"Together We Are Whole" by Pi Luna
Learning on All Sides of the Brain
My vision is to create an interactive, interdisciplinary business that uses art and storytelling to empower creative, innovative people with the skills to bring their visions to life. My products and offerings combine multiple learning styles to create holistic, engaging, and transformative experiences simultaneously practical and creative.
"Equilibrium" by Pi Luna
A Double Life
My vision started with a split. Although everyone has a right brain (creative side) and a left brain (logical side), typically, people tend to be dominant on one side. Not for me. I have always had both sides equally. The early part of my life was an even split. I was a math teacher by day and an artist on nights and weekends—two sides at odds.
"Inclusion" by Pi Luna
A Longing for Wholeness
Although I loved math and art equally, I didn’t feel whole. I felt fragmented. Everywhere I went, I could only be a fraction of myself. I never got to show up fully. I longed for a way to bring the two sides together.
"Natural Numbers" by Pi Luna
Are they Really Separate?
After working one-on-one with students, I had a realization. Something different was happening to me when I did math. My mind was processing the material uniquely. I think in pictures. When I was in math class, I would often visualize butterflies, stars, and stories. I would see the formulas in action and make the connection between what I was learning and how it applied to the world. My visions helped me make sense of the formulas and stay engaged.
Finding My Pieces
I needed to develop many skill sets and experiences to pull this vision off. I would need to collect the pieces.
As I progressed, I developed competencies in many different areas. I did a multitude of things and provided a wide variety of services. It confused others. They saw me as chaotic, unfocused, and scattered. They did not realize underneath the surface, a larger vision was forming.
Pick Just One Piece
People told me to pick one piece and to focus on only one thing. Diversity was wrong and needed to be corrected.
Discard the Rest
After picking one piece, I needed to discard the rest and throw the other pieces away to make room and space for the chosen piece.
It's all nice and neat now; a single piece has no distraction. It can develop fully. Well, this is what I was told. But my experience of singularity was the opposite. The piece began to shrink and become stuck. A puzzle piece has openings and slots built for connection. When isolated, the potential for connection can never be met. It's supposed to be part of something larger.
Bring the Pieces Back
I focused on one piece or another at different times in my entrepreneurial path. The result was always the same: depression, stuckness, and a loss of connection. I had to bring the pieces back—all of them.
Box them Up
But the problem of chaos remained. It still wasn’t okay to be diverse. Instead of discarding pieces, we can separate them—and box them up. Split them apart. Then, the chaos will be contained.
Split into Sub-Boxes
The funny thing about separation is that it’s not enough just to split something once. The division is repetitive. One split turns into another. Then another. Then another. Wherever this is divergence, a new box is formed.
Separation will repeat so completely that all the pieces are boxed individually. Each piece is separate. A sense of order has now been accomplished.
Boxes Don't Connect
But the boxes don’t connect because they are made out of walls. There are so many barriers that no communication can happen between them. Puzzle pieces are built to join but can’t connect when inside different boxes.
"Don't Reinvent the Wheel" by Pi Luna
The result is stuckness where nothing flows. It is forcing, shoving, and overworking to try and force life to happen. It’s like pushing a cart with square wheels up a hill. Is the effort worth it?
"Riding the Wheel" by Pi Luna
The Importance of Chaos
Boxes are a distinctively human phenomenon. Go anywhere in nature; you will not see boxes, borders, or fences. You’ll see an abundance of life. Diverse plants, animals, and species all coexist in the same space. Chaos provides the flexibility and freedom of movement. It fosters connections and facilitates life.
"Math on the Moon" by Pi Luna inspired by source photography by Raven Siker
The Number Pi
But chaos isn’t always chaos. It may look so on the surface, but connections are happening on another level. The number Pi is inherently chaotic. The number spits out a random assortment of numbers that follow no recognizable pattern. It just flows in its dance of irrationality. But this number has more going on. It also creates perfect circles. A shape that unifies all the numbers makes order and maintains balance. Unlike a box, a circle is inclusive.
Remove the Boxes
No more boxes. They might feel neat, but they do not foster connection. They do not facilitate higher order.
"Taking a Stand" by Pi Luna
Standing Up for the Pieces
Instead, I stand up for my pieces—all of them. Each one is needed to complete a vision.
"Together We Are Whole" by Pi Luna
Organizing the Pieces
Puzzle pieces may start chaotic, but they don’t stay that way. They are designed to fit together. They are built for connection. My vision includes multiple learning styles and perspectives. Each is organized by color.
The blue pieces are about structure, time, and mechanics.
"The Catch" by Pi Luna
Building a Bigger Boat
We often seek abundance, but sometimes, that abundance can be more than we can handle. To catch a bigger fish, we need to build a bigger boat. The blue is all about making the systems that support us as we grow so we can handle what comes.
"Sine of the Moon" by Pi Luna
Although blue is about structure, I explore non-linear ways to organize time. I pull inspiration from nature to explore more organic forms like waves, cycles, webs, fractals, and branches. These models can help foster and support creativity instead of suppressing it.
The green pieces are about the money, resources, and materials we need to build our businesses.
"Self Image" by Pi Luna
There is a practical side to managing money. But as a creative person, other deeper emotional and psychological challenges arise. When I became a full-time artist, I found that budgeting and spreadsheets couldn’t address the feelings of worthlessness. The message I got from our society is that art doesn’t make money, and I would starve. I had to go beyond what I knew and seek answers from another source to keep going.
"Seed of Prosperity" by Pi Luna
Currency of Life
One day, I drove up the mountain seeking help and a new perspective on money. To find a perspective to support my art rather than shut it down. Nature heard my call for help and responded. I had many experiences with trees, mountain lions, chipmunks, ravens, and other life forms. Each experience taught me a lesson that I implemented in my art business. Each time, it helped me find my way and to continue. My vision will include these stories and lessons.
The purple pieces discuss self-reflection, spirituality, and aligning with our higher wisdom.
"Tending the Fire" by Pi Luna
The best ideas flow through us. Self-reflection, meditation, visioning, and connecting with something larger than ourselves help us connect with our purpose. It helps us find our direction.
The red pieces are about marketing, sales, and interacting with others.
"Balance" by Pi Luna inspired by source photography by Raven Siker
The red pieces are about navigating our relationships with others, negotiating, and finding the balance between creating a business that serves others and staying aligned with our vision and creativity.
The orange is about creativity. It’s about making art, writing, dance, or whatever the medium may be and then packaging those creations into products and services.
"Dance of the Iris" by Pi Luna
Creativity flows and needs freedom. It’s an alchemy of different influences and elements. It cannot be boxed in.
Yellow is about storytelling. There is more going on in our art than meets the eye. It’s about sharing the process and inspiration so others can come into our world. It fosters deeper connections.
"School of Our Ancestors" by Pi Luna
Since the beginning, people have used storytelling to educate, entertain, and build culture. It is a tool I will use to teach new ideas and connections.
In addition to colors, the wheel has three rings.
The inner ring is about the individual. It’s about the creative person’s own life and process. We start here because the individual’s growth and transformation lead to expansion.
The middle ring is about relationships. Businesses don’t happen in a vacuum. They involve many interactions with customers, staff, vendors, etc. This ring is about strengthening those relationships.
The outer ring is about publicity. It is about having an impact on the larger society. It’s about making our messages visible to larger audiences.
"A Way Up" by Pi Luna
The Way Forward
The Wheel is a large multi-media project that includes art, stories, lessons, and perspectives. It is a vision that cannot be created overnight. It is something that needs time to develop.
"Moon Bloom" by Pi Luna
Stage One: Products
The first stage is to create the art and stories I’ll need. As I create these images, I can keep notes about how they relate to the puzzle wheel, but the artwork can also stand alone. I can sell the originals, make products from them, and sell them in stores, which helps me earn a living while creating content and building a solid network I’ll need later.
Stage Two: The Box
As the art and stories come together, I can group them into a new product. The Box! It’s a way of being outside the box with a box. Each puzzle piece will have a separate box to symbolize the initial separation. Opening the box represents breaking down barriers, opening up to new possibilities, and fostering creative growth. Inside is a mixture of art, stories, prompts, activities, and more. It’s interactive and transformational.
Stage Three: Courses
The boxes can come together to form more extensive online courses. They can include videos, discussions, classes, and more. They bring together all the pieces of the same color.
Stage Four: Curriculum
All six colors combine to create a cohesive curriculum for schools, colleges, and small business development centers that engages all sides of the brain.