To finish up Amica Art Month, Vickie from Heartflow explains why we should art our heart’s out!
Last year I would have told you, I am not an artist, I just love doing art and creating. Now I know and truly believe with all my heart and soul that I am an Artist! I am an Artist of Life and so are YOU! We create in various ways – some of us by cooking, building, designing, writing, acting, teaching, fixing!
Many of us have creative wounds – a significant person in our lives may have given us feedback about our creations that killed our passion or we had compared our work with those around us and judgedour own creations. These experiences led us to cut off that connection to our inner child, to play, to have fun and to paint or engage in creative exercises because we think that we can’t do a good job at it. As we grow older, we put away our markers, our paints and papers and decide that play and fun is for children, that we do not have time to do this.
As a Creatively Fit Coach, I am here to tell you that Art is not about creating a product that can be sold. This limiting belief makes us turn away from Art completely, disconnecting from our creative souls that yearns to express itself in full colour! Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Life is a journey, not a destination” – the path that we are walking, the people that we meet, the connections that we build, the challenges that we walk through and the joy that we find, uncovering opportunities to build our resilience and the many layers of our being. Similarly, Art is not about the end product that we create. It’s all about the process of creating. We live in a world that is dominated by our left brain and the voices of our inner critics tells us that as adults we are meant to work and not play. Brene Brown, the author of “Daring Greatly” said, “The opposite of play is not work, the opposite of play is depression”!
There was a time in my life when I was at my lowest and I was unable to express myself through the written word – that was when Art truly saved my life. I was able to use colours to communicate what I was not able to speak in words – intuitively using black to create a mess of tangles, the whirlwind that I felt in the chaos around me and a little girl sitting alone in the corner. As I kept creating in this way, I purged myself of the negativity within me and slowly found ways to bring myself back into the light again. There was a shift in the Art that I created with more colours emerging and an abundance of joy. This change was reflected in my life as I opened and received more support from the people around me. A simple creative exercise of putting pen to paper, of making a mark, or even scribbling can help us to tap into our right brain that is full of infinite possibilities!
This is where the power of art and healing lies. When we create art, we are focused on the energy that flows within us. We can create the change that we want to see in our lives by focusing on the energy that we want more of as we paint at the canvas! The blank canvas is our mirror! It is like a brand new day that we wake up to – what will we choose to create today? We are afraid to make our mark on the blank canvas, afraid that we will make a mistake. Even before we start, our thoughts are jumping forward to the end product, the final layer. Our fear of what could potentially unfold, keeps us stuck in our lives as well, unable to move forward, resigning to our current predicaments. The painting process at the canvas calls for us to get rid of our fear of the blank canvas and also to remain present in the moment of creating. The painting process at the canvas helps us to observe the voices of our inner critics that says “you can’t paint, this is ugly” and build up our love-based muscles to show ourselves more love and compassion. The canvas also serves as a tool for us to take inspired action in our lives!
“How we do anything is how we do everything”. When my coach and mentor Whitney Freya shared this quote with me, it raised my awareness as to how I chose to show up in my life – playing small, hiding my light, procrastinating over taking action on things that I truly desired! Despite the uncertainty of what may happen, I started to paint on a bigger canvas and it felt SO liberating! The experience of painting and allowing my process helped me to work through my fears and has now brought me to a space of engaging with the world from a sense of worthiness with an open heart, taking responsibility for my actions and showing up in my life in ways like I have never before! I want you to know that this shift and change is possible for ANYONE who desires it! YOU can create the change that you desire in your life too – the only question is, how long will you take to say yes to create the highest vision that you have for your life? Draw a scribble or buy paints and start creating for yourself and let this be an invitation to more joy and fun in your life knowing that you deserve this too!