Creativity and spirituality are deeply interlinked. If we can lose ourselves in a creative project, get into the flow, we free ourselves from the illusion of separation.
An ever-growing list of book recommendations regarding creativity. From inspiring you to start a creative endeavour, to helping you to grow yours even further.
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Many spiritual leaders say that creativity is important for happiness, feeling whole and fulfilling our potential as humans. 'You become more divine as you become more creative,' said Osho. 'All the religions of the world have said God is the creator. I don’t know whether he is the creator or not, but one thing I know: the more creative you become, the more godly you become.'
The seminal book for getting in touch with our creativity and freeing ourselves from the harsh self judgement that often comes when we try to be creative, is Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way (now available as an online course as well as a book). 'No matter what your age or your life path, whether making art is your career or your hobby or your dream, it is not too late or too egotistical or too selfish or too silly to work on your creativity,' she says.
Creativity doesn’t have to mean making music, art or dance (but of course it is all those things). It can be how you approach life: with joy, playfulness and belief in enacting your own ideas into the world. In another recommended book, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, Elizabeth Gilbert describes creativity as 'The relationship between a human being and the mysteries of inspiration.'
Art is also a powerful way to bring humanity together in understanding. 'What art does is to coax us away from the mechanical and towards the miraculous,' says writer Jeanette Winterson. 'The so-called uselessness of art is a clue to its transforming power. Art is not part of the machine. Art asks us to think differently, see differently, hear differently, and ultimately to act differently, which is why art has moral force … Art makes us better people because it asks for our full humanity, and humanity is, or should be, the polar opposite of the merely mechanical. We are not part of the machine either, but we have forgotten that. Art is memory.'
"I hid myself deep, very deep in the words, melodies, and emotions of my songs. It is all very therapeutic, and then I stopped hiding from myself due to this, as I feel this has allowed honesty and connection in my life and it also allows me to pass my story on to someone else – the audience."
- Bruce (Musician)
"Art seems to me to be, above all, a state of soul. All souls are sacred."
- Marc Chagall (Painter)
"My hand is entirely the implement of a distant sphere. It is not my head that functions but something else, something higher, something somewhere remote. I must have great friends there, dark as well as bright... They are all very kind to me."
- Paul Klee (Painter)
"I believe music is a very cathartic form of expression. It can lend a voice to people's personal fears, joys and sorrows. It can aid them in reaching out to something sublime or spiritual. It provides a great social focus for many people outside of their day to day work and can be used as a way of meeting new like-minded individuals. Music can be a means for uniting with others or protesting against injustice, sometimes changing history. I believe that anything that enables us to pull ourselves out from the mundane ennui of modern life, escape social isolation and gives an umbrella under which we can ’come together right now’, transcending problems of gender, race and class is a good thing for body, soul and mind."
- Tim Benson (Opus Studios)