Create a Remarkable Work of Art: Your Life

All the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.

— M. C. Richards

life as art

Life As Art

Do you ever doubt that life is a creative process that has been designed to work?

Think about it. Your breath has intelligence that knows how to keep you alive without your control or guidance.  You don’t direct the flow of your blood, nor the oxygen that nourishes your cells.

There are all sorts of ways that you can interrupt the flow of life.

Has anyone taught you the way in which life works?

Life Works 

Growing up I didn’t know that life was supposed to work. My parents and teachers never taught me anything about it. They didn’t seem to have any idea that life could work. I was not-quite 7 years old when my father died.  With 3 brothers and no savings, I learned very early from my Mother that life was all about struggle. Even my psychotherapy training became focused on what didn’t work; not on what was possible.

Somewhere in me I knew there was so much more to life and that became the impetus for my own inner journey. When all of the “answers” I encountered outside of me didn’t build lasting change, I went inside.

I had never learned to reflect on what was working for me, to acknowledge what I received and to celebrate change.

Then I discovered how to become quiet so that I could feel myself. I became skilled in the art of Inner Research.  Inner Research is a personal exploration of how life can work. It required discipline to learn how to work with my thoughts so that my inner relationship could grow and become sustaining.

It took me from self-doubt and self-judgment to the freedom of self-discovery and creative manifestation. Instead of needing to be right or worrying about whether I was wrong, I learned that my only source of true direction came from inside. That shift anchored within me.

life as artYou are a Work in Progress 

When your life is aligned, you are continually in a state of creating.  Nothing is done by rote, not your choices nor your actions. You choose your thoughts and where to place your attention with awareness.

You are the artist. Your life is your creation. Creativity fuels your life force. Your beliefs, thoughts and actions become the elements for your artistic expression.

Remember. life has tests. If you find yourself caught in an old pattern, see what there is to be learned from it. It may be something in your life designed to show you how you have changed!

Shake up your certainty

Become curious about your life. Don’t be afraid to reflect on it. Reflection helps shape your next steps.

Open to what could be possible, even if you are convinced that it’s impossible.

Remember, whatever you place your attention on begins to move into form. See your life as your creation, as your work of art.

Shake up your certainty—that action alone creates space for new possibilities. It builds an energetic resonance that draws forth something that is still resting in the unknown and hasn’t yet manifested.

A change of seasons make a perfect opportunity for self-reflection. Use this time to attend to how you feel your life is working.  Explore what you have been creating.  Is life unfolding the way you want? Are you limiting your options for realizing your dreams?  Do you give free voice to what inspires you?

Your life is your art. Art is ever-changing. The more you approach life as art, the more opportunity there is for growth and expansion.

Why not discover what is possible! This is your remarkable life.


driveway longTake a breath. Release it. Take another. Devote some dedicated time of concentration/meditation. It doesn’t need to be hours of quiet, perhaps only 15 minutes. Then allow the question to simmer within you. Let responses bubble up into your awareness. Notice new ways of thinking, of images or ideas that arise spontaneously. Pay attention to your dreams. Let it happen. Be aware. See where it leads you next. Let yourself savor this process of receiving from yourself. Don’t judge whatever comes up, just receive it. Make notes.

I invite you to share your discoveries. Sharing is an important way to anchor an insight in your body. It leads you to deeper insight. It stimulates action.

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15 Responses

  1. Jan 4, 2015 at 8:11 AM, Q Loren Smith wrote:

    Agape 127


    In truth there is no reality but Love…

    Love moves our blood thru our heart, thru our
    body, thru our Soul, to our Spirit, thru
    our ever living breath out into this
    world and back again. Back again loving
    our beings… Moving our beings to the
    edges of life’s possibilities…and
    I Am. … And this I am…being a child
    of creation…is creating my life’s path
    in reality on behalf of our
    creator of All… For, there is but One.
    This is it! This is our beingness. This!

    There is no other… Individuals
    are as sand on the beach…are as rivers
    to the sea…are as inseparable from
    The One…as your heart is from your body!
    Love! … Love is all there is…so relax and
    enjoy. There are no conditions that must
    be met. Your humanity naturally
    expresses itself by its creations.

    We are the creator’s children and so,
    we create! The One…wants it so…with this
    single admonition: Take creative
    energy inside. Challenge yourself to
    better yesterday’s creativity…
    today…and share your victories freely.

    There are no conditions which you need to
    meet. No contracts to constrict. There is only
    Pax Humana to reach for. Go deeper
    each day…Beloved Souls… and Be in Peace…

    Wali Qutbuddin Loren Ruh Smith

  2. I love the reference relating art to life, and the opportunities to expand one’s life to be as large as we can imagine.

  3. Laurie beautifully said, “Your life is your art.” The way light and dark create shadows is the same in both art and life. As the artist with life as our creation, brush stoke by brush stroke our canvas comes to life. I agree that whatever we place our attention on begins to move into form, right onto the canvas of our life. ” The hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

  4. I never really thought about it…but we weren’t raised to focus on what was working in our lives. That’s something that I have learned as an adult. What a gift to teach that to our children now.

    1. Jane, it is so true! Even as an adult, my training as a psychotherapist was a focus on what wasn’t working. Doors have flown open and things that have not worked have dropped away as I have shifted my focus. Laurie

  5. Once upon a time, I studied brief solution-focused therapy — it makes so MUCH sense to take a look at what works and commit to doing more of it. Thanks for a thoughtful — and beautiful — post.

    1. Thank you, Andrea! When you give space to acknowledge what is working in your life, new possibilities open up. You discover talents that perhaps have never had room for expression before.

  6. I know that there is a lot of change about to occur in my life, I don’t know what exactly it is, but it is coming and I look forward to it. It feels big and it feels important, and I need to be ready to take a roller coaster ride with life, and handle the ups and downs that will come. I invite everything.


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