I read somewhere that an artist is someone who looks at something ordinary, but sees something completely different. To have an inner artist, I don’t think you need to have mastered a specific modality, though it can be a helpful vehicle for sharing your insights. You merely need to approach life with the creative awe, wonder, and aliveness of a child. When you do embrace your inner artist, your insights can inspire, awaken, and delight others.
People who have cultivated this part of themselves seem to have an uncanny ability to lift others up and bring laughter into their darkest moments. This is not something they do cognitively or even intentionally, but rather something they do instinctively.
How can a simple image, song, or story shift another person’s brain state so quickly? What is so transporting? I think it goes back to what Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” We can fill the space between our ears with “stuff,” but when we do, the process is similar to just filling your stomach with stuff instead of eating food that delights your senses, ignites your chi, nourishes your soul, and helps to bring you back to yourself.
After seventy years of life, I guarantee you the Universe will send you some curve balls. So then the questions are: “How will you respond?” Will you get upset? Will you make someone wrong? Will you allow yourself to become disempowered? Or will you respond with some magic? I try to choose magic, because it delights my soul, stimulates my senses, shifts my brain state and helps my system restore balance. When Dr. Bruce Lipton talks about how changing your perceptions can change your whole life, this is what he is talking about.
Others might want to control you, put you in a box, or to make you feel small, but in order for them to accomplish this, you have to agree and participate. When I was young, I would crawl in the box because I didn’t know how to avoid it. I also didn’t know how that simple act of giving away my power in the moment could impact my emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being for a long time. Now I do, so I try and stay out of boxes—either those created by others or self-imposed.
How do you know you are stuck in a box? And if you are, how can you get out?
Ask yourself if your current life looks and feels like it should. If it doesn’t, then some part of you is still stuck in a box. If you want to get out of the box, I think this is where your inner artist can be helpful. As I previously stated, having an inner artist doesn’t necessarily mean you are going to sketch or paint—though you can. It means that you actively look for the most magical, innovative, and creative response to your life’s challenges. It can be as simple as laughing and looking at the humor in the situation. Or it could be gaining enough clarity that you finally have the courage to make a step in a different direction. The main thing is to embrace this is a part of yourself. It may be a bit rusty or dusty, but I am certain it is still alive and ready to lead you to a more authentic and joyous life. When you reconnect with this part of yourself, your life will change!
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