We are put here for a little space
that we may learn how
to bear the beams of love.
our own unique vision of the world is worthy of great attention…..only we can imagine how life lives in us….finding that little golden nugget of our fullest being receives our darkest cries and blossoms loneliness into passion……where is will in relationship to inspiration?
There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual- become clairvoyant…We reach then into reality….Such are the moments of our greatest happiness….Such are the moments of our greatest vision. At such times, there is a song going on within us, a song to which we listen. It fills us with surprise. We marvel at it…We would continue to hear it….But few are capable of holding themselves in the state of listening to their song…..Intellectuality steps in, and as the song within us is of the utmost sensitivity, it retires in the presence of the cold, material intellect….It is aristocratic and will not associate itself with the commonplace- and we fall back and become our ordinary selves…Yet we live in the memory of these songs, which in moments of intellectual inadvertence have been possible to us…They are the pinnacles of our experience and it is the desire to express these intimate sensations, this song from within, which motivates the masters of all art…..Robert Henri
To build a life around offering your gift requires an open heart, which is scary in this world. Living fully wide open means things aren’t ‘secure.’ Going naked requires we receive with open eyes all the lessons that come down the pike, even the sorrowful, painful ones, with faith that each experience enriches our journeys and expands us in some important way. This path requires determination, hard work, and faith. But I have experienced that ‘going naked’ acts as a beacon of light. My essence, no matter how hesitant or shy, attracts to it those things that would nourish it. Your essence revealed attracts experiences, sensations, and people that re-inspire your lagging spirit as you throw out yet another failed piece of work or end a once vital relationship. When we allow ourselves to shine in this way, we are led- slowly but surely- to the heart of things, to our gift. I believe real living art, in whatever form it takes, is our essence revealed and expressed. And, to me, this act of courageously offering your essence to the world regardless of the reception is a powerful act of love that benefits others….Ann O’Shaughnessy