You have to believe it before you see it.


Visions come to those who believe.

Is this concept from a holy scribe, or just plain common sense?

From the perspective of an artist, you are much more prone to create a type of artwork if you believe it is possible to do so.  From that initial belief, you are able to see the world through a “can be done” perspective. That perspective gives way to a newfound courage to attempt whatever form of art or project you are expecting to embark upon. 

The entire concept of belief in things that are intangible is wrapped up in religious nomenclature as “faith.” A person’s faith determines a core belief in things that are unprovable, and enables millions of people to continue through their lives with an unshakable belief that whatever they have faith in will prevail.

Taking faith out of the religious meaning, and allowing it to be faith in countless other variables, helps further define the concept that is being described in this aphorism. If Picasso wanted to change how the human face would be portrayed, he must have started with an innate belief that in breaking rules and traditions, he would find a new visual expression that would connect with his audience. There must have been a core belief that in going to an abstraction of the reality, there would be an outcome of magnitude. Why else might someone paint a portrait with both eyes on the same half of a human face? It defies logic. It would cause others to scorn the abstraction and give them reason to express disdain for this aberration of the human portrait.

Yet, from Picasso’s perspective, he must have felt that in trying something that was some revolutionary approach he might invent a whole new form of art, and of course, he did.

This concept transcends artists and is applicable across the entire spectrum of life. As humans continuously redefine reality with new approaches, techniques, technologies and other innovations, it all stems from a deep inner belief or faith in oneself so as to ignite that internal rocket fuel that propels that person directly into the NEW. A dear friend once shared with me….”There are no rules about leaping into the NEW, because no one has been there before.” So as individuals find that deep inner passion to pursue something of magnitude, there must be a belief that it would be possible to manifest. From that deep inner belief stems the reality that enables projects of magnitude to transpire.

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Written by Brian Weiner
When I was 5 years old, I discovered that the lemon tree in the backyard + dixie cups + water and sugar and I was in business. I have been hooked on that ever since. In 1979, I borrowed $14,000 to create a brand new product... photographic greeting cards with no text on the inside, called Paradise Photography. That was the start of The Illusion Factory. Since then, The Illusion Factory has been entrusted by all of the major studios and broadcasters with the advertising and marketing of over $7 billion in filmed, live, broadcast, gaming, AR, VR and regulated gaming forms of entertainment, generating more than $100 Billion in revenue and 265 awards for creativity and technology for our clients. When I took a break from film school at UCLA to move to Hawaii, my mother did not lecture me. Instead, she took 150 of her favorite aphorisms and in her beautiful calligraphy, wrote them artistically throughout a blank journal. That is the origin of the Lessons from the Mountain series. Since then, on my journeys to the top of a mountain to watch the sunrise, I have spent countless hours contemplating words of wisdom from the sages of all races, genders and political persuasions, constantly accumulating the thoughts to guide me on my life path. I hope you enjoy my books. Please let me know your thoughts, as I highly value your feedback!