Magpie Speak: Art + Spirituality
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Art + Spirituality
Back when 2007, when I was transitioning out of the pastorate and into a life of writing, I started Magpie Girl. The catch-phrase then was “distracted by sparkly things.” That’s what it was – a place to catalog all the sparkly things that were catching my eye. Knitting and Theology. Justice and Collage. Craft Projects and Chronic Pain.
My former college roommate said of my new blog, “Oh, we are doing crafts now.” She didn’t mean anything bad by it, but it got my gremlins chatting. Are we “just” doing crafts now? Did doing crafts matter? Did that make me shallow person?
Over time I learned to integrate those things: craft and faith, religion and art, belief systems and glue sticks. My life coach, Jena Strong, helped me realize they were not “either, or” but “both, and.” Art and spirituality became one and the same.
In the Judeo-Christian tradition, the first thing we know about God is that God Creates. This creative impulse is the first thing we associate with Divinity and the first words of our Holy Text: “In the beginning God created…” I see our passion to create as a Divine impulse that comes from within us, and extends out of us as a gift to the world.
I’m also influenced by the more earth-based pagan traditions. These traditions honor the creative energy of the feminine divine, giving us stories of goddesses who birth land and sea. Other branches of these ancient traditions pay close attention to the power of the four seasons and their endless creative cycle.
For me, creativity and spirituality are so overlapped they become one in the same.
What about you? Are art and spirituality linked for you? How do you understand that connection? What stories and practices remind you of that? Or how are you playing around the edges to see if there is any interaction between the two? Please tell us. We need you to add to the Giant Pool of Wisdom, now forming at Magpie Girl.