As an artist, tapping into my creative side is usually a simple process, take paint, paper and add water. Viola! Magic starts to happen.
Untying Your Creative Knot
However, there are times when it seems like a chore to face the blank pages and churn out something worthwhile of my time and energy. I believe that if we are feeling good then creativity comes easily, and when we are feeling sluggish or under the weather our bodies use that energy for healing.
But can creativity be healing in itself? In my own career and life path this question became like an over arching theme. And I can answer YES! Our creative work is most definitely healing not only to the individual but to the community.
Thriving communities burst at the seems with drawing, dance, music, drama, fashion, painting and more. The strong send of culture in these communities is such as the individuals are thriving; they are connected, centered and grounded. They uplift from the ground up to reach out and offer their own vision, there own expression to the world.
Creativity Is A Choice
Catharsis is a process of experiencing emotional events through a creative project. It helps us to vent out and share our experience with others. Art helps us to remember we are not alone; there are others out there who are going through challenges too. There are others out there who are choosing love and beauty instead of hate and anger.
Creativity helps us tap into what I believe is part of our life purpose; to be the best “us” we can be; to shine our light. What a wonderful way to fulfill that but by making something someone can hold, see, hear, smell or taste. Creativity is just a fancy word for putting your own spin onto something; even if it is as simple as a recipe.
I have worked with kids and adults of all ages; collaborating and making art with them. What I have found is that every small child has a drive in them to create, to play and to use their imagination. Somewhere along the line we are made to believe that our own ideas don’t matter as much as the ideas of others, and thus begins the deterioration of the creative soul.
What Is Within Us
The explorative nature of a child is replaced by a longing to please and replicate the world around him or her. Then somewhere else down the line, if we are lucky, that itch begins to haunt us. We begin to formulate plans, “what would my bedroom feel like if I painted it orange?” We find ways to supplicate that drive to feed that hunger even if no one sees the outcome. But hopefully we will.
I am writing this to encourage you to get in touch with that driving force that calls us to make something with our hands; that we name and call our own. I am encouraging you to use your own creativity to heal yourself by reconnecting to your inner child. I want you to make something and share it with your community to help it to thrive.
Be well and have fun.
Eranah L. Adorjan is a Reiki practitioner, a holistic medicine enthusiast, and an artist who is committed to sharing with the world a wealth of knowledge she has accumulated through her own healing journey. She says her mission is to cultivate peace and well being in herself so she may inspire it in others. Check out Eranah’s artwork at www.herbaleranah.com.