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...


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Awakening to one’s innate creativity is fundamental to the expressive arts process.
Natalie Rogers

The expressive arts are particularly suited to bring forth imagery, movement, sound, and writing that heighten our awareness of our polarities and to transcend them. By their natures, the creative arts help people approach their feelings and thoughts at a symbolic and metaphoric level. This level, in turn, makes it easier to integrate and transcend our dualistic patterns.
Natalie Rogers

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Henry Ward Beecher

We are healed of a suffering only by expressing it to the full.
Marcel Proust

Make something every day. Make a song, make a move, make a friend, make a difference.
Pat Collelo

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

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

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

The creative spirit demands persistence.
Shaun McNiff

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

Paint as you like and die happy.
Henry Miller

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



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