So maybe I should stop trying to predict the future and just go with what happens, eh?
Today or yesterday, someone returned a book on Global Warming to my library. I found it while I was shelving, today. Finding this odd enough (though not beyond the realm of speculation, given that my teacher did tell us to research “global warming” recently), I took a look at the books close to it on the shelf, and found a number of ecology titles. One of them, opened to a random page, gave me a hit on the story I want to express in Graphic Novel format…two others were hits in a different way. This is after I — by chance — found the activism section of my library, the time before this last time I went. (I didn’t even know we had books on activism.)
I do these random exercises because I feel like it’s relatively easy to get spirit messages from random/chance events. Of course, it isn’t quite random, because the books themselves get worn, and so one may open to one well-used spread or another, preferentially. But it’s still fairly random. The chance that I’ll even be at work and be the one shelving said cart and it’s related to what I’m working on now, and it’s a title I notice, and I open it to something which directly comments on my current thoughts; that’s just a lot of things to line up. But after I stopped getting frequent visions (which I do believe are linked to brain chemistry, as my medication specifically put a damper on them), I started looking for synchronicities as a way for my spirits to communicate with me.
That, by the way, in addition to my project, does have me eyeing the Yi Jing/I Ching…totally random, that. And it might fit me better than tarot.
I have done some research into tarot, though a lot of it seems to be subjective interpretation which is not on the part of the one who is being read (plus possibly, a bit of channeling by the reader which is not necessarily aware of itself as channeling). It’s also a lot of time spent in researching archetypes…the system doesn’t quite fit me culturally. But that’s an aside. I’m just thinking of reading the Yi Jing as research for this graphic novel thing. I’ve just got to find a translation which is relatively good; not easy when there are tons of translations.
I…had remembered what M told me about having a Bachelor’s degree: that a BA basically just says that you know how to find and sort through information on your own. In a BA program, that is, you’re taught how to teach yourself. I could, hypothetically, teach myself about ecology by learning from the library (or more appropriately, “libraries”); I just won’t have the practical skill set to do primary research. (“Secondary research,” is what I’d be able to do — I’d be able to look up studies and accounts of those who have witnessed what is going on first-hand, and sift through that. “Tertiary research,” IIRC, is what happens when someone’s work refers back to someone else’s prior or contemporaneous work and then you view the latter, yourself.)
So, I’m thinking, this might be (could be; may not necessarily be) a sign to me to continue looking into the path of possibly becoming involved in environmentalism. However, I’m thinking that my best expression of the results of my research, might be in story format — likely at least illustrated; more likely in graphic novel format. There are ways to learn, other than being in classes, after all. And…I do have strengths that an ecology major probably wouldn’t have had the time to perfect. Only, instead of being an ecology major who took an interest in creativity, I would be a writing and art major who took an interest in ecology. Slightly different spin, and different weak points. Very different weak points.
Maybe I can contribute in my own way, that is, to helping out the state of the world…in some way where maybe I don’t need to be a scientist to do so.