How Art & Healing are Intimately Connected

Title: Mandala Rose by Leslie Montana
Watercolor on cold press paper
Paper 22 x 30 inches / Image 16 x 17 inches
Key Notes: Where Spirit Becomes Matter, Live at the Intersection
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When Spirit and Matter Are One

Flowers remind me of what's important while making art brings me an increased sense of aliveness. As I paint, the center of my being is touched and I discover more about the nature of reality as I learn to navigate with greater efficacy.

As a child, I felt a quiet sense of awe when I learned of infinity. It was a breakthrough concept for my young mind to contemplate. Over the years, a natural sense of appreciation for the deeper aspects of life created the foundation of my spiritual identity. I understood that humans embody as expressions of infinity in this tangible and physical world. I knew spirit and matter were one, but I had no words to convey these thoughts. Creativity was my best expression and still is. My mother used to say I walked to the beat of a different drum and thankfully encouraged me. Early on I watched and participated in the building of stories, a life I would ultimately need to break away from. This journey is very much alive for most of us today. We are remembering who and what we truly are.

When we're distracted and busy with urgencies, emergencies, and things that keep us identified with what is not us, we tend to forget our true origin. We feel disconnected and become limited by our stories. No one likes it, but we tend to cling to our crazy-making programming, sometimes until it's forced to leave.

Working with flowers, especially roses, I learned to re-attune myself to deeper levels of love. By trial and error, I found the connectedness I was looking for in nature. Environments that fed fear started dissapearing from my life.

When we humans create, it can show up in such wonderful ways. In these instances, frequency has been given form in the material world. And that is what artists do. We midwife matter into reality in new ways. We rearrange it.

As appreciators and/or creators, it comes down to the same thing. Being touched by the numinous, that which cannot be captured and nailed down. The ineffable qualities are among the most powerful in life. Think; Love. This is what makes art so special.

Creation happens at the magical juncture between spirit and matter. The intersection of physical and non-physical. In us, it's where our body and energy field meets. In art, it is the same. A piece of artwork that speaks to us informs our energy field. It fills the environment with a kind of beauty that anchors the infinite. Beauty makes us slow down, stop, and smell the roses. We feel good.

We're always at the crossroads, that intersection where spirit becomes matter. It's our aliveness and connection with the infinite that make things happen. It's just natural that we are creators. How amazing is that? I think, very.

Leslie Montana

Prints of Mandala Rose
are available in my online store.

Mandala Rose, shown below in progress
Key Notes: Where Spirit Becomes Matter, Live at the Intersection
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