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The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators by Michael Gungor
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“Art matters. It is not simply a leisure activity for the privileged or a hobby for the eccentric. It is a practical good for the world. The work of the artist is an expression of hope - it is homage to the value of human life, and it is vital to society. Art is a sacred expression of human creativity that shares the same ontological ground as all human work. Art, along with all work is the ordering of creation toward the intention of the creator.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“The person who creates from the noise simply adds to the noise. The person who creates from a place of listening, however, can actually make something worthwhile and enjoy his work in the process.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“The noise around us determines how we speak. And how we listen. Just as a conversation suffers in a war zone, art suffers in a culture built on noise. So does our enjoyment of it.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, the Critic, and the Muse: A Book for Creators
“May you, son, daughter, image of the very Creator God, fearfully and wonderfully made, knit together in your mother’s womb, fully seen, fully known, and fully loved, see with eyes that are open wide. Hear the Voice that speaks from inside of you with ears attuned and mind unshackled. Taste and see the goodness of the One who shall be all and in all. May your heart be opened to the love that formed you and everything else, the love that holds all things together and shall make all things new in the end, and may that love that was broken and poured out for you impel you into the world to break your own self open to be poured out for the world that God so loves. Poured out in acts of justice and mercy, poured out in good and hard work that brings order rather than disorder. Poured out in songs and liturgies, business plans and water colors, child-rearing and policy-making. May your life be a brush in the very hand of God—painting new creation into every nook and cranny of reality that your shadow graces. Be courageous. Be free. Prune that which needs pruning, and water that which thirsts for righteousness. You are the body of Christ, the light of the world. Pick up your hammer. Your brush. Your trumpet. Your skillet. Your pen. Lift up your head. And walk. Run. Dance. Fly. The great Artist, the future God, calls you into being. So go into your world, your valley, your garden, and create with His grace and in His peace. Amen. ________________________”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“I used to flirt with fundamentalism, and I had this idea that creation was something that happened. Now I see creation as something that is happening. Hundreds of millions of stars are still being born every day. Creation is an ongoing process. The Artist has not yet cleaned out the brushes. The paint is still wet. Human beings are the small clumps of clay and breath, and we have been handed brushes of our own, like young artist apprentices. The brushes aren't ours, nor the paint or canvas, but here they are in our hands, on loan. What shall we make?”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“Faith comes from listening to the right stories.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“Doubt purifies faith. Without doubt, belief calcifies into rigid fundamentalism. Without doubt, there are no questions; and without questions, there is no imagination.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“Fundamentalism is rooted in arrogance. It thrives in fear and control and darkness.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“Practice being fully present with something. Perhaps you may find something of God there. Go outside and look at the stars. Not for just a few seconds—lay a blanket in the yard, lie on your back and really look at the stars. Try to let your heart feel the incomprehensible size and grandeur of the universe. Take the time to really attend to a meal, a good book, a piece of music, or a sunrise. The point is to be fully present, to not be swept up into the distraction of a thousand voices, but to learn how to simply and fully attend to one. Then, when one enters back into the noisy world that we live in, even the million colors together are more vibrant because you have learned to better see color in its essence. To truly see is to find hope.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“Art is like fruit, and every tree is known by its fruit. Fruit reveals a lot about the tree from which it falls.”
M. Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“To truly see is to find hope.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“This kind of passionate faith can be painful. Not caring is easy. Caring hurts. Caring costs you something. But without this sort of faith, you will never create to your fullest potential. Faith is a gift. Like I've said, felt belief is not necessarily something that you choose to have or not to have. But it is a gift that you can open yourself to receive.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“Burnout is what happens when you try to avoid being human for too long.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“A healthy faith is one that has aligned in word, thought, and action.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“She didn't even insult me. She just didn't compliment me. This is how fragile the ego can be in connection with our creative expressions. The critic's voice is so powerful because it resonates with the voices of our deepest fears, those voices speaking from the inside of us, telling us that we are not good enough. The critics confirm our repressed and terrified suspicions that we don't measure up, that we are unsafe and unlovable.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“Creativity is simply the human brain forming new connections between ideas, and we all are engaged in this process every day. The common idea that there are some people who are creative and some who are not is a myth. On some level, we are all artists. We are all creators.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“entertaining. Part of the reason people aren’t building cathedrals anymore is that we are too lazy and spoiled for the pain and the work that they demand from us. This sort of laziness leads to an artistic narcissism that creates art as a mere emotional expression of the ego rather than an intentional and profound re-ordering or re-imagining of the world.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“Entitlement is not a friend of art. Work is. Pain is.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“We consume our art like moths. We gather, momentarily, around wherever the biggest, brightest light seems to be. So these days, the most successful art is the art that can elicit the quickest visceral reaction from the largest group of people.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“Will you be courageous enough to create the art that you truly desire to create rather than settling for the art that you feel is necessary? It”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“Here is a paradox for the creator: if you love your work, let it go.15 Because if you grip it too tightly, you will strangle it. If you hold it in open hands, you may actually find that the work has a life of its own. Creativity is more about listening and following than it is about forcing or manipulating. The truth for the creator is that you have a very limited control over anything in the world, even your own creation. You can work on it. You can help mold and shape its form. But there will come a point in the creative process where your creation is what it is. There comes a point where there is nothing left to do but to rest. To open your hands and let it go. You cannot control how others will receive it. They”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“Not every artist has to make a living making art. Millions of people who play guitar would do well to keep their day jobs. Plenty of people make incredible art "on the side". William Faulkner wasn't any less of an artist for writing As I lay Dying on the back of a wheelbarrow during breaks in his job shoveling coal for the electric company.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“Money is not the root of all kinds of evil. The love of money is. It's also the root of a lot of bad art.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“Idolatry divides Christianity into a shopping mall of sects, each selling their own unique god package. Churches become like stores displaying their relevant music or practical teaching like sexily shaped mannequins. Churches advertise and put on great Sunday matinee shows to attract new customers, competing with other churches for congregants like other corporations compete for clients. This is what happens when faith becomes a set of concepts rather than a relational way of living. A concept makes a better product than a relationship.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“All human creativity depends on something deeper than itself.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“The guitarist is dependent on the guitar, which is dependent upon the creation, which is dependent on whatever creative forces or realities are responsible for its existence. If you call this creative force or reality "God," then art really could be thought of as the language God speaks.

All art is rooted in whatever is the foundation of everything.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“I used to flirt with fundamentalism, and I had this idea that creation was something that happened. Now I see creation as something happening. Hundreds of millions of stars are still being born every day. Creation is an ongoing process. The Artist has not yet cleaned out the brushes. The paint is still wet. Human beings are the small clumps of clay and breath, and we have been handed brushes of our own, like young artist apprentices. The brushes aren't ours, nor the paint or canvas, but here they are in our hands, on loan.

What shall we make?”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“Yet, as creators we tend to be more mindful of the fruit than the tree. If the fruit is rotten, we tend to criticize the apple rather than looking at the branches from which the apple fell, the roots of the tree or the soil from which the tree draws nourishment.

An orange is an orange because it comes from an orange tree. Our art is the product of who we are. If we think the fruit needs to be sweeter, bigger, more nourished, we must pick up our watering can and pruning sheers and turn our eyes not just to the fruit, but to the very tree and its roots-to the soil that we are planted in and the nutrients that we draw our inspiration from.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“When the creator sees the illusion of fame for what it is, it loses its power over him.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators
“Fundamentalism is rigid and certain-like a prison.”
Michael Gungor, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators

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