Saturday, July 6, 2013
Bring Who You Are to the World
”Can you remember a time, before life got to you, that you innocently accepted who you are? Maybe you could recapture some of that feeling. Bring who you are to the world.” - - Melody Beattie, 52 Weeks of Conscious Contact, p.210
As I read those words the other day, the thought popped into my head that my artwork, which is so child-like and innocent and pure, is clearly one of the ways I recapture my innocence and bring it to the world. (I’m not as clear about the self-acceptance part.)
It’s taken me a long, long time to feel OK-enough to be able to reveal my work but I finally have … and that feels really good. And what feels even better is receiving acknowledgement and recognition for what has emerged from the deepest part of me … my heART ... mySELF …
I remember saying something similar years ago with regard to my collection of poetry ... something about it “… emerging from the deepest part of me … my SELF …"
And when I finally realized "that my SELF is really no different than any other SELF … except that I just happened to be expressing it at this time and place in this particular manner," I was able to share it.
Funny, how I wrote those words 25+ years ago and yet those same feelings apply now.
We all came into this world innocent and pure … And then as the years passed, we each in our own unique way, began to forget that Essence and grow into something/someone totally different … essentially forgetting the Truth of who we are.
The way I see it, all forms of Creative Expression can be the means of recapturing our original Essence … of Innocence … of Purity … and Love. (Don’t you think it’s interesting that the word ART is considered the archaic present 2nd singular form of the verb To Be.)
"You look in a mirror to see a reflection of your face ...you look at art to see a reflection of your soul."- - George Bernard Shaw