Do you put your art in a box? This journal page, written several years ago, was the result of recognizing that I held limiting beliefs about what my art was and was not. This realization was not a simple “ah ha!” that led to instant change in my belief system. It was however, an important turning point for me as an artist.
Old beliefs are hard to overcome. It doesn’t matter whether they are beliefs we hold about family, religion, education, or our own abilities. I had believed, based on past experience and other people’s opinions, that to be a successful artist you had to have a single focus. What’s your “thing?, ” people often ask. When my “thing” began to change into several different “things,” I wasn’t sure how to identify myself as an artist anymore.
Luckily the realization I had, and allowed myself to process via this journal page, began a healing process. Eventually, I was able to overcome those limiting beliefs about art and about myself as an artist. I now express myself freely in many different ways with a variety of mediums.
What are the beliefs you hold about art and artists? I invite you to explore this idea in your journal – use pen, markers, crayons or paint. If you notice any limiting beliefs pop up, see if you can re-frame them. This seemingly simple process can be the beginning of major creative healing.
Love & Blessings on your creative journey!