Transformation, identity, authenticity, change, perception, process, beauty, and time, these are the great mysteries that an artist seeks to dissect, understand, experience and somehow convey through their craft. When you experience the work of Kyle Steed this is precisely what happens…a universal truth within you is dissected, better understood, experienced, and conveyed. Known for his public mural works, Kyle always finds a way to change the space, the air, and the atmosphere of everywhere his work has a chance to be offered to the world.
Kyle joins us in podcast No. 80 as we talk about what it means to be human, his story of finding his path thus far, and the hope for his work in our beautiful world.
Please feel free to share this conversation as we set the table for us all to tune up together as one.
Before you label it good or bad…
…before you critique it as right or wrong…
…before you define ‘them’ and ‘those’ as in or out…
…or before you grant yourself the freedom to judge – give yourself the opportunity to just be.
Now you can be with the moment.
Now you can be in the moment.
Let the moment work on you before you work on it.
This is the art of allowing.
This is how one becomes available to what life is ushering forth on your behalf.
Life just happens to be woven and composed with the purposes of transformation. We see it everywhere if we will only stop, look, and acknowledge.
Just ask the trees or the person(s) you most admire.
You’ll see their branches, but they’ll tell you stories about their leaves.
“Our eyes are not viewers. They’re also projectors that are running a second story over the picture that we see in front of us all of the time.” Jim Carrey
The second story that we tell ourselves in the moment is where we invite frustration, suffering, and misunderstanding.
So how can we attempt to prevent the second story from closed captioning our eyes, our minds, and our hearts?
First, let’s begin with what you want.
Do you want to fight a battle?
Do you want to befriend beauty?
Your answer here frames the plot for every moment of your existence.
Think about it.
If your story always starts with “in the beginning I wanted a war” then it’s highly likely that your story will end with “and there was a winner and a loser.”
But if your story begins with “in the beginning there was something beautiful at play” then you’re probably going to somehow end up with “and something beautiful transpired.”
In our home we have what we call bedrock beliefs. These beliefs help us navigate such questions. We believe that life is happening for us. We also believe that love has our back. And we believe that a posture of wonder and awe is infinitely more enjoyable than the constant pursuit of games that end with win, lose, or draw.
We attempt to make these beliefs the rhythm of our hearts so that when the moment in the day arrives where we might start projecting a second story over the moment we can reclaim our eyes and actually usher into existence what is trying to transform us.
If you want a war, you’ll ask, seek, and knock for a war.
And if you want beauty, you’ll do the same.
We need more beauty askers, seekers, and knockers.
I think that’s the only way we’ll find it.