“THE ARTS ARE NOT JUST A NICE THING TO HAVE OR TO DO IF THERE IS FREE TIME OR IF ONE CAN AFFORD IT. RATHER, PAINTINGS AND POETRY, MUSIC AND FASHION, DESIGN AND DIALOGUE, THEY ALL DEFINE WHO WE ARE AS A PEOPLE AND PROVIDE AN ACCOUNT OF OUR HISTORY FOR THE NEXT GENERATION.”
I came across the above quote the other day and was surprised that I had not seen it before. Despite all the heat our President and his First Lady take, they are remarkably poised and evolved people.
It is rare to hear anyone speak of the arts with such deep respect. In the midst of our current economic “crisis”, many people have shut down. You hear things like “majoring in humanities and the arts is irresponsible” or you hear reports that schools are slashing even more funding for the arts, in favor of more “useful” subjects. I have never heard anyone explain how, if everyone majors in math and science, there could possibly be enough jobs for all those people. I have also never heard a good explanation for what people are supposed to do if they are not good at math and science.
In any case, Ms. Obama has eloquently stated why the arts are not only important, but essential to any civilization. They reflect and define who we are. They remind us that we are immortal beings, not just animals scratching around for food, sex, and money. The arts – whether we are doing them or appreciating them – call to something deep within us, something that connects us to our Higher Selves.
Today is the Pagan holiday Imbolc (EE-molc).
Imbolc, oil on canvas
It marks the passing of winter and the birth of spring. It is Brigid’s day, she being the goddess of poetry, healing, midwifery, and the arts. The day celebrates the Goddess’ recovery from giving birth to the God in Pagan mythology. It is a time for beginnings, as the days lengthen and we prepare for the rebirth of Spring.
Art and spirituality are intimately bound. If you can appreciate one, you can appreciate the other. Enjoy the beauty of this day and, if you have the opportunity, celebrate Brigid by getting out and enjoying (or performing) the arts – music, theater, visual art, dance – whatever moves your spirit!
Until next time, peace and richest blessings on your path towards your most authentic self.
Love and Light,
Photo at the Paris casino in Las Vegas, Nevada