i've decided to create a new category and share it with the world. Spiritual Artistry.
A Spiritual Artist is similar to an ordinary artist except that the materials they are working with cannot be expressed through means that are readily picked up by the senses. An ordinary artist sees, hears, feels, thinks, dreams, absorbs, integrates or explores and then expresses his or her experience through color, line, form, sound or word. The spiritual artist also sees, hears, thinks, dreams, absorbs, integrates and explores, but doesn't necessarily express his or her experience. He or she is having primarily an internal, private experience. Unless he or she is also an ordinary artist too, these experiences may be expressed only through his or her moods, words, behaviors or gestures. This kind of expression is relatively subtle and often missed, riding as it does somewhat above or somewhat below the radar of ordinary perceptions. Just as some art is more appreciated in certain circles than in others, the spiritual artist is not necessarily appreciated or even recognized. And like the ordinary artist, the spiritual artist is always engaged in his or her materials and process.
I write this because I feel that I am a spiritual artist. I've had a wide streak of spiritual experience ever since childhood, was trained minimally but at least enough to see as an artist so that I could develop a strong sense of form, line and color, etc, and have been fortunate enough to study with people who were able to give me a sense of the more esoteric layers of meaning behind the forms and images I experience, especially visually, even though the part where I learned any skills for expressing my perceptions has been lacking. I've also had a long history of working with words in an attempt to express my process. I've often called what I do 'prayer' but it is more than asking-and-receiving kinds of prayer, and has involved personal transformation, growth in appreciation and sensitivity, and has gradually changed the way I see the world quite dramatically. After approximately sixty years of having this experience, I feel it is okay to refer to myself as a 'spiritual artist.' It's a term I've coined that is very meaningful to me and gives a name to something that up until now has been nameless. This describes best what I am doing with my time on earth, and I'm happy to have some way of expressing myself.
Does this term express what you do?