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 an artist has been to experience optimal creativity during 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 begin to 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.
As Maslow would have put it, 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… now dig deeper. What is an artist to you? Go 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 as an artist?
My experience began as a child, I was about 5 or 6 years of age. Even at a young age, I was an intuitive dreamer with deep introspect. My favorite pastime was to play outside with my sister and neighborhood friends. One day, I found myself examining a hibiscus flower in a bush just outside my house. I studied every detail of the flower, from the pink hue to the tiny textures of pollen. I had many inner thoughts about things found in nature, particularly how they were created. I asked questions in my mind, directed at God. Why did he choose to make these flowers? What is their purpose? How did he come up with the design and the specific color variations? I was fascinated by it’s beauty. I wanted to know how God came up with these little works of art. It wasn’t till later in life, when I was figuring out my identity that I discovered my real interest… CREATIVITY. That’s when it hit me, I was born to create! My identity as an artist is to be a CREATOR. So, what is a creator? ” … a person or thing that brings something into existence. Composers, engineers, writers, authors, designers, inventors, producers, developers, artists, and more. Stop and really take that golden nugget in for one minute, then visualize yourself as a creator. This is HUGE! … and one more ultimate nugget, our maker, the Master of the Universe, the man upstairs, yeah God. He is our Creator which also means… He is an ARTIST!
So when you think you have nothing in common with anyone or anything, think again. You share an ability with the MOST HIGH!
Now that we have established our identity, we can begin to explore the depths of our PURPOSE. What is our purpose as creative artists?
I have learned that our purpose, literally serves a purpose. Our purpose is not for self. We need not seek within to find ourselves or journey a distant path of enlightenment. Our purpose is not to find out who we are, but to CONNECT with others. All of our experiences hold VALUE because we form a bond or connection with another human being who shares our need to belong. Our purpose is to LOVE.