I was a gawky, pimple-faced teenager trying hard to be invisible from the world until art and music changed my life. Art magnetized my soul tribes and began healing my self-esteem. Being among artists, musicians, and singers in high school made me realize I wasn’t weird for drawing, painting, disco dancing, (it was the 70’s) and writing instead of hunting, fishing and rebuilding my Ford Pinto’s carburetor.
Suddenly I left what felt like, a lifetime of loneliness; and had purpose through creative communities that enjoyed some of the similar creative things I did. I felt seen and heard without feeling a need to hide. I loved my new, like-minded friends. Each week we came together to express our uniqueness. It was heaven.
One of the great things about living in Los Angeles are the artists. There are millions of artists gathered here to express their talents. Actually, my favorite people to do psychic readings for are artists, because they’re open-minded and usually open-hearted. That’s the bright side of being an artist.
THE DARK SIDE
Artists are often riddled with aspects of self-sabotage. Something I gently refer to as, the Starving Artist Syndrome™. This dark side does not go away when an artist achieves their desired goals. Actually, the higher a creative person goes, the higher their self-sabotage goes. For example, fame amplifies a person’s insecurities – a lot. If you’re an authentically kind person when you’re broke-ass-broke, your kindness is amplified ten-fold when you achieve fame or success.
The same is true if you’re a plan ol’ run-of-the-mill asshole. Fame and success amplifies your ass-hole-it is attributes too. It’s a dramatic statement, but after 25 years of connecting with the biggest artists and performers in the world, I see this Starving Artist Pattern often. Of course, it’s not all bad.
Part of what tames an artist’s resistance and insecurity is to consistently feed the artist’s heart with beauty, inspiring movies, uplifting lyrics, liberating movement, dance, meditation, music, kindness, travel, and inspirational people, places, circumstances and situations that resonate with their inner being. These activities throw our soul wide open which is why it’s great to be happily obsessed with your genuine artistic, creative expression.
FEEDING THE ARTIST’S SOUL
I would not be where I am today had I not been obsessed with my creative expression. I had a fantastically big imagination growing up. (and still do) Once I learned to direct my imagination to hold gorgeous images, ideas, and creative solutions instead of fear, the entire Universe conspired to put me in the right places, at the right times, with the right tribes that complimented my artistic expression. And it’ll do the same for you, if you choose to shift from fear to love. From dark to light. It takes a little practice every day to imagine, pretend and daydream the outcome you Do Want instead of habitually thinking about what you Do Not Want.
Phylicia Rasha said it best, “Before a child talks, they sing. Before a they write, they draw. As soon as they stand, they dance. Art is fundamental human expression.” It’s so true.
Our soul expresses through our bodies and minds via our imagination and intuition. Intuition and imagination are twin flame souls living “as one” in our psyche. Intuition and imagination exist whether we have a physical body or not. It’s our empathic sensitivity that translates these creative frequencies, pulling them from the nonphysical realms, to us and through our physical bodies onto the Earth plane.
Here, our artistic self is produced as an extension of our soul. Go back to your childhood. Remember your imagination. Sing. Draw. Paint. Dance. The reality is, that we’re unique individuals here to express and share that invisible part of us with the world.
Have fun expressing your true self. Continue illuminating the world with your heart’s desires. Until we meet again, remember to keep your thoughts, feelings, and frequencies high, fast and pure so that you can unlock the Universe within.