Spiritual Art; The Flow of the Creative Process
I am an artist. I have considered myself an artist for as long as I can remember. When asked what I wanted to be when I grew up, I always stated “artist”. That being said, I want you to know it took me a long time to understand what that really meant and what creativity really means. Seems like it is pretty self-explanatory, creativity is creating something. And while that is most definitely true, there is so much more to the process, and it encompasses every single person on this planet, whether they realize it or not.
Because I also teach I am amazed at how many people, including some artists, who say they aren't creative. It seems that all of us have this idea, or picture, of what being creative means, usually given to us by our parents or kindergarten teachers, and in which we become totally stuck, unchanging from those early days of exploring our world.
So let's look at creativity from another perspective. Let's look at it from the perspective of God, the Universe, All That Is, the Unified Field, or whatever expression of the Divine works for you. “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Gen 1:31)
Now consider the idea that you are part of that creation. In fact, you are so much a part of that creation that you are part of the Creator. You are currently a small fragment of the Divine Mind having an illusionary experience of separateness to bring experiences from a unique perspective back to the whole. Deepak Chopra likened this to seeing this current life as being a drop of water suspended above the waves of the ocean for a brief moment, having a perspective that no other drop has had, then going back to join the ocean that it came from. Beautiful!
Quite a concept for some people to wrap their heads around, but one that quantum physics is fast on the track of proving. We are energy beings in an energy field that is truly limitless. We are creating every nano second of every day so effortlessly that we are not even aware of most of what we are creating!
As we put our attention and energies on different aspects of our lives, we are creating. Take this for an example: We want a career or a job in a certain field so we put our energy in that direction, and the right classes, or the right teachers come to us so we increase our confidence in our ability to have that career. With that confidence we create opportunities to explore different aspects of that path through a series of jobs. When we have decided which aspect stimulates us the most, we create the perfect job that brings us satisfaction and the opportunity of continued growth. At least, that's how it would go if we totally understood the creative process. But we humans like challenges. So we set up barriers and hindrances to each of these steps to overcome, including the biggest challenge; our own belief systems. That is also part of the creative process.
Unfortunately some people become so good at creating the barriers that they start to see everything in life as a problem, focusing on all the things that are wrong, thus giving those things more energy, and creating even more problems. All but a very few have been guilty of this at one time or another.
Creating is a big responsibility. One that requires no effort other than awareness. Awareness in each moment of the choices to be made and the choices we are making.
To create we need to be first aware of our state of mind. Are we in a place of gratitude, thankful for what we have already created? Gratitude is a powerful magnet for attracting like energy. Are we feeling peaceful, centered, and in the present? We can only create if we are in present time, not thinking about the past or planning the future. Are we able to receive the things we desire? This is a big question, for if you have beliefs that you are not worthy, or that it is selfish to desire for yourself, or that if you receive someone else doesn't, then all the intentions in the world won't create what you desire.
Then lastly, are we attached to a particular outcome? Our higher selves, being in alignment with Source, know the big picture of what we are creating for this life and how each of our smaller creations fit into that scheme. That means that sometimes things need to happen in a different way than what was imagined. When we cling to a particular outcome, we block the energy of creating.
So the process of creating is to first and foremost allow. Allowing ourselves to be here and now, allowing ourselves to receive, and allowing the process to happen as it needs to, not how we think it should, allowing for change and adaptation.
We are all creative beings. As a fragment of the Divine we created everything on this plane of existence for the sole purpose of creating and interacting with our creation. What fun!!
Cynthia Dunn-Selph is a clairvoyant, medium, Reiki master healer, speaker and teacher, as well as a lifelong artist. She teaches metaphysical subjects and art classes, often combining the two. Her art may be viewed on her website alldunnart.com and you can learn more about her intuitive services on her website cynthiadunnselph.com. You can also find her on Facebook under her name and through her business pages Cynthia Dunn-Selph Clairvoyant and All Dunn Art. She can also be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.