Make a Spiritual Condition Before Writing or Painting

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Cheong Seong Gyeong 1822

One cannot help liking the ocean.
We need to pioneer it. We cannot afford
to ignore the ocean: the area it cov-
ers is more than three times the size of
the land. Who do you think is going to
develop the oceanic resources that can
be found at the bottom of the ocean? We
can find oil – black gold – on land, but
the ocean is three times larger, so we can
expect to find perhaps three times more
oil from the sea.

Cheon Seong Gyeong 1372

You must understand that the 30,000
Couples Blessing should be accept-
ed as one of the greatest and most his-
toric events ever. How great is the his-
toric background behind it? The event
involves the whole world. After conduct-
ing the 30,000 Couples Blessing, there
is no need for me to perform any more
Blessing ceremonies. (234-287, 1992.8.27)

Richard: Find out more about the Blessing of marriage here:

World Scripture and the Teachings of
Sun Myung Moon

Chapter 4

God’s Creation and Human Creativity

Creativity and Art

3. Inspiration

Not by wisdom do poets write poetry, but by
a sort of genius and inspiration; they are like
diviners or soothsayers who also say many fine
things, but do not understand the meaning of
Socrates, in Plato, Apology (Hellenism)

When in my most inspired moods, I have defi-
nite inspiring visions, involving a higher self-
hood. I feel at such moments that I am tapping
the source of infinite and eternal energy from
which you and I and all things proceed. Religion
calls it God.
Richard Strauss

I have very definite impressions while in that
trance-like condition, which is the prerequisite
of all true creative effort. I feel that I am one
with this vibrating Force, that is omniscient,
and that I can draw upon it to an extent that is
limited only by my own capacity to do so.
Richard Wagner

The most beautiful experience one can have is
the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion
that stands at the cradle of art and science.
Albert Einstein

The Lord has called by name Bezalel the son
of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah; and he
has filled him with the Spirit of God, with abil-
ity, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with
all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to
work in gold and silver and bronze, in cutting
stones for setting, and in carving wood, for work
in every skilled craft.
Exodus 35.30-33

Woodworker Ch’ing carved a piece of wood and
made a bell stand, and when it was finished, every-
one who saw it marveled, for it seemed to be the
work of gods or spirits. When the Marquis of Lu
saw it, he asked, “What art is it you have?” Ch’ing
replied, “I am only a craftsman—how would I have
any art? There is one thing, however. When I am
going to make a bell stand, I never let it wear out
my energy. I always fast in order to still my mind.
When I have fasted for three days, I no longer
have any thought of congratulations or rewards,
of titles or stipends. When I have fasted for five
days, I no longer have any thought of praise or
blame, of skill or clumsiness. And when I have
fasted seven days, I am so still that I forget I have
four limbs and a form and body. By that time, the
ruler and his court no longer exist for me. My skill
is concentrated and all outside distractions fade
away. After that, I go into the mountain forest
and examine the Heavenly nature of the trees. If
I find one of superlative form, and I can see a bell
stand there, I put my hand to the job of carving;
if not, I let it go. This way I am simply matching
up ‘Heaven’ with ‘Heaven.’ That’s probably the
reason that people wonder if the results were not
made by spirits.”
Chuang Tzu

Teachings of Rev. Sun Myung Moon

When your mind and body become united and you reach the point where you open the gate of love, your mind will resonate with the universe. Then you can become a writer or a poet. In that state, you open to relate to everything in all its dimensions. Then, even watching a fallen leaf tossed by the wind will bring you to laughter. (137:232, January 3, 1986)

World-famous scientists usually have deeply sensitive minds, by which they harmonize with the heart of nature. With that sensitivity they unexpectedly receive intuitions, inspirations and dreams. These phenomena occur especially when they are completely absorbed in their research. (6:341-42, June 28, 1959)

Before you write anything, first make a spiritual condition to enter a mystical state; then you can produce beautiful writing. When painting, do not just work alone in your room. Instead, make a spiritual condition and ask a great painter’s spirit to come and help you; then your work will gener-ate great admiration from people. Great scientists and artists inevitably have a spiritual connection; it exists because they made spiritual efforts. (100:123, October 9, 1978)

An artist should have a clear mind and spirit. Then with clear conscience he should invest every-thing. (77:319, April 30, 1975

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