I’m covered in crescent moons.
“A 2012 study from Tel Aviv University found that “expansive thinking” could lead to boosts in creativity. According to the study’s lead researcher, “outward” rather than “inward”-focused thinking helped children to consider different perspectives and see beyond their present situation.
In the study, one group of children was asked to look at a series of photos, beginning with local objects such as a pencil sitting on the desk in front of them, and progressing to vast or faraway things, like the Milky Way galaxy. The other group of children was showed the images in the opposite order, from expansive to immediate. The children in the group that progressed from local to expansive images performed significantly better on a test of creativity directly after looking at the images than the children who looked at nearby images last.”
3) Awe can literally transform you
“1964, psychologist Abraham Maslow formulated his famous theory of “peak experiences” — instances of near-mystical rapture and wonder in the everyday. His description clearly involves an element of awe, and he suggests that “peak” experiences of awe can be transformative, and indeed, life-changing. By Maslow’s description, peak experiences involve “disorientation in space and time, ego transcendence and self-forgetfulness; a perception that the world is good, beautiful and desirable.” He believed that this change in perception — a sort of epiphany — could have transformational effects.”
Remember that your Art is an expression of you. Your art expresses what you believe, your perceptions, and your experience. If you ultimately believe in goodness, that is translated not only to your art, but to your audience.
Your audience wants to feel good.
It’s this bond that makes your audience return again and again. This is what creates raving fans.
If you’re shut down and have no hope or belief in humanity, that will translate into your art and cut off any chance of connection. The seats will be empty, and you will only feel isolated.
Isolation shuts us down as Artists. We need to expand.
Want to cultivate that belief in yourself and transform into the most powerful Artist you can be?
Expose yourself to Awe.
You may find yourself covered in magical crescent moons, smiling for the world to see.