A New Innocence

arthur koestler quote from The Sleepwalkers, a new innocence, every creative act, debiriley.com

The Sleepwalkers.

Its an old book, really old, 1959.

Yet, I find it immensely compelling.

The author, Arthur Koestler.   Who? …. nope, never heard of him.

That’s alright, neither had I.  But, just read this:

 

“Every Creative Act involves

a new innocence

of perception

liberated from

the cataract of

accepted belief.”

Arthur Koestler,    The Sleepwalkers  

 

 

 

arthur koestler quote from The Sleepwalkers, a new innocence, every creative act, debiriley.com
new innocence

A New Innocence in the way we see….

 

I’m reading Julia Cameron, The Artists Way  and Betty Edwards book, Drawing on the Right Side of The Brain.

Switching it up, and comparing both of their insights on drawing, on art, on filling lives with Creativity.

 

And that’s how I stumbled upon Koestler’s words, in Betty Edwards’ book.

 

 

I think, its fairly irrelevant the type of art, the type of Creative act we do, it could be writing, dancing, singing, but his message is true for all.

We need to let go the old, “thats the way its been done”  belief system.

And come to the studio with Innocence.

 

What Koestler is saying, I believe is this.

We do not have to rely upon what we were told to do years ago, just because.  Just because is never,  a valid reason.

Neither is, because its easier for me to deal with it done this way, so you need to learn to do it like this.

 

 

 

Arthur Koestler book

This quote of his has replayed in my mind for weeks.

Until I set about doing a bit of research.

And this week, went to Amazon to buy his book.

I haven’t begun to even scratch its surface.

But I’m excited to keep reading more.

 

The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man’s  Changing Vision  of the Universe   at Amazon.

 

 

 

With a New Innocence,

of perception.

yes, I do like the sound of that!

 

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5 Comments

  1. An interesting selection of books Debi – I totally agree with your statement that “we need to let go of the old ‘thats the way its been done’ belief system”. So true! Once we can do this we can start to be truly creative…

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