The realm of glory is not something I can depict in a realist photographic approach. It is something, unknowable, untouchable, and so my focus is more to the essence of the shape of things, the abstract.
“Verily His Call will draw thee nigh unto the realm of glory and will cause thee to extol His praise in such wise that every created thing will be enraptured, and to magnify His glory in such manner as to influence the entire creation. Truly thy Lord is the Protector, the Gracious, the All-Informed.”
-Baha’u’llah, Tablets of Baha’u’llah
This year I’ve joined the wonderful team of photographers over at nineteen months. Each Baha’i Month, we post a photograph we’ve taken and quote that inspires us.
Check out some of the other inspiring contributions HERE
It’s a super busy time as I’m about to begin tutoring, doing an online course on crowd funding, half way through the first draft of my novel, have a number of works I am editing and keen to begin writing, as well the usual family joys and challenges. My household has three teenagers all embarking on their dreams (one’s at university) and vision for future life. Sometimes I am not sure how I’m going to balance it all. Reflecting on a spiritual theme each month in this way helps to put it all into perspective.
Why create art? Why write? Why live? It all seems to be a process of finding balance and a spiritual centering.
So few writers make it in financial and ‘being known’ terms, but does that mean they should give up working on their craft, telling their stories, polishing, sharing and finding joy in that process? Of course that was a rhetorical question.
Whilst it is true having a wide audience gives authors and artists a sense of validation, and being listened to, yet it is those who write for the way it allows them to connect with the glory in existence itself and build community that will never ever give it up.
This week I have been particularly inspired by Maya Angelou. I find myself watching many videos where she tells stories and shares her thoughts. This one truly sums up why I do art – ‘to satisfy my soul’ and ‘to make a better world.’
Wishing you all the best for your week of creativity, and a special thank you to the team of people mentoring and editing my work at the moment. Your support means so much.
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