WHEN WE CREATE, as when we pray, “we begin to hear the self we actually are emerging out of our shadow selves, our counterfeit selves, our pretended selves.”* … Participating in the creative act helps us to see ourselves as we are and as we might become. Like prayer, the creative act draws us into the authentic life that awaits us and into our fulfillment in God.
Creativity, an essential tool for shaping the soul, provides a pathway to the fierce truth of our life. Those traveling the spiritual road who yearn for the healing of life’s deepest hurts, the fulfillment of immeasurable longings, or the profound peace found only in life with God need all their creativity to complete the journey.
*Quotation is from Ann and Barry Ulanov, Primary Speech: A Psychology of Prayer (John Knox Press, 1982), 2.
- Karla M. Kincannon
Creativity and Divine Surprise
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I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
John 6:51, NRSV
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