Adam Blatner

Words and Images from the Mind of Adam Blatner

July, 2013

The Kabbalistic Tree of Life Diagram as Art

Below I’ve posted a number of drawings I’ve done over the past 30 years of the Kabbalistic Tree of Life, the “Etz Khayyim.” I’ve found this diagram to be useful in evoking contemplations of what’s beyond this apparent reality, and what’s beyond that beyond. The “Tree” hints at these essences that give rise to less […]

Posted in Mind-Spectrums, Spirituality and Philosophy, Wisdom-ing | No Comments »

Check Out My Website

If you think this stuff is fun, you might find you enjoy even more a variety of topics addressed on my website: Serious psychology, psychological literacy, psychotherapy, psychodrama and its related topics of role theory and sociometry, various types of philosophy and I slip into rank speculation and fantasy at the bottom. For those who […]

Posted in Autobiographical, Whassup?, Wisdom-ing | No Comments »

Behind the Eyelids

Sometimes, more when I’m half-in-dream, the patterns I “see” with my eyes are closed are complex and slightly changing. Here’s a hint. I’m motivated to represent this density of imagery in my art—it represents the nature of the mind. The slight shift into recognizable text near the bottom hints at a related phenomenon: The rapid […]

Posted in Autobiographical, Play and Spontaneity, Uncategorized | No Comments »

Letter-Forms as Art

By no means am I the only one who plays with the root forms of alphabets and the like as potential forms of art. I’ve been seriously interested in what I call “scriptology,” and also playfully interested, insofar as the making of writing is an art form in several cultures. It has become more so […]

Posted in Autobiographical, Foolin Around, Play and Spontaneity, Scriptology | No Comments »

Playing with Mythic Meanings

Oh, sure, one part of life generates meaning, at first unconsciously, then more consciously. What is fun, though, is to add extras—all the possible stories that never were or are. I play many parts, some more real and serious, some more imaginal. For millennia we had stories that were sort of believed. The degree to […]

Posted in Autobiographical, Mind-Spectrums, Play and Spontaneity, World of Almost-Real | No Comments »

Resonances in the Cosmos

Action in this world generates resonances, somewhat like ripples spreading from a pebble dropped in a still pond. But there are billions of sentient life forms just on this planet, interacting ever more intimately. We have no idea of the echoes of our being—or as Krishna advises Arjuna in the teaching story of the Baghavad […]

Posted in Spirituality and Philosophy, Uncategorized, Zordak's Journal | No Comments »

Philosophy-Poetry-Cartoon Art

I think that things have changed in a fundamental way: People have become empowered to think more actively, flagrantly, to articulate that which used to be taboo. This has been catalyzed by the emergence of “transgressive art,” art that transgresses rules of rationality and decorum, in cartoons, comics, comedians, some television, and less so, but […]

Posted in Essays and Papers, Spirituality and Philosophy, Wisdom-ing | No Comments »

Differentiation

It is good to learn that you are different and it’s okay. We are all different in so many ways. This may seem obvious to some, but for many centuries being “different” was a terrible thing. People got burned alive for it! It’s obvious at one level that we’re all different in many ways, but […]

Posted in Follies, Psychological Literacy, Psychotherapy and Psychiatry, Social-Depth Psychology (Sociometry) | No Comments »

Maps of Identity

These figures illustrate some elements of “social depth psychology.” People aren’t at all individuals in the sense of being absolutely non-divided; there is indeed a potential for more or less coordination, but on the whole, people play many roles and entertain largely different sets of attitudes and aspects of their personalities in each role. So […]

Posted in Psychological Literacy, Psychology, Psychotherapy and Psychiatry, Social-Depth Psychology (Sociometry) | No Comments »

Collaborative Creativity through Psychodrama

The drawing below represents my vision of the way people can join in co-creating a more loving and joyous universe. Although two people are shown, and the symbol of encounter is between them, really any number can co-create. They are different—they offer their own angles on whatever is in formation. There is a playful liberation […]

Posted in History, Psychodrama, Uncategorized, Wisdom-ing | No Comments »