We all have the choice to choose to what to pace our focus on, in any given moment of any given day. Why not choose something different and create an entirely new experience for yourself? Just because other people say that a certain event should be a negative one, doesn’t mean you have to listen.
Next time you’re standing in front of your canvas, myopically focussed on that 1% percent (or 5% or 10%) of it that’s wrong/bad/ugly/negative, why not shift your focus to the 99% (95% or 90%) of it that’s right? You can create an entirely new experience for yourself as an artist in any moment you choose to.
Below is a list of the writing habits of successful authors. I know many authors share the same habit, but I’ve put the author’s name next to the habit as I found them or as I know them from years of being interested in what writers do. Perhaps, if you’re feeling stuck in your writing, you could pick just one habit, implement it for a while and see what happens…
The more I write, the more I realise how perfect the creative process is. We - the artists - think it should look and work a certain way, such as during quiet time, or while being alone, or while everyone is out so that we don’t get disturbed, or perhaps, one day, when we’re retired…. But in actual fact, it’s the hum drum of every day life that keeps the creative wheel turning. The interruptions in particular.
You can’t know that you’re capable of much bigger things in your art, and then return to being small. It’s unnatural - things do not grow backwards.
It’s quite obvious, in the blog image above, that I missed the point of Sumi-e painting completely with this one. The fish are all right, but when I looked back at the picture once it was complete, I knew it wasn’t a Sumi-e painting. It was just ink on paper.
The essential element that’s missing
It’s not only Sumi-e art that can be practiced mindfully. Every part of your day could have some element of contemplation, emotion or thoughtfulness about it.
Art is no longer about showing others what I can do, but about showing myself the state of my own mind.
These letters come about through my guides, who call themselves collectively “The Masters”. I use meditation and automatic writing as a way to communicate with them for the purposes of these letters.
My questions are in bold, and the responses from The Masters are typed in as is, with no editing, in normal font. I give background information in brackets to explain a question where necessary.
If you don’t read any other book this year, at least read this one! It’s gorgeous!