The artist is most inspired in a state of suffering and pain. Art needs suffering, they say.
The artist has a wide pendulum. It goes far into the realm of soul knowledge and at the same time it goes far into the material world of pain. The further it goes into the perception of the material world, the stronger is the artist’s suffering and his urge to act. But since the other side of the pendulum rests in the soul information, he carries soul knowledge and earthly action together. Thus, the prerequisite for great creative power is a high degree of suffering, because this gives rise to the compulsion to act – desperate, angry…. – and an anchoring in soul knowledge, which thereby acquires the possibility of manifesting itself through the artist in material, artistic expression – recognizable to the five senses. The same mechanism works likewise with the mystic or also the religion founder. They also carry soul truth through actions into the material world and manifest it in word and deed.