Secret language, a major component of my art for over forty years, came to me as an LSD vision experience when I was twenty. In 1971, I read the book “Be Here Now” by Ram Dass and was inspired to take LSD in a way that was new to me - solo in a dark room.
(Those who have suffered trauma or battles with their mind and emotions should beware of experimenting on themselves and should ask about psychedelic psychotherapy from a well recommended professional to achieve the most positive results.) When I saw Secret Writing wafting through the air in ribbons and hovering near my body and over all the surfaces in the room, I recall saying to myself, “This is what people call God!” Until that time I had not considered myself a spiritual person, nor was I living a spiritual life.
In the most radical and all-encompassing way, Secret Writing means “the language of creative expression”. Each person expresses themselves uniquely. Secret Language can be translated uniquely by everyone projecting the creative force and by every receiver of a creative projection. The arts, as well as our personal appearance, our speaking style, our body language are the creative expressions of an inner world of thought that emerges out of our unique composition of life experiences. The Secret Letters I use are themselves empty of meaning and untranslatable. They can mean anything the viewer chooses or nothing at all. They are a symbolic representation of the principle of creativity, as you said. We are all emanating the “God Force,” in our own singular way.
As meaning-making machines, every THING in the material world embodies its own symbol, carrying meanings as diverse as there are receivers. Through our life we judge, select and determine the sense, significance content and intention of all we perceive. As artist creators, we are all symbol makers. My secret writing is a language of creative expression evoked from the perception of my experience. Any artist can share an original language and make it mean something to them. The artist is the creator. What are we to do with a life-altering vision, but allow it to be a worthy spiritual quest.
Here is a quote I like from “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll:
″’When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.’
‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.‘”
"The question is," said Humpty Dumpty, "which is to be master - that's all."
You also might be interested in watching my recent interview, Allyson Grey on Secret Writing
With love & best wishes,