The Organic Life - Beginnings cont’d
As many other type A, high functioning people, I lived a good portion of my life in my mind. In junior high school I was the master of the subjects where you could memorize all of the answers, where you put all the pieces together and “know” that you were right. The food I cooked in Foods class was executed like a finely engineered building. Most of the time it tasted good too, but only because I followed the recipe I was given. Even as I did that something was still missing. There was a longing deep inside of me for something more adventurous, something more expressive, something more risky. Then something happened. I took an art class and all of the sudden I couldn’t figure things out in any more. Sure, I could learn different principles of design, but knowing them alone left my work feeling rigid and unnatural. There was no feeling in it.
At this time I began to process the disconnect between creative expression and my life. Watching Finding Forester in Grade 9 helped fuel that process. If I am honest with you, I am still learning my creative voice. Fortunately, I have found enough of one that I can share with you some of what is locked deep inside - like these essays.
What I, over time, have learned about creativity, expression, rational thought and the facets of person is that in our cultures we are good at isolating and exalting one aspect of a person over the others. To be a person is to have three distinct facets. You and I would scarcely argue that we all have a physical body. This we take for granted. We also have a mind, or the intellectual center of our person. And we have a soul, the emotional and spiritual center of our person. Yet even though we have different facets, we are one substance. You cannot separate one from the other. Our emotions affect our “rational” decisions. Our souls are affected by the acts of our bodies. To live organically is to recognize that as a human, a person, we are the composition of body, soul, and mind. To emphasize any one facet is to ignore the other and to create a deficit within ourselves that will have a significant impact on the way we live.