My earlier post “The problem with talents” wanted to be extended, because the topic turned to be bigger than I thought.
I would like to specify some ideas I gave in the previous post.
It is good to understand what a talent is: one can be talented in any sphere of life. Interestingly mostly under a talent people mean an artistic talent which is not accurate. We can find talents in every profession.
But I think there is something special about the artistic talents, why they are so admirable and desirable. It’s simple: artistic talents are not special, because everybody can actually has them! If we take a talent in, say, medicine or IT – not everyone has it or can ever awaken/develop/obtain it. But everyone can sing and develop a beautiful voice out of nothing due to some special training. WHY?
The answer is easy – the artistic abilities are built within us one the level of the second energy center (Swadhistana chakra). Especially when people turn to spirituality this center gets awakened and various artistic talents pour out of one single person. This is natural! And that does not necessarily mean that a person should immediately consider himself/herself an artist, give up a daily bread job and start a free artist life. unfortunately most of the artists have to live a poor life because art is not a well paid occupation.
Recently a friend of mine, a student of Economics started painting and is thinking to change his occupation and become a painter. I understand his pure desire but this is quite an illusion for a man who is about to build a family. In this case he can paint and be an economist, both. And later on see which occupation will develop itself better.
As one dear reader mentioned “everybody is an artist” and that is true. We are all gifted with beautiful artistic abilities that are waiting to be awakened. But if everybody will become an artist in professional life, who will bake our bread?