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When the possibility of radical transformation presents itself, it brings with it considerable fear. Once the door is opened, the bird who has lived in a cage all its life shrinks back from freedom and the terrors of the unknown.”

- Marion Woodman

“Addiction to Perfection”

“The total number of minds in the universe is one. In fact, consciousness is a singularity phasing within all beings.” Erwin Schrodinger

“To write a good love letter, you ought to begin without knowing what you mean to say, and to finish without knowing what you have written.”

- Jean Jacques Rousseau

Art is a love letter to the world. It took me a long time to understand that. It’s actually very simple. The creation of art is not about talent or success in society. Only a young person could believe that. No, it’s quite simply an affair of the heart.

Of course, to love the world you have to be able to see it. There’s the rub, though, because having eyes that can see is not so common. The practice of making art of any kind is a school of seeing. That’s the value in it, even if the end result is pedestrian.

We all partake of the universal consciousness, but we are also conditioned not to wander too far from the group mind of our particular tribe, which travels down the safest and most well worn paths.

The quote about not knowing what you’re going to write is interesting to me, because I almost never have a clear plan when I start to write or paint. I leave it all up to the universal mind, if that’s what it is, when I begin. It will begin to speak if it’s interested enough in my tentative beginnings. It has opinions, it has knowledge, it even has passions. It leads and I follow. I strike the match and it provides the fuel.

Finding your way in the creative world has a lot of moving parts. The most basic one is how you function, how you feel, think and see. The rest is marketing.

Someone has called what I write here on Medium my “daily meditations.” That’s probably not too far off the mark, but I would hope that in some sense they could also be called my “love letters” to the world.

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I occasionally write fiction and also about creativity, loving, language learning and travel. I’m a longtime painter and reader.

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