Free to Create - Feast Day of St. Cecilia
In her audio program "Seeing in the Dark: Myths and Stories to Reclaim the Buried, Knowing Woman" Jungian psychoanalyst and cantadora (keeper of the stories) Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes reminds us that as artists, we shall not criticize, not judge, not break down others for their creativity--because so many of us are imprisoned, are unable to create, are not allowed to create. From a prison cell in another country to our own downtrodden neighborhoods, to people imprisoned in themselves.
We have an opportunity to create and thus to free ourselves further, and to work towards freeing others. Art educates, art comforts, art inspires, art heals. Since we make art, this means that we educate, we comfort, we inspires, we heal both ourselves and others. This year, the Feast Day of St. Cecilia falls on Thanksgiving. Let's give thanks for the freedom to create, to write, to sing, to paint, to sculpt, to inspires, to heal, to comfort, to educate.
Here the "Hymn to St. Cecilia" by Benjamin Britten: