There are many different approaches to the creative process that access many different means of inspiration. These varied approaches often are seen as almost maniacal. For example, many artists have been seen as crazy, as was Vincent Van Gogh; or had substance abuse issues, such as Ernest Hemingway. To me, the reason that their processes involved various forms of “insanity” was that they never learned to control the means from which their art emerged. That is, pain is often mined for inspiration for a work of art. When pain is accessed too many times, the pain yields darkness for which the artist pays with his or her life.
To me, however, creativity should emerge and draw from conscious application of “light.” That is, while darkness is an aspect of all human life, there can not be something bad in a life without some aspect of good. It’s impossible. The challenge is to recognize that see the good; the bad in a life is easy to see, whereas the good isn’t always obvious. Therefore, if someone is depressed, they must learn to see all that is good and strong an beautiful, as Depression masks those very things. While many depressed people have created great works of art (Sylvia Plath comes to mind), they have done so from an unbalanced perspective.
Too often, therapists focus of modalities and processes without regard to a person’s spiritual state. Perhaps it’s because our society likes to separate church from state and science from “religion;” however, the good and strong and beautiful derives from that which is sacred to a person and must be accessed in order to emerge from Depression. In my opinion, someone is depressed, he or she must be provided with means of seeing and expressing light, otherwise, the Depression’s darkness will only be reinforced. The mechanism through which someone accesses creativity’s light is individual; however, beauty exists, objectively, and should be reflected upon to find “good” meaning to a depressed person.