Recently I went to see Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc’s Blaue Ritter (Blue Rider) exhibition at the the Fondation Beyeler in Basel, Switzerland. Kandisky’s power to arouse emotion through abstract art has always fascinated me. This picture alongside, Composition VII, fills me with so much emotion when I look at it, that I start wondering if it is just me that is affected in this way or if it has the same effect on others? A little further along in the exhibition, I came across a quote that sheds light on Kandinsky’s intention with the shift more and more towards pure abstraction. “It is not form (matter) that is most important but content (spirit).”
I find this fascinating because it makes me realize that what Kandinsky and the Blaue Ritter group were trying to achieve through art and music a century ago is exactly what we are trying to achieve in the world of psychology or inner inquiry, through Life Purpose Hand Analysis, or specifically hand analysis following the LifePrints system developed by Richard Unger. We are attempting to separate spirit (content) from matter (form) and explore how the two impact and interact with each other within an individual psyche.
I think it is useful to think of different types of hand reading in the same way one regards different styles of art. They are all quite different, and preference is a matter of personal taste. For example, would you prefer a landscape painted in the style of the 14th Century or would you prefer a more contemporary perspective? Whatever your preference, each is an attempt at a portrait of a person, or a glimpse at the interior landscape of their world. It is one person’s perception of the interior world of another, expressed through radically different styles and perspectives.
Why is this important?
It is important to remember that we are looking at a reflection. Perhaps even a reflection of a reflection.
“The artist must train not only his eye but also his soul” said Kandinsky. The same applies to artists of hand analysis.
Are you a clear calm lake, faithfully reflecting the divinity of your client? Or is your mind a storm that adds more clouds and ripples than were there before?