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Medicine, Art, Alchemy


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'In My Eye' is how I see things, it's not always in a language that others speak, as it concerns symbols and colours. Dr. Ali Anani's recent discussion, on Linked In, called 'Visual Storytelling Using interlinked Standardized Charts' led me to consider the third, or in between element on a PH scale. The first association my mind connected to was the three doshas of Ayurvedic medicine, which led further into the field of vibrating molecules to the philosophising of Wassily Kandinsky. The presentation is a view, from the eye of an artist aka Isabella Wesoly

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Medicine, Art, Alchemy

  1. 1. Ayurveda, Kandinsky, Litmus Test Medicine, Philosophy, Alchemy by Isabella M H Wesoly, BA (Hons), Dip.Iris
  2. 2. Litmus strips can be an effective assessment tool. How many states can be measured?
  3. 3. Do states of being move back and forth in a linear fashion?
  4. 4. Ayurvedic medicine has identified three body types called DOSHAS each is associated with colours: RED/ORANGE; BLUE/PURPLE; GREEN/YELLOW
  5. 5. 3 DOSHAS How can doshas be represented together, visually, in a way that is not linear? • Triangles have three sides / three angles • But can squares or circles effectively illustrate doshas?
  6. 6. Some schools of thought ascribe colours and shapes to states of being. The Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky considered this. But applying these shapes and colours to the notion of doshas, could be misleading, i.e. emotional doesn’t necessarily mean ‘balanced’, nor does square necessarily mean physical
  7. 7. Jayce Daniels argues that Kandinsky incorrectly ascribes red to square and that the colour blue is more fitting. In my schemata the idea of a blue square doesn’t seem to suggest physical nor mental. However, the mirroring basic geometric shapes is revealing:
  8. 8. Whilst there is a similarity in structure between the square and circle, I prefer red square’. But let’s just put square and circle aside. I’m certain of the power of three/triangles for character attributes in stories.
  9. 9. The mirror image is not identical, but opposite. Plus in relation to the square and circle is only equal with its reflection, i.e. 2 x 180 degrees = 360 degrees
  10. 10. When mirroring an equilateral triangle, diamonds form The diamond shape permits the creation of characters, events and situations in stories.
  11. 11. Triangles more effective for creating character visuals
  12. 12. We have an external world, as well as internal
  13. 13. All characteristics can be part of a whole The sequence of a circle is that there is no beginning or end, unless numbers are used to indicate start and finish. In this illustration it is easy to assume red is the start, due to the direction of arrowheads. But note how the three primary and secondary colours are presented as integrated triangles.
  14. 14. Let’s consider inner and outer mechanics:
  15. 15. A character that is mostly Pitta, could have levels of depth. The circle shown would move more into the blue/purple area as the intensity of Pitta increases. Yet where the Pitta is not so strong, some levels of Kapha or Vata would be evident.
  16. 16. What sort of attributes does this suggest?
  17. 17. Is the circle the best shape to show how doshas vary?
  18. 18. A square might work to indicate levels of each dosha
  19. 19. How big should the measuring tool be?
  20. 20. Does a triangle work as an indicator tool? I prefer the square or circle to measure levels of dosha
  21. 21. If this was an orb that represented a softly spoken and timid character in a story, what would it look like?
  22. 22. Thanks for your interest Acknowledgements • The Chopra Centre, for Ayurvedic information • Jayce Daniels, for Kandinsky red square/blue square discussion • Dr. Ali Anani, for PH testing