I recently came across a word that I feel describes the source of inspiration for much of my work: numinosity. According to Wikipedia, it is “derived from the Latin numen, meaning ‘arousing spiritual or religious emotion; mysterious or awe-inspiring’.”
For me, the numinous appears in many different forms. I feel it in the early morning, when the world is so still and silent, as the sunlight begins to creep slowly into my room and creates beautiful patterns of light on my walls. I feel it when I hear the sound of crickets outside my window during humid summer nights. I feel the presence of the numinous when I closely observe a flower, or immerse myself into the vast and mysterious sea. I feel it when I observe the passing of the seasons, the phases of the moon, and changes within my own body. I feel the numinous in architectural spaces that evoke feelings of serenity, harmony, and a connectedness with past civilizations.
Engaging with the numinous is to nurture a sense of curiosity and wonder about the great mystery that is life. It is the beauty of this mystery that inspires me to create.