Definition of Art
Art, according to Wikipedia, "refers to a diverse range of human activities, creations, and expressions that are appealing or attractive to the senses or have some significance to the mind of an individual."
I have enjoyed drawing and painting since my young childhood. For hours, I would quietly sit and draw pictures of Popeye and other cartoon characters.
I remember those precious
moments as being very peaceful and enjoyable.
Although I was far from being a famous artist like Michelangelo, Picasso, or Da Vinci, and my drawings were childlike and meaningless, never to be exhibited in a museum, to me they were my masterpieces.
I continued drawing and painting as I grew older, but not as often.
In college, I took five painting classes. Out of the five professors, two, without a doubt, were narcissists.
Although they exhibited signs of superiority, I was convinced it was a cover-up. I felt they were full of inner rage, shame, and frustration due to being unsuccessful artists.
Instead of encouraging their students, they criticized or ignored them completely. It was their way of maintaining their misguided sense of superiority. The experience was a complete waste of time.
Out of the five professors, only one was a true educator.
He inspired his students and had a talent for identifying their strengths and weaknesses, which he conveyed in a positive and productive manner.
His words were full of inspiration. He taught his students the history of painting, awareness of our painting abilities, and the connection between us and our artwork.
He encouraged his students to unleash their full potential, explore their inner creativity, and, most importantly, never be afraid to express their feelings on canvas.
More importantly, he taught us that painting should be fun.
He was a wonderful human being.
Although I wanted to take more of his classes, he was no longer available. He resigned the following semester.
The other professors had good intentions but did not possess the ability to bring out the student's creative abilities.
I continued to paint on my own. The more I painted, the more I learned from my mistakes.
I started to delve deeper into painting and discovered a previously unknown part of myself that I felt compelled to explore further.
As I continued to paint, I experienced an indescribable feeling within me.
Little did I know that this exploration would lead me on a spiritual journey, which included creating spiritual paintings.
The spirit world has been an important part of my upbringing and remains a significant aspect of my life today.
My spiritual development commenced when I was very young.
When I was a young child, I had experiences where I could feel and see things that weren't visible to others.
Sensing what was occuring to me, my mother, who was a spiritual medium, would take me with her to spiritual gatherings.
I enjoyed it immensely and felt very comfortable in that environment.
The spirit world is a genuine part of my reality, not simply a figment of my imagination.
During my spiritual journey, I have experienced both ups and downs along the way.
However, my faith in God and His/Her spiritual messengers has never wavered, even during the difficult times.
In fact, these challenges have only strengthened my belief.
Some years back, I noticed a change in my artistic abilities. They started leaning towards a more spiritual direction.
This shift became more noticeable when I began receiving guidance from spirits that led me to embrace a new spiritual path.
I started painting without hesitation and was pleasantly surprised to find myself creating spirit images. The sight of their faces filled me with an indescribable sense of happiness.
Initially, the paintings were peculiar. But gradually, their meaning became more evident and significant.
Occasionally, I sensed as though the eyes in the paintings were communicating with me.
Over time, individuals started to ask for paintings of their spirit and animal guides.
When a spirit presents itself to me for painting, it usually comes with a message intended for the recipient.
Nevertheless, it must be noted that requesting a spirit painting does not guarantee that one will be provided. As the process is beyond my control.
On many occasions, a person would ask for a spirit or animal guide painting, only to be disappointed since nothing would manifest for me to paint.
One day, while enjoying a relaxing bath, I closed my eyes. Suddenly, I saw a familiar image in my mind's eye. It was a male figure dressed in a long white robe with a hood covering his face.
I had seen him before during meditation.
He began to communicate his thoughts to me, instructing me to create a website.
Furthermore, I was told that the website would be to display my spiritual artwork and share spiritual information/stories.
Startled, I quickly sat up and opened my eyes.
"Me, create a website? That's crazy! I don't know anything about website building," I thought to myself.
The idea was ridiculous because I am not a writer and have no knowledge of spiritual stories.
After encountering the same message repeatedly, I ultimately decided to comply.
To my surprise, spiritual stories began to manifest. Narratives began popping up in my head during my meditation sessions.
When I would close my eyes, a movie like-image would appear.
I would quickly open my eyes and write the details of what I had seen.
In time, I had numerous stories/information with an assortment of paintings.
Amazingly, my painting abilities improved tenfold.
"I close my eyes in order to see." Paul Gauguin
Art has had a profound impact on my spiritual development.
It has given me a strong foundation and has helped me tap into my creative side.
Expressing inner emotions through art has become a valuable tool for releasing stress and healing for me.
It doesn't matter whether you use art or some other tool; it is crucial to find a suitable method that can assist in shedding emotional and spiritual residue accumulated over time.
Surprisingly, art has also allowed me to connect with God and the spirit world on a deeper level, helping me explore the different stages of spirituality.
"Learn to get in touch with the silence within yourself and know that everything in this life has a purpose. There are no mistakes, no coincidences. All events are blessings given to us to learn from." Elizabeth Kübler-Ross
Everyone possesses the ability to be creative.
Additionally, everyone has the ability to connect with the spirit world.
However, you need to believe in yourself and the Higher Power, have faith, and open up to the energy.
Exploring your creative side can aid in the process of healing emotional scars, bringing peace to the mind, body, and soul, and allowing you to connect with your inner and higher self.
When it comes to your creativity, don't let others dictate what you can or can't do. The power to decide is in your hands.
The person's remarks are meaningless. The important thing is how it makes you feel. Follow your inner desire.
Life's spiritual journey is full of surprises.
There may be times when you feel like you've reached a dead-end, only to discover a new path leading you towards an exciting new adventure.
"At any moment, you have a choice, that either leads you closer to your spirit or further away from it." Thich Nhat Hanh
"You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God’s creative principle works in you." Paramahansa Yogananda
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