I am in awe of van Gogh’s work, his use of color and line, his passionate vision and determined will to keep painting, how he almost never gave up. Had he not suffered from periods of severe mental illness with little treatment available at the time, perhaps he would not have gone that fateful summer’s day. He said~
If you hear a voice within you say
‘you cannot paint,’
then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
His last words following shooting himself were…
To willingly reside in our distress, no longer resisting what is, is the real key to transformation.
As painful as it may be to face our deepest fears, we do reach the point where it’s more painful not to face them.
This is a pivotal point in the practice of life.
– Ezra Bayda, “Bursting the Bubble of Fear