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“A Deeper Kind of Beauty”

There are two uses of the word beauty. The first is the everyday meaning, where almost anything is be claimed to be beautiful, whatever its intrinsic value.

But there is deeper meaning too, directly related to its etymology, from the Latin word beatus, meaning “blessed.”  From the same root are derived such words as benediction and beatitude.  This I call Beauty, with a capital B.

Black and white abstract ink painting for healing

Stillpoint Painting by John Diamond, M.D.

A painting, for example, may be superficially beautiful in the everyday sense. But so few are at a deep level truly Beautiful.

Yet in a way it is so easy to create Beauty.  You do not need to be technically skilled.  If, when you paint, you just let your inner Muse come through and manifest Her dance on paper, then your work will be Beautiful. That is all that really matters, for then your painting will be a manifestation of the Blessedness – a Beatitude.

Excerpt from Stillpoints: An Introductory Guide to Haiku Painting

Stillpoints by John Diamond, M.D. book cover