All this month we are celebrating the Grand Opening of our Espirational Gallery. I will be talking about my creative process for a few of my works throughout the month. I decided to start with The World’s Gone Crazy, but I’m Okay.
The Story Behind The World’s Gone Crazy, But I’m Okay.
I consider all of my work spiritual even if it may not have an overtly spiritual theme. But The World’s Gone Crazy is definitely and obviously spiritual.
While living in the city, before we moved to the lake I was world weary. Waking up every morning to the news of more violence and death I was becoming overwhelmed and afraid. I was saying “The Prayer for Protection a lot during those days and finally decided to try to put my feelings into art.
What I came up with was the world going crazy (the background is loosely a “crazy quilt”) while I was in the middle of it all surrounded by the White Light of God’s Presence knowing that
“The LIght of God Surrounds me.
The Love of God Enfolds me.
The Power of God Protects me.
The presence of God Watches Over me.
Wherever I am God is.”
— James Dillet Freeman
This piece is available for sale in the Espirational Gallery. Proceeds from the sale of my work help support the Espirational online ministry.
Have you ever noticed how much of life is about just showing up.? Can you think of good things in your life that happened because you just showed up?
Some of my best photographs happened because I dragged myself out of bed and down to the lake before 6 AM to watch the sunrise. Some of the best conversations have come from chance meetings with friends or complete strangers because we happened to be in the same place at the same time. I even met my husband by taking a chance and showing up for a new job.
Be open to life, show up and hang on. You are in for an adventure.
Most of us believe some people are born with special “gifts” of creativity and some aren’t. Right?This couldn’t be farther from the truth. Created in the image and likeness of the Creator of the Universe we are all creative by nature. It is our birthright. We create with our words, our thoughts and our actions.
We create with our words and thoughts without even realizing it. This is why we must be careful with what we think and say. We may create something we really do not want.
Creating with our thoughts and words is very important, but the world also needs us to take creative action. Not all of us are going to be artists, writers or do other work considered creative but the creative spark and the potential for creating good in the world still exists in us all. Some are researchers using creative thinking to develop new ideas and ways of doing things. Some may even find cures for diseases. Some are teachers coming up with new ways to reach and teach their students. Some are parents, one of the most creatively demanding jobs out there. Some are people with food allergies and intolerance coming up with new ways of eating.
Creativity is our birthright, but living our creativity takes courage. In a world where conformity is often valued more highly, daring to live creatively can result in rejection, ridicule and sometime even punishment. Anyone who has ever been “written up” or fired from a job for thinking “outside the box” knows what I am talking about. Many artist’s whose work is considered of great financial and artistic value today did not achieve fame in their own lifetime, with some dying in poverty and obscurity.
Creativity is not something we save for “special occasions.” We can make our daily lives happier, more fulfilled and even more productive by living creatively. We can even create change and make life better for ourselves, our families and the world.
This month I am going to talk about my art and my creative process. But this is not where my creativity stops. It gets called on every single day in my life as a homemaker, caregiver and friend.
Creativity is our birthright. We create whether we realize it our not. The time has come to stop denying who we are and begin consciously using our creative “powers” for good. Together we can change the world.
The Espirational question for June is:
Do you consider yourself creative? Why or why not?
Please take a minute to think about this and leave you answer in the comments below.
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Ever had a day where you started out grouchy and out of sorts and things just went downhill from there? The kind of day where you wished you could push the reset button and start over? Well you might not be able to turn back the clock, but there are a few things you can do to help turn a “bad day” around.
Stop and ask what is going on here? Did you get enough sleep? Are you worried about anything? Do a quick body scan. Any aches or pains anywhere? Look outside. Is it dark and dreary, rainy or stormy out? Is there a high pressure system stalled out over where you live?
If you discover something you can do something about, do so. Are you someone who has to take a shower to be able to wake up fully? Will a good full body stretch help those achy joints? Do you need a good breakfast to start the day right?
If there is nothing you can do to change the circumstances remember, you can always change your mind. Begin with a positive affirmation such as “today is a good day” and repeat throughout the day.
Sometimes you just have to stop and actually push the mental “reset button.” Taking time to meditate is one way to do this.
If all else fails, take a nap. Don’t laugh. This does work, but I realize not everyone can take time to do this.
Remember awareness is the key to understanding. The earlier you recognize that you just aren’t yourself, the more likely you are to turn things around.