Artists create from their own shadows. The kabbalists teach that we are all artists of our own lives, engaged in the ultimate sacred act of self-creation.
Nietzsche correctly intuited a core biblical idea when he said, “The artist becomes the work of art.” Life is self-creation, the painting of our destiny on the canvas of our fate.
In biblical language the word for “creation” is yatzar. But yatzar also represents primal, even dark, passions. We reveal our light, our soul, from the shadows.
The shattered vessels of our miniature temple, which for Luria was the image of our souls, can only be made whole again if we are willing to enter the ruins of our lives and dreams, and from there reveal G-dly essence. .
posted by marc gafni
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