An excerpt from ”The ear that was sold to a fish”

Art is a conversation between lovers
Art offers an opening for the heart
True art makes the devine silence n the soul break into applause
Art is least, the knowledge of where we are standing
Where we are standing in this wonderland
When we kick off all of our clothes and this blind man’s patch, veil . . . that got tied across our brow
True art awakes the extraordinary aviation
Art is a conversation between lovers

Everything is gestation and bring forth. To let each impression and each germ of a feeling come to completion wholly in itself, in the dark, in the inexpressible, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one’s intelligence, and await the deep humility and patience the birth-hour of a new clarity: that alone is living the artist’s life. Being an artist means not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force it’s sap, and stands confident in the storms of spring without the fear that after them may come no summer. It does come. But it comes only to the patient, who are there as though eternity lay before them, so unconcernedly still and wide.
                   -Rainer Maria Rilke

Q: HariDas-Babaji, what role does the development of creative talents like art and music and so on have in purifying our minds?
A: They can purify only when the aim is pure.


From the living fountain of instinct flows everything that is creative; hence the unconscious is not merely conditioned by history, but is the very source of the creative impulse. It is like Nature herself - prodigiously conservative, and yet transcending her own historical conditions in her acts of creation.
                       -Carl Gustav Jung

 All art intuitively apprehends coming changes in the collective unconsciousness.
                        -Carl Gustav Jung

Martha Graham’s Advice to Doubting Artists
“There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action…..and because there is only one you in all of time, this expression is unique….and if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium…and it will be lost.
It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly and to keep your channels open.”

The moment you have an idea of how things should be
, you're creating some walls and you're sitting inside them. There is no trust there in yourself, there is no trust in reality, and there is no trust in the process of transformation and growth. Then there is restriction, and you'll suffer and complain as usual. When we allow the natural process of growth to happen, there is expansion, happiness, and joy.
A. H. Almaas

When I dare to be powerful to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less important whether I am afraid.
          –Audre Lorde, writer, poet & activist

This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being a force of nature instead of a feverish, selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die. Life is no "brief candle" for me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.        
                     –George Bernard Shaw

Sacred art invites us to appreciate the openness of awareness and partake of the endlessly creative interplay of space and form that shapes the reality we live in. It introduces us to the beauty and vitality of fully enlightened heart and mind.

A thought: The attitude of trusting without knowing what will happen, of allowing things to emerge, is needed at all levels and stages of the process of inner development. It applies on the external level, the emotional level, the subtle levels, essential levels, all of them. Any idea of how things are going to be will only work as a boundary. The way things are and the way our true nature works cannot be bounded that way.Silence is an even more potent carrier of presence, so when you read this or listen to me speak, be aware of the silence between and underneath the words. Be aware of the gaps. To listen to the silence, wherever you are, is an easy and direct way of becoming present. Even if there is noise, there is always some silence underneath and in between the sounds. Listening to the silence immediately creates stillness inside you. Only the stillness in you can perceive the silence outside. And what is stillness other than presence, consciousness freed from thought forms?
                            –Eckhart Tolle

A thought: There is a simple reason that seeing the truth, especially about ourselves, leads us to...intimacy and satisfaction. We are generally kept apart from our true selves by false ideas about ourselves. Seeing the truth often involves seeing through these false ideas, allowing us to recognize the deeper reality that we are.Knowing facts will free you from your emotional reactions and being free from your emotional reactions will free that part of you, the you that is truth. But when you seek truth, you seek yourself, not those facts. The truth will set you free by allowing you to be yourself. By looking for the truth, you look for yourself.                              
                              –A. H. Almaas

The appeal of the Buddhist perspective for artists is just this: like art, Buddhism challenges thinking as a path to knowing. And what both the creation and the perception of art share with Buddhist meditation practice is that they allow us to forget ourselves and thus realize ourselves.
They are parallel practices. This is, perhaps, what the American painter Ad Reinhardt meant when he wrote, “The fine artist need not sit cross-legged.”
             –Jacquelynn Baas,
               The Smile of the Buddha:
               Eastern Philosophy and
               Western Art from Monet to Today

Mindfulness Poem by Joh Kabat Zinn

Have you ever had the experience of stopping so completely,
of being in your body so completely,
of being in your life so completely,
that what you knew and what you didn't know,
that what had been and what was yet to come,
and the way things are right now,
no longer held even the slightest hint of anxiety or discord,
a moment of complete presence beyond striving,
beyond mere acceptance,
beyond the desire to escape or fix anything or plunge ahead,
a moment of pure being,
no longer in time,
a moment of pure seeing, pure feeling,
a moment in which life simply is,
and that is-ness grabs you by all your senses, all your memories, by your very genes, by your loves, and welcomes you home,
that is a taste of mindfulness