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Friday, January 12, 2007

Letter to an Artist; Trust & Patience

In todays' newsletter from Robert Gann, he makes reference to poet Rainer Maria Rilke's letters to an artist whom he counseled for close to five years.

The words are as valid as they were in Rilke's times, but they carry an extraordinary, lyrical beauty which I find moving. "Always trust yourself and your own feelings, as opposed to arguments and discussions," he says. "If it turns out that you are wrong, then the natural growth of your inner life will eventually guide you to other insights. Allow your judgments a silent, undisturbed development, which, like all progress, must come from deep within and cannot be forced or hastened. Everything is gestation and then birthing. To let each impression and each embryo of a feeling come to completion, entirely in itself, in the dark, in the unsayable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one's own understanding, and with deep humility and patience to wait for the hour when a new clarity is born: this is what it means to live as an artist."


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