25 Sep Is Everyone an Artist? Yes . . . Well, Maybe.
Although a number of my clients are artists in the most common understanding of that term, one of my favorite no-nonsense writers of authentic living, Miguel Ruiz, connects being an artist with creating one’s life through love. Every one of us are called to this most noble—and sometimes risky and unconventional— of tasks.
“You are an artist of the spirit. Find yourself and express yourself in your own particular way. Express your love openly. Life is nothing but a dream, and if you create your life with love, your dream becomes a masterpiece of art.”
I’ve been using the Four Agreements to aid clients during critical transition times for many years. But only recently have I intuited the notion that new models of agreement like the one set forth here are based on being authentic and genuine in our relationships. As a result clear and positive interactions actually accelerate karma. Whereas, when we act or react from our neurotic selves—out of anger, fear, inherited dogmas, etcetera—we can impede the working out of karmic debts and obligations.
Expanding this thought, what models of agreement do you attempt to live by, ancient, modern, or perennial? The Ten Commandments, The Beatitudes, Legal Agreements, Handshakes, Vows or Promises?
What I find compelling about the Four Agreements is its radical openness to the changing of agreements, not serendipitously or without deep reflection, however. When does an agreement warrant change or revision or transformation? These are questions that keep alive our relationships and challenge them to ever new and creative expressions and forms.