Art, Meditation, and Self-Development
By Veronica Gabucio
Art leads us to our inner light from whence flows all healing. Our souls have a way to let us know what is missing in our lives through a sensation of uneasiness that may turn into a malady if we don’t pay attention to it. When a symptom finally manifests into sickness, it may mean the last call to start looking into our lives and ask about its true meaning. Sickness is a messenger, and if we try to appease it only with pills and conventional medical treatments, it will find its way to our consciousness again and again. It seeks to wake us up.
Our well-being is under constant attack from outside forces. We are overwhelmed by all kinds of stimuli that tend to lead us away from our true being and our purpose for coming to Earth. It’s common to resort to all kinds of addictions to try to lessen the pain of disconnection. When we have forgotten that we are spiritual beings having a physical existence for our evolution, we get totally disoriented and must make a great effort to find our way.
Where can we turn to find answers to the riddle of life? Practicing art is one way of digging deep into our own selves where all answers lie. Our true connection to the harmony of the cosmos to which we belong is within, and we must learn anew how to get there. Art is a bridge that, practiced for this purpose, will lead us to the spiritual world we are longing for. We all are artists and are meant to make of our lives a true work of art. We may be convinced by early experiences —or lack of them—that art is not “our thing” and may be afraid to try its many manifestations, but if we have the courage to step into it, to flow into this world of creation, we will find awesome rewards. We must leave out all the stern judges, both inner and social, that would expect and demand “production” of things that would prove their value in terms of conventional beauty and material retribution.
The art of life demands that we turn to it with the same innocence, joy, lack of expectation, and total devotion that a child gives to play. At some point in our lives we were convinced that it’s only the intellectual endeavors, and specifically those that bring us material success, that are the ones worth pursuing. These attitudes may turn us into big heads with little hands, therefore unbalanced beings.
Working through established contemplative structures both ancient (Buddha’s eight-fold path) and more modern (Rudolf Steiner’s six exercises) provide a foundation for individual creative exploration. An artistic daily practice like a journal can allow for open expression and the development of insights, which can remain clouded when the meditative work manifests only in the mind.
Becky Rutherford has been practicing this exercise for a long time and will come to San Miguel to teach a workshop that will last three days, November 23, 24, and 25, from 9:30am to 2pm. The workshop will take place at Stirling Dickinson 27.
Rutherford is an art therapist, curative educator, and Waldorf teacher. She is coming to give support to the founding of an Art and Therapy Center to be created in San Miguel.
For more information on this workshop please contact Veronica Gabucio firstname.lastname@example.org or 777 410 9668.