Damn Good Advice – THREE

It seems that everywhere I go, people are discussing follow your bliss:

1) Alyson, the Art Biz Coach, blogged asking us what it means to follow our passion.

2) Last night, I tuned in through concertwindow.com and watching an amazing performance by friend Omar Thomas. He debuted his fourth movement of “We Will Know,” which was so moving and heartfelt. The music is the culmination of him accepting his path in life, and facing the challenges bravely and with passion.

3) Not to mention, this blog has been all about my bliss: art. And, I even keep a Facebook fan page that you can also follow: facebook.com/natemetzartist

4) Several close friends and one family member in particular have had deep heartfelt conversations this week with me about how to find their bliss, and how to follow it. The details are private, of course, but they all have the same goal: follow your bliss.

There can only be one explanation as to why this subject is so hot–I myself have the energy patterns of identifying and dedicating myself to my bliss with such passion, joy, and gratitude. I agree wholeheartedly in following our hearts. For quite a while, though, I had a lot of trouble discerning my wants and needs. I made a long series of decisions that were detrimental to my health and my being on multiple levels. What I thought I wanted to do, I was doing, but it was not good for me. It is something from which I will always be in RECOVERY. Living a clean and holistic life is certainly a passion, and is one that supports my art.

So, how do you know when you’ve found your bliss? It took a lot of soul searching on my part. I had to practice meditating to quiet my mind. I started making healthier lifestyle choices. As my awareness increased, so did my intuition. I took time to learn the messages that my body sends to me, which is an ongoing process of self-discovery. My art comes from my soul, and that is how I know it is my bliss, my passion. The peace and serenity, not to mention the healing, received from my artistic process from inspiration through sharing is the surest sign that I have found my bliss and I’m following my passion.

Still There © 2012 NATE METZ

As I see it: Retroview Mirrors

While out shopping with a friend, a brief stop in the men’s room left me in mirrors glancing backwards in time.

Retroview Mirror © 2012 NATE METZ

Damn Good Advice – TWO

It has took me the first 28 years of my life to fully accept every part of who I am. There were some parts that I didn’t understand, some that were suppressed and denied, others that had not yet manifested, and also those that I accepted but did not give enough attention. I can accept now the progression in stages of becoming who I am today. As I have worked on my self-esteem and resumed my spiritual quest, I am proud to be myself, to know myself, and to love myself. Today I can say that I see the banality and frivolity in not actualizing my potential. I have written about it before, and will continue to do so–I am an artist. I can’t be anything else because that is who I am. I have the soul of an artist–an artist of soul.

Desk Light © 2011 NATE METZ

Damn Good Advice – ONE

I’m “Very bright, Industrious” although most of my history has been under type two, which is a damn shame! Seriously though, since taking the Art Biz Liftoff workshop at the end of April, I have been able to maintain my productivity levels for a sustained period that is new to my artwork. I have always had great spurts of productivity and massive amounts of inspiration. At some point, a point that I revisited quite frequently, I would become overwhelmed by the amount of work involved to follow through on art projects and often confusion about how to market my art (anything business related) sapped all gumption from my able-bodied hands and brain. Coupling this cycle with a very strong downturn in my personal life between ’07 and ’10 left my being as an artist for dead. One of the many wonders of talent though is that it cannot be so easily rid of. Slowly and surely I have emerged from the dark aged cocoon into a bright, Y E L L O W, world. This self-identification of being bright and industrious indicates I shall receive great benefit from continuing to listen to the advice of this book. I’m certainly looking forward to some insight that can strengthen my artistic path.