My son has been fighting a flu-like bug for a week now. We have done little but ensconce in our family room finishing our first viewing of the amazing television odyssey that is LOST.
As we journeyed through the series’ end in the final episode od season 6, I couldn’t hold back the tears…not only for the touching ending, but for the vast Spirit-Voice that opened up as a result.
My whole adult life I’ve used movies as a form of hallucinogenic for the heart – to open and explore themes in my own life I had no idea how to access without the Spirit guide that certain films became for me – leading me through the labyrinth of my own psyche.
One of the ways I can tell a film has transcended mere media and become a spiritual inciting incident in my life is when it inspires me to write – music, poetry, journal entries – when it provides a catalyst for the overflow of my own heart.
That’s what good Art does, you know. It’s more than a time waster or pretty picture or cool groove – ART, at its essence, is an invitation to connect with the spiritual TRUTH within us all – to connect with ourselves and with others.
“ART is The LOOKING GLASS of the SOUL” – tweet this
When we are touched by Art, we transcend our physical reality and enter another aspect of our existence. Really GOOD ART – Art that transcends time – is a portal to another dimension – one we’ve carried within us unaware throughout our lives…
In a culturescape like ours, so heavily invested in our collective unconsciousness, where we are prey to the siren song of advertising’s “manufactured need” – to the use of Art as transaction rather than interaction, we become unwitting participants in a form of spiritual prostitution where Art is SOLD to SELL US, rather than GIVEN to FREE us.
The Arts have been scrubbed from school budgets not merely for financial reasons, but because without them, without our being encouraged to CREATE our OWN magic, we are easier to manipulate, easier to control. We see the establishment, outside authority, as the one with all the answers.
Through the act of creating, we discover that we are indeed CREATED in the IMAGE of our CREATOR…we were, as Austin Biel of Catharsis Worship asserts, “Created to Create.”
ART gives us wings to rise above the surface of reality and enter the hidden realms of the Heart where we are able to see the TRUTH of who we are… and the TRUTH sets us free as we are able to SEE…
No longer shackled by the prison of self-hatred that comes from believing the externals hold the treasure we seek, we are at last able to reconnect with the spiritual DNA we were given at our inception…
Jesus said ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand – it is Within You’ – His was a heretical voice to the religious establishment of his day because he DARED to call GOD Abba – Daddy – when the establishment was selling the populace on their brand of ‘God hates you unless you do_______.”(buy what we’re selling… purchase salvation from us).
Jesus was an Artist of the Spirit who dared to invite us into the Kingdom of Heaven in the Here and Now.
True Artists are dangerous to the game – they dare to ask WHY – to question the rules. Jesus did this A LOT! ‘Was the Sabbath made for man? Why do you clean the outside of the cup?’ His parables said our externals will take care of themselves when our internals are walking in TRUTH. The LIE says fixing the externals will make the internals work, when the opposite is TRUE.
The Pharisaical LIE is at work today in the realm of advertising – we’re told we’re fundamentally flawed and that only THIS (insert product here – thin waist, perfect teeth, unblemished skin, perpetual youth, the right clothes or car) will heal the rift within us.
The Externals have NO POWER to do this, as is evidenced by our society’s reliance on massive consumer debt and anti-anxiety meds. We are collectively the richest nation in history and simultaneously the least happy. We work ourselves to death in pursuit of a life that is already our birthright.
I’m inviting you to set your spirit free. Find ART that touches you – MAKE Art that touches you and SHARE IT! Don’t compare yourself to others. Don’t compare your art to the polished product of the establishment. Just CREATE SOMETHING – a doodle, a folded napkin, a song or a sonnet…paint a room a color that brings you JOY… surround yourself with BEAUTY…LISTEN to the VOICE of the Child inside your HEART…
Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. Before that they just WERE…they accepted themselves and one another without question, comparison or judgment.
The process of CREATION invites us back to the Garden…
Sin is missing the mark, but I believe it has been misinterpreted to deliberately manipulate us into self-hatred. The mark we miss most is seeing ourselves as God sees us – as his beloved a delightful children… whose paintings He would love to hang on the wall of His House…