Do you ever look at a piece of art and feel a sudden sense of calm, peace or stillness rush over you? It might inspire you to draw upon your own artistic expression and scream out loud or inside, “Forget this mind control, this is where I want to be. I want to be free.”
Art forms of all kinds help to diminish the worries and frustrations of our day to day stress, and have the ability to put you in a zone that matters. This zone of peace and love connects us to our soul. Anything that delivers stress and tension is not a product of our true nature. Do you ever wonder what was going on through the artist’s mind that brought he or she such beautiful visions? What other connections and synchronicity were taking place in this artist’s life that were the cause of this beautiful piece in front of our eyes hundreds of years later? You’re recognizing this beauty, because this painting is reflecting that same beauty, abstract and God like nature within you. You begin to feel happiness on a soul level. Why? Your soul is an abstract expression that is already in a state of perfection. Expressions like art provide fertile soils for your soul to blossom on Earth. How many people do you know out there that say, “If it wasn’t for music or art, I do not know where I would be. If it wasn’t for performing, I do not know where I would be.” Even though I went to college and obtained a Biology degree, there was a part of me that needed to explore other areas of life before making any strong commitments to a life path of health and Biology. This brought me on the path of drumming and spoken word art.
Without my profuse need to explore the realms of the soul, I would be bored until no end. I’d probably move just to move, find a job because it pays the bills, date around just because I was filling a void, and other things to this effect. Make a long story short, I would be unhappy and not understand the source of this unhappiness. None of the things I mentioned above satisfy or stimulate me to any degree. Without substance, or a taste of the soul, all is lost. We would resort to chaos and barbarism if we didn’t have these little taps on the shoulder that said, “hey, there’s something greater then what meets the eye!”I am one of those people that has to understand the undercurrents of all things. For example: Finances are important. We all know that, but why are they important? In other words, don’t just look at money and appreciate it for it’s surface value: the fancy car, big house and diamond rings. Don’t just stop there, because there is more then what meets the eye. Sometimes you find people in life who will just be interested in the surface appearance. They see someone who dresses like a millionaire, and only speaks with this person because of their surface qualities, but dismiss someone who is dressed in rags. Little did they know, the person dressed in rags was the millionaire, and the person dressed in their best suit and tie was just putting on an act.
Sometimes we connect with other people through these art forms, and even in these instances, we are brought back to a state of remembering. Finally, we have met someone who understands. We now have another kindred soul to express ourselves to. We’ve discovered we are not alone in this. Don’t stop there. I advise to you keep plucking and tearing away. Once you meet one person who you are able to share this with, it will open other gateways and doors that allow you to see this inherent connection within everything and every person you cross paths with. It might not be as deep of a connection, but regardless, you will soon begin to see that the connection doesn’t stop there. We are all connected. With art forms, you might feel like you are seeing a glimpse of the unknown, the intangible, and indescribable, which is not explored enough in this society. We need rules and order to function efficiently, I understand. However, we are now brought to this “you get what you see” type of mentality. It’s important to take a step back and recognize that with everything we see in life, there’s a little(a lot) more there than what meets the eye.
For example: When looking at a painting, you are seeing this artist’s blood, tears, grief, sorrow, passion, happiness, innermost workings,previous lovers, trials and tribulations all coming to light… without having known this person or speaking a word to each other. Music also has a very similar effect on us. We get the finished product but there are so many other undercurrents that go on before the finished product reaches your hands and eyes for you to enjoy. Let’s bring this kind of thinking to how we see people. Some people approach others with the “you get what you see” type of mentality. It’s understandable on a lot of levels, especially for business. I get it. However, it always goes way beyond that.
Examples: There’s a the person that exudes tons of confidence, but really is dying inside. There’s the person who looks meek and mild, but will erupt like a volcano if angry. There’s the person who never talks and appears dumb, but will blow your mind away with all of the knowledge he has. There’s the person who talks the talk… but doesn’t walk the walk. There’s the person who might be a great business person, but never took the time to develop compassion or altruism. There’s the person who looks so big, buff and mean, but really has a heart of gold. As you can see where I’m headed with this, there is a lot more than what meets the eye.
I used a painting as an example, because after all, we are only seeing the finished product. We are not talking to the person who painted it, however, he or she speaks to us in a way that surpasses regular human communication. Remember, when you talk to a person, 80% of communication is non-verbal. Don’t place too much stock in words. Just another way of saying, what you see and hear goes beyond that. Don’t limit your senses to what you see and hear, because there is way more out there. Art is put on this Earth to help us not get lost in the concrete logic of the world. We sometimes need little artifacts that can help us remember the divinity within ourselves. It’s that first taste of substance. Once you’ve had it, you can never go back. By recognizing the undercurrents of art and music, maybe it will encourage us to see life differently. I encourage you to look at people, and other aspects of this world like a piece of art (the good and the bad). Once you keep in mind that there is a lot more to what meets the eye, how do you find it changing your perspective?