Dear Harry and all who work for Star's Edge,
I'm a composer and orchestrator, and also a Avatar Master since 2005. I've challenged myself to live abroad, here in France and 'difficult' circumstances made me feel very exhausted. Including childbirth of my wife and linguistic problems. Above all, Musical composition needs a lot of attention, and composers easily fall in a situation so complicated. At some moments, it's uncontrollable.
Yesterday I opened the book 'ReSurfacing' and did some exercises. Wonderfully, they worked. I got important insights. If I name the experience passed, it was 'The state of Exhaustion of Attention'. And I solved it - just yesterday - by 2 exercises, 'Releasing Fixed Attention', and the method for situations when the attention is exhausted.
The 1st exercise was wonderful because it really worked for me, who was totally 'exhausted' by worries, continuous thinking, chaos. Artistic elaboration often go into the sphere unknown, composers project their identities into it. What happens? They have absolutely lost themselves in boundless universe without any fiducial point. Their egos dance, emotions exhausted. But with this exercise, it's favorably solved. Concentrate, relax, concentrate, relax.... deliberately, it's not kind of pushing to make something appear, or just let myself rest until some inspiration come into my brain, no, we can discover clear shapes, directions, answers, lightning inspiration by which the whole structure of work is shown. No other method is simpler than this, but it's the decisive technique for any artist.
For 2nd method, I don't know how to describe this. It's about organizing things, but related with drift of attention. Why is this important for musician? It's because the technique of synthesizing the sub-structures, sub-techniques, or details, to a perceivable, perfect unity was regarded as just a matter of 'talent'. Now I think it's not just a talent. I found everything we deal with is related to drift of attention. I guess we are already progressing so far in developing human ability. Just with the simplest techniques. Thanks, with much love,
Raehyun Yoo, France