BLOG | AESTHETIC FLOW | MELODY SMITH
I have had the privilege to study Art and Psychology as an undergrad. While doing so, I discovered that my passion as an artist is continuously ignited by a healthy dose of aesthetic flow. My goal as a motivational artist has been to inspire others about creative ways to reach optimal creativity and remain in the state of flow. The key to master the art of flow requires a balanced mind, body, and spirit. Before we begin to plunge into the subject at hand, let’s develop a better understanding of ART and FLOW.
ART is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.
FLOW also known as the ZONE, is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.
Reaching AESTHETIC FLOW is a form of self actualization; achieving one’s full potential, including experiencing creativity and purpose.
Before we can begin to operate in our aesthetic flow, we must first establish our IDENTITY. I know what your thinking, “I am an artist”… but dig deeper. Define your personal experience by going back to the moment in your life when you first discovered that you were an artist. What was it about that experience that allowed you to identify yourself?
My experience began as a child. Even at a young age, I was an intuitive dreamer with profound introspect. My favorite pastime was to play outdoors. Nature was a canvas for me, a place of peace, and my most treasured source of inspiration. I would often examine the design patterns on various plants and leaves. The delicate fabric of each budding petal. I studied every aspect of the hibiscus flower, from the pink hues to the tiny spheres of pollen. So many beautifully created structures, strategically placed, perfectly balanced. My mind was fascinated by the complexity of creation. I began to realize that I am one of the greatest art forms ever created, surrounded by other art forms, within an art form. That’s when it hit me, not only am I a fascinating creation, but I was born to CREATE! My identity as an artist is my CREATIVITY. I learned early on that creators bring something into existence. For instance, composers create music, engineers design structures, writers develop stories, designers construct form and so on. Each and every one of us can bring something of value into existence, so take a moment and visualize yourself as a creator, identify what that creative aspect is and BLOOM, because YOU are the flower created by the Creator. Which also means the Creator is an ARTIST! So when you think you have nothing in common with anyone, think again. You share a collective ability to create.
Now that we have established our identity, we can begin to explore the depths of our PURPOSE. What is our purpose as creative artists and how can we develop a consistent state of flow?
I have learned that our purpose, literally serves a purpose. Our purpose is not for oneself. We need not seek within to find ourselves or journey a distant path to define our identity. Our purpose is not to find out who we are, but to CONNECT with others using creative means, and in that process we DISCOVER ourselves. Our personal relationships hold extreme VALUE, because we form a bond or a strong connection with others who share our need to belong. Our purpose is to LOVE.
When you establish identity, discover purpose, and embrace connection you develop BALANCE. Now the ability to operate in a state of flow is no longer a question of how, but when. A balanced mind, body, and spirit creates an atmopshere for AESTHETIC flow to flourish. Surround yourself with inspiration, develop a creative space, and kick start your FLOW because nothing can stand in your way.