Art & mental health.
I received a prophetic message & word two days ago. The image involved a heart with bruises and wounds that are stitched. The word is anesthetic.
Art is effective to numb the pain of the heart so that you can carry on with life but the heart has never been healed.
It is an utmost tragedy that you have to let art be a medium of communication instead of communicating directly to a person that you love and care for. It is equally tragic to use art to attain something that you can't possibly attain in real life. I choose not to let my art take flights in these directions.
I acknowledge that my heart can be so hurt and bruised that it can no longer take any risk in real life being afraid of getting one more bruise, cut or let a stitch break and an old wound reopen.
So I choose to be careful how I use my art and to limit the power that I give it over me. But at the same time I venture in my art and in real life because that is the only way to be healed, for the blind man eventually went to the pool of Siloam (John 9:1-11).
The healing of the heart is not as simple as the healing of a back pain or a fever. For proverbs 18:14 says - The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?
Who doesn't want to love freely and to receive love unconditionally? But is this possible in reality? Rarely will someone love the unlovable though it is easy to proclaim that to live is Christ and to die is gain.
So what place will I give my art? I'm not exactly sure because I have just embarked on making art again, in a bigger scale because a project that I'm embarking on requires a fair amount of artwork. But like a chef who knows what is the intensity of fire to use with practice, so I'll also know eventually.
And the Lord, He is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you or forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed. Amen. #arttherapy #mentalhealthart #artphilosophy
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