Play

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Untitled (black and white photograph) by Paul Politis

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“The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.”
— CG Jung

“I would say to any artist: ‘Don’t be repressed in your work, dare to experiment, consider any urge, if in a new direction all the better.”
– Edward Weston

“The artist teaches that the object of a man’s life should be to play as a little child plays. Only it is the play of maturity — the play of one’s mental faculties. Therefore, we have art and invention.”
— Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

“It seems probable that there is always an element of play in creative living. When this playful element disappears, joy goes with it, and so does any sense of being able to innovate. Creative people do not infrequently experience periods of despair in which their ability to create anything new seems to have deserted them. This is often because a particular piece of work has become invested with such overwhelming importance that it is no longer possible to play with it.”
— Anthony Storr; Solitude: A Return to the Self

“If the individual regards the external world merely as something to which he has to adapt, rather than as something in which his subjectivity can find fulfilment, his individuality disappears and his life becomes meaningless or futile.”
— Anthony Storr; Solitude: A Return to the Self

Here on Earth (black and white photograph)

“Over any extended period of time, being an artist requires enthusiasm more than discipline. Enthusiasm is not an emotional state. It is a spiritual commitment, a loving surrender to our creative process, a loving recognition of all the creativity around us. Enthusiasm (from the Greek, “filled with God”) is an ongoing energy supply tapped into the flow of life itself. Enthusiasm is grounded in play, not work. Far from being a brain-numbed soldier, our artist is actually our child within, our inner playmate. As with all playmates, it is joy, not duty, that makes for a lasting bond.”
— Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

Wonder, and its expression in poetry and the arts, are among the most important things which seem to distinguish men from other animals, and intelligent and sensitive people from morons.
— Alan Watts, The Book on The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

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