Vision Questing

We have all heard someone say that he or she is a “visionary”. We all, intuitively, know what it means to have a vision for “something”. Vision is simply a way of seeing or rather, looking.

Some people get inspiration as a bolt of lighting. Boom! They are on fire. Some people get little clues they have to unravel, each of which, leads to a new clue, the final product of their vision realization being the accumulation of their clue gathering. Some people have a vision which acts like a large carpet unrolling before them and others see vision like a movie in their mind.

Inspiration is a tricky thing. For most, it is fleeting. It can come in sudden bursts and then be gone, returning our brain wave activity to a more typical level.

We want to train ourselves to have vision; to acquire inspiration more frequently and with greater duration. Vision is linked with the imagination and the imagination is as vast as the space that surrounds us.

Throughout history, human beings have sought out the often-illusive Inspirado through purposeful and willful seeking or hunting. Inspiration can be found. We have all, no doubt, heard Jesus’ words “Seek and ye shall find”. If one is looking, one can find. Inspiration is all around us, all of the time. But if we are not looking, we likely will not see it. Some are lucky enough to then blindly bump into inspiration. The independent artist cannot afford (literally), to wait for inspiration to come around. After all, the rent is due at the end of the month.

The sort of inspiration we look for is not “I need inspiration to clean these dirty dishes”, but I need inspiration to unlock our respective inner muse. Our inner muse can unlock doors in our minds and lead us to further and greater sources of inspiration and artistic fodder. Seeking Vision is a practice called Vision Questing and is a practice that is as ancient as human kind and is a common story throughout world mythology.

At Austin Conservatory of Professional Arts, we serve to help our students realize their individual visions. We teach them how to not only have, but to then build their visions—in their communities and as a service or engagement with their community or “audience” and with willful purpose to make a living doing so.

Jim Hart

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