How do creativity/spirituality/psychology integrate in my life?

what do I mean by that?

I mean: I approach theology with the lens of a therapist. It’s an intervention
A container (not the only container) for self actualization—for deep relation to the Divine/Self/Neighbor
I approach theology with the lens of an artist. Theology is both “process oriented” and “practice focused”—“fluid/flexible” The “content” of one’s theology points outward to symbols/patterns AND takes us deep inward to something we can’t name without help from our theologies
It’s important to ask, what’s theology for?

It is not for self-aggrandizement or perpetuation of systems.

No one becomes a painter to save the profession of painting, or to build and self perpetuate communities of painters.
Painters paint because it’s an offering of Divine creativity, for painters who have been given this gift—they are drawn and called into participation/co-creation—into a discovery of their unique humanity and aliveness which spills out over a fresh canvas in a cacophony of colors
Theologians choose words with care and precision, not to fence out and exclude, but to draw in—to point to these big gorgeous ideas of belovedness/worthiness/identity/community/forgiveness/grace/truth/beauty/love/hope/faith

They create systems to try to organize human experience
And these systems can be dangerous when they are rigid and can be beautiful when they are flexible. They can be life affirming when we hold them gently as bookmarks to mark a place/idea/feeling instead of insisting that they are penultimate truth or reality incapable of change.
Likewise I look at the therapy space as a place where artistry and theology converge—in the dance of human relation.

I look at the task of being artist as a place where theology and therapeutic practices mix. The work of an artist is too big to strip it of this kind of content
And when I get involved in any sort of communal or institutional spaces it’s because I see a window or a need for an “in breaking” for these three disciplines to converge and to be integrated in a way that I have specific gifts to hold spaces and offer this kind of work.
My professional work takes me into spiritual spaces, into therapeutic spaces, and into creative spaces. My professional titles or the identity I lead with may change in these various spaces but my work is actually a variation on the same theme in all these different locations.

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