Does the World Need More Paintings? No. But it might need yours…
This, from the perspective of an artist who for many years painted on her own, with no other motivation than that of delving deeper into her subconscious knowledge.
The perspective of one who needed desperately to communicate and didn’t have the words. Or had the words, but kept silent. And in the silence, made pictures. Pictures that came from a deep inner well of experience. Memories she’d only been able to access sporadically, in the occasional dream or two.
The perspective of one who found healing in her paintbrush. It seemed nothing less than magical, activating this inner vision that transformed her understanding. That gave her a deeper, more profound sense of her own personal history, as well as the world at large. And so, provided an unusual, unexpected path to the healing of old psychic wounds.
The practice of art has many possible outcomes. One of them is the opportunity to align with the higher self, the inner awareness, the subconscious knowledge we connect to in dreams. But dreams tend to be forgotten, unlike conscious creative work such as drawing or painting. The activities many of us practiced in childhood, unselfconsciously in play, are a gold mine when we use them to mine the subconscious, and come into alignment with soul knowledge.
Artist and healer Louise Oliver, of Rainbow Light Trust, has put together a remarkable series of videos as well as an ebook combined in the manual titled, Exploring Art and Alignment, part of the Academy of Spiritual Sciences. Louise explores the obstacles she faced in her personal healing process and the part art played in her understanding of the subtle energy field and releasing memory, among other things.
My own story, The Painted Path, is included in the ebook. I describe how the practice of drawing and painting opened this whole other realm of perception that went deeper than the world of appearances. A hidden awareness, an intuitive knowledge beneath the surface. It’s an adventure story, this pathway to self-knowledge. To insights I couldn’t have accessed any other way. And it’s something anyone can do if they have a mind to.
Does the world need more paintings? Maybe not. But it might need yours. Because once you begin the process of clearing your energy field, you are clearing the energy field for all…
Louise talks about Art and Alignment: