I’ve been cleaning out the attic
Found envelopes full of stamps my father saved for me. And photos of course. So many people from eras past.
A DALL E I edited and selected and with more instructions I came up with this. AI collaboration?
Where is my tūrangawaewae?
This poem by Joyce Kilmer came to mind. It led to the prompt to the AI and the result… I then edited the hell out of it. Leading to a little poem ‘I see a rose’
A rose by the side of the road
Is all it takes to make me feel whole
All the colors and scents
Nature has to offer
Take me away to a place where I can be free
And the world is my oyster
This is what poetry does for me
It takes me away to a better place
And fills me with hope and beauty
When I am surrounded by nature
I feel at peace, and everything makes perfect sense
Thank you, dear poet, for giving me this gift
For opening my eyes and my heart
And transport me to a world of your own
Where the only thing that matters
Are the words that we write
And the feelings they inspire
I see a rose
I see a rose
& I feel whole.
Your words invite
my heart to open,
I logged into Open AI and asked the the machine to improve the quality of our blurb for the workshops Kate and I run. Here is the question and the result.
Can you improve the following description of a workshop:
Love. Living life to the full. Finding meaning. Global and spiritual matters. Conflict, grief and illness. Examine and be challenged by matters of importance to you in these evening workshops. You can expect to gain a deeper awareness of yourself and others. Learn to be spontaneous, courageous and effective in relationships. We will use psychodrama to explore themes relevant to you and the group. If you are in a couple relationship you are both invited to attend. No previous group experience is necessary.
If you‘re looking for a workshop series that will help you explore deep, personal themes and improve your relationships, this is the one for you. Using psychodrama, participants will be challenged to examine their own lives and beliefs, and to learn to be more spontaneous, courageous, and effective in their interactions with others. Whether you‘re single or in a relationship, this series is open to anyone and no previous group experience is necessary.
What do you think?
A couple is truly a couple when the hitherto hidden dimensions of pain surface in the relationship. The couple may not see it, but there is an interconnected web of role relationships that involve projections and yearnings from childhood. Thus a defining aspect of couplehood is:
Of course there are other aspects of couplehood:
Some of these will apply and some may not.
The crucial aspect of couplehood is an uncanny reciprocity of pain. Hedy Schleifer refers to the “deepest desires meeting the darkest resistance, and vice versa.” This can appear like a disconnect, but it is the relationship doing its purposeful work, a profound connection.
Psychodrama refers to ‘the interpyche’ with an interplay of co-conscious and co-unconscious ways of being. Evocative and useful words. Imago relationship therapy has the word ‘imago’, a word meaning image, referring to the match of the unconscious dynamics involving the unmet needs from childhood, mixed with the love that was there.
One word for it: trouble!
Who wants it? Who knows how to get through this impasse when one person’s deep desires meet the other person’s fears? And vice versa. It gets harder as regression seeps in and our usual adult functioning goes out the window. I’d rather look at facebook or go for a walk.
There is another side to the story, trouble means opportunity. The ‘interpsyche’ is not so stupid! This mystical third entity wove a web for us to climb through impasses. They are not impossible passes, we can get through, with help. And once through we continue the adventure with new vigour.
For the therapist it is easy! “Wow, you two are here, facing this trouble! Well done. This is normal, this is healthy, this is natural and right and you can work through this. Talk and listen. Listen with great care! Talk without blame. I’ll help you do it.”
Its is not so easy when you are in it. Love is blind, and so is trouble. Have a look at this feast of quotes about love: 90 Beautiful Love Quotes from Literature I wish there were as many beautiful quotes about the purpose of trouble as there are about the glorious magic of love.
I’ve updated my writing page and moved it to https://www.walterlogeman.com/writing
Reflecting on my work – some of it going back to 1993.
I’m not so obsessed with the internet as I was in the 1990s. I still think the psyche is created through various creative acts such as naming, writing theorising and managing the medium. The psyche evolves. I’d be happy to call it culture, zeitgeist. I think this creativity goes beyond cyberspace. Marx created a bunch of concepts that fit. We can invent fiction and we also invent non-fiction but it has to relate to the real, to fit, to resonate. to enable.
I learned about hyperstition today
The K-Files: Who’s Pulling Your Strings? featuring Amy Ireland
(I will watch this https://vimeo.com/ondemand/hyperstition/167803565)
Truth is Science is Fiction.
a film by Christopher Roth
in collaboration with Armen Avanessian
Hermes rules the internet – he pulls the strings – but he can’t pull them all — but no one can.
And who rules the world? Mammon?
Who is the angel of history?
It’s like naming a theme in a group. I concretised a discussion by drawing a line on the stage. A fine line between moaning and denial. It resonated.
Does the Angelus Novus resonate with some sort of reality?
Is “relations of production” an angel? who is that entity pulling the strings?
The meaning of INTERSTITIAL is occurring in or being an interval or intervening space or segment : of, relating to, or forming an interstice.
An interstice or interstitium; an interstitial space. Middle English. Noun. interstition. an intervening period …
I heard this in the K-Files podcast as well:
Materialism is a description of relationships
Kate and I conducted a regular Thursday evening psychodrama group. We have created a free online group since the pandemic to ‘hold the space’. I sent out a reminder for the event at 4:00 today and I thought I’d put it here on the blog. Part of my ‘Journal’ and also, for those in Christchurch who might like to join.
Here is the email