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You Are In Integrity

“You are in integrity when the life you live is an authentic expression of who you are.” — Alan Cohen

 

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Every Child is an Artist

 

But There’s a Problem:

How to Remain an Artist When They Grow Up!

 

I’ve had occasion to know many aspiring and successful artists. Even as an adult I still make attempts to express my creativity in many ways; things as simple as paint-by-numbers, to editing digital photographs.  To be an artist is to be turned in to and turned toward the new, saying “Yes” to life in all its diversity and richness.  Healthy children face life with openness and create a world of beauty and delight.

We are still children if we dare to welcome the creative force within us and relate it back to the spontaneity and newness of our childhood.  There may be shadows and even darkness to overcome, but if we are brave we can rediscover that childlike energy and freshness.

Picasso went on creating for over ninety years.  He kept the child alive in himself for our delight.  Even if we do not have his talent, we can be inspired by his example – to bring to life the creative child in us again.

I’m glad to be getting in touch with the creative child who is still alive within me!

Let Your Creativity Emerge!

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It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of God.”  — Mary Daly

Within each of us is a creative person.  Getting comfortable with our creativity often means letting go of tight, rigid thinking so that the spontaneous, artistic side of ourselves  can emerge.

Whether or not we think of ourselves as artistic, we are.  To be artistic is to create , an instinct that we all possess as human beings.  Each day, as we make our way along this path toward personal growth, we find the courage to create ourselves anew.  One way to encourage our creativity is to find an outlet for it.  I love learning to play the organ, digital photography and editing, writing short stories for children and poetry.  My friend Albert enjoys beading and Native American dance.  In my last two posts you’ve enjoyed the art of Christopher Eshenbaugh.  For you perhaps you’ll find your creative self through embroidery, furniture refinishing or gardening.  Most anything that allows us to create something outside ourselves can be good.

The joy of working with our body, spirit, mind and feelings is truly a joyful experience with an amazing reward at the end: we have finally created something new, and in it, we can see ourselves.