Can creativity show us a path to healing? What is the link between creativity and spirituality? What could happen when we lead with our intuition and open ourselves up to exploration and play as part of our spiritual journey? This week, I’m talking to Melissa Fernandez of Wild Earth Spirit for more insight into these topics.
Melissa is a creative healing guide and intuitive artist. She works with creative souls who are on the path to embodying their truest selves. She shares her work through various energy modalities, offers spiritual mentoring and intuitive life coaching. Melissa shares her story and art at The Phoenix Soul Magazine and she also facilitates local creative and intuitive healing workshops.
Her newest online community, The Journey Circle, offers creative souls inspiration, magical journeys and a space to share, gather & connect.
I love exploring the link between creativity and spirituality. In a spiritual practice, a person does something with intention as a means of connecting with the Divine. Be it prayer, meditation, reading scripture, or spending time with Nature. Creativity broadens when it means to be spiritual by introducing us to the Divine in ourselves.
To be creative (and I would add Spiritual) you have to be vulnerable, willing to explore, and ready to express yourself in new ways. It’s a path of openness that leads to deeper insights about who you are as a person. I would love to go to an intuitive painting retreat like Melissa did, but at the same time, I know it would be a challenging experience. One of my favorite things from this interview (and there were many) is the idea of unlearning everything we think we know. It’s the only way to discover something new.
And when Melissa said “Don’t be afraid to make ugly art.” I wanted to stop right there and get it tattooed on my forehead. Backwards. So I can read it in the mirror every day. And because everything is spiritual, don’t be afraid to make ugly art, or writing, or messy life choices, or relationships involving struggle. Anything you do can be your art. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, fucking up, or making a mess.
Our culture is fixated on fixing ourselves, finding a cure, nailing down the process. What I love about this conversation is that it’s about creating a counter-culture of radical acceptance, based on intuition, trust, and holding space for others and yourself.
Resources mentioned in the show:
The work of Gloria Anzaldua.
The Journey Circle, Melissa’s new community for creative seekers!
Spiritual practices are intentional practices that allow us to explore what it is to be human, on this Earth, connected to everything. Creativity and art are wonderful ways to uncover these things. Don’t forget to be playful and give yourself space. Don’t forget to look for the ordinary extraordinary. And don’t be afraid to make ugly art.
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