In this chapter I return to my own presuppositions about creativity as spiritual practice, the literature from the field of creativity theory, creative practice within spiritual traditions, cotemporary art history as well as the practice of the Experiential Method itself, in light of the insights gained from my inquiry with the ten artists who participated in this research.
on Creativity as Spiritual Practice
As I return to my own description of creative practice as found in the Preface, I find intimations of many of the themes that later emerged from the artists who participated in this research. Like many of them, speaking of my creative practice, I refer to an experience of allowing. There is an element of surprise, of not knowing. I write, the way in which the unseen will manifest is not always known ahead of time. This involves a letting go of will, an attitude of trust. This experience of being receptive can feel as if a force other than myself is coming through. I write, it is this Source, this creative force that forms and maintains all life, that is speaking through me. Like many of the participants, I associate this experience of receptivity with one of spiritual connection, a connection with the creative force that forms and maintains all life.
I speak several times of my experience as a relationship between myself and the other. It is an interplay between myself and the object. I begin to become the object, begin to feel what the object feels like, being itself. For me, the experience of relationship becomes one of deep connection. I write, through this interplay between canvas and object and myself comes a deep sense of connection. I am the