Art-full Messages

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The Scream, Edvard Munch 1895

The Scream, Edvard Munch 1895

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time”

Thomas Merton

Do you ever get a song or a piece of art in your head and you just cannot shake it? Do you ever wonder why? Well, it happens to me quite often. I am thinking about it now because I cannot seem to get an old song out of my head, Wake up Little Suzie by the Everly Brothers. Goofy, maybe and it is there. It pops up at random moments, regardless of what I am doing or where I am.  It feels like a wake up call. Life is sizzling right now; so yes, a wake up call.

So this morning, I am thinking about the process. Not long ago, the same thing was going on with Hello Again, by Niel Diamond. For weeks, every morning I would just start singing it as I said good morning – and every once in a while still, especially first thing in the morning.

As I was thinking through this, I realized that this ‘series’ may have started a couple of months ago winter with The Scream by Edvard Munch. (The pastel above was done in 1895 and one of four that he did of The Scream.) For a couple of weeks this winter, I was acting out The Scream, in class, to friends, in my home . .  .  No not screaming, but hands beside my face, mouth in an ‘O’ in screaming mode. I talked about the art piece and having something to scream about for myself and for others.

So this morning, I am wondering about what messages we are sent through different media. Does our subconscious mind message us through art? Ok, it is not in written form, and if we are paying attention, maybe there are important messages for us. What do you think? 

Just a thought!


  1. Ellen Sauer April 27, 2014 5:51 pm Reply

    Love your post, Cheryl. I almost always have a song or piece of art rolling around in me and taking over for awhile. Might I also add quotes? Sometimes I quote just hits me upside the head and I have to embody it for a few days.

    This past week for me it’s been Bob Marley’s Redemption Song and Phillip Phillips’ new Raging Fire. And so ’emancipate yourselves from mental slavery’ and ‘hold onto what makes you feel; don’t let go it’s what makes you real’ have been my mantras all week.

    What fun it is to chat with you in person and in writing. Carry on!


    • CSG2012 October 29, 2014 1:50 pm Reply

      Hey Ellen, Love your comment and your quotes! It seems that so much of our can be sucked up by the ‘mental’ slavery. I want to work with “hold onto what makes you feel; don’t let go it’s what makes you real.” Even when the feeling is not so good, it helps us know we are alive . . . and quite often, we are learning something from all of it. oxo!

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