First I support the weight of this knobby stick with two fingers on either side. Then, slowly, I exert equal force to make my two fingers touch. First one finger carries the entire weight of the stick, but friction increases and that finger will soon get stuck. Immediately the other finger begins to carry the load. This happens back and forth a few times until both fingers touch and voila the stick is balanced. So remember, when confronted with an obstacle there is another side of yourself that is already carrying the load. With the right intention balance is inevitable, so just be patient.
Things in motion often defy our static, two dimensional expectations and ‘objective’ assessments often preclude our ability to adapt and transform in response to a given situation. A straight and rigid stick, when held at an angle and pushed around a circular axis, glides effortlessly through a curved slot.
Everyone tries to ensure the ground they walk on is smooth and flat. Such efforts are futile and idealistic. Try this: change your shape to accommodate the irregular surface. As long as your center of gravity remain level, movement will be frictionless and graceful.
A few weeks ago, we drew our own versions of the Bird in a Cage illusion. The trick to seeing the illusion is to stare at the dot in the middle of the image…keep staring…until the image disappears…or does it?
Try these three examples:
The afterimage of these drawings should appear when the drawings disappear. You can draw your own version, too.