More than twenty years I was a guest teacher in a classroom of adults who were used to studying spiritual topics in depth. I chose the topic “You are Art.”
What I remember most is before I started when a man who said, “I am a businessman, I am the furthest thing from art.”
I remember the naive, sweet version of myself felt a wave of incredulity sweep over me, “You mean, you don’t see your business as an art form?”
My poet, singing, life purpose coach self may have even gotten tears in my eyes.
I was grieved he didn’t get it. He didn’t understand that business is art. Getting dressed every day is art. Making a meal is art.
I don’t think that one particular hour-long session made a difference in his life, but I’m willing to suspend my disbelief to say “It could have. The creative spark could have risen from what we said and did in that session to invite him into the possibility that his business was, indeed, his creative project. His business was his art, his sculpture, his dramatic monologue, his pumpkin chocolate chip cookies, his photo, his poem.”
The creative spark – the initial entry into making things – beats in all of our hearts. It moves through our veins and is heard through our voices.
American painter Robert Henri said, “The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”
This wonderful state Henri refers to is where sparks fly and gather into something more than a single light. The creative spark is at the heart of conversations that leave an impression and sit in our memory decades later. It is the space where we go on walks and suddenly see light in a new way. It is when we solve a problem into a solution that benefits more people than we knew it could.
The creative spark opens doors, breezes through windows and wakes us up from a long nap ready to dive into what we were afraid of before we fell asleep thinking we were stuck in a hopeless mess.
At the ripe old age of ten-years-old I first sang harmonies in a girls chorus class. My voice lifted up and hit higher notes than the melody. I could not believe how beautiful it was to join other voices to make such a glorious, blended sound I couldn’t make by singing alone.
It was like suddenly being a part of a divine miracle. Truth be told, it was a part of a divine miracle, never replicated.
By the end of that school year I abandoned my love of acting, a talent I possessed, was praised for and didn’t use again for three decades.
I only started to act again because of a series of synchronicities and a moment of transcendence pushed me into a space where I could no longer deny this spark within me.
Osho reminds us “To be creative means to be in love with life.”
Let’s deepen that love, together, today and on as many days as possible in the future.
Author bio: Julie JordanScott is a Creative Life Coach, an award-winning storyteller, actor and poet whose photos and mixed media art graces the walls of collectors across the United States. Her writing has appeared on the New York Times Best Sellers List, the Amazon best sellers list and on American Greetings Holiday cards (and other greeting cards). She currently lives in a manse in Sussex, NJ, where she is working on finishing her most recent book project, hugging trees daily and enjoys having random inspirational conversations with strangers.
Kumud’s note: I am very excited that Julie accepted my invitation to host the weekly Twitter chat for the #SpiritChat community on Sunday, Nov 21 at 9amET. She has been a long-time participant, inspiration and spark-creator for us, and I know that the community will learn a lot from her as she steps up to her role as guest host. Thank you, Julie! – @AjmaniK