What if we were taught to settle all our disagreements through a form of creative expression that captivated and inspired instead of hurting or destroying? What if we learned from a very early age that through the arts we could fully express ourselves and restore balance in our body, mind, and spirit? What if we also knew that without the ability to fully express our thoughts, perceptions, and beliefs, that we could feel diminished or disempowered?

The form or type of creative expression is not important, nor does it require professional training or expert skill. It only requires the desire to express, share, or release a feeling lodged deep within our heart. This can be done in the simplest way: decorating a cup cake, singing a song, or drawing a picture with your young child. You can also come up with some novel uses of the arts.

Here is an example: About 30 years ago I met a woman who shared with me her parents’ secret for maintaining family harmony. The house rule was: if you were mad, angry, or upset with anyone you had to “sing” your words—they couldn’t be spoken. This little rule, she said, could quickly turn a possible negative experience into something quite hysterical. The laughter helped release the tension and because the experience was so ridiculous, it was easy to see the conflict in a different light.

When we are allowed to fully express ourselves, harmony is naturally restored in our biology. This in turn helps us feel happy and consequently we are kinder and more compassionate people.  On the other hand, judging, blaming, and viewing the world from the “them vs. me” perspective perpetuates disharmony and war. Lasting peace is accomplished through conscious creative communication that inspires, opens the conscious problem-solving mind, and seeks to build bridges.

With this in mind, I invite you to explore some of the ICWIB art activities and videos for FREE because they are a wonderful way reduce stress and release bottled up emotions so we can reconnect with our true nature and subsequently create a more joyous life. If you enjoy these messages, Like us on Facebook and share it with others to enjoy. If you would like to read previous posts, you can find them under resources.