"Standing water stagnates. Keep it moving and it becomes the elexir of life."

Chapter 8

Are you willing to embrace change?

Fear

The main reason we resist change is that we fear the unknown. Fear is an extraordinary driver and there is so much that we do in our lives that is almost completely driven by fear. The challenge we face is that we consider its presence so normal that we don’t query it enough. Why do we allow ourselves to be driven by so much fear? And by the way, if you think you are one of those who isn’t driven by fear, think again. If you have any need for external validation or recognition of any kind, if you are afraid of death, insecurity, not having a job etc., then fear is one of your key drivers.

Jean Vanier

One of the best descriptions of fear and how it affects us is in this very short video talk by Jean Vanier. Jean Vanier is the founder of the International Movement of L'Arche Communities, where people who have developmental disabilities and the friends who assist them create homes and share life together. Today, there are 130 L'Arche communities in 30 countries on six continents.

Regrettably there is some slightly annoying music on the video but beyond that it is excellent. His actual talk begins (after the introduction) about 4.5 mins into the video.

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Jiddu Krishnamurti

Another interesting hypothesis on fear and how to deal with it can be seen in this video of a discussion between Jiddu Krishnamurti and DR A.W. Watson in February 1967.

Jiddu Krishnamurti (May 12, 1895 – February 17, 1986) was an Indian speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects, and was widely considered as a World Teacher. His subject matter included: psychological revolution, the nature of mind, meditation, inquiry, human relationships, and bringing about radical change in society. He constantly stressed the need for a revolution in the psyche of every human being and emphasized that such revolution cannot be brought about by any external entity, be it religious, political, or social. (Wikipedia).

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Nic Marks

Nic Marks is a statistician based in London and he produces the ‘Happy Planet index’. Nic is a recognised expert in the field of well-being research and undertakes innovative research in the use of well-being indicators in public policy environments. Nic gave a talk on TED about his work which has been downloaded 800,000 times. In his talk, he addresses the issue of fear and how we are not only deeply affected by it, but how environmental (and other) organisations use it as a way of causing even more fear rather than creating well-being.

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Using intuitive drawing as a way to loosen the anchors

Some of the people who attend my intuitive drawing courses are already established artists who have found themselves in ruts and wish to find some way of breaking out. Some are people in the business world with unfulfilling jobs who are searching for a way to unleash their creativity.

Why do we create ruts for ourselves? Is it because the anchors we have tied ourselves to keep us feeling too comfortable that we can’t let go or are too afraid to try something different?

James Maberly’s Intuitive Drawing Course has its own website at  www.maberlydrawing.co.uk  .

There are courses throughout the warmer months in Suffolk, UK and he is shortly to conduct some ‘pilot’ online courses. Visit the website to see many more images created by his many students.