It seems that many Artists are also drawn towards a search for Spirituality or a deeper understanding of the mysteries of existence and our reason for being. This article is written in order to share our opinions on such matters and to hopefully help Artists who are on this road. This is a big subject matter and we wish everyone brave enough to venture down this path a safe journey.
In being an Artist, we are continually confronted with the mystery of creation. We often can not even clearly say where our very own creative ideas and inspirations come from. We may even frequently say " It just comes to me." It may be this extra connection with the mystery of creation that drives many of us to search for more. Our search may be in the form of books, videos, seminars, retreats or even finding the right guru / spiritual leader. Many different forms of religions, meditations, rituals and other processes may be undertaken as part of this seeking.
What we want to tell you in no uncertain terms is that nobody can get you to know your own Truth by following a process that worked for them. You must come to your own Truth in your own way, but you should never have to pay a lot of your hard earned money to do it. Of course buying a book or spending a reasonable amount of money on information is normal. We all need some guidance sometimes.
We believe that any true spiritual leader would always admit that they 'Do Not Know' and that we each must ultimately find our own answers. So, in our opinion; beware the guru who has expensive seminars and retreats. A spiritual leader or coach who is willing to give freely of their time, energy and experiences is to be trusted far more. This type of guide may ask for donations if you are comfortably able to make them, or charge a reasonable fee, but they would never push people to give them money. The only pushing they would do is to push you to discover your own Truth and wake up to your own power. If you are fortunate enough to find one of these rare gems then congratulations, but they are rare indeed and time spent amongst them will always reveal it.
Origins of Spiritual Questioning
The origins of your spiritual questions may originate from the simple fact that your existence and life itself is a stupendous mystery. When something is mysterious, we naturally want to get answers. Sometimes simply embracing the fact that you are a living mystery can be quite exhilarating. Remember also, that as an Artist, you may have an even more direct connection with creation and that is an added bonus to your gift of life that many people do not get to experience. It may also be that your added gifts and connections with creative energy also compel you to seek out answers more so than others. However, if you yourself do not know where it is that your talents and creativity come from, then you can be sure that no one else can tell you either. We at 3d graphic art want to encourage you to embrace the fact that as an Artist you are very fortunate to confront the mystery of creation on a much deeper and regular basis than most people. Many people go through their day in a deeply distracted way, never taking even a moment to realize that life itself is truly a wonder.
"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true Art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed." - Albert Einstein
There comes a time in the real spiritual pursuit in which you must drop all of the groups, books, gurus and other peoples knowledge that you have relied on and have faith in your own inner knowledge of Truth. You must come to know something from yourself and not others. It may very well be a Truth that can not even be explained to anyone else, but it is something that you will know absolutely. This is not to say that you throw away your library collection, it simply means that you begin to trust the God within you and as an Artist you are already deeply aware that it does exist. We wish you all the best in what is a never ending road of discovery traveled by only the most courageous of people.
Free Spiritual Resources
There are plenty of FREE resources out there to aid you, here are a few to get you started:
Ralph Waldo Emerson's work is now in the public domain, which is of course Free, although some of the terminology and vocabulary used may no longer be common it is a good place to start.
Awakening with JP- A more modern approach for the present day, check out some of JP's You tube videos. He combines humor and helpful information to help you overcome self-sabotage and many other issues. (He does have a fee based coaching service, however he creates a great deal of free videos as well, so we have included him here).
The Nag Hammadi Library - It is amazing to see what people were discussing about Truth thousands of years ago. Much of it is symbolic and intended to be contemplated on a deeper level. Read and research them for free.
Ready to challenge all of your beliefs? Anthony De Mello's Awareness PDF is the one for you, but only if you are really open to questioning everything you think and feel.
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Artists And The Spirtual Search
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