Rising Tension

(2019) Tension for Change [Mixed Media on Canvas]

When you’re about to cross the chasm – the threshold of experience – tension awaits.

Tension beckons but you can’t move forward because you’re paralysed with Fear.

Fear takes hold because for the longest time you’ve been conditioned to think that forward motion isn’t possible. The Unknown is a scary place; but you will not perish. You will survive it.

As the fog fades in the background, a light flickers in the convoluted stream of consciousness, you see a way out. The tension moves you forward.

Create tension on behalf of change.

Blackout Poetry:

Upended

Every now and then, insights arise that don’t quite jibe with the observations that came before. Such aberrations yield a more nuanced understanding of the topic and are folded into the narrative of what we know. Sometimes, though, a new discovery is so profound that it is impossible to reconcile, and knowledge must proceed in a different direction entirely.

“paradigm shifts”

the origin of life

while floating in primordial oceans.

Image above (left)

Worlds of Experience

(2019) Worlds of Experience – Revisited [Comics in Resin]

Take the risk of thinking for yourself, much more happiness, truth, beauty, and wisdom will come to you that way.

Christopher Hitchens

Art-based Storytelling

(2018) A Hedgehog On The Shattered Plains [Acrylic Paint on Canvas]

He senses treachery afoot.

“To cross or not?”

As the foundations tremble beneath his feet.

The damage might yet be mitigated.

He just needs to discover.

Just. One. More. Step.

My inspiration for this painting was derived from my readings of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive. As I read about Kaladin’s harrowing journey toward resilience and reconciliation with the self on the Shattered Plains, I felt compelled to create my version of it.

The Shattered Plains was a gripping ambience that somehow resonated.

The Hedgehog is my hero in this story: consistently, persistently, tenaciously, overcoming the tension and fear of the unknown. And without guarantee, always moving forward.

Braids of Attachment: Weaving the Tie that Binds

A Reflection on Attachment, Art & the Therapeutic Alliance

The Daylight Compendium, p.4. [Mixed Media]

Useful Reading:

The Power of Dream Work

I had a vivid dream once, and it went like this [caution – gory content ahead]:

It’s 2017. I died.

I’m walking through a parade; a throng of people walking in unison to the festive beat along a new-orleans-esque street. A sudden dread welled up through my sternum and permeated every cell of my being. “Run”, it said. “Turn back and run. You are in imminent danger!”

With a heavy heart and bated breath, I turned to walk in the opposite direction – against the rhythm of the masses. The sense of panic intensified and as my eyes swiftly darted from left to right, I knew this night would end in my demise. As if to fulfill such prophesy, I immediately encountered my masked assailant as he took a knife to my throat and slid it open. Blood trickled down my neck and warmed my chest. I screamed to no avail and only managed to collapse into a helpless heap as my life force slowly drained out of me.

Upon waking, and getting over the initial shock, I was confused but mainly curious. Then I went and painted this:

(2017) Death [Acrylic Paint on Canvas]

While I thought that I was learning how to live, I have been learning how to die.

Leonardo da Vinci

Through the process of painting an embodied image of my dream, it brought to my awareness the parts of me – the beloved defense, the old and loyal friend, the familiar protector – that I had to let go. Or let die. Towards change for the better.

Ready, Set, Start

Who am I?

I am an ardent researcher, seeker, and artist. As co-founder of Daylight Creative Therapies (a private practice) based in Singapore, I happen to do the job that I love: psychotherapy – principles which should be accessible to one and all who desire insight and change. I relish getting lost in good books (especially Fantasy/Sci-Fi) and use creative writing and/or art-making as a form of self-overcoming.

What is this for?

The Daylight Compendium is a personal project. A consolidated process of all my readings, inspirations, knowledge-digestion and written/visual reflections. I’ve allowed my fear (of not-good-enough) to hold this project back for almost 4 years. No more. In the words popularised by Seth Godin: Salto Mortale.

The Daylight Compendium, p.1 [Progresso Magic Pencil & Ink]

Here and now, I’m taking the dangerous leap!