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THE MUSEUM OF LIGHT: Artists as Alchemists: Just as an alchemist transforms led into gold, do you feel that being an artist relates to that of being an alchemist? Do you view the artist journey and your creative expression, as alchemy?

SHAFIQ HUSAYN: WE ARE ALCHEMISTS. We take nothing and turn it into something from Any and Everywhere. Thought is the cause of it all. Thought is spirit/force and power is a result/manifestation of force. Creativity is an infinite part of man, and here is where The Artist becomes the ALCHEMIST.

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SHAFIQ HUSAYN: Writer's block can arise from a few different reasons, but they all are centered in the Heart/Mind/Soul...

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THE MUSEUM OF LIGHT: The Courage to Create: When an artist is not "creating" it is often labeled a "creative block." How do you navigate this space, how do you find the creative spark in the dark, and does it require courage to create from this unknown space? Describe this process.

SHAFIQ HUSAYN:  I usually take a "no mind" approach into my process and just allow myself to deal with what's in my immediate surroundings. Technology, etc., all of these are tools, but we also have tools for the workshop of the mind as well. We can build our character up in this "place." Writer's block can arise from a few different reasons, but they all are centered in the Heart/Mind/Soul.

You can find this story and others from The Museum of Light at RESPECT Magazine.

The Museum of Light is curated by:  Billy Johnson Jr., Adell Henderson, Joslyn Rose Lyons, Rafael Casal, Matt Smith, Malik Buie.

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