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Letter from Martha Graham

September 24, 2017

"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 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 anytime
There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction
a blessed unrest that keeps us marching
and makes "us" MORE alive than the others." Martha Graham
( - a letter to Agnes De Mille-)
 

Photo by the inimitable @lorijo45 


It felt important after yesterday’s post to share this full letter today. It was sent to me years ago by a mentor and has remained vital in my consciousness. In Stories I offered an exercise in personal myth making, and this is my step into my personal myth cycle, where I conquer my fear of visibility and open myself to the possible. This photo, taken two years ago, has never seen the light because of my shyness, my reluctance. Today, I change. Opening to inspiration, I become ever more free.

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