REFRACTION


Refraction is somewhat of a subset of Flux and Flow. Refraction might be the method you use during a flux and flow period in order to process it better. Kinda confusing? Yeah a little. Just think of it like another coping mechanism. That’s actually what I got this term from. In Pan’s Labyrinth, Ofelia is shown using refraction as a method to cope with her reality outside of the fae world. 

So use refraction as you would a coping mechanism to something scary(?). Where you would imagine people naked during a speech, imagine these maybe “mundane” scenes and/or “creepy” scenes as something more whimsical and more lighthearted.

Refracting your surroundings into something more digestable for your normal self is another set of training wheels. Trying to train your mind to see things differently than you usually do will work better when you work in the extremes first. So if you see something that creeps you out, try to find ways it could be cute. If you find something cute, try to find ways in which it could be scary.

This kind of gap between image is also a popular descriptor in Japanese culture. A “gap moe” is a significant difference between how a character might seem and how they act, and that resulting difference being a sort of endearing characteristic. Japanese culture also finds cuteness in many things including horror, gore, and otherwise “uncute” things.

So this refraction of sorts exists already, although it may not be used in the same way that we are using it now. But its just an exemplar of how even things you may find creepy will be cute to someone else and therefore, not impossible to imagine.


The background image was taken in a rural village (Ainokura, Gokayama, Japan). Do you find this image creepy? Haunted house like? Or do you find it charming and enchanting? I’m more of the latter.