For some of us, the Creative Life is an all-consuming affair. For those of us with day jobs, the precious time and energy available to us for creative work is quite limited. As a result, there is even less time than might normally be available to develop relationships, establish greater financial security, create comfortable surroundings, enjoy time in nature, enjoy the benefits of general reading and study. Even as we strive for some balance, to address these basic to the extent possible, we ultimately suffer a great deal from the want of these basics.
Your unique partnership with the Creator in the ongoing process of revealing our world through art, carries with it some degree of self-sacrifice, some inevitability that your load of unresolved pain is a bit heavier than your neighbors. There is some irony to this condition, even some positive spin to it, however.
Over the years, you have come to recognize that when you are not engaged regularly in your creative work, you suffer spiritually, a suffering worse than loneliness for human companionship. This spiritual suffering of the Artist is her soul’s disconnect from her Creator, and this disconnect, very quickly, outweighs the beneficial aspects of addressing other personal needs. On the other hand, we discover that applying ourselves fully to the creative work serves to harness the “energy” of unresolved pain from unmet needs. When we are creating, we are not suffering.
Also – it may be helpful to consider that the artist seeks to open windows and doors for his audience. The artist conveys through her work the human struggle, helps her audience better understand the struggle, to cope, engage, grow. The artist needs to feel that pain more intensely in order to speak of that pain, that struggle, in her work, to communicate about that pain and struggle to her audience.
Your satisfaction is ultimately this gift of conveying to your audience in ways that illuminate for them, help them to cope and to grow in their lives through deeper understanding of their existence. And part of that existence is suffering. You are assured that your partner in this hard but rewarding work, the Creator herself, will give you the strength and tools necessary to succeed in this special work.