The life has brought me back to the book “The Icarus Deception” by Seth Godin.
This copy I bought in April for my artist girlfriend. Seth Godin points towards the essence of art and describes its broader applicability, even inevitability of making art in the modern world for survival and success. I hoped the book would remind and reinforce my girlfriend’s understanding of the place of art in life, it would broaden her understanding of what art is and how making art can be important for everyone in the modern world. And maybe even nudge her towards awareness of the parts which may be missing in her approach, her process on the way to making an income from her creations and performances. Altogether, I wanted to support and encourage her to make more art, to make even better art.
Unfortunately, she found the language too challenging for her English skills, and did not move far into the book (yet). But as I am visiting her, I saw the book, and it seems to be a very good time to revise the ideas in it, as I am starting another attempt at making my art, through a freshly discovered medium of coaching, as well as returning to music composition and sharing my photo-journeys.
Since my inside-out transformation in the last months, I have been mostly attracted to three-principles-based materials and somewhat cautious to look at the other types of non-fiction resources.
It has been a big surprise for me to listen to a couple of Abraham-Hicks recordings and find no direct contradiction with the Principles, as well as discover that I am less interested in the specifics of the form of thought.
It has been curious to get a listening to the “Seeds of Enlightenment” program of Jeddah Mali and hear her describing almost the same truths of life as the Three Principles, though focusing more on awareness (Consciousness in the 3P terminology) and demonstrating how it brings our intentions to life.
However, there was also a very recent experience of listening to a compilation of motivational speeches and feeling like they totally missed the point, hearing them speak of things that look like common sense in the space of a quiet mind. Because in the quiet mind, the typical excuses serving as answers to the questions “If I want to do something, why wouldn’t I? If I don’t want to do something, why would I?” do not exist. From this perspective, I see no sense in replacing “negative, self-defeating” noise in our head with “positive, self-empowering” noise… Because neither would make any substantial difference in what I am actually going to do.
And now, it strikes me as immensely curious to open Seth Godin’s book and see a totally new world in it. The words have new meanings. What earlier looked like suggestions and advices and prescriptions, I am now perceiving more as pointers to the truths and facts about human interactions, and even more as possibilities to explore. I am no longer intimidated by the wisdom of another, I take it as their loving expression and encouragement for me to access my wisdom.
When I read Seth’s words about making art, I think of what is often talked about as letting the energy of life come through us. It is creating remarkable services and products, making a unique and unforgettable contribution to life which resonates with life experience of your customers. But even more, it is creating something out of nothing that touches other people and guides them towards this place in them where they connect to the energy of life themselves.
And I totally agree that commonly such activity is attributed to special, weird people who can afford non-practical path and have a courage to call themselves artists. But the process itself is so fundamental to being human that we simply can’t not do it, we are simply trained to not notice it, to numb ourselves down, to hide ourselves from our own light.
Even more, I would argue that this feeling of connection to life and creating something new of the moment is what all people want. The methods, the media chosen for it would differ from person to person, but everyone is drawn to that feeling of being alive. People call it very different names: passion, inspiration, being alive, being at peace, gratitude, appreciation, unconditional love… and, of course, happiness. But I see all of these feelings coming together as being in the flow of life energy and letting it create each moment through you.
Stretching the topic even further, I would say that many “sane” people who have found this feeling in one activity come to believe that this is their purpose, their calling, their way of being themselves, expressing who they are out to the world. As it seems to me, from what I heard from others and what I have seen for myself, what people call Enlightenment is awareness that not only one activity or one area of our life can serve for expressing who they are. Enlightened people realize at a deeper level, with their whole being that the world around us is nothing but an expression of who we are. Enlightenment is when we know that there is no separation – and we not simply understand that at the level of intellect, as a good idea, but at the core of our life experience.
The last prompt of the Live Your Legend Blogging Challenge sounds as “What revolution will you lead?” What common vision would I choose for my community? Which kind of personal revolution would I like to “focus on”?
Since about five years, I have been thinking of helping and supporting other people who are attracted to arts to achieve higher clarity, to make their first steps and to build a life that they really want to have. To be that person, maybe the first one ever who believes in them and their capability of “making it happen”, who cares and knows how valuable their dreams are, both for themselves and for the world at large.
Since a few months of my immersion into the inside-out understanding of the human experiece, I saw the profound and sustainable difference it makes to mine and other people’s lives. I have finally found something solid that I can hold onto in all life circumstances, and that I can share with others knowing they will transform when they see it at a deeper level.
Now, this book of Seth Godin brings the two together. Because Seth shows how art is necessary in the modern world. And because I see that it is what everyone ultimately wants, to be making great art in the area of their choice.
My current step in it is coaching (and if you have read so far, I’d love to have a coaching conversation with you! Leave a comment, send me a message or even suggest the time when we could make it happen). It is a privilege to be introduced to someone’s world and be able to show them the direction towards a vertical transformation of their experience instead of the horizontal evolution of their current level that they usually looking for.
I will let it unfold from here. I know that I am a part of this world, I am a part of the unfolding, I am a part of the larger community who is there for people to wake them up to the magnificence of their lives. Maybe, there will be a community one day that will be attracted to my particular “flavor”, to my presence, to my way of sharing and talking about the truths of life.
For now, I see my “job” in going out to the world and continuing to make my art, keep practicing the process and observing it. To be able to make even better art with each passing day, and also to give people permission to make their art.
And may one day we all be awake.
Love from France!
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