Her family didn’t want her to be an artist.

But she was brave. Stealing moments from a childhood that had little joy, she teased her fears, tears and penchant for colours into meaningful little drawings and paintings. These stolen moments preserved her innocence and right to be creative.

As she grew older, painful memories and shameful emotions began surfacing, and tried to convince her that she was less than, and worse still, that she was a fraud and her creations had no value. They made a mockery of all that was pure and authentic within her. Feeling overwhelmed, she stopped. She could go no further. 

But life’s creative power is insistent. It will not let you stop. Its searing honesty will strip your life to its bare essentials and demand that truth be told. And it is impersonal. It found her anyway. The forces that had stopped her before, now compelled her to move beyond herself, defy the lies and indignity, and blossom into a beautiful expression of her truth – as who she knew herself to be in the core of her being. Through the power inherent in her unique creative vision, she taught herself to distil the emotional pain of the past into the truth of the present moment through her God-given gifts.

This was the transcendence which healed the past, restored the present and opened the door to a liberating future. In the present moment she discovered, I am creative. My art has infinite value. My authenticity as an artist cannot be questioned. For it comes from the place within me that has moral depth and truth-creating potential. My dedication and devotion to my craft is my commitment to truth and the reason why I am here.

This is not just my story, it will also resonate with those who are seeking to express their passion, courage and sensitivity through the language of creativity.

The breakthrough for the Creative comes from recognising, - beyond the emotional turbulence - that your creative path has a higher level of integrity than the shadows from the past It is the most important journey in your life, because it aligns you with the truth which is inseparable from you, and therefore, is necessary for you to live with joyful integrity and empowerment. Give yourself permission to be creative - by seeing your creative urge as real and valuable, by sparking your creative life force into being through inner work, overcoming challenges along the way and awakening your ability to see your creative passion as your provider.

Sonali Johri Ⓒ Copyright 2018