This info was originally posted as a private session transcript on August 18, 2013.
Michael, you told me that I have been Artisan-cast in every Grand Cycle thus far but this is the first Grand Cycle where I also have the role of Artisan. One of the validating features of Artisan for me is the 5 inputs; I’m sure having this many inputs has a large influence on my life.
Who knows if I will choose the role of Artisan again, so I’d like to try to maximize my Artisan experience while I’m awake enough to make the attempt. Do you have tips and techniques for fully implementing ‘Artisanness’? Are there ways to enhance or expand use of all 5 inputs?
Does my high frequency provide any benefits toward potentially enhancing my experience as an Artisan?
Understanding the nature of having 5 Inputs is probably the best way to maximize one's use of them in a way that can fully implement one's "Artisan-ness." What that means to "fully implement" and "Artisan-ness" must be determined by your own standards. Some Artisans would find this implementation to mean full-blown creative chaos and living utterly by impulse, and others may find it to mean strength in structure, order, and constructive directions that have collaborative intentions.
We will leave the defining factors of "Artisan-ness" to you, then, as you cannot NOT be an Artisan, you can only be an Artisan who rejects being an Artisan, or one who embraces being an Artisan, and then creating from those stances.
Janet: I do embrace it, so let's go from there.
The point of the 5 Inputs for Artisans is that Artisans are the ports through which the NEW, the ALIVE, and the REVITALIZED are constantly brought into existence in some way. If there is anything that can help determine if one is fully implementing one's Artisan-ness, it would be in the assessment of whether one is actively bringing in Aliveness, Newness, Revitalization in some way.
This can show up in any number of ways, such as through ideas, encouragement, spontaneity, impulse, artistic media, etc.
The key question being if it manages to bring something or someone TO LIFE.
Yes, the core of the Artisan is Creation, but this often translates into "bringing to life," or infusing life into various elements of the life, such as the workplace, a relationship, a community, etc.
When the Artisan is not able to, or refuses to, or is blocked in the process of infusing life, or bringing to life, that is when Delusion can set in, and the Artisan resorts to fantasy, an internal world of creation that is more alive and vibrant than the experiences of the outer world.
Janet: Oh I have experienced that.
The Artisan's medium for infusing life, or bringing to life, is CHANGE. To the extent that the Artisan resists, dismisses, or is afraid of CHANGE is the extent to which the Artisan is asleep, or in Delusion. This resistance to Change is not the same thing as having structure and order and routine. Those qualities are often quite vital to the Artisan, but are not defenses against Change.
Those qualities actually help in adapting to Change.
The Artisan's Inputs are focused on
- the Task at Hand;
- generating Creativity;
- maintenance or nurturing of previous Creations;
- monitoring of media options; and
- The Past.
Janet: What is meant by 'monitoring of media options'? The other inputs seem self-explanatory.
This Input on The Past is quite encompassing, and is why it is very difficult for an Artisan who has been wounded to move beyond the wounding.
Monitoring of media options could be described as "how can I make this happen?" or "how, where, through what can I create that?"
It might be better understood as the Input of Strategy.
This is why Artisans and Warriors tend to work so well together, because the Artisan is quite strategic.
Or, more accurately, CAN be.
Janet: You have thoroughly described my life. I found a session where you said that some Artisans may block inputs in order to "fit in". Are there symptoms of blocking a specific input?
Yes, there are symptoms relative to the blocking of each. Though we do not prioritize or number the Inputs, for simplicity we will do so here:
1 - inability to focus for any length of time; scattered;
2 - delusions, defensiveness, escapism;
3 - lying, dishonesty, revisionism;
4 - manipulation, anger, frustration; and
5 - inability to heal, terminal illness, psychological damage.
This list is not comprehensive, but it is fair.
Edited by Janet