just do, don’t ask why

thursday sermon april 4 2013

                                      just do, don’t ask why

at times when an idea strikes you, you just have to follow through and do it even if you don’t know why.  don’t question the epiphanies that tell you to do certain things, rather follow up on them and push until they are realised.  the universe has a purpose for you and those little thoughts of, “maybe i should” or “why don’t i” are the spurs that should spark your actions.  an experience is embodied when our minds and physical selves are working together and truly understanding what is happening.  sometimes an action or process will relax your fore brain and let your subconscious take the reins.

we synthesize knowledge inside our processes.  the goal of creation is not always a finished product.  working in a sketchbook is a great tool for visual artists working in a static or concrete medium.  playing with props and costumes is a great tool for artists that work in more ephemeral setting.  just because a piece is unfinished doesn’t mean it is worthless.  there is a lot of learning to be done in the act of doing.

sincerity and earnestness are generated in the honest acts of creation.  by investing time in our processes, we are reassigning energy to a new use, the push of information.  the burgeoning enchantment with life can be encouraged with humour and absurdity.  unfinished and unformed work can fall into these realms.  agency and communion.  we desire to be seen and to be in control, yet we also desire closeness and community.  an open-ended performance with no discernible point is a great way to engage in both agency and communion.

rather than asking why, why do this?  the only answer is why not?  why not do something absurd?  why must we always be expected to act in a homogenous manner to make others comfortable?  if you see something out in a public area that is strange or engaging or unusual, ignore it or interact with it.  forget or remember with your conscious mind, because your subconscious got it, and that’s all that matters.

what we see and experience is important.  seeing and experiencing deep, well formed ideas is necessary but not the only types of ideas and experiences we will have.  your life has portions of it that have organisation and beginnings, middles and ends, yet for the most part it is ongoing and confusing and strange.  art can address these parts of life, and make statements about our ephemeral existence.


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