I found this wonderful quote this morning:
Art and Religion are, then, two roads by which men escape from circumstance to ecstasy. Between aesthetic and religious rapture there is a family alliance. Art and Religion are means to similar states of mind.
Clive, Dude, I hear you! I’ve always been a big proponent of a spiritual component to creativity, that’s a given. What has me freaked out is the phrase, “from circumstances to ecstasy.”
That explains everything!
See, life is filled with the mundane. Work, bills, transportation, meals, people, television. Life, frankly, bores the shit out of me. A day is just one circumstance after another.
Unless you have a mission.
Those who know me well know I am goal oriented and driven. I am a mad man with my daily list, don’t get in my way unless you fancy yourself as a chalk outline. Obsessive is probably a better way to put it. Well, Clive just explained why. When I have my list, I can prioritize my daily circumstances.
For my busy brain, a creative project is the perfect antidote to circumstances. Give me a project, the bigger the better and I will dive into it like Bill Clinton at a speed dating lunch. A term paper, a research project, a blog, a stone patio or a garden are all means to get to a higher plain, to escape boredom and engage. Clive just unlocked a key to my behavior for me, I have done everything possible in my life to avoid circumstances. I want to be engaged, involved, not just going through the day. I hate circumstances.
It’s busy up here in my head and the act of creation puts all those brain cells to work, focus is not just good, it is essential. Creation is an act of faith, an opportunity to plug into something bigger than yourself. Inspiration comes from somewhere and tapping into it is the closest you can get to the Angels.
Sure, I meditate, I can get quiet, but usually this quietness is an opportunity to tap into inspiration, to live in that place where ideas are born. It is pretty hard to be bored there. This is Ecstasy, the greatest addiction, obsession is a natural consequence of living in inspiration. That’s why art therapy has been known to cure addiction, there is a natural high from creating something.
I hope you get a chance to create today, give it a try. Like all addictions, the first one is free!