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Extracts from the Journals of John F. B. Miles

The Early Years. 1968 - 1970

Our Deepest Fear

Posted by Robert Beer on 7/30/2010 11:57:52 AM
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves: 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We were born to manifest the Glory of God that is (read more)

Synaesthesia

Posted by Robert Beer on 7/29/2010 8:49:11 PM
It has been a long stay at the dentist's. He gave me six injections. Throughout his work I smoked my pipe continually And told him, "Next time I'll bring my bazooka!" All my painting at this time concerns the use of colour as a completely expressive language. This is not in any way tied to the limitations of narrative or 'documentary' type projection of external reality, but is in fact mood projection of inner reality. Synaesthesia describes the process most adequately. An analogy is: - (read more)

Glass of Sauternes

Posted by Robert Beer on 7/29/2010 8:49:11 PM
Glass of Sauternes - saw paintings through - shocked by impact of hard shapes dissolving at edges giving throbbing liquid effulgence of colour. I am trying to organise a terrific manifestation of subconscious synaesthetic imagery, it is not easy as a blankness surrounds my probing. I cannot discover the universal, however I can let the universal discover me. The written language becomes strange and more unlikely with each scrutinising - the imagery that it makes with a brush (read more)
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