My earlier article Ignore those who don't get you seemed to have touched a chord. I received many letters from readers (from all over the world), saying this has touched them. As a result I decided to write Part 2 on this provocative but relevant topic.
As I wrote earlier, if you have to convince someone about your art, then you already are going the wrong track. Because if you really live, breathe and embody your art, then it communicates more authentically and powerfully, than any need to convince anyone.
Humans can subtly be very intelligent. More intelligent than we ordinarily give them credit for. They may or may not have had access to formal modes of education in their lives but many of them from nature are quiet gifted with innate sense of detecting what is valuable for them and what is authentic for them. They don't need convincing. Their subconscious already knows what is infinitely valuable for them and what is not. Maybe their conscious part is not attuned to their subconscious intelligence but at subconscious level humans have far more intelligence and discerning capabilities than what we see people living on the conscious levels.
And if someone gets you, then that is at a subconscious level. And at that level of communication, you just have to be your authentic self and let that authenticity come across in your creative work. And if they don't get you, Ignore them.
There is also another important factor to this insight. Just because someone gets you doesn't mean you are obliged to reciprocate. If you are an artist and you are in touch with your creative gifts, you need to evaluate the effect of different people you come across on your creative gifts. And what is their effect on you ? And if that effect is not authentic and uplifting then you are simply wasting your time. You are dishonoring the inner creative gifts you are born with for the sake of some vague outer politeness which hides your inner frustration for not being able to come across more authentically.
So there are two sides to this discussion. They have to get you. And you have to get them. In atmosphere of honesty and without polite lies and masks. And if that bridge is there (and only when that bridge is there), is when the meetings between such individuals are transformed. They are no longer a boring rant of small talk between distracted and disgruntled share of humanity, but instead the interactions take the form of connection which can almost put your being on another realm of depth, creativity and radical love.
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Ashish Anand (Founder, Unleash Your Power)
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