painting by Andrea Brück
We live in a time when creativity is seen either as a passport to material riches, or as something to be cynically criticised and attacked. Those who can, create, but timorously and always with a guarded eye turned towards the criticism of others. Artists doubt the value of their work, until they either give up in despair, or -hiding behind an artificially pumped ego – they manage to assert their mastery and gain recognition through sheer grit and dogged determination.
However as any true artist readily admit, real creativity is much more that a super charged ego, a fancy car and some astute self-promotion. It is a secret, magical alliance between talented and heartfelt application and divine inspiration. This combination of heart and spirit is what gives sublime art its power to shape epochs. We can always recognise the divinity of true art simply by measuring its enduring and widespread appeal.
All human beings have the capacity to use divine inspiration to produce beauty. The ability to create is not given solely to those who are talented, any more than the right to breath goes only ot those who are handsome. We need the rediscover our creative confidence most importantly learn how to create beauty from the depth of our heart, and this can only really be achieved in we unleash the power of the subtle spiritual energy inside ourselves to its fullest potential.
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