When I first heard about AI art I thought the whole thing was a bit weird and sad. What about real art – what about the artists? And then I tried it.
And I got the scariest, creepiest result – like something out of a Korean horror movie. But then I tried it again.
And I got – wow. I think the cool thing is, you put in a specific prompt with a general idea of what you want and you are handed back something else completely original.
One of the main tools I use with people is visualisation -using your mind to generate an image to do something for you. What if you also used this technology to provide you with powerful images to help you connect to something you want to access inside yourself, or to a vision for the future?
Let’s say you’re about to go into a difficult meeting with two different groups who are in conflict and you need to be the peacekeeper. Well, you can use a program like Dall-e or Midjourney to quickly whip you up a picture to inspire you, like a warrior on a bridge between two warring tribes. Or a politician making an impassioned speech, perhaps.
Or perhaps you had a bad day, someone cut you off in traffic and you have anger to vent – why not ask for a picture of a Godzilla-like monster crashing through traffic and throwing cars into the air?
There are quite a few different possible applications:
- You can create image that will make you feel something, like calm for example,
- Or you can make an image that can help you connect to a future self you are aspiring towards
- Or you can use it cathartically
There’s only one small caveat – I wouldn’t use it when you’re new to it if you’re feeling very sensitive as occasionally the unpredictable nature of AI means you get something you might be disappointed by, or that even looks a bit scary. But if you’re feeling fairly robust, why not dive right in?
After a couple of practice gos (and some looks at how other people have phrased their prompts), you’ll probably get the hang of it very fast.
Here is one I made earlier (on midjourney) with this prompt: “enormous personal library, floor-to-ceiling books, bay window, natural light, dogs by the fireplace, woman drinking tea with paul rudd, 4k, photographic quality”
Ummm.. you missed something Midjourney. Never mind, you get the gist!
AI can’t replace art, but as a new tool with emerging uses, I wonder if there are other ways it can assist us in our self-development.
That’s all from me, I hope you’re having a great week.
And as always, take care!
PS. If you’re having a hard time finding your images in mid journey, try this.