In an article for the Institute of Noetic Sciences magazine, Kate McCallum writes about this transformational power:
In their earliest expression, the arts were closely aligned with spiritual truths—for example, when used in ritual or in dedication to gods and goddesses.
Now more than ever, we have the opportunity to reclaim the sacred power of the arts and to bring more awareness to creative expression that could yield tremendous benefits for humanity.
Today’s artists and content creators can now produce media that reflect the totality of the human experience.
Although the role of technology is vital in bringing us newly emergent art forms and innovative opportunities to expand our consciousness, it is still the visionary expression and intentional use of these tools by creative individuals that will help to evolve humanity toward a more peaceful and compassionate future.
And lest we forget: The organic power and simplicity of the human voice in song, an instrument played, a dance expressed, a tale well spun, a poem recited, or an image or object appreciated will continue to hold the potential of turning our lead into gold.
Kate McCallum is an artist, writer, musician, producer, consultant, teacher, and founder both of c3: Center for Conscious Creativity and of Bridge Arts Media, a transmedia production and consulting company based in Los Angeles. For more information, go to www.consciouscreativity.org and www.bridgeartsmedia.com.
Her last comment about turning lead into gold – the metaphorical mission of alchemy – reminds me of a comment by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang, who uses gunpowder in his artwork.
“Why is it important,” he asks, “to make these violent explosions beautiful? Because the artist, like an alchemist, has the ability to transform certain energies, using poison against poison, using dirt and getting gold.”