Wednesday, March 20, 2013

188 ~on creativity


“Art is a spiritual transaction.”

The Artist's Way leads us to a spiritual path to higher creativity, using exercises, tasks, essays, and a weekly check-in.

Recovering a sense of identity:

“Develop interest in life as you see it; in people, things, literature, music—the world is so rich, simply throbbing with rich treasures, beautiful sould and interesting people. Forget yourself—Henry Miller.”

“I shut my eyes in order to see—Paul Gauguin.”

Recovering a sense of integrity:

“Eliminate something superfluous from your life. Break a habit. Do something that makes you feel insecure.—Piero Ferrucci”

“In a dark time, the eye begins to see.—Theodore Roethke.”

Recovering a sense of possibility:

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards: they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want so that they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then, do what need to do, in order to have what you want—Margaret Young.”

Recovering a sense of abundance:

“As an artist, it is central to be unsatisfied! This isn’t greed, though it might be appetite—Lawrence Calcagno.”

“True life is lived when tiny changes occur.—Leo Tolstoy”

Recovering a sense of connection:

“Living is a form if not being sure, not knowing what next or how. The moment you know how, you begin to die a little. The artist never entirely knows. We guess. We may be wrong, but we take leap after leap in the dark.—Agnes de Mille.”

“With courage you will dare to take risks, have the strength to be compassionate and the wisdom to be humble. Courage is the foundation of integrity—Keshavannair.”

Recovering a sense of autonomy:

“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.—Francis Bacon.”

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… Otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.—Buddha.”

Recovering a sense of faith:

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.—Albert Einstein.”

“What shakes the eye but the invisible?”—Theodore Roethke.


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