Mind Changing and Art
Dr. William Fan
Psychiatrist and the President of Hong Kong Autism Awareness Alliance
From the beginning of Lissa Lam’s personal pursuit in further studies in the art major, developed her project from I Ching text to plotted images, and then to help others by further coloring as decompression self-treatment. Achievements of the “易圖思 mInd CHangING” mindfulness coloring Book from the entire production were in itself a magical and wonderful experience.
The I Ching is based on the eight trigram (八卦), and eight trigram has its own endowments, which are transformed into 64 hexagrams, summarizing the changes. How to grasp the strain in different situations is of great wisdom, but whether to maintain the right path, persistence, tolerance and goodness in gain and loss of the world is the key to success or failure.
In fact, the I Ching philosophy informs that there is no absolute strength and weakness though also depends on various elements like timing and environment. For example, we often regard the disabled and the sick as weak, forgetting that they were once young and healthy. We might regard the aided recipients as incompetents, and we might fail to realize that they have made different contributions to society. If the disabled can overcome their physical and mental defects and face challenges of life, healthy people give respect to their demonstration in spiritual and strength, vitality and the abundance of fighting spirit. This inclusive attitude is also in line with the core ideas of the I Ching.
In other words, art also covers unlimited tolerance and respect on the contents and form of expressions. Different artists come from different backgrounds and carry different experiences, enrich the diversity of their artistic exploration and encourage viewers to communicate in different angles and visions. From this point of view, it is most appropriate to have various people from different states society to express the wisdom of the Book of Changes in artistic formats.
I am grateful to Lissa for agreeing to include the elements of “Arts Inclusion” in the “易圖思 mInd CHangING” mindfulness coloring book so that disabled or assisted persons from different non-profit organizations can also participate in the drawing contributions, so that the community can have access them. The artistic creativity negative bias against the underprivileged. This is another meaning of the project name “易圖思 mInd ChangING”.
At this time, we can put our prejudice aside and mingle together in order to “thrive, prosper, and no regrets."
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