The experience of being creative as a spiritual practice: a by Peggy Thayer

By Peggy Thayer

What's the religious nature of being artistic? This examine is exclusive in bringing jointly own descriptions from training artists, writings from the transforming into literature on creativity as religious perform, in addition to the author’s personal figuring out as a visible artist. via descriptions from ten training painters who think about their paintings a religious perform, the non secular essence of creativity starts to emerge. This figuring out reveals roots because the writings of latest artists, creativity theorists, and philosophers from a number of non secular traditions are explored. This paintings elucidates not just the event of being inventive as a non secular perform, however the felt-sense of inventive event and religious adventure besides.

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Many have spoken of the instinct or drive to create. Lowenfeld and Britain write, Creativity is an instinct all people possess, an instinct with which we are born . . Recent psychological studies reveal that creativity, the ability to explore and investigate, belongs to one of the basic drives and is a drive without which man cannot exist. [1966: 69–70] This drive can be seen as echoing the drive towards procreation, towards evolution, or as a quest for knowledge, for meaning, or spiritual connection.

1948: 507–523] While these experiences may be fleeting for some artists, for others the process of creating is seen as having an ongoing spiritual importance. Hasumi writes of the practice of zen painting, “Only when the painter stands brush in hand in front of the canvas does the way to a unique eternal idea open before him . . ” [1962: 19] While creative activity has been seen to facilitate spiritual experience, for many artists spiritual experiences, themselves, give rise to creative expression.

But the new world of art is only ‘other’; that of religion, on the contrary, wholly other. The means of bringing the holy to expression through the beautiful are only of use when beauty and holiness have grown strong in the same soul. [Van der Leeuw, 1963: 283] Art can be seen as a spiritual practice and spiritual practice can be seen as creative. Roy writes, If religious, meditative practices provide actualizing modes, then religion is . . one of the most creative and constructive activities in which human beings can engage themselves .

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