As you may know, the Spiritual Naturalist Society exists to (1) develop, educate, and promote naturalistic (non-supernatural) forms of spiritual practice; and (2) foster and support Spiritual Naturalist communities.
To that end, we have always wanted to support the arts. Art, music, poetry, and other artistic forms approach our hearts and minds in ways that transcend mere intellectual understandings of life’s essential concepts.
Simple assent to a profound truth or a wise teaching is insufficient for a real change in our lives. Spirituality is, in large part, about taking the philosophy and wisdom for better living, and engaging in experiential moments (practices or rituals: formal or informal, solitary or communal) which make us feel their truth more intuitively. Being moved and engaged dramatically by truth, beauty, and wisdom is how character transformation most effectively takes place. And thus becomes how we integrate the intellectual into our very way of being. Concept becomes character. As we move from thinking to knowing, our way of responding to the world, to others, and to life’s challenges can become integrated with wisdom and insight.
But this requires walking through the land of metaphor, myth, archetype, symbolism, and all of the abstract ways of communicating beyond plain or technical language. Here we speak in sacred tongue, or night language. This is where the arts are essential for helping us take that journey.
And so, what I would like to do now, is call out to all of our artist and creative friends. If you like the ideas you have read or talked about on the SNS website, newsletter, or events – and you are an artist of any kind – I would like to invite you to write me. Let me know what you think of Spiritual Naturalism, what kind of art you do, and how you see the two overlapping.
We would like to get an informal artist’s group together to dialogue in their own times and ways – and begin brainstorming about the sounds, sights, iconography, and other artistic expressions for our movement and for Spiritual Naturalist practice. What we come up with is open for exploration, but perhaps we can play an important role in the development of Spiritual Naturalism!
With love and thanks,
Visual artist and Executive Director of SNS
The Spiritual Naturalist Society works to spread awareness of spiritual naturalism as a way of life, develop its thought and practice, and help bring together like-minded practitioners in fellowship.