The more you create, the more you’ll find joy. You are an intelligent divine creative being. Science says creative self expression heals.
My journey to finding my inner artist
When I was 10, all I wanted was an easel, canvas, and paints for Christmas. I had such a sense of joy when I opened the gifts and received exactly what I wanted. I began to paint flowers. In my teenage years, I was even told in my 7th grade classroom (I was 13 at the time), that I was producing “college level” art. But thanks to society, comparison and hormones, I stopped creating. I didn’t think I was good enough to be any type of “artist’. Instead I grew shy, reserved, and had very low self esteem. I stopped creating art until October 2022.
Now that I’ve reconnected and found my inner artist, I’ve also found a profound sense of joy and peace in the act of creating. I am waking up around 6 to 7 AM to make my tea and I begin to paint. This has become my daily Ritual.
When you wake up at 6 AM to paint, you know it’s a love story.
I’ve started seeing art in everything. The foods by beloved cooks for me, the way the rain falls and trickles down the roads, the birds that sing to me in the early morning, the way tea leaves float in my mug, the rich sounds of music that build layer upon layer, the way the sunrise lights up tress and buildings creating shadows… it’s all become inspirational art to me.
When I am listening to music, I find I want to paint the layers of the music on canvas, just to capture the colors and the feelings I experience when the song is playing.
How can creating art help me heal?
Art therapy exists for a reason. Art therapy is, “a form of psychotherapy involving the encouragement of free self-expression through painting, drawing, or modeling, used as a remedial activity or an aid to diagnosis.” It is proven to: reduce stress, reduce depressive symptoms, improves focus, helps us process emotions, improve communication, and even helps us process out past and plan for the future.
The ways in which creating and observing art is being studied in the filed of neuroscience. The American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine has reported scientific findings. Sharing, “There is increasing evidence in rehabilitation medicine and the field of neuroscience that art enhances brain function by impacting brain wave patterns, emotions, and the nervous system. Art can also raise serotonin levels. These benefits don’t just come from making art, they also occur by experiencing art. Observing art can stimulate the creation of new neural pathways and ways of thinking.”
The Journal of Positive Psychology has also reported that creating art is beneficial to our quality of life. They’ve stated, “spending time on creative goals during the day is associated with higher activated positive affect.” Positive affect refers to positive moods people experience including joy, happiness, and optimism.
The Artists way of healing
I never identified with the word artist. I thought it was reserved for only the very talented of us. But what I have been learning as I reclaim the artist within me, is that every has an inner artist ready to help them heal. An engineer may express their art through their genius, while a ballerina may express their art through movement. Not all art is the same. Thats the true beauty of being human. Our artistic creative self expression can be as unique as we wish it to be. My hope is that you find what brings a deep sense of joy through your art, and it allows you space to feel the deep divine connection to your soul.