There’s a chapter in Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C.S. Lewis that I particularly think about when I think of beauty. If you’ve never read the book, it’s about three humans, Lucy, Edmund, and Eustace, who travel by magic through a painting to the land of Narnia and have adventures. In one chapter, they visit a magician’s island and one of the tasks that Lucy must perform is find the spell to make everyone visible again. In order to find the spell she must walk through the magician’s house and read from his magic book.
Well, there are all sorts of spells in that book, including, An infallible spell to make beautiful her that uttereth it beyond the lot of mortals. The book tempts Lucy by showing what her life would be like if she uttered the spell. However, just as she is about to the say the spell, she sees a picture of Aslan, the lion, who growls at her, so she doesn’t utter it.
When Lucy finally finds and says the spell to make everyone visible again, she sees Aslan and her face is almost as beautiful as the picture shown where she is beautiful beyond the lot of mortals. Why is that? I believe it’s because of pure love.
I’ve seen this phenomenon in real life too. As some of you know, last year my sister donated a kidney to a stranger. She had no particular reason, she read about someone else doing it and decided that she wanted to do it. Not that she wasn’t already beautiful before, but right after her surgery, she sent me a picture of herself and her beauty was almost angelic.
I feel that the same rings true for my creativity. In order to truly create beauty, I need to love, love with all my heart and soul. Otherwise, it’s not true beauty at all.