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.
I just read a news article that Maya Angelou died. I’m sitting here trying to think about what to write, but there are so many things to say that I could probably go on for days. Her work, her talent, and her honesty were incredibly brave. She was a trailblazer. Her stories and poetry shared her deepest personal experiences showing us the healing powers of releasing the negative in our lives.
She was an inspiration to women! Oprah Winfrey was a dear friend of Angelou and together they served as beacons of hope for African American women. She showed us all that our hardest challenges could be overcome and that we can create a life full of meaning and purpose.
My favorite poem of Angelou’s is Continue. It was the poem Angelou wrote for Oprah’s fiftieth birthday. It talks about the gifts we are born with and how over time we allow those gifts to flourish. Angelou talks about the importance of “continuing” because we all have life missions we need to complete.
I have the poem Continue on my phone read by Angelou. I listen to it when I need some support to continue the work I’ve been put on this earth to do. I listen to the poem when it feels like it would be easier to abandon a mission instead of forging forward because our soul signature is undeniable.
On the lighter side, I also have the cookbook Angelou wrote a few years ago. Her banana pudding is delish! She shared her world view and personal stories on a food journey. It shows us that food can be as much an art form as poetry. Our stories can be manifested in many different ways.
I hope you’ll go out and read something Angelou wrote. Find inspiration in her words, her food, her life!
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