Since I was on a Michelangelo kick last week I decided to keep the theme going. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit the Sistine Chapel where he created one of his most famous masterpieces back when I was in college studying abroad in Italy.
It’s interesting though, when you see art - or anything for that matter - in one time of your life then have the opportunity to revisit it again with new eyes and new perspectives.
This time, it was just through the caverns of the internet (not as fun), but when I came across images of his “Creation of Adam” the famous depiction of the two outstretched hands with fingers lingering, barely touching, it had new meaning to me.
As part of my philosophy behind Life by Design I strongly believe in the power of the intersection between psychology and neuroscience. Essentially, the intangible and the tangible. Art and science. Both have strong implications for our learning, and our healing, but together they are a force.
In neuroscience, we now know that we have the ability to self-direct the creation of new connections in the brain, ultimately designing a mind that is better suited for us than the one we were given. We also know that those new connections never actually touch. The power of that connection is formed in the space between one neuron and another, the middle. Each neuron maintains its individuality but it’s the electricity, or the energy, that flows between that union that creates what wasn’t there before.
I’m quite sure Michelangelo didn’t know a thing about neuroscience but as an artist he understood this concept deeply. In the space between those outstretched hands we can almost see, and certainly feel, the electricity. That new connection being made, in this case, between man and the heavens.
This is the space where all things are created. The intangible middle. Relationships, communities, art, new discoveries, new ventures, new life. It’s the energy between each form that builds those new connections. And like lightning, when channeled properly, that energy creates some very powerful electricity.
Life by Design was born out of a need for my own self-healing after decades of unresolved illness. It wasn’t until finding the courage to look within that I discovered it was my own belief system holding me back from experiencing a truly thriving life. We all have access to that thriving life. We just need to rediscover our power and ignite the healing-self. Only then can we unapologetically live a life by our own design.