Friday, October 5, 2012
"The most beautiful paintings and sculptures, the greatest poetry, have not always been born from torment or bitterness. Often they have sprung from contemplation, from joy, from an instinct or wonder toward all things. To create from joy, to create from wonder demands a continual discipline, a great compassion...With time and sincerity, you will discover a way to work and write that does not harm you spiritually, that does not tempt you to vanity, that is the deepest expression of your spirituality. You will find a voice that is not your voice only, but the voice of Reality itself...If you can be empty enough, that voice can speak through you. If you can be humble enough, that voice can inhabit you and use you.
In the end all the suffering and angst and despair must be outweighed by the compassion for oneself as an artist, writer, musician, creator and human being. Just when we thought art was all of the challenges of life...it is actually the moment in life when you are most alive and light and free....we just don't give ourselves the opportunity to be in that state often enough. The act of being humble and free is the moment of utmost creativity...we all have it in us...the voice....use it.