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The Healing Power Of Creativity

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Creative people have all sorts of ideas about what art is, or isn’t, and who is or isn’t an artist. Ironically this is especially true of artists themselves. So, what does this have to do with your Spirit and why am I talking about it?

Art is a powerful form of expression. It allows us to communicate complex emotions through various mediums, such as visual art, music, performance, and so on. When we are in the space of creating we connect with a subconscious part of ourselves. This can be a powerfully healing experience, and help us process and integrate our emotions on a deep level.

When we were children, we didn’t have any preconceived ideas about art. If you observe young children, you’ll see this very clearly. They don’t worry about how ‘good’ an artist they are; most kids just see art as a form of play. They love to draw, or paint, or color, and are typically pretty thrilled with their own creations.

The goal of life is rapture. Art is the way we experience it. Art is the transforming experience ~ Joseph Campbell

So, what happened along the way? It seems to me that at some point in their formative years most adults have had their artistic ability subtly discouraged. Adult life takes over at some point, and being creative and artistic takes a back seat.

“I was never very good at it anyway,” I have heard some say. Or, “I just did it for fun.” But what’s wrong with not being very good at something? Especially if it’s fun! Moreover the benefits of spending time being creative are vast.

Art therapy is growing in popularity and more studies are being done around this modality. One particular study focused on people with chronic illness or cancer. The researchers looked at the impact that visual art activities (painting, drawing, pottery, etc) had on each patient. It was found that art helped to distract patients from thoughts of illness, and improved well-being, by decreasing negative emotions and improving positive ones.

Depression in the patients was reduced, and medical outcomes improved overall. There were also reductions in stress, anxiety, and distress. Furthermore, there were improvements in the patients’ spontaneity, expression of their grief, positive identity and social interactions. Fascinating, right!

Artistic expression seems to me to be a largely untapped resource within all of us that we can access at any time. One that helps us reduce our stress in life and improve our ability to communicate what we are struggling with. It can help foster a more positive sense of self and identity. And it’s fun!

“I’m not an artist.” I hear this all the time and I always challenge it. Everyone is an artist. Some of us are visual artists, some are performers, some people like to garden or cook or crochet. All of these things are art forms. Accepting this part of yourself, and honoring it as a creator, is the first step in reconnecting with it.

Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousness. Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make ~ Bruce Lee

The second step is to start playing again. If you had fun painting as a child, then get some paints and get dirty with them! Don’t worry about creating a masterpiece, just have fun. Choose the colors that you are connecting with in that moment, and use your hands, or create textures in the paint that reflect your mood. Essentially the idea is to just get lost in the process of creation, without being concerned about a finished product. An important thing to remember here is there are no rules with art, and no mistakes.

As you experience creation for the sake of expression, instead of to achieve a specific outcome, you are likely to find yourself immersed in the process. It can bring up all sorts of emotions and memories, some of which you may not have processed consciously. This can bring healing and integration between conscious and unconscious aspects of self.

This expression and creation connects you very intimately with your Spirit. As an artist myself, I am always creating. When I paint or draw I find the experience very similar to meditation. While I am lost in the artwork my mind is going places I don’t consciously realize. I’ve had many powerful moments of personal realization this way.

I have also found that being creative seems to exercise the part of my brain that helps me connect with, and understand, that which is unseen. In my own life, Spirit has used this creative energy as a conduit for communication with me. As I have reflected on this, I realize it can only make sense. As I connect more deeply and genuinely with my own Spirit – the spark of source that resides within – I am naturally more connected to the source of all.

While science is doing a fabulous job of validating the results of art therapy, there is a spiritual component to this phenomenon we must not ignore. If you wish to connect more intimately with your Spirit and with Source, art and creativity can be pathways home.

The benefits of rediscovering your inner artist are deeply personal and healing. I encourage everyone to find some time to get creative. The medium you choose is up to you, but allow yourself the space and time to be playful with it. Have fun and don’t place any expectations on what you’re going to create. You just may be surprised and delighted with what comes out!

About The Author: Seraphim

Seraphim's natural Clairvoyant, Clairaudient, and Empathic abilities to receive messages and connect with Spirit first came to the fore in early childhood. Upon discovering her mom's Tarot deck, not long after her death, Seraphim was led on a journey that helped her to explore her vast gifts. Seraphim continues to receive steady guidance and messages directly from her Spirit Guides and Angels, and has maintained a steady and successful private practice based in Edmonton. She remains very active in her spiritual community, and often is called upon to lead local events. Self-taught, she's mastered Tarot Reading and a powerful technique called "Eye-Gazing" that allows her to convey precise information to the client. She works with "The Sacred Art of Creation", leading empowered women's circles that facilitate self-healing, manifestation and alignment. If you'd like a reading with a compassionate reader who can both hear and convey direct messages from Spirit Guides and Angels, you can find Seraphim at

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