How Will You Combine Self-Expression and Beyond-Imagination?


This is the third of 7 blogs on releasing your creative potential.


“I reached out for something to attach myself to—and I found nothing. But in reaching out, in the effort to grasp, to attach myself, left high and dry as I was, I nevertheless found something I had not looked for—myself.”
   – Tropic of Capricorn, Henry Miller

Self-expression is limiting, but necessary for authentic art. This quote is positive in its finding of self. We should plummet the depths of who we are and be authentic in our artistic expression. And we should seek to continually do this as we grow, develop and change as individuals.

And yet, there’s an emptiness in the quote, in the sense of finding nothing beyond self.

Discovery is the journey beyond-imagination. It starts with allowing the possibility that there is something beyond the natural world, ourselves, and others.

Past what we see, hear, taste, touch smell is a realm of imagination. A place of infinite abundance, diversity and love, residing in the heart of a creator God…

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” 
Ephesians 3:16-19


Here are a couple questions you can use for self-coaching. Share your thoughts in the comments section or contact me directly.

  • To what degree will you be authentic in your art?
  • How will your art draw from an infinitely abundant and diverse God?

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