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The world of physics was in raptures recently. An invisible bit of energy exposed itself to a computer in a very expensive tunnel. No one could see this happening, but they can infer that something that was not there before had come and gone. Someone with a beard and a labcoat could explain this better than me. However this little slip of energy has been called the Higgs-Boson. A sub-atomic particle so small that you wouldn't notice it even if it passed right through you.
It is easy to discount such things, but energy is perhaps the most important quality in the universe. We are so connected to energy in its infinite forms that it is everyting we are and will be forever. That is a long time indeed.
This keyboard I am bashing on, the screen from which you will read this and everything else for that matter is energy. So what has this to do with art? All this energy has one purpose it seems and that is to create.
Energy creates things, conditions of being and even emotions. Disease for example is simply energy gone bonkers. Antibiotics is another form of energy designed to wipe out the crazy diseased energy or at least change it into something non-threatening. All of this energy works in fine balance and when out of kilter things go wrong.
Creativity. Let us consider how we create with energy all day long without even knowing it. Your expression, the words you use, the words you read, the tone of your voice and even your thoughts however well disguised give off energy. This effects you and those within your energy field.
Energy is transferred across the world by merely what is communicated every second. Consider how you feel when you rashly turn on the news and see some form of madness perpetrated in another time zone. Instant what? Anger, fear, compassion, dread? Then consider how you feel when a loved one smiles at you or you receive a compliment. Positive energy flows through you instantly.
That is the part that knocks my socks off. Instant energy. You do not have to think about feeling good. It just happens. What happens then? We transfer this positive energy to others instantly. Energy flows and you cannot stop it until you let negative vibes back in.
So lets accept the idea that the universe consists of energy. Creative energy is the tool used by the universe to make everything and the energy is infinite. We are energy highways. We accept energy instantly and transmit it just as instantly without effort. The universe creates non-stop whether by way of a volcano or a honey bee in the orchard. We need to keep this mind.
As artists our work and inspiration is positive energy. Sublime and beautiful. Fulfilling a purpose beyond perception. Do not let others attack this idea with negativity. So too must we refrain from responding with negativity to other's creative efforts. The transferance of energy through our actions and onto others who appreciate our work is nothing less than a God given purpose. This energy heals and restores. It connects us to our souls.
Let us be aware and accepting. Lets make that energy count.