Art Making As Spiritual



This post is inspired by a conversation I had this past weekend with a group of my spiritual family at our gathering this past weekend. One of my spiritual sisters (who is an artist) shared with us how she is using art as a healing modality in her ministry. As she shared this with us, it brought into focus how incredibly effective art can be in the healing process. The arts are not overtly seen as healing tools. They are looked at as mainly recreational, enjoyment and a means to pleasantly pass the time…. They are that AND more. This became clearly evident by what she shared. I am an artist whose discipline is voice. Her sharing made me recall how I recently began to use my voice as a sound healing tool in a healing circle. I let Spirit guide me on the song to be brought forth into the circle. The intention was activation of healing. The wordless song was unique and specific to the moment and to those in attendance. The feedback afterwards confirmed with me that the vibrational utterances did affect the participants positively on an energetic level. The Ancients knew art as deeply spiritual and regarded all forms of art as high level spirituality. The arts were interwoven within their sacred rites, spiritual ceremonies, temples of elevated learning and vehicles of healing. Below is an excerpt from the website “Abby of the Arts” in which the author explains, beautifully, how art is a powerful and effective spiritual practice and healing modality: ******** “Art-making encourages curiosity and wonder and respects the deeper mystery at work in the world and the multidimensionality of God. The arts do not provide linear explanations of how things function, but point to the complexities and ambiguities of living. They both reveal and conceal and invite us to rely more on intuition than on logic or reason. The arts help to awaken us and enliven us. Engaging in creative acts is a vitalizing activity. The experience of being fully present has been described as being in a flow or altered state of awareness where our sense of time changes. We become lost and absorbed and yet fully present to what we are doing. Art-making can be playful, encouraging a sense of wonder and joy again. Engaging in the arts can help us to discover new insights and ideas and reclaim the values of improvisation and play. In art-making we can become a loving and witnessing presence to what is stirring in us, what is unfolding within. The arts become a vehicle of discovery. The arts provide a safe container for us to explore difficult feelings and experiences and serve as a vehicle for confession and forgiveness as we make space to hold our woundedness. In art-making we have the freedom to reclaim our feelings, voice, and truth and give meaningful expression to our commitments, values, and ideas Art-making is a relational and communal endeavor. Whatever we create is ultimately in service of the larger community. In this way, art-making has the potential to be prophetic when it calls us to new ways of seeing the world. Part of the power of the arts is that they disrupt our expectations and force us to look more deeply at the ordinary.”


Rev. Mignon,

Interfaith Minister of Interspirituality

For the entire article, use the link below:

https://abbeyofthearts.com/blog/2006/07/25/art-making-as-spiritual-practice/


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