The following piece is an excerpt from my book, “Word, From Your Mother,” a daily guidance journal written for my children, Liv and Pierce-Gabriel.
I learned something new today. While studying my art therapy curriculum, I came across something that should have been recognized as evident, but it wasn’t. Art is a transfer of energy from the creator of the piece to the person who admires it.
Often, I find myself quite critical of my art. It is human nature to compare one’s art skills to someone else’s, but this isn’t right. Why? Because each artist, whether they are beginners, intermediate, or masters, express their energy uniquely (one of a kind) through their individual pieces. So, there is no right or wrong; good or bad, etc. Besides, when we do this, we pass judgment based on thoughts, opinions, perceptions, and preferences.
Judging and criticizing kills creativity. I’m flattered when dad says my pieces emit a feeling that the buyer is seeking or has found in my work. I’d like to think that all my paintings emit positive emotions and energy. It’s all good!
How do you express yourself creatively? What sort of energy are you emitting? Painters express creatively on canvas, writer’s on paper, musicians to rhythm and melody, and potters from their hands. The best way to express creatively is to first set your intention and release any stress or emotions you may be feeling. Then, let your intuition take over.
Our intuition is that space in which creativity flows. For example, if you find yourself in a rut with writer’s block at school, do a short meditation, even if it’s just for five minutes, to release all thoughts that are not serving you. Do not judge the thoughts or feelings that arise. Just be the quiet onlooker, acknowledge them and let them go. Quietly ask your inner-self for guidance. Visualize that your paper is already completed and feel the associated feelings with that accomplishment (e.g., satisfaction, relief, happiness). Then, take action and begin to write.
As I’ve become more aware, I’ve come to appreciate all the various ways to release positive energy into the environment through creativity. Of course, the alternative is valid as well (releasing negative thoughts). As a great Buddhist monk once said, we should “radically refuse to harbor all negative thoughts,” or something to that effect. In other words, those sorts of thoughts don’t serve us and should, therefore, be observed and released for healing. We attract what we pay mind to!
Getting back to energy, appreciating the details of how we transmit positive energy into the environment should not go unnoticed. Let’s take, for example, a painting. The artist develops an image with the power in her mind to create. The energy in the artist’s hands makes the beautiful image on the canvas. The colors were chosen for the artist’s painting to embody the individual’s creative energy. This is turn, stimulates the human eyes (of the onlooker) to perceive the image on the canvas. The one who buys or displays the artwork is moved, emotionally, which is also a form of energy. What great transference! Creativity is one of the best ways to share our positive energy with others. Try to make it a daily habit to create, exchange, and share your creativity with others. It’s a win, win.