new Sophia drawing “primal”

new Sophia drawing “primal” August 21, 2011

Sophia is finally getting in touch with her primal self. In fact, she is discovering that her most primal self is her truest self. She’s beginning to receive nourishment from that which she was taught to deny her entire life. The confidence and courage that arises from this, wrapped in her apparent vulnerability, is appealing to her. She won’t be taken again.

Graphite pencil and pen and ink on Arches cotton rag paper, measuring 8″x10″ (20cm x 25cm).

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  • I love it! This is a great one…I love all your Sophias 🙂

  • Thank you, this is a magnificent drawing and encounter. Yes, our primal selves are our true selves…

  • thanks guys! glad you like it. wasn’t sure how the chimpanzee was going to come across.

  • By happy coincidence I saw Rise of the Planet of the Apes last night. Not that that’s anything profound. The chimp fits well.

  • Best so far… for me.

  • Sarah


  • You will forgive me, I have thought about this since it posted and I cannot get it to say anything to me.

    The only connection was when over dinner someone told the story of the pet chimpanzee who attacked someone and bit their face off. (I forget the rest of the stream of the conversation.) The person needed a face transplant, which was apparently successful.

    (I hadn’t heard any of it. Likely it was on TV and everyone knows this.)

    Point to me is: you don’t know your “primal” self. What does this even mean? You don’t know what you find there, either. It is like what we said about “mysticism”: you don’t know if it is you hear the angels or the devils.

  • I always knew there was a lot of monkey business going on in religious circles!

    Apologies to Mr Darwin.

  • Crystal (the original)


    Yes, unfortunately that is what immediately came to my mind as soon as I saw David’s cartoon. The lady in question not only lost her entire face and eyes ( the face transplant hasn’t given her back her sight) but her hands as well. The chimp bit them off, or tore them off, more likely. She had hand transplants done at the same time as the face transplant but they had to be removed later on. A gutsy lady. I don’t know if I would have had her courage to continue living after such a terrible attack.

    Sorry David if it takes away from your message with this cartoon, but I guess in this life of reality one has to always be on one’s guard where wild animals are concerned. Even pet dogs can sometimes turn on their owners, but not often, I’m pleased to report. (I have a dog that I love dearly and consider a great comfort.) The owner of the chimp suggested that he was only protecting her!

    Hope that Sophia stays safe with her animal friends.

  • Reminded me of one, Jane Goodall–one of my heroes. Jane Goodall looks on her “monkeys” with nothing but undonditional love–no such thins as a bad monkey from that perspective (watching, studying, obeserving). From the monkey’s stand point (chimps): lots of good and evil, I bet. Some bad. Some good.

    (David: can you do anything about this font size?)

  • Thanks original Crystal: I’ve thought about it some more and I’ve come to conclude that if I gave in to my “primal” self I would be consumed with bitterness. Maybe what Sam Scoville loves to point out as scapegoating. Not to deny true suffering and pointing out of abuse. But there is a balance there. I know my heart needs careful watching.

  • Sophie Nusslé Falco

    Far more common is humans attacking and savaging wild animals – for profit, sport or science – many (most?) because they are not in touch with their primal selves. Had Sophia not already been on a journey towards her divine self, the chimpanzee would have far more to fear from her, than she from him/her.

  • sam: i haven’t changed anything. but try this:
    hold ctrl & 0 down at the sane time to reset sizes to normal

  • Crystal ( the original )

    sam scoville:

    One must not forget that the chimp that attacked that poor lady was, in a sense, held captive. Jane Goodall lives with and observes her chimps on their terms, not hers. An amazing woman, I agree.

  • That worked, David (font size). Thanks.

  • Primal self. Hungry/Thieving/Lying. As opposed to my civilized self: Aspiring/Discriminating/ Expressing (see me, hear me, touch me, feed me, like if not love me)

  • Sophie Nusslé Falco

    or as an alternative, Sam

    —my primal self: balanced, intuitive, attuned; my civilized self: alienated, divided, wrongly nourished.

    In reality, integrating both is vital for our spiritual and physical wellbeing. That is why we need all parts of our brain, not only the frontal cortex.