act.

Paul Levy, the author of Awakened by Darkness


How does consciousness function? How do we go about translating archetypal images and symbols between virtual reality and reality itself?

What are archetypal images and where are they? They are symbols or motifs that occur over and over and across cultures and ages. They are the result of patterns of behavior where objects or symbols are copied or emulated.

Jung believed an archetypal image was an unconscious idea that is inherited by the collective and that it is universally present – through our DNA perhaps? In Platonic philosophy a stereotypical image refers to the pure form that represents or embodies the characteristics of the thing it represents. But, what does this all mean? 

How does something evolve into an archetypal image and how does it get passed on? How does it migrate through the layers of this consciousness and how does it gain insight and awareness unto itself?

Like a line from a Twilight Zone introduction, how does “perception and the dimensions of awareness reach cognitive organization – the mind – and, how does it affect our behavior?” I recently heard the term worlds of awareness. These worlds of awareness are in the unconscious just below the surface of the conscious mind. It’s how humans grasp information when they’re not thinking about it.

John Trudel, Native American poet and writer (1946-2015) said that at, “…some point, the descendants of the tribes of Europe no longer knew what it meant to be a human being. They just didn’t know – they didn’t want to know. So the descendants of the tribes of Europe, in the end, had to love what they feared which was there to possess them…” 

They had to love what they feared which was there to possess them, is to me is an interesting phrase in itself. If fear is a vulnerability, then we are plagued by constant urgency and doubt. We can never advance from the point where we stand. There’s a Chinese proverb that says, “He who deliberates fully before taking a step will spend his entire life on one leg.” Humans have invented, developed or created devices to help them cope. These devices, or symbols, have become archetypal.  

I struggle to understand not what I do but why I do it especially when a piece of work or a series of works such as the B Series Paintings (above) come out the way that they do. According to Paul Levy, the author of Awakened by Darkness, “…synchronicities are moments in time in which there is a fissure in the fabric of what we have taken for reality and there is a bleed through from a higher dimension outside of time.”

He goes on to say that, “…they are moments in time when the timeless, dreamlike nature of the universe shines forth its radiance and openly reveals itself to us, offering us an open doorway to lucidity.” I sometimes feel that’s what happens to me when I paint. 

Jung himself said,  “Continuous creation is to be thought of not only as a series of successive acts of creation, but also as the eternal presence of the one creative act.” The eternal presence of the one creative act

What’s archetypal about the B Series Paintings? They are as American philosopher and psychologist William James (1842-1910) described as Archetypal Synchronistic Resonance. “We are moved by observations of the earliest resonances and imprints from infant stages of human development…” (Analytical Psychology: Contemporary Perspectives in Jungian Analysis)

Paul Levy said that, “Synchronicities occur when we step out of the personal dimension of our experience and access what is called the archetypal dimension of experience.” I don’t know, am I getting closer?


Posted on: 01/02/2017, by :
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