Life Unfolds

The Three Principles And Art

Oh my goodness! It’s been over 2 years since I last wrote a blog post. It’s fun to be back!

I find myself writing again because there are a couple of really interesting things going on that I think are worth sharing. One is my experience of working with The 3 Principles or living from the inside out and the other is my experience of starting to play around with paints, collage and creative stuff generally.

I’m not so good at explaining the former so I’ve put up a Three Principles resources page where you will find links to loads of good stuff and good people who are far more eloquent than I on the subject. At this point, suffice it to say, that The Principles have had a huge impact on my life. Nothing has changed but everything is different and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been.

And then there’s the painting etc. I’m finding that the way I “do Art” is turning out to be a brilliant metaphor for the way I’d like to live my life.

And here’s how it all began . . .

A good friend of mine is a professional artist. One day when looking at her art I thought “I fancy having a go at that”. So the next time I visited her I asked if I could give it a try and found myself playing around with all her lovely paints and mediums and beads and stamps and wire and . . . and . . . all sorts of yummy goodies. And I loved it. And that was interesting to me. This seemed to be an experience where it was easy for me to play. No ‘tortured artist suffering for her art’ stereotype for me.

I definitely had an opinion about whether or not I liked what I was producing but I noticed that it seemed to change. One evening I’d think “that looks like something a kindergartener would do” and then in the morning I’d think “I quite like it”.


Art is not something I’ve spent much time thinking about – other than to think I’m no good at it! And, before my visit to my friend’s studio I hadn’t picked up a paintbrush since I was at school. I’d never painted on canvas. Consequently, I don’t have a lot of internal rules or structure around what I should do, or how it works, or what it means, and I’m finding the whole experience incredibly liberating.


And this is how I’m living life more and more. Letting go of preconceived ideas, dropping rules I’ve made up, learning to live with not knowing and being OK with that. Just showing up and watching it unfold.

And this too is incredibly liberating . . .


  • Carolyn

    On Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 10:30 AM, Carolyn Rome wrote:
    Sorry I don’t even remember your name but I found your previous posts very inspiring and thus joined life moves. I was checking my inbox for something or other and have just read this post and I nearly cried( in a happy way). I have just embarked on changing my outlook, my circumstances that were crap and it is working for me too! Living in the present, the moment, changing how I look at things, smiling at people, letting go of the crap. It is a daily struggle(no struggle is the wrong word), it is a challenge but I just feel now hopeful and embracing of what I can and will achieve and it’s exciting. Bless you and the painting is beautiful, I did some ‘art therapy’ awhile back and I get it now, like you I rubbished it and just about everything else in my life but I am changing the way I think about things and the things are changing for the good! Thank you Carolyn

    • gillian

      Thanks SOOOOO much for your comment Carolyn. What a great encouragement to continue!!!

      I actually went to write a completely different post yesterday and found this one sitting in draft form. I was tempted to add to it or edit it. Felt that it wasn’t ready and thought “Get over it! Just press publish”. Which I did. So glad I did now.