This week’s exploration was the artist (or creator) archetype.
I think it’s important not to lock ourselves into over identifying with any one archetype because we express several of them in our lives. To cling to one is to use the archetype as a mask rather than a guide for expression of your soul energy. The archetypes just represent patterns of personality that are universal and found in many people. Each of us are a seasoning of several of them.
The Artist Archetype:
Whether you write, dance, make music, sing, act or teach, there’s an urge to communicate and express a world of perception, pain, beauty and spirit that dwells beyond the physical senses. It’s an urge that’s a mystery to most artists and can take the form of what feels like benevolent possession. Creativity is healthy for all people. However, the difference between being creative and having the artist archetype is that the artist must create for their own well being. That creative energy must have a regular outlet. Unfortunately, many artists don’t channel their creativity in healthy ways. I’ve noticed when it’s not given an outlet, it finds one by “creating” dramas, worries, havoc and issues that are non issues. I think many of the kings and queens of “drama” are exceptional artists who haven’t found their outlet. People with extreme fears and phobias also have an extremely creative tendency that’s wise to channel if they don’t want fears to grow into sky high monsters. That’s why cultivating the creative energy daily is so vital to this archetype.
Cultivating the Artist:
Whether you choose to make a career of it or not, daily expression of creative energy brings a contentment to the soul as well as a release. It alters your way of seeing and opens your eyes to beauty and to new worlds. It golds up your being and helps you remember how rich you are. Whether you write a poem or paint or doodle or sing in the shower, to express this part of you brings you home in a world that can feel like foreign territory. It’s not that the creative life will always be rosy. We’ll dance with the doubt and fear demons and occasionally lose hope but our joy will return as long as we don’t give up on the expression of this energy.
I also think cultivation of our spiritual life goes hand in hand with creative expression. We’re living in times that are both shockingly dark and profoundly hopeful. People are tired of tucking their heads in the sand and want to learn how to live again…to love, to connect, to discover the spirit, to smile and feel alive. When we nurture our spiritual life through reflection and solitude, we infuse the creative colors that pour out of us with a light that can touch and uplift mankind in small and large ways. We also tap into an expression that is magical as we collaborate with Forces greater than just our own imagination.
I love that it’s so easy now to share, to peek in on each other’s creations and benefit from the view. There’s a gift, a magic, a power and an onus all bundled up in the artist archetype. May we all use it well and channel it for greater good. Peaceful trails.
“The imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.” Oscar Wilde