on human spirit

Just came across this snippet from a letter from Martha Graham via Hugh’s blog comments, courtesy John Emery,

There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated
through you into action and because there is only one of you in all
time, this expression is unique.


And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and
will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to
determine how good it is nor how valuable it is nor how it compares
with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly
and directly, to keep the channel open.


You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to
keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you.


Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction
whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a
blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive. ~ Martha Graham

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  1. Now that is one terrific quotation. The idea that it is our duty to release our creative work, or have it be lost forever, is sobering. Imperfect, always only an approximation of what we’d like to it be, our creativity produces material for those who follow. We can never know where those ideas, images, things will lead. What we do know is this: unexpressed, they lead nowhere. Thanks, Niti.

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