Be Non-Judgmental


When you can see the goodness in someone else’s art, you can see more of that goodness in your own.

Genesis Art offers steps toward artistic refinement through a process of refining our thoughts and word choices from start to finish.

I’ve been reading a riveting biography about Rabbi Shneur Zalman, the founder of the Lubavitcher sect of Chassidic Judaism,  established in the Russian Empire at the end of the 18th century.  Rabbi Shneur Zalman took a revolutionary approach to encourage his followers to *not place the spotlight on others: shortcomings and weaknesses. Contemplating one’s weaknesses empowers those aspects, while focusing on their potential encourages the opposite trend.”

“A person who stops checking out others and focusing on their negatives testifies to being unthreatened. Seeing no evil in the other means apparently that the same evil is also not found in oneself.”

What happens when we actually make a contract with each other in a workshop to abide by this approach? The atmosphere becomes more relaxed. Artists feel freer to experiment. They don’t have to worry about being judged or, worse, put down for their creative expression.

This is the atmosphere you’ll find at Genesis Art Workshops led by my certified teachers or me. You can expect a “positivity bias.” That is, attuning yourself to seeing a gift in someone else’s creativity when you speak about their art.

How can we give feedback through kind words?

In a word: intention.

In Genesis Art, focus your intention on heartfelt supportive words.

“Feedback is a tool for improvement and growth, but only when the person receiving the critique can accept it.”


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