Listening to the news or reading the newspaper paints a picture of turbulence and chaos. Fear seems to flood into our lives from all directions. What can artists and creators do to make a positive difference – to heal some of this upset?
Each of us has something valuable to add to our world. Each self-expression demonstrates the contributions that all creators can make. This provides the opportunity for others see, accept and value diversity. Art demonstrates that differences are not obstacles, but rather synergistic steppingstones upon which we can build well-rounded and vibrant future.
The awe inspired by a painting or the emotion tapped into or touched by a poem or song can help heal observers. Witnessing beauty soothes the soul and can shift thoughts towards the positive. Beauty can also be a distraction or temporary respite.
As we are bombarded with chaos and complication, art and writing can illustrate and simplify the kernel of truth – cutting through the window dressing and helping us better understand our world.
Creative works of all sorts can allow us to open our emotions often closed by fear and turmoil of world events. A sanctuary for the emotions – calm, comfort and joy – can be experienced by witnessing art.
A new perspective can be discovered through sound or visuals. Our intellect can limit our comprehension especially when fear is in play. Ideas or emotions depicted by artists and creators can allow a fresh look and another way of processing information. Aha!
Art is heart and healing. Now, more than ever, our world needs us – artists and creators – to step forward and create. What gift can you give towards healing the world today? Write that poem, start that story, write music, sing, dance, paint. It all adds to tipping the scale from fear to love. Each bit matters. Now, more than ever, society needs our contributions.