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"I saw the angel in the marble, and carved until I set him free."
Another one of my favorite quotes, because it facilitates deep thought (and I had to read it twice to understand it). It almost sounds like a backwards story, doesn't it? Usually things do not exist until they exist, but in Michelangelo's case, the angel in the marble existed before it existed. Know what I'm saying?
It can be a struggle to realize whether the perception of something is realistic, or whether it's unattainable because it's simply a "dream" and doesn't already exist in some way. It's as if we need proof of something before we pursue it. I guess that makes sense. We were taught, especially at a young age, from the basis of math and science. We are beings that need evidence, data, witnesses, and so I think it becomes easy to naturally develop an inherent lack of trust. It takes more effort to trust what we cannot see.
Michelangelo created something real from something that seemed like "nothing"...but the biggest part of this is that he believed it existed before he even got started. He trusted the potential, and saw it was certain.
In college, I spent a lot of time learning about "potential energy", in reference to the atmosphere (I was a meteorology major). Everything, depending on its position, has a certain amount of stored energy. This is a fact, it's physics. It means that potential exists in everything, which ultimately means that something can be created from "nothing" and that "nothing" is real.
What do you see in the marble?
Where does potential exist most in your life?
And, will you set it free?
Hello, I'm Julie.
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