The Work Vibrates

” The work we make, even if unnoticed and undesired by the world, vibrates in perfect harmony to everything we put into it — or withhold from it. “

Art and Fear by David Bales and Ted Orland

Encapsulated Spring“Encapsulated Spring”


This excerpt is inspiring to me.  I find that it validates the creative process regardless of having an outcome that’s understood, accepted or acknowledged by others.  It seems to speak to the worthiness of the artist and their process as an active, living entity.

The words vibration and harmony are active descriptions of a living process.  What I’d like to pose this week is how “expectations” might play into one’s ability to experience the vibration and harmony of their work.

Questions for consideration:

  1. Where do expectations come from?
  2. How might expectations limit or enhance our experience of “vibration and harmony”?
  3. Does inspiration lie within the knowledge that “…our work vibrates in perfect harmony with everything we put into it.”?

Please feel free to respond with your thoughts to these questions in the comments area below.



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