Writing And The Spirit

Before words — pictures.

Sometimes when I’m writing, or even researching, I get this feeling that comes over me.  It’s like I’m vibrating at a higher frequency than usual.  That sounds weird doesn’t it?  But I don’t know how else to explain it.  It’s like I’m on another plane.  That something greater than my self is working through me to create.  It’s a feeling that’s both scary and exciting at the same time, as well as being a tentative space to inhabit.

I don’t think I’m the only person who has experienced this phenomenon.  I recently spoke to an artist friend about this, and she says that what I’m experiencing is the creative energy working through me.  Even members of the Group of Seven artists, along with Emily Carr, have studied the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who wrote about finding God/Spirit in nature.  Through this study, artists like Franklin Carmichael, Lawren Harris, and Emily Carr, have been able to alchemize the Spirit into art.  It explains to me then, why, whenever I look at the work of these great artists, I am moved to tears.  You only have to look at Emily Carr’s, Tree Trunk, to know that God/Spirit is present in her painting.

When the bible talks about being made in the image of God, I don’t think it’s talking about how we look.  I think it means that we are the drops of water to God’s ocean.  Does that make sense?  Is it any wonder then, that when we are able to tap into that divine Spirit, we experience the full measure of what God/Spirit is?

I have often thought that perhaps deeply creative people turn to drugs, alcohol, or sex, because they are overwhelmed with this feeling of spirit coursing through them.  Perhaps they don’t know what is happening and feel overwhelmed.  If this receiving of the creative spirit moves within the body of the artist, how must we prepare?  I don’t really have a definitive answer to that.        Perhaps it’s like exercising.  When we first start out, our muscles are weak, until we build up our strength.  But how do we build up our ability to accept this creative force and embrace this new way of being?  Here are are few things that work for me:

English Poet.

Being in nature calms me.  I am happiest when I am outdoors, walking, hiking, canoeing, even reading.  It fills me with a sense of peace.  This is where I feel comfortable with the Spirit.  It moves through me more quietly and enables me to accept its presence in my life.

Warrior Pose.


Meditation and yoga, build the mind body connection. It helps to slow down my brain which tends to run ahead of itself if I let it.  Once we make friends with the Spirit through the mind-body connection, then we can become more comfortable with the creative forces that move within us when we are inspired.

One example.

To gain a better understanding of the power of the universe that we live with every day I study spirituality through the works of people like Marianne Williamson, Wayne Dyer, and Deepak Chopra.  But there are also the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Coulson Turnbull, or Thick Nhat Hanh. It doesn’t matter who moves you.  The important thing is that once we demystify that which we don’t understand, we are better able to incorporate it into our life and art.

Perhaps you too, have experienced this creative force and not known what it is.   It is my hope that by sharing my own experience of how the creative spirit moves through me, you will understand what is happening to you, what it feels like, and some examples of ways in which you can learn to live, with relative comfort, within the realms of this incredible force.

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