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 

When Spirit and Matter are One

I've been musing about nature, reality, creativity, and its role in everyday life. Flowers remind me while, making art brings increasing aliveness to every area of my life. My entire being is touched as I paint, conceive new ideas, learn and discover more about the nature of reality.

I remember being wonder-struck when I encountered the concept of infinity as a child. Since then I've developed an understanding that we humans embody as expressions of infinity in this tangible and physical world. To me, this is mind-blowing. I learned that 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 buy into our own stories and remain in a state of perpetual forgetting. No one likes this but we tend to cling to our programming until it's forced to leave. None of us are immune.

Working with flowers, especially roses, I've learned to re-attune myself (and others) to a deeper reality of love that permeates everything that is reflected throughout all of life. I learned this innocently by trial and error and found that connectedness and wonder cannot be achieved via the intellect. It became clear to me that environments that feed linear, finite ideas, fear, etc... had been displacing me from my source connection. It had put me at risk of feeling separate from life, not to mention others.

When we humans create, it can show up in wonderful ways so long as the thinking mind is not dominant. Amazing art, music, objects of beauty, and writings, are all part of our history to which we attribute great value. In these instances frequency has been given form in the material world. That is what artists do. We midwife matter. We rearrange it. We are intrinsically creative.

Making art helps me remember, re-align, and live more fully. Similarly, my artwork brings to its appreciators the frequencies I've been immersed in, the prayer that is the creation under my paintbrush.

Whether we're appreciators or creators, it comes down to the same thing. Being touched by the numinous, what cannot be captured, defined, or nailed down. The ineffable qualities are among the most powerful in life. Think; Love. This is what makes art so special. A finished work of art is a product of moving through an experience. It is less of a thing and more of a magical object that connects worlds. It connects me to more of myself, and hopefully more of you to you.

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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