Artist - 畫家 - Huàjiā
A blank page-
of writer and artist alike.
~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao
When an artist creates, he or she is more like a shaman than an engineer. Inspiration is a gift, not an intellectual guide. Those who follow Tao are the same. Their awareness of Tao is beyond language, beyond intellect, and beyond property. It is not something to possess, but something to receive. That is why arts and Tao are so such close allies: the act of receiving and the act of expression are the same.
Just as an artist dreads not being able to create art, so too does a follower of Tao sometimes dread losing contact with Tao.
There are many instances when creativity comes in handy: to the athlete competing on the field of sport, the lecturer in front of a classroom, a cook in the kitchen, a parent with a disobedient child. How does one keep the channel of communication open? Some do so by trying to maintain a neat and orderly life, others by seeking constant activity, and others by doing nothing at all. We are all different, and there is no right or wrong to provide moral support. The only thing that matters is incorporating (feeling) Tao in your own life, and maintaining this feeling as much as possible. If you find the special, latent good within yourself and learn how to express it, then you will truly know Tao.