Dancing with the Gods: Reflections on Life and Art

Kent Nerburn


In Circulation

When Kent Nerburn received a letter from Jennifer, a young woman questioning her calling to spend her life in the arts, the writer and artist was struck by how closely her questions mirrored the doubts and yearnings of his own youth. Nerburn resolved that he would write his own letter: a letter of welcome and encouragement to all young artists setting out on the same strange and magical journey, sharing the wisdom of a life spent working in the arts.

From struggles with money and the bitterness of rejection, to spiritual questions of inspiration and authenticity, Dancing With the Gods offers insight, solace and courage to help young artists on the winding road to artistic fulfilment. Tender and joyous, it is a celebration of art's power to transform the darkest of human experience and give voice to the grandest of human hopes.

What will you learn from this book

  1. Creativity as a Spiritual Practice: Nerburn emphasizes the spiritual dimension of creativity, portraying art as a means of connecting with the divine and expressing one's innermost truths.

  2. The Artist's Journey: The book delves into the artist's journey, exploring the challenges, triumphs, and revelations that accompany the creative process.

  3. Beauty in Everyday Life: Nerburn celebrates the beauty and significance of everyday moments, encouraging readers to find inspiration in the ordinary and seek meaning in the mundane.

  4. The Power of Storytelling: Storytelling is portrayed as a powerful tool for connection and understanding, capable of transcending boundaries of time, culture, and identity.

  5. Simplicity and Silence: The book advocates for simplicity and silence as essential components of the creative life, providing space for reflection, introspection, and inspiration.

  6. Honoring Indigenous Wisdom: Nerburn pays tribute to indigenous wisdom and spirituality, drawing on Native American teachings and traditions to enrich his reflections on art and life.

  7. Embracing Vulnerability: Vulnerability is portrayed as a necessary aspect of the creative process, allowing artists to access their deepest emotions and truths and share them authentically with the world.

  8. The Sacredness of Nature: Nature is depicted as a source of inspiration, healing, and spiritual renewal, inviting readers to reconnect with the natural world and its profound mysteries.

  9. The Artist's Responsibility: Nerburn explores the ethical and moral dimensions of art, challenging artists to use their talents responsibly and contribute to the greater good of humanity.

  10. Embracing Impermanence: Finally, the book invites readers to embrace the impermanence of life and art, recognizing that both are fleeting and ephemeral but nonetheless imbued with profound meaning and significance.

Language English
ISBN-10 1786891158
ISBN-13 9781786891150
No of pages 272
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Canongate Books
Published Date 02 Aug 2018

About Author

Author : Kent Nerburn


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