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Power of The Creative

In this modern world that prays to technology and the almighty dollar, some might ask, “What true value does art have?” My reply to them is, “Plenty”. If that were not the case, we would not see mass-produced prints and souvenirs with Van Gogh’s masterpiece “The Starry Night” perpetually evaporate from store shelves worldwide.

Creatives (artists, musicians, writers, etc.) and their work touch our souls, in ways that many people may not readily see or acknowledge.

Creativity Speaks to Us

Some artists paint simple pretty pictures; others create at the level of grand vision and spectacular works of art that the whole world embraces. Is one any more important than the other? If the little painting rendered by a child touches your heart, it is magnificent in its way as any famous masterpiece that may do the same.

This holds true of course for any creative soul, one who expresses themselves through the arts. At its very root, why is this so important? Creatives do not just show us the deeper essence of life in their work. They also remind us that we are all creative at our very core. Society and the grind tend to stifle that part of us. We can easily forget.

Creativity is about heart and soul. It feeds and inspires us to find more in ourselves. So I would argue, in this modern but ofttimes cold technological world, we need to get in touch with that part ourselves more than ever.

Inspirational quotes from Vincent Van Gogh:

“I don’t know anything with certainty, but seeing the stars makes me dream.”

“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”

“I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.”

“Art is to console those who are broken by life.”

“The heart of man is very much like the sea, it has its storms, it has its tides and in its depths it has its pearls too.”

“What is done in love is done well.”

“I can’t change the fact that my paintings don’t sell. But the time will come when people will recognize that they are worth more than the value of the paints used in the picture.”


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Love is the Glue

It’s the main lesson we all came here for – To learn to love better. It’s the force that draws us inexorably together, the glue that will not allow us to give up on each other. It’s our greatest challenge and our biggest source of miracles.

There are many types of love, they were categorized and named by the Ancient Greeks, and as was well demonstrated by my excursion to the Galapagos Islands and an interaction with the tame wildlife there: A Little Love Story

How will you expand your personal realm of love today? Humankind has waxed poetic about love for eons, here are just a few hand picked quotes…

Inspirational Quotes:

“Where there is love there is life.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” ~ Robert A. Heinlein

“Love is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it.” ~ Nicholas Sparks

“It is good to love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is well done.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” ~ Jimi Hendrix

“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.” ~ Maya Angelou

“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.” ~ Sophocles

“The more one judges, the less one loves.” ~ Honoré de Balzac

“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ~ Mother Teresa


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Dream a New Dream

Madness engulfs us,
teetering at the abyss,
we question it all;
the tightening noose
is choking our happiness,
how to thrive in THIS?

If this is a dream
it’s humanity’s nightmare,
we can choose to wake;
our souls are the gold,
don’t sell them for promises,
we have the free will.

The sky’s the limit,
our blue-sky imaginings
will seed our New Dream;
let’s breathe, take a step,
walk away from the madness,
and never look back.


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All is a Dream

Have you asked yourself lately, “What is real?” The natural world is real, nature is real, you are real, but everything you observe around you in society is a humankind-made and enforced matrix.

Lately do you feel like you have entered a nightmare over which you have no control? The matrix of society is built on ever-shifting sand, where individuals at the top of the social hierarchy constantly make up new rules for us.

When I was a child, I had several recurring lucid nightmares that haunted me night after night, until my consciousness realized that I did not have to play the victim. I had the ability to think my way through the problem and control the outcome.

When I came to that realization and experimented with it, the fear-induced dreams ended. Whatever part of my psyche that was susceptible to the fear was overruled by my deep  desire and then intention to overcome it.

Why is our awake time in this world any different? We can play victim to the fear spun in this authority and media contrived matrix, or we can decide that we will have intention to manifest a different outcome ourselves.

What will be your dream of life today? Theirs, or yours?

“Time is an illusion.”  ~ Albert Einstein

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very
persistent one.”  ~ Albert Einstein

“I have realized that the past and future are
real illusions, that they exist in the present,
which is what there is and all there is.”
~ Alan Wilson Watts

“Normal is an illusion. What is normal for
the spider is chaos for the fly.”
~ Charles Addams

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Little by Little

When life feels too overwhelming to deal with, “little by little” is an excellent methodology that keeps us moving forward. Also known in motivational circles as “chunking it down”, it’s a method of taking anything that feels insurmountable and down-sizing it to bite-size pieces.

Write down on paper whatever feels too daunting, then divide it into small pieces that feel manageable. Organize the pieces into a plan consisting of steps and stages, then immediately dig in and begin. Accomplishing that crucial first small step gives us enthusiasm and motivation to move on to the next one, then the next, and on it goes until that overwhelming monster is vanquished.

Lately I notice from social media comments that the world’s turmoil is immobilizing people from accomplishing even the simplest of daily tasks. “Little by little” is a way to overcome inertia and reclaim power over our lives.

This sense of empowerment gives us peace of mind, plus the confidence to envision and implement what we want for the future. We can’t let the problems of the world beat us. And, we won’t!

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