Self-expression Quotes
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Self-expression quotes deal with reminding us of the importance of expressing our authentic self. So many of us wear masks in this world. We show one aspect of ourselves to the world, but our true self remains hidden.
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Make something every day. Make a song, make a move, make a friend, make a difference.
Pat Collelo

Expressive art therapy integrates all of the arts in a safe, non-judgmental setting to facilitate personal growth and healing.
Natalie Rogers

Expressive arts work is less about changing people than about designing environments that arouse the healing and creative impulses latent in each of us.
Alan Briskin

Find a way to express what moves you.
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Healing with art is a journey that will take you into the depths of your soul. There you will encounter parts of yourself that you never knew existed. As you create the artwork that exposes these parts of yourself so that you may know and understand them and the mysteries they hold, you will be healed.
Barbara Ganim - Art and Healing: Using Expressive Art to Heal your Body; Mind, and Spirit

I don't see why we ever think of what others think of what we do – no matter who they are. Isn't it enough just to express yourself?
Georgia O'Keefe

I see art making as a way to tell me where I am in my own life story.
Cathy Malchiodi

Involving yourself in creative process actually releases the blocks that have kept you from being creative. That is, as you explore and experiment with various forms of expression in a nonjudgmental environment, the inner critic, the need for approval, the fear of failure, and fears of the unknown can disappear.
Natalie Rogers - The Creative Connection: Expressive Arts as Healing

Living a life of service, rather than one of expression, is a serious mistake, because expressing who we really are is the greatest service we can perform.
Kurt Hanks

Movement is life, life is movement. If you don’t believe it, just try holding completely still for a minute. Impossible. Movement is a human need. Breath is movement. Our bodies express our internal state all the time. We know intuitively if someone is sad or angry. How? We are picking up on the person’s body language and movement.
Natalie Rogers - The Creative Connection: Expressive Arts as Healing

Moving our bodies to explore our emotions is an awakening experience. Great insights happen.
Natalie Rogers - The Creative Connection for Groups: Person-Centered Expressive Arts for Healing and Social Change

Our creativity is directly connected to our internal energy source and our willingness to face the unknown. Being in the space of silence, where everything and nothing exists, we cultivate the garden out of which creativity blooms.
Natalie Rogers - The Creative Connection for Groups: Person-Centered Expressive Arts for Healing and Social Change

Since movement is the primary language of the body, moving brings us to deep feelings and memories. The way we move also reveals disabling and repetitive patterns. Whatever resides in our body – despair, confusion, fear, anger, joy – will come up when we express ourselves in movement.
Daria Halprin - The Expressive Body in Life, Art and Therapy

The act of drawing is soul work; a path to the sacred and a movement toward realization, transformation, integration, nourishment, and wholeness.
Meinrad Craighead

The creative process puts us in touch with our soul, our spirit, our inner wisdom. Self-expression through the creative arts – movement, art, music, and writing – is a sacred and often mystical experience, transforming pain, anger, fear, and grief into forms that nourish the soul.
Natalie Rogers - The Creative Connection for Groups: Person-Centered Expressive Arts for Healing and Social Change

The creative spirit demands persistence.
Shaun McNiff

The journal’s only purpose is to be a mirror.
Natalie Rogers - The Creative Connection for Groups: Person-Centered Expressive Arts for Healing and Social Change

To use the arts expressively means going into our inner realms to discover feelings and to express them through visual art, movement, sound, writing or drama. This process fosters release, self-understanding, insight and awakens creativity and transpersonal states of consciousness.
Natalie Rogers

We all need love and approval. Yet the key to unleashing our creative energy is finding the deepest sense of approval within ourselves. If we place the locus of our worth in the hands of others, we doom ourselves to a life of trying to please.
Natalie Rogers - The Creative Connection: Expressive Arts as Healing

To draw, you must close your eyes and sing.
Pablo Picasso

Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
D. H. Lawrence

Our self-expression is meant to be a manifestation of the silence of our hearts.
Matthew Fox

Through drawing, you are made visible.
Betty Edwards

When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressive creature. He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and opens ways for a better understanding.
Robert Henri

Fostering creativity within yourself and others revitalizes the ability to feel, express, and act constructively – crucial competencies for our world.
Natalie Rogers - The Creative Connection for Groups: Person-Centered Expressive Arts for Healing and Social Change

Everything we feel deeply must be expressed.
Han Hartung

Sometimes you have to play for a long time to be able to play like yourself.
Miles Davis

Make visible what, without you, might perhaps never have been seen.
Robert Bresson

In dance, in composition, in sculpture, the experience is the same: we are more the conduit than the creator of what we express.
Julia Cameron

There is a need to find and sing our own song, to stretch our limbs and shake them in a dance so wild that nothing can roost there, that stirs the yearning for solitary wings.
Barbara Lazear Ascher

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw

If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.
Vincent van Gogh

A bird does not sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
Lou Holtz

I have found that it is the willingness to say what I feel and want that makes me feel whole.
Shakti Gawain

No person is your friend who demands silence, or denies your right to grow.
Alice Walker

Paint as you like and die happy.
Henry Miller



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