Meaning in not an Empty Word


Often creative people throw up their hands in despair of finding meaning in our postmodern world. But the find they can not give up on meaning. The word, and the illusory nature of meaning can not be ignored. It is not an empty word. It has a vibration of its own.

 

As meaning means something, an authentic life is possible. At the last instant, creative people return with a vengeance to the belief that a meaningful life can be led and that they are obliged to choose that way.

 

In our hearts, we opt for life. As Schubert-Soldern aphoristically put it, “To understand life, we must contrast it with death.” We force life to mean while we live, to have an authenticity. While I live, I can love, I can continue to learn things, I can help in some way, and I can create.

 

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Opting to matter does not answer every meaning question, nor will it compete your depression treatment therapy. It can not make a boring meeting more interesting or a mistake in a novel an interesting mistake.

 

A painter standing in front of a blank white canvas, an actor facing a mass audition, a singer performing a new composition for the first time wonder if all their efforts matter. Yes, they do. If they touch the soul of one person in a positive manner, they touch the world. This is important to remember for the gray days. This means that every day, sunny and inspired or grey and melancholy,we have a responsibility to live with meaning. You chose to be creative, an artist. Therefore, you have the responsibility to make your life matter. And be aware that each of them does.

 

 

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Hate the rules

Hate the rules

 

Thinking out of the box

Thinking out of the box

Zentangle


Creative drawing

Creative drawing

My best friend just introduced my to a new form of creative drawing. It is called Zentangle. It is created from a collection of patterns not meant to represent anything. It speaks from the heart of the artist and the observer can find within the pattern whatever s/he can see.

The pattern is small but intricate in detail. I have found that I like pen and ink for these exercises. This form of creative drawing allows the artist to become comfortable letting his/her instincts take over and guide us. For a creative person, this is essential to the creative process. But the results of the process also allow us to develop a trust in our gut feelings and our inner guidance. I like that several results are possible. Practicing Zentangle allows one to look at your work and/or life from many angles and to trust “what you know.”

Following a plan in art and life is often a good thing but to spontaneously follow the inner voice allows us to open up and experience some of the alternatives available to us in life. For a creative person, the plan is not always the right way for us. We need to also follow what we know to be true.  Opening yourself to unplanned discovery is an easy way to walk down your path in life and determine which fork in the road is right for you.

The lack of plans and the tangles allow room for the unexpected to occur. This is true in your art and also in life. Without expectations you can see what you receive from your heart. The unexpected is allowed to bloom and to flourish. This is what leads us to greatness. Living in accord with the needs of your own soul instead of with what others want from you is precisely the beginning of the authentic life; the life you and all of us were meant to live on this plane. So I encourage you to open yourself up and see what is within your heart and soul. Relax and enjoy. You may actually be more creative than you would have ever thought was possible.

Be authentic and walk your truth.

Be authentic and walk your truth.