Awakening fascination

Have you ever heard it said that the opposite of love is fear? It’s fear that keeps our fascinations hidden from us. The very best way to stay in touch with your fascinations is to have an adoring mother who teaches you the mysteries of love before you leave her nurturing arms. This is the way it’s supposed to work, but since many a mother misses this opportunity, or compromises it, most of us have to figure out how to relocate our native confidence that allows fascination. Without performing this search-and-find, we remain slaves to our fears.

Where to start?

There are various methods, and I’ll talk about them over the next few days. For now, though, consider the arts. The arts exist as a way for us to quickly reconnect with our fascinations. Viewing artistic productions is far better than nothing, but the more direct use is to practice an art form yourself. Even in concentrating on the techniques of art, taking an entirely objective approach, you will quickly encounter your subjective fascinations.

Surrealist painter Henryk Fantazos was quoted by a friend as saying: “Drawing something is how you learn how to love it.”

Practice drawing, and you will begin to see differently; make music and you will hear in a new way; dance and movement will never be the same to you again. The arts provide shortcuts to the roots of fascination. Do not be stymied by your lack of experience in these areas. Just do it.

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