What is the meaning of a painting, music or poetry?
It is expression. It is a form of communication. If that expression is capable of touching someone, even the author itself, then that piece becomes “extraordinary.”
Expression has no boundaries, unless the artist has boundaries within.
When there is an “I” creating art. a boundary is already made and the ability to be in the “zone of creation” will be limited.
When there is no “I” creation is limitless. Expression is boundless and communication is all there is.
Painting is capable of taking someone away from self-absorption. The story of the “I” with all its drama and baggage will be gone in that moment and the object, the canvas, is “what is.”
In fact, painting is just like meditation. It allows our consciousness to move away from the self-absorbed “I.”
“Creation” occurs when self-absorption is not.
If we “frame” ourselves by trying to copy a photograph or something else without allowing our emotions and “inner-touch” to express; then we are bound by something and that something becomes our “jail.”
Creativity is gone.
Life is movement, continuous change.
Some individuals would like to see a picture of Nature in their living room or a photograph or a movie of Nature to feel that “they have it,” rather than the “real thing.”
Our minds believe that something static is the thing. It is that belief which creates a dissonance with life.
This phrase will be explored later on.
All human attempts to possess or trap something which is changing, will fail. That attempt will “kill” the sacredness of the experience.
Nature is not just about “seeing” it, but using all senses to experience the uniqueness of the moment.
Enjoyment comes at that point. We are fully alive, fully attuned, in the moment; but at the same time there is no “I” there as a point of reference. No thought about “me” and my wonderful story. 🙂
Roy rented a wave runner. It was the first time for him to try this experience. He was looking forward to it.
The exhilaration of going at 70 miles per hour in the water with no restrictions, the craziness of that moment and the adrenaline pumping the heart with extra zest.
That enjoyment of the inner child could be brutally stopped when the “I” appears and takes over as a “punisher” of the inner child.
“You’ve got to be nuts. Slow down, you can cause an accident…”
The boundary arrives and with that the fun goes away.
The boundary is a mental jail.
Creativity is without boundaries.
Nature does not have boundaries, because there is no “I” behind it, orchestrating what should be “good or bad.”
Any religion, any philosophy, any teaching is a boundary. Those boundaries are there to be experienced, respected… until the time comes to let them go.
Moving to different consciousness is like moving into different boundaries, every time those boundaries are smaller and smaller because the “I” with its beliefs and preconceptions becomes smaller, it is not there to impede newness.
Art has a greater meaning as the mental boundaries are let go.
The art of recognizing our own mental jails, is the most rewarding art of all. 🙂
As our culture has become cluttered with intellectual information, most individuals believe that a “spiritual concept” is to be understood intellectually.
Nothing further from the truth.
Let me give an example.
Sadness. How could we explain what sadness is to a person? Most people have experienced sadness so it does not matter how I define it, there will be an understanding.
Let us pretend that we don’t know what sadness is.
We want to “explain” sadness to little Jimmy. Then, we throw the dictionary blurb at him:
“Sadness is emotional pain associated with, or characterized by feelings of disadvantage, loss, despair, helplessness and sorrow. An individual experiencing sadness may become quiet or lethargic, and withdraw themselves from others.”
Obviously the words above do not make any sense to little Jimmy, as he has to look up in the dictionary for every word used in the definition. Only that which he has experienced, he will recognize.
Now, try explaining detachment, love, soul consciousness, totality, peace, emptiness to little Jimmy… 🙂
That is why a Ph.D type of dissertation about sadness will not do a thing as far as “inner understanding.” It may be a source of great information with the latest research on sadness but that is about it. Intellectual information.
On the other hand, if “Know-it” the poet; explains sadness to little Jimmy, he will give an analogy.
“Sadness is like being in a bright day, full of sunshine…and deciding to turn your head back, towards your own shadow.
To experience sadness there has to be “someone” (ego) because like a tree facing the sun, that “someone” has its own shadow. Then, there has to be the disposition to look back, to turn the head around away from the light.”
If little Jimmy had the experience of his own shadow and a bright day, he will have an idea of what sadness is. That idea becomes the experience once he experiences sadness for himself. At that point little Jimmy will be sadness. To know is to be.
This is why spirituality is more in tune with poetry than research. It is more in tune with feelings than thinking.
How could you explain the notion of being in control but at the same time, being harmonious?
There are many words used: To be focused. To concentrate on something, etc. Those words bring more definitions but never the idea…
Have you seen the 800 meter champ, David Rudisha from Kenia; run a race?
It seems effortless movement. Balanced. Harmonious and yet fast and powerful. Rudisha maintains his poise, his form even while breaking the world record.
The 800 meters is one of the most “painful” events in track and field, but he is able to keep his poise from beginning to end.
Here the video:
Now, if we are able to “understand” that harmonious control by seeing the example, we could use that in our everyday movements. We could even exercise while keeping that harmonious balance.
Form, style, balance. That is an art in itself.
In Spirituality, we mirror beauty. Every aspect that we could be aware of is an opportunity to “be it” again. It is a matter of recognition.
That is how we “learn.” We just recognize it, if our awareness is “on.” Otherwise, we could be lost in the world of definitions, concepts and logic, the world of meaningless words.
The art of Enjoyment (English)
El arte de Disfrutar (Spanish)
Every time someone expresses creativity for the sake of it, without a motive (outer or inner) or to comply with a duty, at that point we are witnessing art in its “purest” form.
In a way everyone is an artist.
Nevertheless as the world changes, most forms of expression considered “art” at this time, are nothing but emotional outlets from the artist. In other words, his or her emotions have an expression instead of being bottled up in the self. Emotional release is what they may be.
That sort of “art” is not creative. It is not original but just a felt reaction with an expression.
Would you consider a boxing fighter an artist? 🙂 If that fighter is able to express his negative emotions as to become angry, that boxer will become fearsome; that expression through a punch is an emotional outlet although, this boxer is not using a canvas or a guitar or paper and ink to express; this trained fighter is indeed expressing emotions and “creating” or pretending to create some “work of art” in another human being’s nose. 🙂
Creative art is meant to uplift human beings by expressing the greatness of the human spirit and not by showing emotional upheavals. Nevertheless, nowadays an “artist” merely displays his own emotional outbursts through a song composition or a painting. When others identify with that emotional issue, that is a “seller,” that is considered to be a successful artist.
I have noticed this in my travels. There are some countries where music is about expressing romantic suffering: “You left me for another. You destroyed our love. I suffered for you,” etc. After hearing these songs over and over in the radio or while traveling in buses, we could even start singing those songs… and believing in them… Easy religion!
Songs are a powerful mean to “brainwash” individuals who are not aware of what is going on. The same with a painting or a photograph. The more shocking those are, the greater the chances that those will be sold or viewed.
In our world, many times we do not realize all the complexes and “hang ups” that we posses in our psyche. The expression of that cannot be called art in my book, perhaps therapy but never art.
In a spiritual sense, these emotional outlets when unchecked, are a source of issues which will not allow us to freed ourselves from cyclical needy and dependent behavior. Sort of like being addicted.
A musician composing music because that “makes him feel good” is not in the same category as those who compose music because of it. No words to express reasons. The former will have a “needy” relationship as long as he feels good. That could become addictive. The later, will do so as a true expression. His “feeling good” is not dependent on creating music..
Please note that under this condition, no matter how much meditation or yoga or love one may have with God, those addictive behaviors, “hang ups,” emotions, etc. will come up every time we connect with another human being.
That is why some may express that God is in their hearts, but their behavior with other human beings, do not show that. That is their expression (their art) of that so called love, will not show love but other emotions. Then this “spiritual artist” is lacking an important ingredient and that is to be able to go deeper into himself to find the skeletons of the past which need to be taken care of.
Those inner complexes change from person to person. Let me give an example. In Peru social classes are determined by a combination of the way someone looks, their last name, his/her parents social position, and how much wealth someone has. Thus, someone who has accumulated money by selling widgets in the market will not be able to “fit in” in the “jet set.”
In the USA, (the melting pot) is mostly about money. You buy anything with money (except happiness,) you belong.
In India, social classes begin from the time that someone is born into a particular cast. When we look at how this affect us “now” in our perceptions, then we are doing something useful with us. We are freeing ourselves from those ideas.
As long as I have not observed how those issues (complexes) are affecting my life, my views, my expectations and how much they have “brainwashed me,” until that point of inner observation is reached, I will keep suffering from the consequence of believing in those things without my realization.
That is why in Spirituality when we hear spiritual knowledge, we could only learn when we observe in ourselves that which is being explained to us. Then, we understand.
A spiritual artist is like a sculptor. We are sculpting ourselves every time we go deep into those complexes and lingering emotions. The master piece will happen. It is a continuous work in progress and the expression of that transformation is truly the most delicate fine art.
It is the story on how the ugly duckling transforms into a beautiful swan. That is art.
When the muse of inspiration
knocks at the door of my heart
there is melancholy and elation
transforming thoughts into art
Flowing words in the river of thought
in search of the ocean of deep feelings
waning memories are part of the dealings
so paper and ink are brought on the spot
Inspiration is feeling the waters of the bay
to be one with myself
one; with a dolphin visiting from far away
just to admire the flight of a pretty blue jay
Inspiration is the friendly smile of a child
or the beauty of a woman with style
the kiss of lovers behind a full moon
or the sundown of a Sunday afternoon
Calliope transforms feelings to words
Erato pierces my spirit with love
and Nature sparks my life with delight
revealing the Creator magical might
Inviting a muse for inspiration
fits the company of a wife
for poetry is my expression
gathering passion into my life