A dream I had about George Lucas, amber and life as an artist
Years ago I was deeply involved in researching and exploring the concepts of lucid dreaming and dream work. I had some experiences that opened me to the idea of the depth of dreams and the importance of the states in between.
A few days ago on my facebook artist page I asked everyone to show me what sort of art, music or any type of creative project they were creating. I figured it would be a great way for people to share their work and hopefully be able to check out what other people are up to. It was a fantastic response. I often have people ask me after shows or sometimes in interviews about the creative process: where it comes from, what are the steps, any advice etc…
Taking the ideas and feelings of ethereal landscapes and dreamlike states and bringing them into the music have always been a focus of what I’m doing, but I’ve recently dove back into the world of trying to cultivate my dream world and integrating these experiences into the art (and hopefully more importantly into my daily life.) I woke up this morning from a dream that I felt should be shared with anyone involved in creative process in their life. Whether it’s art, music, culinary, architecture, photography, social work, counseling…any of it really. I know first hand it’s not the easiest life path. It’s filled with dynamic challenges and all the personal shadows that emerge in process stare you in the face. Of course mixed with all this are the amazing countless ways that diving into your art enlivens your experience of life.
Although of course this dream relates to my psyche and experiences right now in my own life, I picture the general idea perhaps having some relevancy to your own life.
In this dream I was in a wooden library or study of some sort. Apparently I was hanging with George Lucas. No idea why. We were walking around his study looking at some of the paintings he was working on. He had a number of them lined along his walls and wanted to show me one in particular. We walked over to a work that was a mixed piece with essentially paint and chunks of amber placed in a few select spots around the canvas. Lots of deep red, brown and earth tones to the piece.
He seemed like he had been working constantly and was deeply passionate about the paintings he had been creating. He talked about how the process was great for him but also only a step towards something bigger than himself and deeper than he could understand at this time.
He said “Come look at this.”
Quickly the walls opened up and turned into a future cityscape with rails of machines moving and buildings reaching up to a green, windy and cloud covered sky. A yellow sun peaked through the clouds.
Lucas pointed towards the landscape and told me about how his art was just a stepping stone to some great change he wanted to be apart of in the world. It was clear he was concerned about the future and wondered if he was taking the right steps. Was he wasting his time? Not doing it right? Was the art just a side thing? Should he be more productive? On what? How could he even be?
With the walls still showing the future city, and some soft wind still rolling into the room, we stepped back over to the amber painting. I had a serious wave of thoughts coming to me and tried my best to translate it to him. It took me some stumbling into it but once I sat with it they came out. (Sometimes in my dreams my main guide lets me in on some info while at other times they allow me to speak as a way to make it feel more personal. Or something.) He already knew what I was saying but wanted to have me say it aloud to confirm his own thoughts but also so I would remember it.
“There is no reason to fear for the future.” I told him. “As an artist, your art is a direct reflection of where you came from, who you are, and where you are going. It’s all wrapped up into your work. Not in the sense of ‘what you put into your art is what you get out of it’, although that’s true too. More in the sense of your art being a map. Each color, each stroke, and the way you place that piece of amber onto a specific section of the canvas is a reflection of how you make decisions throughout your life. They all coincide with choices you make and events you place yourself into.”
He started to smile and I said “The future you see is already happening. There is no possible way for you to be out of sync with your timing, life path or art because its already here in front of you, showing you exactly where you are at. That specifically placed chunk of amber on that particular painting should show you that the art is already working. It’s proof within itself. There’s no point in questioning if you are doing the right thing. The art you have created is all the evidence you need and it speaks volumes. If you are wondering where to go, what to do, what the hell is happening out there…pick up your art. Look at it. Feel it. All your answers are already right there.”
Then he nodded as if to say “Thanks. You’re getting it..”
So take what you will from that, just felt like I should share. It’s a challenging path following your passion. But don’t let that stop or slow you down. It’s just an extension of your own growth. And there is no possible way that could be ‘better’ or ‘wrong’.