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Express Yourself

 

Magick in the “witchy” sense is the Art & Science of harnessing and manipulating internal and external energies in order to create change. This change may be in ourselves, those around us, our environment, or even our world. How does this relate to art? Well, if you have ever been moved by a painting, a song, a poem, a film, or a photograph you have experienced exactly what I’m talking about.

Films, photographs, paintings, et al. have the ability to change our moods, evoke strong emotions, bring back memories, remind us of our dreams, inspire us…and even change our minds. These pieces are brought about by artists who tap into a source of energy deep within them to craft and create these images, words, and sounds. In doing so, they hope their creations will touch the lives of others…but, the act of creating their works undoubtedly creates change within the artist themselves.

The intent to express oneself can often be compulsory – it MUST be done. This unpredictable drive from within to make ones voice be heard is, at least in my experience, impossible to ignore. While in the midst of creating, we aren’t always sure what it is that needs to be expressed until the work is finished, we take a step back and examine the finished product. I personally feel as if a weight has been lifted when I finish a piece (whether it be a painting, a photograph, a spell, or a ritual). I have been transformed simply by getting it all out…whatever “it” happens to be.

If a piece moves someone other than those who create it? Well, that’s the best kind of magick.

I found a quote from a writer that pretty much sums up all that I’ve been rambling on about:

I believe that magic is art, and that art, whether that be music, writing, sculpture, or any other form, is literally magic. Art is, like magic, the science of manipulating symbols, words or images, to achieve changes in consciousness… Indeed to cast a spell is simply to spell, to manipulate words, to change peoples consciousness, and this is why I believe that an artist or writer is the closest thing in the contemporary world to a shaman.” Alan Moore

I agree with him wholeheartedly. Now, go forth and make some Magick:

CREATE ALL THE THINGS!!!

Lose Yourself #WednesdayWisdom

“You better lose yourself,  in the music,  the moment, you own it. You better never let it go. You only get one shot. Do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.” Eminem  (aka: Marshall Mathers)

I love this song. It is in your face, it is infectious, and it has a powerful message.

Every moment is an opportunity to push past your fears and do something remarkable.  Even if you’ve screwed up in the past. Hell, especially if you’ve screwed up in the past.

I  know, my wisdom has all been very similar lately. But, y’know what??? It’s because the message is important. There’s something to be said for letting go…for pushing outside of your comfort zone…for losing yourself in the music, and/or the moment.

Now that I think about it; losing yourself in the moment, dancing to some fantastic music…TRULY letting yourself go can even lead to a trance state and spiritual experiences (Here’s a brief explanation of Ecstatic Dance, it can be pretty amazing)

So, go ahead. Lose yourself, in the music. Right frikkin now. I’ve even included the music for you. If for some reason you’re not an Eminem fan, go ahead and pick another song….but….I’m not sure we can be friends anymore. 😉 LOL  (I’m kidding!…sorta…)