Gandhi’s Creative Lesson: Conquering the Bully of Intimidation

It’s a common theme.

A strong bully verses weak victim.

But this story is reversed.

On a global scale.

Britain sought control over a seemingly weaker Eastern power.

India.

But one inspiring man, wrapped in bed sheets, had a different idea.

Point 1. Gandhi understood the power of humility over intimidation.

His weapon?

The collective Asian spirit.

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Mahatma Gandhi wrapped in his customary white robes

With his gentle leadership, the vulnerable Indians conquered a violent bully.

Gandhi was a native Indian, but educated at the University of London.

He knew the enemy’s weakness.

Arrogance.

Gandhi desired to give his nation a special legacy.

An enormous gift.

Freedom from British tyranny.

The feeling of Independence.

He succeeded.

During his indomitable quest, Gandhi taught the largely uneducated Indian people a simple principle.

‘Satyagraha’

Which is the resistance to tyranny by civil disobedience.

An innovative idea for the time.

Non-violent people power swept the country like an epidemic.

On a very large scale.

Point 2. A frail humble old man conquered the full strength of British power.

The bully was beaten.

Without a single weapon.

India’s independence was achieved in 1948.

An Amazing feat.

A gentle man, Gandhi taught, “There would be nothing to frighten you, if you refuse to be afraid”

He cared deeply for his people.

Gandhi’s (1869-1948) birthday is now commemorated internationally as a day of non-violence.

So how does this inspirational Indian leader relate to original art ?

Gandhi was a highly creative individual.

Let me show you the link.

Here’s an important fact…

Point 3. Gandhi shared a devoted relationship with his mother.

Interestingly, many of history’s great minds had a close bond to their mother.

Ladies are strong communicators often expressing deep emotions. They care.

Women dress in many colours.

Their intuition is finely tuned.

Women are softer, more expressive than men.

Less likely to use aggressive violence.

When a son has a close relationship with his mother, it greatly impacts the male’s personality and creative ability.

Here’s the reason why…

Point 4. Creativity comes from the feminine side of life.

In my experience, women appreciate art more easily than men.

The large majority of my customers are women.

Unlike masculine western countries, the Asian soul is feminine.

Sensitive in nature.

But the Indians proved the power of Eastern humility and sensitivity, over Western arrogance and intimidation.

Indians are smart people. Now world leaders in technology.

They’re no longer afraid of any western super power.

India is growing strong. Independence builds confidence.

Here’s the similarity…

When a creative person refuses to be afraid, rejecting arrogant comments designed to intimidate their sensitive soul, something amazing happens…

Confidence grows.

And strength arises.

Negative comments lose their power.

“Your wasting your life on art”

“You’ll never survive doing art”

“Your living in fantasy land”

“Get a real job

These comments must be rejected.

Discouragement comes from every direction.

A thick skin is needed when defending your soul and fighting for creative survival.

Like the Indians, the journey towards independence can be rough for a creative person.

Despite the setbacks, I’ve sought freedom from greed and arrogant intimidation.

At all times.

The greatest freedom comes when I accept the truth.

I’m an artist.

Acceptance and genuine humility brings peace to a sensitive soul.

Point 5. Being true to oneself, independence is strengthened.

Relaxation and clarity arrives.

Freedom from tyranny and fear.

The cowardly bully is conquered.

Negative comments ignored.

Love refills.

Artistic vision returns and the imagination soars.

Free again to create beautiful paintings like the one below.

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‘Happy Couple’ by Simon Brushfield (2011) Acrylic & Carcoal on canvas 1m x 1m

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Comments

  1. Ravi Kumar Yadav says:

    Dear sir, I am really inspired after reading your blog. How much you love creativity, your blog shows. Well thanks for understanding us (Indians). “Ahinsa” (non-violence) is a very strong weapon, i would say it is stronger than Atom Bomb because Atom Bomb destroys physical body while Ahinsa destroys the real body that is soul. So one who have this(Ahinsa) weapon will never be defeated in any war.
    Mahatma Gandhi had this weapon which gave him strength to fight with English man. Well there are consicous of this weapon, this only works when you are using it for the right purpose or for the welfare of the people. one who understand this, can win any war. We Indians still believe in this and doing great in our life. The most important benefit of this weapon is, nobody can steal it and nobody can use it for the wrong purposes.
    Once again thank you very much for sharing this blog with us.

    • Thank you Ravi. Your comments are very much appreciated. Yes, I am very impressed with the intelligence of the Indian people. I love the Asian spirit and your approach to life. Gandhi used his abilities to maximum effect, setting the Indians free. An inspiring man. I am very pleased you enjoy my blog. All the best Ravi, Simon

  2. Very interesting post…

    I think the masculine and feminine traits exist inside of every person and there is considerable overlap between males and females in the qualities they express.

    Hence, great artists often have a close relationship with their mothers. BUT it would be also interesting to know what the relationships with their fathers was also like?

    It is definitely possible to be intensely masculine and love art, be creative etc. I think that there is an issue with stereotyping which short changes masculinity…

    Has there been a greater MAN than Ghandi in the last 100 years?

  3. Thought provoking! Nice…

  4. In the US we can’t even “peacefully protest” here safely anymore. Rubber or real bullets, pepper spray, fire hoses, tear gas these are how the police in military riot gear respond in the US to “peaceful protesters.”

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