What Might the World Be Like if…?

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SAVE THE DATE! Monday Evening, April 28th.More information coming soon!
 

Dear Friends,
 
        I am taking a break to reflect and refill and allow the stars to realign. We all need breaks. This is one of the most important parts of the creative process. We receive wisdom from the deeper resources of our being when we allow ourselves deep and wide swaths of time where we tone down the conscious mind and allow inspiration to come forth.  Although I will be keeping you up to date on some thoughts during this break, expect them to be a little less plugged in with more notes from the edge.
 
        First, I want to clarify an idea from last week’s newsletter in which I addressed the idea of blocked creativity. I did not mean to suggest that there was a direct causal link between being rejected from art school and the awful acts which devastated whole communities. The point I wanted to make is that we do not know what might have happened differently if this creative urge had not been thwarted.
 
        German psychiatrist Alice Miller, in her bookFor Your Own Good, Hidden Cruelty in Child-Rearing and the Roots of Violence, created childhood case studies of world leaders who became terrible perpetrators of horrific acts, and discovered that their childhoods had been filled with abuse. She also detailed the passionate urge in at least one of these leaders to be a fine artist.  She asks the question, “What if this young person’s natural healing urge to create had been cultivated? Is it possible that he may have gone in another direction?”
 
        Dr. Miller teaches that a child can be in a horrible situation, but can tap into deep wells of resilience if even one “helping witness” is present in their life.  I have also learned that creativity and the arts can open a door out of turmoil for those unable to speak in any other way.
 
        And so I ask the same question Alice Miller asks in relation to blocked creativity. What price do we pay for not fostering an environment of creative free expression to inform child development and all our social structures? I think it is a big one.
 
        We have removed the arts from much of public school education, and are testing the life out of our children. I believe we do so at great peril for our civilization.  The forcing of our thought into only left brain activity makes some of the most creative solutions inaccessible.  How might our world be different if we cultivated creative thinking and the depth process of the artist? 
 
        My work is focused upon reminding artists that their calling is sacred.  Their gift does not originate with them but is a breath of the Divine seeking to express through them. Once the artist remembers this, the artist in all of us will be able to emerge more freely.  The world that would result from this shift is one that would value very different priorities.
 
Keep creating…or start today.
 
Sending love and appreciation from the beach,
Jane
 
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