"This is a beautiful story a Sioux friend told me: The Creator gathered all of creation together and said, "I want to hide something from the humans until they are ready for it. It is the realization that they create their own reality." The eagle said, "Give it to me, I will take it to the moon." The Creator said, "No, one day they will go there and find it." The salmon said, "I will hide it on the bottom of the ocean." "No, they will go there too." The buffalo said, "I will bury it on the great plains." The Creator said, "They will cut into the skin of the earth and will find it even there." Then Grandmother mole, who live in the breast of Mother Earth, who has no physical eyes, but sees with spiritual eyes, said, "Put it inside them."
And the Creator said, "It is done."
- Gary Sukav. Author, "THE DANCING WU LI MASTERS" (physics) AND "SEAT OF THE SOUL" (spiritual)
Someone once said that "it is not dying that I am afraid of, it is in the living that gives me fear." This is certainly expressed in the following words -
"To laugh is to risk appearing the fool
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental
To reach out to another is to risk involvement
To expose your feelings is to risk exposing your true self
To love is to risk not being loved in return
To live is to risk dying
To hope is to risk dispair
To try is to risk failure
But risks must be taken, because the grestest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
They may avoid some suffering and sorrow, but they will not learn, feel,
change, grow, truly love and live [to the fullest].
The only person who risks is free." - Anonymous
The artist Picasso said in response to a person who wanted to know why he exaggerated and distorted the people in his paintings. He responded, "I lie in order that I might better tell the truth." This function is very well illustrated by a remark made by the "horror" writer, Stephen King, "People must think I am a very strange person. This is not correct. I have the heart of a small boy. It is in a glass jar on my desk." - Jane Canfield (Empowerment & Imagination)
There is reason to be concerned about education of children in society that values speed over contemplation, noise over quiet and the banal (and being cool) over wonderment. - Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers)
Art and the creative act involves the whole person, through a delicate balance in the discipline of the mind, the discipline of the hand and freedom of the spirit. In teaching this effectively, it is the method and not the content that is the message........the drawing out, not the pumping in. - John Fink
"Artists can color the sky red because they know it's blue. Those of us who aren't artists must color things the way that they really are or people might think that we're stupid." - Jules Feiffer