No matter how painful [an] ordeal may be, it must be treated as an adventure. Keep in mind that, up until this point, every ordeal’s purpose has been to prepare you for the kind of life you are now living. See where current circumstances are leading you, and how they are changing your life, and use this information to find out where you are going. It is an honor to know that you have been worthy of instruction. Remember that you placed yourself where you are now. Remember the ancient dictum: “I will interpret every phenomenon as a particular dealing of God with my Soul.
Why Artists Need to Be Dumb
Art is a lot about Belief. That’s why I think really Smart people really have trouble making art that really resonates, on an intuitive, visceral level. Because in order to do that you have to have Faith, you have to Believe. You have to be willing to surrender to the Process, and leave yourself vulnerable to the Wonder, as Del Close would say, you have to follow the Fear. But it’s very difficult to convince a Smart person to do this, because there are waaayyy too many good reasons not to do so. Really Smart artists convince themselves they can out Smart the process, and will themselves to a Perfect result, instead of bending their intellegence toward the Service of the Process, and relinquishing Control. I’ve been an artist most of my short life, and the one thing I’ve always found to be true is that if you can’t allow yourself to get lost, you’ll never find yourself some place you never imagined you’d be. And nothing could be closer to the point.