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The Artist As Healer of the World

April 01, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 137

Creativity can heal the planet. Though it might sound silly that the rhythm you get into with color and canvas or the flow you find with pen and paper can lead to healing, it's true. You see, being creative is inherently integrative.

In order to create, opposites must become one. To bring something out the dark into the light of the world, you must bring together known and unknown, what exists with what does not exist, unconscious and conscious minds. You must stand right on the bridge between no thing and something, right on the edge between dark and light, right at that place where both potential and actual reside. Just as when a man and woman come together in sexual union and nine months later bear a child, it requires a union of opposites to give birth to something new.

If you'd like to create, if you have a desire to be a creator, try cultivating an inner state similar to the famous cinematographer, Ingmar Bergman, whenever he conceived of a new film. "It is a mental state," he said, "abounding in fertile associations and images. Most of all, it is a brightly colored thread sticking out of the dark sack of the unconscious. If I begin to wind up this thread, and do it carefully, a complete film will emerge."

The state of mind that Bergman describes is like sitting on the shoreline within. Imagine the shoreline, the place where the ocean and the land merge, as a symbol for where the unconscious and conscious minds come together or where unknown and known meet. To cultivate this state of mind, that is to reach the inner shoreline, become receptive and listen for the intelligent unfolding of the creative process. As inspiration appears, there may be a feeling of uneasiness and awkwardness because it is risky to follow the unknown. You never know what will happen. Yet, by doing so, you become a vessel through which the divine can flow. The intelligence of the transpersonal becomes one with the personal, allowing a new birth to emerge.

This same process is true for healing. When your mind is creative and attention is resting on the bridge between known and unknown, healing can take place. Because it is in this place, where the opposites of you, the light and dark, the repressed and free, the pain and pleasure, can also find union. Your suffering, the extent of your pain, is a direct result of pushing parts of yourself away. Not liking this or that in you, not wanting one thought while liking another, repressing one part of you while revealing others is the cause of suffering. It is this split, this severing that causes pain, loneliness, and loss.

Yet, staying open to the unknown and tending to the "brightly colored thread" can lead to the opportunity of facing and accepting what you've always pushed away. It can lead to an experience of embracing what you've rejected. When there is no longer any part of you pushing away, when there is no more hiding or shaming or repressing, then wholeness can take place and finally the fullness of your radiant self can shine bright.

When you become conscious of what is hidden in you, when you wake up to the parts of yourself that you were once rejecting, you change your inner and outer reality. Then, as more and more of us heal and become whole, together we can create a new world. Together, we can bring forward a future that sees and reveres this life as a creative expression of the One.

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