There’s a connection between creativity and sensuality.
By creativity, I mean the sense that one is plugged in to a source of inspiration or universal consciousness or whatever you choose to call it. You feel a call, a leading, a sense of what’s right, an ability to see behind the curtain of illusion that clouds most people’s perception. You have a talent or a gift or just the will to bring forth what you perceive through your personal expression: your creation, your art.
By sensuality, I mean the enjoyment of using your senses (body) and your mind in ways that are different from usual experience. You appreciate seeing mountain views, exotic creatures, works of sculpture and architecture, paintings, or photos of corpses. You love the smell of fine coffee, fresh bread, or humus. You eat delectable foods and drink delicious concoctions. You listen to music not necessarily because you can “bug out to it,” but because it’s beautiful or it touches something deep within you. You love the feel of satin, soil, the sun’s warmth, or another person’s touch.
“Creative types” do these things with an uncommon awareness, so they feel like they experience life more fully than others. They do, actually. On the other hand, being so in tune with their bodies and “what’s right” makes the wrongness in the world stand out more to them. Hence come both the positive and negative extremes that you see in all art forms.
These people have always been the minority—or even alone in the world, without true companionship. Still, they try to do what little they feel they can do to change the world through their own means of expression: painting, sculpting, playing music, filming, writing prose or fiction or poetry. And they see that there are others who have changed the world for the better through their creative outlets.
Most of them still have to participate in some way in the very part of the world that they see as so wrong. After all, they have to procure food, clothing, and shelter in addition to creating novel expression—but they don’t want to accept the world’s claim that, to survive in it, they have to take its ways as their own. To the degree that they’re aware of its wrongness, some creative people try to forget it in ways that seem self-destructive.
Others, though, aim to use their creativity to change the world in spite of its painful wrongness.
(Written in 2004 and freshly edited on December 19, 2016.)