Spiritual Self- Expression Through Creating Art

Spiritual Self- Expression Through Creating Art

Spiritual Self- Expression Through Creating Art

Often, the mind and heart intersect is a place called creativity. But equally often what comes from creativity transcends thought and emotion and is more than what the mind and heart call forth with brush or sculpturing tools or with pen and paper. Such creations of a transcendent nature become what we call spiritual self-expression. It is beyond our knowledge and education, and also beyond our imagination. But all true art can be said to be this.

Through the activity of creating art and using all these qualities and abilities within oneself, what is achieved is not only self-expression and a sense of accomplishment. What one creates is originality and authenticity—and most of all: beauty. And thus, a work of art.

Art You Love to Create, and Art You Create to Love

People have always searched for meaning in their lives as well as the overall meaning of life. Since the dawn of history, it has been found that creating of every kind has assisted in expressing and sharing the answers to these questions, while at the same allowing a variety of answers to be expressed, interpreted and discussed.

This creative self-expression is called art, and over time its essential purpose has been to create truth, beauty and enlightenment. To create these elements and components of self-expression and interpretation, and share them with others--heck, with the entire world itself!  Thus, a love for creating truth, beauty and enlightenment is a love for creating. 

Eventually, the repeat artist, i.e., the person who continually creates and decides it is his calling and vocation to create, teaches himself (self-learns) to create the art he loves.  In this process, he invariable creates his own style of expressive art, and the unique subject he selects and uses to express his vision and interpretation of truth, beauty and enlightenment.  Making income a living from this vocation we would call a byproduct of the artist’s true purpose and driven intention.  But simply stated, it is a love for creating art, and creating the art that he loves.  This is every artist who has discovered and cultivated his own originality.

The Emotional and Spiritual Components of Creating Art

The creative process involves a rhythmic balance between thinking and doing, and between receptivity and activity. The artist must first cogitate his subject matter and the truth, beauty and enlightenment he wishes to create. Then undertake the actual creating of his work of art. The emotions he feels in this creative process is what he knows.

However, the inner force and inspiration that drive him during the process and the need to create is the spiritual component to creating art.  So much so, that the artist does not know the outcome or final result of his creation until it is done.  This is not true all the time, nor for every true artist. But whenever this unique experience occurs, the artist often enjoys what some call a spiritual awakening or epiphany. And sometimes a symbiotic relationship comes into existence between the emotional and the spiritual, so that each feeds off the other and a balance is achieved. Artists who have been creating art for many years often learn to control this symbiotic relationship and even know when and how to nurture it. 

Every artist must have these tools of creativity at hand to create meaningful art and truth, beauty and enlightenment:

  • An appreciation for art (for truth, beauty and enlightenment)
  • A persistent need and desire to create
  • Learned and developed skills and ability to self-express
  • A growing sense of natural and/or spiritual questioning
  • A natural curiosity and thirst for answers

In Summary

Creativity is a powerful force that helps to shape life. Art allows one to find space in their life, to develop a sense of creativity, imagination and ideas to explore and express their questions about the meaning of life and the physical and spiritual universe. And to embrace openness, newness and all the possibilities beyond his immediate reach and sight. 

The profound need to find answers and solutions, to answer cosmic questions that science can only partially answers, and to fully express his individuality and originality in his question to create and acquire truth, beauty and enlightenment—these guide people into becoming artists. And artists into becoming true artists.

Thus, creativity leads to spirituality which transcends the physical and emotional. It leads to dimensions of meaningfulness common words cannot always describe but cultivated art can. It leads to a sense of direction and purpose, a sense or orientation and goal, the recognition of something more powerful than our normal understanding of the world around us, and to embracing and unraveling the mysteries around us while bringing something new into existence.

Thus, we learn to accept what we do not know, yet fear not ever to continue seeking to know; while accepting and expressing in the highest artistic that which we do know: the presence of hope and love and goodness throughout the universe.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

https://www.canyonranch.com/blog/mind-and-spirit/art-therapy-healing-through-self-expression/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2804629/

https://spiritualityhealth.com/articles/2016/07/07/thomas-merton-and-role-art-spirituality

https://arthearty.com/exploring-connection-between-art-spirituality

https://www.healing-power-of-art.org/positive-art-news-creativity-is-good-for-your-health/

 


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