We create art that has meaning to us. It reflects our experiences, our feelings, and our aspirations. Every time we create we tap into our power. We give the Universe and ourselves a gift, affirming life, honoring death, and overcoming challenges. What do you do to access your creativity? How do you honor the wealth of creative energy that lies within?
Dr. Maya Angelou, one of the most prominent artists of our time. Angelou did an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 1993. One of the questions that Oprah asked her was about her experience of writing the poem that would be delivered at President Clinton’s inauguration. Writing a poem of prominence would have sent me into a dance like a Whirling Dervish. It required that she go deep and explore her beliefs, values, and feelings about our country and all its citizens.
Oprah asked her about her process and whether she got to writing immediately after receiving the request by the President-Elect. She shared that until her ideas and thoughts got into the marrow of her bones, into her finger nails, and every cell of her body she couldn’t write this piece of art. Once that happened, she went to her writing place and worked on it whenever ideas came to her; entered her consciousness.
Our art is extensions of our consciousness. These are the times when our art heals. Embodying our thoughts, hopes, and aspirations allows us to engage in ultimate self-expression. It allows us to release those things that hinder us, and celebrates those things that heal us!
Where do you feel your creative impulses? How do you give voice to those hints, hunches, or impulses begging for release? When do you feel at peace? These are the moments when healing energies are sparked.