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“One does not stand still looking for a path. One walks; and as one walks, a path comes into being.”
– Mas Kodani
Often as artists we reach a standstill when we feel we’ve lost our way.
One tendency is to stop working because we know that what we’re doing is not right for us. We feel the need to stop doing what is frustrating or not rewarding. We can easily get blocked and lapse into inactivity.
I have found that it is best to keep working even when I feel rudderless. What eventually emerges from this seemingly random activity is meaning.
It’s a kind of artistic inductive reasoning, whereby we reach the truth through observation. I think it is much less fruitful to take a deductive approach to creativity – to try to manifest our artistic expression from some higher rule or law.
The more we try, the more we experiment, the more steps we take – the greater the chance that our path will emerge. Remember this when you next feel stuck, lost or uninspired. Just keep walking, keep observing what you find and suddenly you will find that you are, indeed, on a path.