• Chantel Matthews

Morning Pages

Updated: May 10, 2020

The Blog is a think tank. A process of assessing the everyday. Creating a criteria of what can be considered. What is potential art and what is just life. A dumping ground. The blog also houses art that contributes to thoughts and ideas I am interested in at the time.

Morning pages is a method used in this process.

Interaction as an act or as matter?

I listened to a podcast today that talked about the form and the formless and how form (ego) and how the current situation is challenging form on a physical level, society thinking this moment is significant but in the grand scheme of things this is just a spec to the universe, if we walk in a formless state, nothing has changed, this is something zen masters dream.  People living in scarcity, people wanting a fossilized life as want the illusion of certainty, grasping on to form based expectations than suffering as a result of these form based mentalities.  She talks about education system not wanting to miss a beat because we need certainty of outcome – ie grades will make us feel like we matter and we get our identity from this. 

If we looked at form vs formless, we would see this time as an opportunity to separate ourselves from the suffering, not attaching to anything means to let go of the ego and control, realising there is no prescription, life has shown us that it is unexpected, yet we still try to control the unexpected.

If we look at ourselves as matter or particles that are part of the universe, then I think I wouldn’t feel like I am in lockdown, I wouldn’t see myself in a box, contained or restricted within the boundaries of system.  I would be in sync with the universes pulse…

"If I was formless, I would say that I am part of the sea, it called me and said it’s ok to jump in, like you I am formless so you are just jumping in to what is already you.  The ego says (you have broken the law, you have potentially put others in harms way, you are a bad person, you should feel guilty) but what would I rather be? A form (object) that is controlled or formless like the sea that knows and accepts me as matter".