111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression
Day 51: Body Versus Spirit – Taking Flight
Seats are more cramped. Pillows, blankets, and pretzels require a credit card. Crowded overhead compartments equate to hassle and delay. Yet, despite the headache airlines create among travelers, I remain fascinated by flying. I’d just rather have my own set of wings instead of being enclosed in a massive, money-vacuum.
I’ve had this fascination with wings for many, many years though only began examining its significance in my life within the last decade. Angels, Pegasus, faeries, eagles and hawks are just some examples of the types of inspiring images that spring to mind when I’m feeling stuck. I suddenly gain motivation, feel refreshed and invigorated, and believe that anything is possible.
The “soundtrack to my life” playlist contains many songs that emphasize flying, taking flight, or soaring. I get a chuckle in listening to them now when I realize my subconscious must really have been trying to tell me something! I’ve remained grounded most of my life even though the need to “spread my wings”, “reach for the sky”, and “soar towards my dreams” defined my every thought and desire.
As my spirit yearns to float upwards and my body stays connected to the ground, I realize that if I want to take flight, I must make the wings myself!
**I am an Artistic Spirit! For most of my life I’ve used the creative arts as a source of spiritual exploration and healing, even though I didn’t always do so consciously. Sometimes I was the instrument creating the art and other times I was on the receiving end. The connection between art and spirituality is so significant in my life that it’s infused into everything I do. I love music, theatre, television drama series (daytime and primetime), and creative writing and find fulfillment in artistic expression of various sorts: singing, acting, and jewelry design. Throughout the next 60 days, I’ll delve into how all of the above strengthens my spirit and has saved my life on more than one occasion.**