March 15, 2015 – Readings in Recovery: Today’s Gift from Hazelden

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Today’s thought from the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is:

What we lack are not scientists but poets and people to reveal to the heart what the heart is ready to receive.
 — Joseph Campbell

A short time ago, a friend handed me the following credo. It read:

This is the artist’s dream:
To receive the inspiration to create,
To share that creation with others,
And to be totally supported in the process.

I asked him to explain further. “It all begins with inspiration,” he said, “an inspiration that calls us to create. Once the inspiration is received, then we can bring that vision into the world as a song, painting, book, invention, new business – or any other tangible form.

“After the creation is born, it needs to be shared with others. No one creates in a vacuum. It is only when the vision is successfully communicated to its intended audience that it truly comes alive.

“Finally, the artist needs to be supported for what he does. If he has made a positive connection with his audience, the support will come – financially and emotionally. And while it may not always be there immediately, it will ultimately arrive. This is where the artist needs to trust and be patient.”

This dream is not just the artist’s dream. It is our dream as well. Through work or play, job or family, vocation or avocation, you can experience the joy of creating, sharing, and being acknowledged. Experience this creative process and you will never grow old in spirit. Have you ever known an artist or dreamer who “retired”?

You are reading from the book:

Listening to Your Inner Voice by Douglas Bloch

Listening to Your Inner Voice © 1991, by Douglas Bloch

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