The creation of a new life (the created) is the highest creative achievement because God authors it: Not only is it the genesis of a new human being, it is the genesis of humanity. Thus, we, too, desire to be creative because it is in our spiritual DNA.
The arts have been crucial in my life journey -- both before and after disability. This is ironic. Multiple sclerosis stripped away my abilities as an artist and musician, but it only made me desire the beauty of the arts more.
The emotive nature of artistic expression often involves communication at primal levels; this expression involves a yearning of one soul to touch another soul with a unity of that which is inexpressible. True artistic expression gives voice to loss and pain, or love and joy -- the various aspects of the human condition.
Artistic expression can even find beauty and meaning in heartache,
tragedy, pain, or even in mundane affairs of ordinary life. The arts can chronicle them all when exercised with open intelligence, sensibility and the discipline of astutely listening to the essence of being.
[I am available to address The Art of Being Human: Disability and creativity. For bookings contact HumanLifeMatters@shaw.ca]
I want to feature expressive dance of six people with disabilities of the English Foundation for Community Dance.
[Click on image below or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FevlnDRrWSU to see Physically being Me,