The Dark Forest

Forests

A cold and damp air hangs in the tree tops. The dark and impenetrable distance barks the stern warning that entry involves a certain risk – possibly death.

Looking at dense forests of information is of little pleasure and reward except to the smart detective. These days though we need this skill more than ever as within the information lie the clues and insights that we need to make great decisions. In reality there is a dense fog surrounding the forest and in many cases walls around the vital trees.

The visual mind stares straight through these walls – it makes the fog disappear. It doesn’t see the forest. It seeks subtlety and oblique perspectives. It looks for the ways the wind swirls around branches – it looks for the way the trunk grew over years and it spots the loose leaves and the weak saplings.

The visual mind knows that there is far more to the tree than the tree and that the forest holds countless dark secrets.

Sketching out a path through this is the task of the pathfinder. Their job is vital – it’s the only way to help others to the other side and that drawing begins with a deep understanding of how the forest came to exist.

Whether we can draw or not the act of thinking is directly related to what happens when we draw. To make a mark on paper is to signal to our brain that something has changed, a challenge has been placed in the space and that new representation needs to be understood. Our minds see the frame or canvas, then the marks – and a fire has been lit.

Even if there is no particular craft involved (accuracy of mark or quality of flourish) the representation is either valid in its arrangement or not. The judge of it all is the intention. What was the intention. If the intention is to not have an intention then that’s also fine. We may not want a route out of the forest. We may like it there.

Mostly the intention of thinking/drawing is to create a valuable effect or outcome. Whether drawn or thought the great power of both is the cycling and iteration of progress. Allowing people to help create the path. Progression now being the function of many more minds being able to be involved through the communicable nature of the drawing.

What is hugely impressive is the power of the mind to do the thinking without the drawing and the power of drawing to stimulate the thinking. If the two work in some shared energetic intention then magic can truly happen.

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