Drawing and inquiry parallels

It’s usually not difficult to find parallels between different areas of life and also between different types of skills. 

For instance, in drawing, it’s important to have experience with a range of techniques and know something about what you are drawing, even if you are drawing from life. If I draw a human being, it’s important to know anatomy and have experience drawing a range of bodies in a range of positions and movements. It’s equally or more important to follow what I see, to not let what I know override what I am actually seeing. And over time and with experience, it’s important to allow my own individual flavor to come through, to draw in a way that resonates with me and feels authentic to me. 

It’s similar with inquiry. It’s important to know the skill and technique, and have familiarity with a range of different types of inquiries and topics of inquiry. It’s equally important to follow what’s here and not let what I know from the past override what’s actually here. And over time and with experience, it’s important to find some fluidity with it all and follow what’s most true for me. 

Drawing: One of my quick practice sketches from my early/mid-twenties.

Energy drawing


Another energy drawing. As I have mentioned before, I don’t take these as “literal” depictions of my energy system (it’s also not possible to directly translate these things into the physical) but more as projections. This one feels quite open and energetic, while also more grounded. It feels like what’s behind the confusion that sometimes is on the surface of the mind these days.

Energy drawings

I got the inspiration to make some energy doodles last week. As usual, I don’t assume they reflect anything you would actually find in the energy system. (Although it could happen). Mostly, I take them as projections telling me something about where I am right now. (Even if they did reflect something actually going on energetically, they would still be important and useful as projections.)

What I mostly see in these is an emphasis on the luminous dark below the body. A velvety luminous blackness, seen through and in everything, centered in the body in the belly, inviting in a healing at the emotional level and a felt sense of all as God.

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Energy drawing


A drawing from earlier today, which may or may not say anything about what is going on energetically, but at least reflects what is going on otherwise – as does anything we express, intentionally or unintentionally through movement, voice, music, drawing, or anything else.

In the interest of accuracy, I should mention that the strong/dark roots going down vertically were made mostly out of old habit, of a memory of how I used to make these drawings, and the rest were more immediate and reflecting what is alive here now. So in my mind’s eye, those vortex roots going down are either much reduced in dominance or not there.

Art and matching

My teacher's portrait of me at the time

In my teens and early twenties, I was into drawing and painting… especially the style that incorporates and embraces polarities, such as figurative and abstract, colors and shades, aesthetics and content, and so on.

So here is one way of looking at art (as I did back then, and now)…

  • For its own sake, as a local expression of life, existence, God.
  • For the one it is coming through, as an exploration process of life, existence, what is alive here now.
  • For the audience, as a mirror of themselves and a trigger for their stories, whether they feel drawn to it or not.
  • For the audience when they are drawn to it, as a match between the art and the recipient. Any match, even for just one person, and it is worth it only on this level.
  • In terms of conventional quality, as evaluated on skills, content, and so on.

For me, the last point was important only as it related to the second, third and fourth ones. For example, skills enhance the exploration process and can make it more clear and differentiated, and it also aids the mirroring and the likelihood of a match. And a multi-layered content, drawing on cultural references, functioning on many levels of being, does the same.

Old Drawings

I came across some old drawings from back when I did some drawing and painting. These are just some quick practice sketches (the more interesting ones, in form and content, are stored away on a different continent). See more of these drawings here.