"When the Light of the Sun of Truth inspires the mind of a painter..."

- Abdu’l-Bahá, the Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith

This is something I feel we can aspire to do as artists.  This is something I would have loved to hear a few years ago.

Or perhaps it wasn't the right time to understand it yet. I remember going through a period where I seriously questioned my role as 'artist' and wondered how I could possibly contribute to the world in any real and constructive way given that I'm not a doctor, I'm not a social worker, I'm not building bridges or saving the rain forests.  Surely what I do is just produce pretty pictures.  What use is that to the wellbeing of other people?

After much searching I understood the missing links:

  1. There is a divine act in creating, when we are inspired we are in a great flow with the universe.
  2. When we create something with our hands from that divine inspiration, that 'thing' or artwork in this case, holds a special frequency.  And others get to enjoy the image and be moved by its beauty and emotion.
  3. When we accept our natural creative gift graciously and make sure we use it, we are doing what we are meant to be doing.  This makes us better people to be around, which effects our friends, family and wider community in a constructive way.

Written by Sofia Minson from NewZealandArtwork.com


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