Leaf of the Tree

Finding the Divine in the Details

The brave journey of becoming


Gleanings about art and life, found here and there:

Wassily-Kandinsky-Painting-022A book, once it is printed and published, becomes individual. It is by its publication as decisively severed from its author as in parturition a child is cut off from its parent. The book ‘means’ thereafter, perforce — both grammatically and actually — whatever meaning this or that reader gets out of it.

~ James Branch Cabell

Make beauty and vulnerability your allies in your brave journey of becoming.

~ Craig Paterson Wassily-Kandinsky-Painting-029

Though I cannot predict what I shall be able to do, I hope to make a few sketches with perhaps something human in them …

 ~ The Letters of Vincent van Gogh – 4 September 1880

… art is a power that should be aimed at developing the soul. If art does not do this job, the abyss that separates us from God is left without a bridge. …

The artist must be blind to distinctions between ‘recognized’ and ‘unrecognized’ conventions of form, deaf to the transitory teaching and demands of his particular age. He must watch only the trend of the inner need, and hearken to its words alone.       ~ Wassily Kandinsky

Artwork by Wassily Kandinsky

5 thoughts on “The brave journey of becoming

  1. These are great messages, Phyllis: thank-you.

  2. Vincent’s life…how wonderful that his words graciously support (many of our) our efforts.
    Phyllis; thank you for today’s thoughts!

  3. Hi, Phyllis~ the titles of your posts always seem to fit my experience at the very same moment. I just started a chaplaincy training program in New York, and find it is most definitely a scary endeavor~ opening oneself up in order to ‘become’ who we really are requires bravery. I’m grateful for your affirming words! Thank you, Robin

  4. Robin! What delight to read your thoughts here! I am so glad to hear of your chaplaincy path – surely tailor-made for your serving soul. 🙂

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