God loves you. Unconditionally. He is proud of how far you’ve come. He made you from the clay and formed you. He knew you, more than you even know yourself, before you were even born. He knows how hard life is, He knows your circumstances. He does not judge; He leaves that for those clouded in ignorance. You are not a ‘sinner’, you are human. God is on your side. He is rooting for you, even if no one else is. You are worth it. Your life is worth it. Do not pay attention to the naysayers, for they are lost in their own illusion; they will come around, in time; for everything comes back to Him.
You own your life. You have power over yourself. You choose what kind of individual you want to be. The self-realized individual, the one who realizes their potential, is something to be reckoned with. We are all like little gods, masters of our domains, and we each have the power over our little universes that are our lives. What do you want to do? What do you want out of life? Where do you want to go? How much power have we been given to control our own lives? A lot. Although we must spend a large portion of our time on mundane matters, we all have a good amount of time to change, grow, and pursue what sparks our interests. Change what you can, leave the rest to the birds.
Since the beginning of our lives we have been conditioned to accept this reality in a certain way, as to always listen to authority, and subject ourselves to systems of control. Conspiracy theories aside, we have entered, through conditioning, contractual agreements between those in power, authority, those who run things, and microscopic us. We do not often recognize our own power because it has been stripped from us in every way possible.
There are too many of them! – Think about kindergarten and first grade, going from a limitless child, a naturally creative one, infinite potential, into one that learns to sit down and shut up at the right time. Most of our creative power has been pulled from underneath us at this young age. Yes, there is a time for drawing and other creative activities but think of this: what if there was an hour-long session,
What is the nature of depression? Why are so many people these days depressed? First of all, there is situational depression and long-term depression. Situational depression can happen for a slew of reasons. Loss of a job, loss of friends, a traumatic event like a mugging, the fact that you like someone and they don’t like you back. I will be instead focusing on long-term clinical depression; the depression that you cannot merely shake off; that stays with you through thick and thin; no matter what. When the brief moments of good times don’t really compare to the massive black cloud always hovering over you.
In life, there is suffering; it is inevitable. Some people unfortunately experience more suffering than others.
“Art is made by the alone for the alone.” – (Luis Barragan)
“We have art so that we may not perish by the truth.” – (Friedrich Nietzsche)
What is the role of the artist in society? Is it the obligation of the artist to convey what others cannot see, the underpinnings of this reality that are not readily apparent; the things you feel and experience that you cannot put into words; the direct confrontation with the unknown and the mystery? The artist is on a path much alike to the spiritual path, and their art may even be their burden. The nature of producing great art often involves a great inner struggle, creation and destruction of all things in their head,