NEW YORK, NY – In this final installment of my discussion with Derek Calibre, we talk about art and the creative spirit. What blocks us from absolute clarity? What enhances our focus? After breaking down the construct of intuition and defining what really is a clairvoyant guide, Derek and I explore creativity. Spiritual awareness has so much to do with what and how we create. Throughout our chat, I noticed Derek drawing something on a large piece of paper. Half-way through our interview, I finally decided to ask him what he was creating.
KADIA BLAGROVE: So…I see you are drawing something there.
DEREK CALIBRE: I love to doodle when I read or when I’m trying to access an intuitive place. I just draw little [doodles] on the page — for no reason whatsoever. I’m not designing to draw a picture; I’m actually allowing a picture to approach me. Then, it becomes a picture and it reminds me of something else. I let my imagination play with it and it turns into something relevant. Doodling, to me, is based on an acting technique created by Sandford Miesner. The Miesner technique is when you engage the physical body in a repetitive activity of some kind. The intuition and the imagination is engaged and/or awaken.
KB: There’s definitely connection between spiritual awareness and creativity. Which do you think inspires the other?
DC: Whenever I’m asked an “either or” question, I’m aware that it’s a trap! (Laughs) I think that it’s both. Some form of artistic expression is the best way to channel ideas or get in touch with the divine or your core self — your own inner guide. Clients come to me and they just don’t know what their talent is, they don’t know what they are good at, they don’t know where they fit in the world. They want answers but the thing is it can’t come from me. It really has to come from them. So I guide them towards art but most people don’t feel like they are artists. I tell them to express themselves. Get into pottery or painting or writing or anything. You’re going to allow yourself a portal to discover.
KB: I have friends that say “I’m not an artist or creative,” but I feel like intuitively we all are artists in a way. Look at little kids; go into any pre-k class and you’ll find every child coloring. When we get into the real world, we’re forced to suppress our creativity in order to be “serious.” Some of us lose our artistic self.
DC: It is sort of tapped out of us. Parents may say: “Oh,why do you want to go to music school?”
KB: I get it! I majored in fashion so I’ve heard it all. I started my major in design but had to change it to merchandising — something business, something safe. I turned out to be a writer anyway!
DC: Art got you there, right?
DC: You drifted towards it. We do drift. You can’t take the art out of the artist.
KB: How do you get in touch with your inner voice?
DC: I think there’s a natural process there. We all have this voice in our head that’s active all the time and I think by saying, “I will be in touch with my inner voice,” that you are therefore in touch with your inner voice. Your question sort of implies that it’s difficult to get in touch with our inner voice. Well, our inner voice is us. Why would that be so difficult? There are practical things we can do like taking a walk, exercising, getting your mind on something else.
KB: And meditation. I’m kind of weird. I sometimes think aloud to myself. Not like I have a conversation with myself, but I like to clear my mind aloud. It’s so strange. I always hope no one ever walks in on me!
DC: An editor once told me if you write something and you read it aloud, you’ll really hear how it sounds. But if you read it in your mind, you might miss it. I create rituals for myself. I was raised catholic and the whole religion is based on rituals — kneel and genuflect. I will wash my hands before reading; I like the time that it takes. I also draw a little star between myself and my client when I read for them and the star becomes a representation of guide and hope and I let it be a portal.
KB: How do you stay inspired?
DC: I write, I draw and I work on my art. I go to art shows, I go to museums, I go to plays. I love well written plays. You have to stay connected to art or whatever it is that inspires you. People are dealing with big issues. It’s very difficult when you’re in survival mode to stay inspired. Some sort of faith needs to be present.
KB: I’ll be in my imaginary world but then it gets interrupted by real life. You think, “well this other person didn’t make it” or “this other guy is struggling. What makes you so special?” You do need faith. That’s what keeps me inspired — praying and staying hopeful. I like to tell people that too. You don’t need to believe in anything I believe in, but just praying even to your own soul may help.
DC: This question of where to go for your inspiration, I would say go where your interests or desires lie. Seek out your totem spirit guide. By seeking, you find. It’s a basic premise in life. If you don’t seek it, if you don’t believe it, then it really can’t come to you.
KB: So what helps you stay present?
DC: Being interested in something. My curiosity I suppose.
Derek’s artwork was complete by the time we finished chatting. His doodle turned out to be a little airplane figure. He told me he saw me going away somewhere soon. I was planning on visiting my brother in Vegas for the holidays but I still was not sure. It was an amazing little coincidence but I did not have solid travel plans at the time. Little did I know I would be heading to Miami just a few weeks later!
Learn more about Derek Calibre by visiting his site.
[Image source: Jharna Kala Painting by Sri Chinmoy via Wiki Commons]