I happened to be on Facebook on Friday and read a post by World renowned sculptor, John Soderberg. What he shared about talent, determination and willingness to learn resonates so perfectly with animal communication. It is common to have doubts in the process of getting started with animal communication and having doubts can make it so a person simply stops their activities of talking with animals (or doing art). Continuing to communicate with animals is what really develops the communicator. Over the years I at first thought I would one day know it all and no longer be in an activity of learning. Boy did that ever bring on learning opportunities! After awhile I finally surrendered to the fact that learning never really ends and when I got that I discovered that it was a really good thing. Today, my work as an animal communicator and animal communication educator and coach is truly based on a discovery. This brings me to new ideas on how to share animal communication and an openness to learn more from the animals with regard to anything they would love for us to know as human beings. They are my advisors on life so I love to learn new ways of being and thinking which bring me more joy, humor and love!
In response to the question of this post: Do you have what it takes to be an Animal Communicator? YES!!! Please Read John’s Post below:
Here’s what John Soderberg wrote on his Facebook post, enjoy!
J. Soderberg/ A friend, Chris, asked me for advice on being creative. I thought I would share my feelings with others as well. (I’ve posted some of this before.) After 40+years as a professional artist/ sculptor, my thoughts might be helpful to any newer artists in any of the arts- painters, writers, sculptors, musicians, whatever. An artist is simply one who makes art, and anyone can do any of the arts. How good they become in that art has to do with how hard they work and how willing they are to learn and grow. After teaching art for 35 years, I have seen there is no “Talent” involved. That concept, that some few are gifted by God in some way, is too elitist and too often used as an excuse not to do art. We are all created with infinite potential. I have seen people with no arms painting with their feet or mouth. I have taught little children and elders and have started many professional careers- many of those people had thought they had no talent. Creativity, imagination, innovation, meditation- all act like muscles. The more you use them, the stronger they grow. Whatever excellence I have achieved in the arts had nothing to do with “Talent.” It had to do with my being too stubborn to quit, and my willingness to learn. My first bronze was so bad it was used as a doorstop in the foundry. My second was a bit better and actually sold- the guy used it as a boat anchor in Lake Havasu. My first Father-in-law told me I was a lousy husband and father and if I cared about my family I would “quit this art stuff and go into construction.” I mentally flipped him off and kept going. John Steinbeck called a friend, said he had good news and bad. Good news was he finished his book. Bad news was it was no good. The book was “The Grapes of Wrath.” Steven King was working as an English teacher in high school, worked in a laundromat to feed his family, wrote books at night. He had many rejection slips from publishers. He sent in his last book- it was rejected. He threw the manuscript in the wastebasket and told his wife Tammy that he was done, and wouldn’t hurt his family any further by trying to be a writer. She pulled it out of the trash and made him send it in one more time. That book was “Carrie.” I heard Jean Claude van Dam (sp?) couldn’t get a job as an actor, so he broke into the office of a vice-president of a movie company and acted like he was an insane whacko. He took the guy hostage. When the VP found he was just acting, he was impressed and gave him his first movie job. There is the story of Michelangelos’ first commission. After his patron Lorenzo the Magnificent died, he and a friend were starving in the hills above Florence. His friend said that if he carved a piece in the Greek tradition, they could bury it for a while, then dig it up and sell it as a Greek antique in Rome. He did, they did, and his friend sold it to a Cardinal. The Cardinal found out he had been ripped off and investigated. He summoned Michelangelo to Rome to be executed for stealing from the Church. But, when he met the young Michelangelo, he was so impressed he gave him his first commission instead of having him killed. I have many other stories of people who didn’t give up and quit, in their efforts to live as an artist. A good teacher does help- I did not have money for lessons- but I kept going, getting what knowledge I could from wherever I could. If anyone is interested in my further thoughts, there is an interview on my page/ wall that might help. Thank you for reading this. Be well, and good luck and God Speed on your artistic journey, John
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