Creativity As A Spiritual Practice

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June = Journals

I love this image that I found on Pexels.  I can remember many happy hours reading and drawing as a child while exactly in this position.  I love the intensity of the child in the image.  What do you think?  Does it bring back any memories?

On June 11th,  I posted a question for your response.  It was “How many different forms of journals do you keep?  I also revealed my early longing for a journal that was similar to a ship’s log, and a search for the appropriate containers in which to reflect upon creativity, spirituality and life.

My own response to my question is that I never found one container that held all that I wanted  to be held.  My ultimate solution was to intentionally choose journals as containers for all that I wish to reflect upon.

Currently I have the following journals:

  1. An art journal of personal thoughts, spiritual reflection as well as creative expression.  This is often, not always, a three ring binder with sheet protectors.  I don’t keep my individual art journals forever.  However, I do want to keep some of my creative work and ideas.  Gluing smaller pictures, quotations etc. to a piece of card stock and then putting it inside a binder allows me to access what I have created.
  2. A HUGE art journal for an on-line creativity and business class.
  3. A notebook journal for dialogues with an individual expressive arts canvas.  The painting also becomes a form of a journal in its own right.
  4. A notebook journal for an on-line marketing group.
  5. A notebook journal for medical appointments and comments that I am keeping on behalf of a family member.
  6. I have a leather journal that I take with me to take notes at conferences and events.
  7. I record quotations that are meaningful to me as a journal page on my computer

In any and all of these “journals”  I may reflect upon my life, my relationship with God, my relationships with others, my creativity, my joys or my fears.   At times I have still more than these particular journals actively in use.  While  I write or create mostly in sequential order, the journal entries may at times invite additions by using another color of pen or by employing collage techniques.  These journals are neither pretty, nor ugly, and certainly not written in precise cursive script.   Rather than a ship’s log, they are places of energy and transformation.

I do not personally intend for my journals to be historical records, rather the purpose is to provide places of personal wrestling, discovery, and creativity.   I do believe that journals can be holy spaces and that the process of keeping a journal is a potentially transformational and holy process.  At this time, these journals work for me.

I don’t share this as advice to follow my style.  Rather, I hope that you might look at where you do engage in reflection, what forms you may use, and how you record your process.   I trust that if you are journaling in any form, and are feeling that you have a place express yourself then your own process is working.  Also, if your desire is for a spiritual connection, a place of prayer, and your current process is working for you, please continue.

If you believe that you do not currently journal, I invite you to look more broadly at the process.  Perhaps you may do so in ways that you may not have previously considered.

A journal can have such a simple format, a piece of paper (lined or un-lined), a pen or pencil, and willingness (or need) to write.

However, your journal may also be a video, a camera, typed on-line, painted, sculpted or may be expressed in a garden landscape.  I heard earlier this week of a person whose quilts are their journal.  The importance appears to be consistency, a willingness to record in some way where one is at this particular moment, a willingness to reflect, a willingness to listen to one’s expression, as well as a willingness to change or be transformed.

What do you think?  What is your ideal container for journaling?







8 thoughts on “Creativity As A Spiritual Practice

  1. Andrea says:

    The last time you asked about journals, I did not consider my art journal. Where others use a vision board, I use a large sketchbook to records and explore various themes in my life. It’s a great way to access the non-verbal part of my being. Thanks. (And I, too, spent many hours in the same position as that little guy.)

    • Earthenware Ministry says:

      I love this! I love that you are using a large sketchbook to record and develop various themes in you life. Thanks for your comments. I hope you continue to use what is working so well for you!

  2. Suzie Cheel says:

    I love this post and I am amazed and impressed by your journals and how you have describes them. I have 4 or 5 and inspired to start a new art one. Yes to personal wrestling, discovery, and creativity

    • Earthenware Ministry says:

      Thank you! I wish you all the best with your own personal wrestling, discovery and creativity. Thank you for reading and commenting!

  3. krisgroth says:

    Great post! Shows that journaling doesn’t have to be difficult or perfect, and that there are so many possibilities. Sometimes we just need to give ourselves credit for the things that we do, all the little things, every little step counts!

    • Earthenware Ministry says:

      Keeping a journal certainly doesn’t have to be perfect, but it is a useful tool in the creative and spiritual toolbox. Thank you for reading and commenting.

  4. Leila says:

    Thank you for sharing. It got me thinking. I might be journaling more than I think. I write alot in the notes section of my devices.
    Things that inspire me
    Blog topics that drop on my mind
    Motivational thoughts to share
    Details of several things I am Involved in.
    Hmmm his is a great shift in perspective.

    • Earthenware Ministry says:

      I am wondering if you also take notes in your Bible? If so, you wouldn’t be the first to use it as a journal that you turn to many times. Just a thought. If you are like me, so often I see things as categories rather than seeing the connections. There are good things to be said for both perspectives but it is nice to shift back and forth to provide another way of seeing.

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