The illustrations in Flying Saucer Visions: A Travelogue came about in an unusual way. Let’s discuss the objects, pictures and symbols Christian witnesses at night.
Inspired by my own personal experience, every one of the “enticing pictures” Christian sees is something specific I’ve viewed more than once while falling asleep or waking. Describing these images to illustrator Sheng-Mei Li was no easy task! I decided to make my own crude sketches (my drawing skills lack as you’ll see) to assist her in grasping these visions. Upon seeing Sheng-Mei’s first renderings for the book, I was beyond thrilled—actually stumped at how she could bring my basic drawings and description to such vivid, accurate life.
To “qualify” for the book, an image had to appear at least twice; this became my rule … logic being that if something popped up more than once, it must have deeper meaning. I have absolutely no proof this is the case, but it seemed fair!
Here are some examples.
I can imagine what these visualizations might represent, demonstrate or show… but right now it’s all speculation (exactly what N-1 warns Christian not to do!). Regardless, here are some noteworthy comparisons, from nature, metaphysics and outer space that I’ve discovered since the book’s publication.
What do you think?
Christian pesters N-1 with questions about the meaning of his experiences, but is told to “simply observe”. For now, I’ll do the same—even meditate and deeply reflect on them. If you have any insight, feel free to share…
To appeal to your other senses, I’ll leave you with a song—the “soft, distant music” Christian hears when the purple portal first opens, taking him on a remarkable voyage. I think Phil Everly might have fallen from the stars (and I just noticed the Warren Zevon arrangement connection… hmmm). Enjoy.
When ideas come tapping us on the shoulder, is it our responsibility to express ourselves? I say yes… just grab your sketchbook.
The other day, I did a rewarding interview with Elaine M. Grohman for her show on Empower Radio, Earth Wisdom Circles. We laughed and chatted, covering diverse topics such as writing, theater, drawing, aging, the power of language and outer space. I’ve known Elaine over ten years; I’m always inspired on some level by her insights, presence and the unique information that flows through her with such eloquence.
We discussed my recent illustrated book, Flying Saucer Visions. The first event that led me to write the story happened during one of her holistic healing classes at Mercy Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan—an image of a strange windmill machine that appeared when I closed my eyes. Such experience is not special to me, particularly during Elaine’s workshops (where she encourages students to zoom into their own natural psychic activity). Fascinating things happen to everyone! We were also coaxed to make note of these special images and information—to describe in detail, draw and write down our sensory impressions.
Over the years, I’ve heard countless frustrated creatives say “I need to write”, “I have ideas, but no time!”, “let’s make a theater production!”, etc. etc. I’m not saying it’s easy to set aside time for artistic play (with the physical burdens of living on this testy planet)… but even ten stupid minutes three times a week can work wonders.
Write it down, sketch it, throw watercolor on paper, take photos. Get up and dance. Capture the impulse. At this ripe age, I know these instincts can come from an intelligent and inspired place beyond our day-to-day conscious awareness. They may appear as an odd idea, a hunch, pictures strung together, a tune humming in your head…
Put them into form. Life is trying to express itself through us; accept the offer. Keep it simple (at least at first!).
And yes, distraction will interfere—often as needy people. Family, friends and coworkers will interrupt using sly methods. This can make me murderous; text messages and social media are the craftiest tools of late. Someone just HAS to have our attention. However, a bit of vigilance (like pressing that little OFF button on the phone) can shut down the wiliest of saboteurs.
I double-dog dare you to see what happens! Enjoy.
“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp