And no matter how hard you look, you’re almost invisible to yourself, Camouflaged by familiarity.* Verlyn Klinkenborg
When you feel the rush of fear as you put your point of view, your art, or your idea out into the world, this is not an invitation to step back into the shadows; it’s a sign that you’re at the edge, right where you should be, exploring how things might be.** Martin Amor and Alex Pellew
It is too easy to hide.
Some hide in quietness, Like me, Others in noise. Some hide in fear, Others in a belief they have nothing to bring.
But there is more to each of us, More than we know ourselves, More than a whole lifetime can uncover in the hidden, secret, dark places of our lives.
I tell myself, There is still time to stop hiding – This is certainly true. There is even more if I begin today.
There is no blank slate upon which works of true originality are composed, no void out of which total novelty is created. Nothing is original because everything is an influence; everything is original because no influence makes its way into our art untransmuted by our imagination.* Maria Popova
Each of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more original ad creative our time will become.** John O’Donohue
Open the space of your originality, Be as open as open as possible to as many and as much for as long as possible.
May you find the relationship with all that is, So that you will be both changed and changer.
When you have named your dragon, how will you face it?
Stephen Gilligan and Robert Dilts name six archetypes:
a. The Innocent (doesn’t know the dragon exists) b. The Orphan (overwhelmed or consumed by the dragon) c. The Martyr (persecuted by the dragon) d. The Wanderer (avoids the dragon) e. The Warrior (fights the dragon) f. The Sorcerer (accepts the dragon)*
You will see how it is possible to be all of these at some point in facing our dragon, But arguably the healthiest, or so it seems to me, Is to become a sorcerer, Using our alchemistic powers to receive and transform the dragon.
I think what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on the purely physical plane will have resonance within our innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive.* Joseph Campbell
I want to know I have lived.
The important thing may not be for me to see the fruit, Perhaps I will have to take these by faith.
The important thing, Or so it seems, Is to know I am doing the right things, Most of the time, For the sake of others.
For this, I open my mind: Thoughts, thoughts, thoughts. I open my heart, Feelings, feelings, feelings. But beyond these, A generative field field of possibility, possibility, possibility.
religion and philosophy what I’d learned in the churches and schools were all too heavy for this travelling life all that remained to me was poetry but a poetry as unobtrusive as breathing a poetry like the wind and the maple leaf that I spoke to myself moving over the land**
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