“If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.”
Is it possible to be a genuine musician, actor, or artists and still be professional? Is it possible to express ourselves purely and creatively in moment because money dictates that we have to?
In current society it is common place that artists build a living on their skills and their creative expression – in other words – they need to produce and be creative in order to survive. And obviously this creates pressure, anxiety and stress to express and give birth to the right kind of expression, or rather, the expression this is certain to generate an income. Though is it even possible to combine these two? When we express and share ourselves not due to inspiration/joy/the pleasure found in being creative, what are we then really giving birth to?
We are all artists in some area of our lives and the key ingredient to any artists expression is inspiration. It is something arises without our direct control. It is something that comes through from within when the conditions are here. And for any artist that tries to make a living on their interest the nature of inspiration becomes problematic – because they money system is not designed around unpredictable, unforeseeable bursts of creative juice – the money system requires a schedule, a goal, a vision, it must be decided and planned beforehand, and the expected profits have to be calculated. This is not how inspiration works. To flow from our heart we have to let go of any desires and stop wanting to control the outcome and instead open up to what is HERE – and that is simply not possible to do in our current money system.
In our current money system artists are forced to become professionals – when the core of their expression does not follow such restrictions. In our money system we have to select our one field of expression, such as one instrument, or one genre of music, and then invest ourselves into that fully, in order to push through the noise of the system, so that we can hopefully reach that fame and start earning the money that we need. It is a form of abuse that takes place. Because inspiration, expression, artistry, and now I mean real, genuine, original expression that flows from the heart, has never meant to be boxed in. I suspect many artists have become imprisoned in their professional shell and have forgotten the inspirational expression that guided them initially.
And this is important to remember for all of us. We have to remain sensitive and open to our inner movements – because it is not necessarily so, that only because we are good at something, and we have done that for a long time, that is what our heart is at – or rather – our self-honesty. To be able to see/experience/feel that slight breeze of movement within us we have to be sensitive to ourselves – and that involves letting go of any warlike strategy that we want to impose on ourselves in order to survive in this reality. Expression does not follow rules, it does not follow right and wrong, it simply is and opens up when we dare to listen.
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