The following is excerpted from Bill Plotkin’s “SoulCraft”, a book that has resonated with me deeply in my recent years.
We are all artists. The artistic potential lives within each of us, sometimes dormant, sometimes aroused. Some say it’s not possible to be fully human and not be an artist. Many nature-based cultures have no word for art or artist because producing what we call art is simply part of being human. True art has nothing to do with impressing or entertaining others with pleasant or stunning creations; it’s about carrying what is hidden in the soul as a gift to others. However we embody our souls in the world, that is our art. Soul expression, like true art, is an intrinsic act — we do it simply for the joy it creates. It does not have ulterior motives such as entertainment, wealth, of fame.