Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Quotes: Eckhart Tolle

"All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness."
-Eckhart Tolle

One of the most well-known and best spiritualists out there, Eckhart Tolle is the author of "The Power of Now" and numerous other books.  The ideas in his books are wonderful and profound, and at least for me, often difficult to truly understand and practice.  He writes about being in the present, being in the now, and how this can bring about happiness and love, as well as inner peace.  These concepts relate very much to art and the process of making art.  Art is very therapeutic for many people, and this is probably because of it's ability to pull you into the present and wipe your mind of all worries while you are engaged in the physical and mental work of the visual process.  As Tolle says, you create from a place of "no-mind", which can be very soothing!  Art comes from the subconscious, from the spiritual side of our minds.  If ever you need to get in touch with yourself, your grace, your unconscious (as cheesy as it all may sound)- or if you even just need to calm down a bit- pick up a pencil and a piece of paper and just draw.  Even if you don't consider yourself an artist, the practice of making art can broaden your understanding of yourself as well as art in general. ~Sarah

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