The Experience of Being Creative as a Spiritual Practice: A Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Study

By Barbara J. Thayer-Bacon | Go to book overview

CHAPTER EIGHT
Experiential
Descriptions

In this chapter I present the words of the artists who participated in this research as they describe their own experience of being creative as a spiritual practice. The descriptions are presented in their entirety, with the experiential expressions, or those statements, which seem to have particular importance, highlighted in italics. A breakdown of each artist participant’s experiential expressions and the affinitive grouping of emergent themes can be found in the Appendix.


Maria R.

In many ways, when I am drawing or painting, it feels like meditation. It has a similar variety of moods. What I mean to say is that sometimes I feel like I’m really getting it, I’m there, connected to the Source, being fully in the experience, and sometimes I struggle trying to get connected, I might judge my state of mind or the work that I’m doing. I guess my point is that being creative as a spiritual practice has less to do with how I happen to be working or feeling and more to do with the context within which I am working. It is the intention that my process of painting be a spiritual practice that makes it so. Again, to compare it to meditation … You sit on the floor with the intention of meditating and it will be a spiritual practice, or you can sit on the floor and space-out with no intention at all. The latter may indeed be spiritual, but not necessarily.

But in art as in meditation, sometimes you ‘get it’ and sometimes you don’t. Given the understanding that to me creativity as a spiritual practice doesn’t mean always being in touch with the spirit, I will comment on how it feels when I experience this connection with my higher self, or God.

-89-

Notes for this page

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this book

This book has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this book

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this page

Cited page

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited page

Bookmark this page
The Experience of Being Creative as a Spiritual Practice: A Hermeneutic-Phenomenological Study
Table of contents

Table of contents

Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this book

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
/ 161

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.