Mountains set apart over the river,
two peaks face each other. Reflecting
chill colors of shoreline pine, waves
shatter apart into rock-torn bloom.
Heaven’s distant borders ragged,
haze beyond clear sky and flushed cloud,
the sun sinks, a boat far off leaving
as I turn my head, deep in azure mist.
Developing your own taste in art can help bring intelligence and discernment to your spirituality. You may gain a deeper perspective, partly because you move away from the generic taste of the masses. You come into your own and discover for yourself what life is about and how it works. Art doesn’t automatically create a more intelligent spirituality, but it can be a major instrument in that process. Art allows us to see the invisible layers of meaning that we experience in our everyday lives but are hidden or subliminal. In that way, art reveals to us important secrets about ourselves and our world. It shows us what is usually felt but invisible, experienced but not heard. It serves spirituality and sometimes even seems to be an essential part. Sometimes artfulness is more important that mindfulness…….Thomas Moore
wounds heal through a sanguine and uncaged softness…..to create is to make space for not-knowing, to allow time for that healing….to create is to allow what the self requires…..in whatever form that uniqueness calls…..to create is be with this life…..
To be creative is to be, or to strive to be, intensely alive, intensely conscious. This is why joy accompanies the act of creativity. Since genuine creativity is characterized by an intensity of awareness and heightened consciousness, what the artist feels in doing art is felt very intensely. What is at the heart of the artist’s feelings? Rollo May analyzes it this way: ‘What the artist or creative scientist feels is not anxiety or fear; it is joy…..The artist, at the moment of creating, does not experience gratification or satisfaction….Rather it is joy, joy defined as the emotion that goes with heightened consciousness, the mood that accompanies the experience of actualizing one’s own potentialities.’ I would go further that that. I would insist that what the artist is experiencing is far more than ‘actualizing one’s own potentialities’- it is experiencing the Divine joy itself. An intensity accompanies creativity, and this intensity is directed to the world, that is to isness itself, to being, to what is, to creation, to life itself…….Matthew Fox