I am fortunate to have a lot of artists in my life. Their creations—from finely crafted woodworks to kaleidoscopic quilts, lively paintings, songs sung from the heart, and meals that are as pretty as they are tasty—never fail to impress me. I often wonder, “How do they do that?” For those of us who feel like we don’t have much artistic talent (I count myself in this group), the Akashic Records offer a gentle and generous message.

From the Akashic Records
Is there a way to define art?
In its most essential form, art is the act of bringing something into being that hasn’t yet existed. Art and Creativity are different. Creativity is the engine of art; art is one expression of Creativity. Creativity and this expression—art—are coequal. They need each other, and you can’t have one without the other.

Art is vast. Art was in existence long before the earliest known cave drawings or visual expressions made by humans. Art and humanity are inextricably intertwined. Even if people think they aren’t able to paint, write, dance, draw, sew, build, carve or take on other creative activities, it’s important to understand that art is born of the impetus to create. The beauty of the final product doesn’t really matter. Indeed, children in preschool who dabble in finger paint are creating art. It may not be art that you want to frame, but what the children are doing is exploring the essential nature of Creativity, which is to make something that hasn’t yet existed.

What happens when someone creates art?
When someone creates art they tap into Creativity. Creativity is a separate stream of energy and is available to everyone. When producing art, the artist taps into Creativity and combines this energy with their essence and individual expression. Art, then, flow from the dual act of tapping into Creativity and combining it with your unique essence.

Does a piece of art carry with it some of the vibrations of its creator?
Yes, an art piece does carry some of the energy of its creator. Part of that energy is the emotion that the creator felt when making the art. For example, if someone struggled for a long time to create a specific piece and never gave up despite hurdles and difficulties, the underlying energy of that piece is going to be perseverance. People who need to have a shot of perseverance in their life will be naturally drawn to that particular work of art. If there is a piece that someone created while experiencing anger, or when there was a lot of anger in the artist’s life at the time, that piece will carry and communicate anger. For some people, this piece will feel repellent. For others, the anger will resonate and they’ll appreciate the artwork’s inherent energy.

After the piece is complete, it then begins to take on the energies that other people give to it. As people experience the art, they not only consciously or unconsciously sense the underlying emotion the artist brought to it, they also give emotion back to the piece of art. It’s in this way that art takes on a life of its own. The artwork will always carry the predominant resonance that it picked up from its creator. But as that piece begins to be viewed—regardless of whether it’s on public display, in person’s home, or a child’s painting taped to the refrigerator—the art absorbs and then reflects the energy given to it.

What else is important to know about art?

Human beings are made to create art. They’re made to tap into Creativity and combine it with their own resonance to produce a unique piece. The most important thing to know about art is that it doesn’t have to be beautiful or gather the admiration of others. The act of creating the piece is what is important to the person who’s doing the creating. A piece of art can be a lumpy clay mug with weird colors that lives on the corner of your desk. But because your child (or perhaps you) created it and you appreciate it, then it’s loved. And that piece of art will reflect love back to you.