Plant Play Assignments
Empathy with Nature: SERIES 1 ~ Thinking Like a Plant
Session 1: What's Wrong with We?
Session 2: A Transformational Being
Session 3: Imagination at Work
Session 4: The Archetypal Plant
Session 5: The Threefold Inverted Plant
Session 6: Phenomenal Colour
Session 7: Empathy in Action
1) Contemplate a plant or tree, see and feel into the vertical tendency. See and feel into the counter-pose that creates moments of expansion and contraction within the vertical tendency. Sense how this archetypal breathing between expansion and contraction brings the archetypal plant into its unique form.
ART: Draw a straight vertical line. Create a breathing of expansion and contraction around it and see what emerges. Colour in the parts that speak of plantness to create your own new plant.
2) Write poetry about and to Nature. Blend both the quantitative and qualitative observations, the Newtonian and Goethean, and feel the difference in the way the words express. Which has an easier sense of empathy?
3) Continue with practices from previous sessions.
4) Ruckshau: Take a few minutes each day to review the events of the day in reverse order. View yourself from an objective, higher perspective, going through your day. What do you learn about yourself? This is a way to strengthen many things in yourself including mental picturing, memory and empathy.