The Intangible healing of creativity –

“The creative process in all its many forms is the key to emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing.”   Janet weight reed

My hummingbird imagery symbolises the unseen and intangible in our world.    Just because we can’t see or touch something doesn’t mean it’s not there or is having a profound effect on our lives.

20190218_111017The Aboriginals, Native Americans and many other indigenous peoples around the globe have a deep understanding of our spiritual, physical, social and cultural connection to the land.       They believe all of life as it is today, human, animal, bird and fish is part of one vast unchanging network of relationships.       They understand fully the importance of land management towards our health and overall wellbeing. 

Crickhowell Wales – watercolour-  the continual flow of Mother Nature. 52905723_10157042659595396_8724979844233822208_oIt seems that many people today,  young and old from all sectors of society,  are experiencing physical and emotional illnesses and distress.         Given our fast pace of life and that so much of the world’s population is now plugged into technology of one kind or another, is it any wonder  that our collective senses are being deadened?

 In this fast watercolour sketch from Portugal last October, everything within the image is interconnected.    There are no starts and stops…no beginning and no ending, rather a continual flow.

20180930_125738Feeding our senses by spending time in the natural world, is healing.   However, like all good medicine, it needs to be enjoyed on a consistent basis.

Many have forgotten the simple pleasure of sitting beneath a tree and how restorative it is.    14435032_10154437102300396_4492475642371147944_oI have been listening to a radio programme about the power of the placebo…and how it has been shown time and time again to cause a sense of wellbeing even though the recipient is fully aware that they are taking a sugar pill.     This has everything to do with mind, body connection.

When we immerse ourselves into the creative flow, our minds are taken into what I call deep time.     A place that is totally different from our clock watching, rushing to the next appointment type of time.       An intangible sense of calmness and wellbeing ensues.   We return to what we were designed for – being part of nature and engaging our senses.

Portugese children on Armona Island playing with shells….20-11-15 - 1 (913)    Trying to exist in this brave new world and finding a space for creativity, in all its many forms….might for many sound impossible.

I have raised a family and worked all my life and like most people have lived through some very stressful times.      I have learned that if I simply stop….and give myself some soul food each day, I am immediately calmed and feel a sense of well being.    Soul food time enriches and supports everything else we need and have to do in life.

It costs nothing.   It doesn’t mean major life changes.     It simply means addressing the part of ourselves that is in desperate need for daily food and nurturing.

Brecon Beacons Wales 46361144_10156801851710396_7419123831345774592_o

From Buddhist Offerings….

‘We see that life, composed of this mind and body, is in a state of continual constant transformation and flux.      There is always the possibility of radical change.    Every moment – not just poetically or figuratively, but literally – every moment we are dying and being reborn, we and all life’ 


Since I first wrote this post we have all experienced a radical change.  

The Coronavirus Pandemic has given us all, individually and collectively, time to re think our lives….and hopefully learn what is important and what isn’t.

Janet 🙂


46 thoughts on “The Intangible healing of creativity –

  1. Judith

    I truly believe in the interconnections — our bodies, nature, all the cosmos. We are just one small piece of a vast universe, and it all ties together. I love your paintings. And… another “tie” — just this morning I was virtually traveling through Wales and was struck by the beauty Brecon Beacons. Imagine seeing it here today through your creative vision! I’ve recently done two watercolor paintings of “The Holy Mountain” — Skirrid, I believe it’s called — in Abergavenny. My paintings didn’t turn out very well, but I learned a bit more about Wales. Thanks, as always for your inspiring post.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Interesting. I lived and worked in the beautiful Brecon Beacons for twelve years (1993 to 2005) and still visit often. I focused on landscape and the portraiture of all the people I know there. I lived and had a studio in Crickhowell which is only seven miles from Abergavenny. I know the Skirrid very well. I plan another VIRTUAL trip to that area on my blog starting beginning of July and hope to be back there soon for read. Yes, everything is interconnected.

  2. Writing to Freedom

    Thank you for the wise and loving reminders Janet. I agree that we need to slow down and feed our souls. Nature and creativity are two great ways to do that. May more people wake up to their souls and the need to live in harmony with all life.

  3. F. George Dunham, III

    Wow. This is so powerful. I spent 25 minutes looking for the hummingbird. When I finally gave up, that’s when I found it. That is deep. I can’t wait to share this with my husband Gary. He is so distracted right now because our business is failing, this will give him a moment of peace.

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you for this lovely comment and I do hope it helps Gary.

      It’s the consistent daily nurturing through some form of creativity and time spent with nature that helps to heal and sooth an anxious heart. Janet X

  4. snowbird

    This is certainly soul food for me! Beautiful Janet, I do love those paintings, especially the magicl hummers. I hope we all learn something from this crisis, even if it’s just to slow down and realise how little we really

  5. Katherine

    I like the paintings in which everything i interconnected.I also find that doing everything more slowly seems very calming and changes how I breathe when washing up or any type of housework I tend to rush through.Why rush? It seems a plague itself
    Just lovely,Janet.The world is a better place with you and other artists here.Love,Katherine

  6. America On Coffee

    Definitely there is a mysterious continuum in life. For me and my colleagues, it is a God connect. But with so many superficial, man-made gods, we humans are disconnected from our life-giving source and the beautiful natural gifts of love. A very enjoyable and therapeutic share Janet. Beautiful beautiful imageries that speak to the mind and soul! Big Hugz for a beautiful week!🌺🥰🌺


    Hello – I accidentally deleted my subscription to these posts – please can you join me up again? Thank you! Jane Palestini


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