Artists and the art they make are often criticised as being “out there”, as something too lofty and ephemeral for the regular human being, as if creating and creativity were some kind of abnormal activity and art itself a paranormal entity, understandable and achievable only by a select, peculiar few.
And you know what? Perhaps art and creativity is exactly that – out there. When you think about it, maybe we all need to spend a bit more time and energy “out there” wherever is it art is. All these things keeping us from our bliss, our joy, from making the stuff we love, going the places that energise and inspire us, from thinking about the wonder of ourselves and each other are actually very much “in there” – in our own heads.
The most destructive mindset is that of this present endemic illusion of our separateness from God and each other, of our ownership of the finite and fragile resources of the earth, of our pointless servitude to money, ownership, accumulation and power. If only we spent less time in there, in our heads buying into that illusion, and more time out there, awakening to what actually is all around us, seen and unseen.
Perhaps an artist is simply someone with their ear pressed to the very heartbeat of creation, of God, of Source, who hears and sees something other than the fantasy world of industry, politics, bricks, mortar and money, who feels the pulse of something else, something deeper, something higher, something that went before and is yet to come, threading all of life together.
Yes – this is why art speaks to us so, regardless of how old it is – it is both our collective memory, and prophecy. Art rings a bell, and those who stand and listen, eyes closed, senses alert, heart and mind open, will hear its toll. We ignore, ridicule and marginalise our most powerful creators – the writers, the painters, the dancers, the shamans, the singers of songs, the scientists, the innovators, the ones peering steadfastly and earnestly out there in every true sense – at our own peril.
They see clearly the fingerprint everything that went before us, hear the vibration of everything coming toward us, and appreciate what will remain beyond us. Powerful creators know everything that is really real is not in us, of us, or for us – it is out there.