Imagination → Ideas → Will → Manifestation
“Ideas are so beautiful and they’re so abstract. And they do exist someplace. I don’t know if there’s a name for it. And I think they exist, like fish. And I believe that if you sit quietly, like you’re fishing, you will catch ideas. The real, you know, beautiful, big ones swim kinda deep down there so you have to be very quiet, and you know, wait for them to come along.” ― David Lynch
Every moment of our lives we experience the world via two parts of our psyche: the conscious and unconscious mind. In our waking state, the conscious mind is dominant while the unconscious mind is busy at work in the background, becoming dominant during sleep.
As our conscious mind navigates the mundanity of daily life, the unconscious mind continually absorbs subtle impressions from the world.
For most people these two minds rarely meet while awake, but for artists the unconscious mind is where the soil of imagination resides, and having access to it is crucial to creating art.
To gain access to the unconscious mind one needs to quiet the conscious mind, this allows the subtle impressions to bubble up from the unconscious imagination. The quieted conscious mind then receives these impressions as ideas and, via our will, are manifested into the world as a physical artifact.
The [I→I→W→M] process is recursive, i.e., the manifested artifact is fed back into the imagination and the process repeated until the artist deems the work finished.
Quieting the conscious mind via meditation provides the artist with an adjustable valve between the unconscious and conscious minds, i.e., imagination → idea. While meditating this valve can be opened, allowing the imagination to flow up into the conscious mind as creative ideas.
The unconscious mind is an infinite source from which can manifest the most potent art if we only learn to quiet the conscious mind.
Kim Cascone is a composer, musician, writer, and meditator who lives on the coast of the Pacific Ocean in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife Kathleen and son Cage. After studying electronic music at the Berklee College of Music and the New School in Manhattan, he founded Silent Records in 1986 and has released more than 50 albums of music. He currently composing music for his new musical project, Khem One.