Becoming a Life Artist

A few years ago, after making an experimental film called Water Bird Plant & Man, I began to see the alignment between the four elements of water, air, earth, and fire, and the way that they serendipitously aligned with the four aspects of humanity of heart, mind, body, and spirit. Recognizing the echo of these elements through a variety of other cultural paradigms, I started to see a pattern in the culmination of the holistic growth of humankind. For as each individual seeks to appreciate and balance themselves with this flow of nature and the understanding of ourselves as part of it, we create the opportunity for the creative evolution of our civilization and the way we can harmonize with the life which flows through and around us.

First, we make the commitment to take responsibility for our emotional state by directing the heart to love. Second, we seek the ambition to coaching our minds to learn. Third, we realize our resourcefulness by supporting the body and the earth from which is is created to fully live. Fourth, we dedicate ourselves to the spirit which helps us delegate the legacy we leave as we pass into new moments. Though this individual journey is one that each of us makes in solitude as the artists of our lives, so does the culmination of these individual expeditions toward greater fulfillment also cultivate the greater wealth of the community through the realization of interdependence.

Just as we must love ourselves as the artists that create our lives, so must we appreciate the Artists around us that make this world more beautiful through the color they bring to the canvas. As we learn better ways of operating in the world to develop the management of our abundance, so shall we value the Businesses that have gone before and work concurrently to create the infrastructure through which this abundance is maintained, and invest in those that will be created to account for the surplus and true economic growth of our societal wealth. And realizing that we truly are all one in that we are created of, by, and for the same spirit regardless of the linguistic limitations we put on it, we recognize ourselves as caretakers of the good that has been bestowed upon us by this Source of all that is, and invest in the development of charity so that our society is imbued with the most invaluable resource of love.

Steve McAllister is the author of The Rucksack Letters and How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld. He posts regularly at and is currently the Director of Operational Development for the Common Wealth Time Bank in Sarasota, Florida. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.


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