The Unleashed Heart

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In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.” Ralph Waldo Emerson (from

 What can the heart imagine?  How easy is it to see and hear what the heart imagines?  It may be a matter of being open and letting go.  The heart is always ready and willing.  We may not always be ready to set it free.  The freedom to allow the heart to fly is fraught with obstacles.

What will people think?   The latest creation is…the wrong color, the wrong texture, the wrong size.  It isn’t clear enough.  It’s too clear.  It’s not dark enough.  It’s too dark.  People will hate it.  The critics will hate it. The list can go on and on.  Fill in the blanks.  The negative voices drone away.

Taking the time to shut down the negative voices is worth the effort.  After shutting out the negative, stop and listen to the heart.  The heart never talks over the other voices.  The heart is gentle and quiet.  It takes closing those other voices out before the heart can be heard. Once the heart is able to speak, it must be unleashed.  What the heart can imagine is the direction to go in.  It may be big.  It may be small. One thing is for sure: the heart’s imagination is boundless.  Unleash the heart and let it run free.  Who cares what anyone else thinks!

Author: MaryGwyn

Artist-Art Educator-Art in Healthcare

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