Their selected and presented “spirit” in a work creates harmony/disharmony in the social meaning and atmosphere of their desired intent. Such a “spirit”–the vital element in all forms of Emotions or Creations—is that creator’s and that work’s personal expression—a uniqueness which supersedes the creator’s mere technique—the vital element most like a Seed and to which deserves the most attention. Recombining or rearranging this Idea figure or mental picture, similar to rays of the sun, makes for unlimited creative options for Right Living that could be followed into new worlds. Ancient African Sages knew Art (Music and Drama, the two most powerful) is the science of manipulating behavior through the Imagination. For example, the energies causing humans to be motivated (that prove motor power—i.e. ‘e-motions’; passions) to act in the world are called on and organized by the Images manipulated via the faculty of Imagination. Emotions are solicited, not by the situations in which one finds oneself or by things one interacts with, but by the Images one associates with them (Amen, Tree of Life p186-8). For example, ones “Persona Image” determines what one thinks, feels, says, does, expects, and ones perceived degrees of capability–a perception more often distorted/fantasized than realistic. To think: “I can’t” is to ensure “I will not.” jabaileymd.com
The Ancient African Spiritual Literature story of Emotions starts with the Divine Ray or Spark of God, a direct emanation of the Logos (Word of God), projecting its Divine fullness (macrocosm) on the two highest planes of the human (microcosm) Soul—Unconditional Love and Wisdom—united in Mind (manas, the Image of God). To be a perfect unity Image of God, humans were created male and female (thus God is not “He”)—a duality “Oneness” for purposes of unfolding the divine likeness. This Love-Wisdom-Mind triad is intended to have dominion over emotions, ideas, actions, and humans’ entire nature, including the lower mental nature. What underlies these manifestations are coherence in its meanings, indicating on a Secular level that the Image is like an organized Idea–a patterned quantity of energy organized into a shape complete with a power compatible with that shape–a shape containing the necessary power to carry out its Mission in God’s Plan–and the power manifested by its sound wave contents. Because ones Foreground Mind does not have direct acquaintance with what is represented (i.e. an Actual Reality), it first fashions creative Vibratory Images of that Actual Reality as a way to represent the Unseen. From there it goes into ones Memory. Out of ones Memory, ones Imaginative faculty constructs mental Images different from those actually experienced. In tangible realms, this means what is seen creates an image of what is represented. Thus, an Image is a visible representation having or supposed to have a close resemblance to that which it represents, but is twice removed from reality. It represents a new concept independent of and uninfluenced by any mental or physical thing (as occurs in creating into a void). However, these may still be thought of as representing some underlying something.
Icon Images are intended to draw attention to the moment whereby its featured attribute generates an Emotion of a spontaneous originality nature—and especially in certain activities and experiences of humankind. That Emotion cannot be accounted for by explicitly conscious plans and purposes, for one does not, as a rule, know in advance what the result will be, but is led to it gradually, step by step. In this evolutionary realm of Emotions, something does not have to be true for it to work. If an Emotion looks like a piece of Lint, things can grow inside/into it, around it, out of it, or be layered on it—a situation of ongoing creating. Pieces of Lint may break off from it and affect something or start something new of a like-kind nature. This type of process, unfettered by mechanical forces or explicitly preconceived ends, and yet resulting in something impactful, if not new, is typical of an Emotional evolution. When artists or anyone oriented to creating Emotional Atmospheres produce a work of a good or bad nature, they draw on the life principle preferred or discovered–give it an interpretation–express their Emotions in the resultant insights or intuitions gained—and present images and impressions with “spirits” which seem either unique or as part of a Common Humanity or values derived out of their own experiences or within their Target Group.
Joseph A. Bailey II, MD, FACS