´to become a carpenter?´

Suggested the wife of one of my friends.
(first draft, needs a little extra work for completion)

To which I needed to reply: ´Well actually no!!`.

´After 6 years of study with Dr Yuen, with almost monthly trips to USA, I decided to take a couple of sabbatical years.
My idea being that working with wood, a natural material, would create a suitable focus of grounding ,
leaving my mind free to consider the deeper philosophical and existential aspects of his teachings. 

Learning and application of knowledge – concepts and ideas is one activity;
that of a deeper comprehension to engender shifts in personal consciousness
– the rearrangement of the basic cognition of one’s life through realisations
after being in the presence of a sage-immortal is another.
One that asks for a much different level of contemplation.
……

In respect of the handicraft,  my pursuit is in the awakening of beauty.

Firstly as the appreciation & application
of the view common within Asian Art:

that human life is an aspect of nature,
an expression manifest of our concept of Tian-Di-Ren.

In nature landscapes, the human figure is
most usually seen in a smaller diminutive scale,

rather than a large predominate form,
proportioned accordingly to the dynamics
of the environments of the Earth and Heavens around.

How can I as the artist-artisan find my own position,
my own guise as he whom is so insignificant,
but at the same time the creator of something
of possible  beauty,
–  or at least of curiosity in form.
…. 

Secondly, I aspire to understand through the moulding of form
the concepts of dimensions, space & time.
First, second, third dimensions :  Length, Height, Depth
moving from one axis, to a second and then a third.

Forms, shapes, measurements, proportions
Yes, I need to begin slowly, using wood as my medium,
the learning of the tools, the skills and the craft.
I truly am an unskilled beginner

But then, the fourth and fifth ? 
moving into those axis of time-space.
For myself, appreciating those concepts
that involve the human experience,
subjectivity of sensibility ? 

The fourth ?
The transcendence of physical space
moving from identification of form 

into the ideas of time

still forming
these

words …

And then the fifth ?
The transcendence of time ?
So that the mind-consciousness of the creator
is experienced within or through the object.

One experiences a sense of presence of the artist
as a radiation or resonance,
the object itself a vehicle for his  spirit of creativity
in whichever time or place
you and the objet d’art  find themselves.

….

And, of course, in pursuit of Daoist Cultivation
the application of philosophy:   Pu   
´uncovering or returning something to its original nature`

Wood is the perfect medium and material;
as one takes that which is raw, from & of nature,
and with attention and care draws forth its original design,
both of flowing grains and of gnarly knots and burls

…….

So, No !!
I am not going to Folkhögskolan at age 60
because I need to learn a new skill as a second career
or so that I can ´come and do some carpentry for you`

I am attending the course as a path of cultivation into worlds unknown,
investigations within myself and into form and art and craftsmanship !
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