“Each artist expresses through art his unique way of experiencing life. This is the essence of creation. Through our art we bring into existence something that did not previously exist. We enlarge the universe.”—John Daido Loori.
This is the third blog that I have written about applying Zen principles to your creative life from John Daido Loori’s exciting book, The Zen of Creativity: Cultivating Your Artistic Life. In this very important chapter, he outlines the elements of the creative process that we can call upon in order to make our world larger.
- The first element is the muse, that sense of inspiration that sparks the process of creation.
- The second is the hara, a place within us that is still and grounded and makes room for creativity to grow.
- Then there is chi, the energy that is contained both in us and in the subject. We summon up chi in order to support the act of creation.
- From chi, we access resonance, a feeling of recognition between the artist and subject.
- Finally, there is the act of expression itself, where the expression is allowed to flow unhindered from the artist to the creation, where the artist steps aside and lets the art happen by itself.
Obviously, this eloquent material has a kind of fascinating complexity that is almost impossible to describe in a short blog. How does your creative expression reflect these elements of Zen?
If you are interested in learning more about how to apply Loori’s Zen principles to your own creative process, contact Cyncie at artcoachingforyou.com. Cyncie is also teaching this book as an online writing course at the Therapeutic Writing Institute during its up-coming Winter Term, January 19th—March 15th. To learn more, go to http://twinstitute.net/winter-term-2017/ and scroll down to The Zen of Creativity course description.