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God, the first artist

Thinking about creativity I suddenly flashed to the opening lines of the Bible.

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was a vast waste, darkness covered the deep, and the spirit of God hovered over the surface of the water. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light and God saw the light was good and he separated light from darkness.”

Writers do the same thing. Any new artistic endeavor starts in chaos, the vast discarded portions of the human soul and personality– the repressed and suppressed memories, body sensations, the narrative of one’s life. And it is not visible but dark, darker still as we descend into our own depths, where the foundation of crativity (and the spirit of God live).

The role of the artist is to bring light to this material and is doing so, separate the light from the darkness and the art that is produced is spiritually satisfying– “it is good.”

For me, creativity itself is a facet of the Divine, and all my poems are prayers. My interest in depth psychology and writing spring from the same underground stream.

Stories are the way God stays involved in our lives.

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