Healing is a strong dimension of my experience with music and the Arts. Arts are a canvas for the soul, where emotions, ideas and inspirations can be projected, even randomly, meditated upon and often somehow deciphered, at least by some part of us, as dots are connected.
Where artistic exploration joins with a personal journey of discovery of our hidden selves, Arts reveal the human soul and its experience of life. This website is here for all to draw from. It represents a sum of ideas and thoughts, artistic works, experiences about life and creativity, as well as a number of creative works I (and my wife Kimberly) have done so far: music, writing and graphics.
Past events are still with us today as they contributed to form who we are. They have given us insight, strength, wisdom, love, self-esteem, a sense of identity, etc. However, certain traumatic events have overloaded our emotional tank and most of those have been stored in regions of our being and seem all but forgotten. As we continue living, there is a constant flow of energy diverted toward that pocket of stored emotions to keep it from coming to the surface and overwhelm us again. Rather, what worked then, is put to work every time this memory surfaces: shock, agony, anger, bitterness, rage, hate, unforgiveness, etc. These are often expressed through addictions, self-destructive behavior, toxic relationships, physical sicknesses and health conditions, depression, lack of boundaries, manipulation and control, criminal activities, etc.
Then one day, out of the blue, someone says or does something and we catch ourselves in the act of having again the same inner dialogue. Only this time, it is more than rambling, it is revealing, as we speak we become aware of something very wrong with us. We can become acquainted, according to life’s seasons, with these fragments of our selves that are not integrated, but are lingering at different points of interruption. This systemic denial is a defense mechanism that should have been temporary. But a great number of sicknesses and health conditions can be directly related to past unhealed traumas. Unhealed because our response to them was interrupted, because we had probably had more questions than answers, more pain than we could endure, and surviving the moment was everything. Revisiting these can be a major key in opening the door for healing of our body and soul.
There is enough noise around us in our cities and our media, as well as visual stimuli and chaotic soundscapes that invade our homes and workplaces. And anywhere we go there is a radio station playing music and there’s no way to shut it off… too many voices speaking out to us, uninvited, arrogant and boastful, mechanically enticing us with words and images. They vie for our attention, our devotion, our time and resources.
Because Arts call forth that which is most alive in us, the natural and the spiritual, connecting us to the essence of who we are, and because it bypasses any barrier and touches the very skin of our souls, arts are used by the powers of this world to try and inlfuence, even shape the masses in a way that is predictable and yeld a world that will function in the way they want it to. If they could. And so artists are the ones hired to create the marketing tools of what we now culturally refer to as “the Matrix.” While our culture is a testimony to the mind-boggling talents we are blessed with, it is also a landscape wherein the heart and soul of most of the work we are exposed to is designed to illicite a response from our heart that will make us reach for out wallet and assent.
I would argue that this is basically violating an unspoken oath that artists should be aware of, if they would but turn their heads away form the voices that keep enticing them to serve a system that is heartless, cold and calculating. The sheer power and the edge inherent to art and artistic ability calls the artist to a level of accountability: “Not only do we have gifts, we are also a gift to our people.” There should be integrity…
MUSIC FOR HEALING & DEVOTIONS
“I believe in the prophetic nature of artistic expression.” André Lefebvre
18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-19)
15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:15-16)
Music is a powerful spiritual language. From Israel’s temple worship, to victory spontaneous songs or David’s Psalms and laments, all the way to today’s worship and prayer movement, tarrying or soaking in God’s presence, it is a vital part of our interaction with the spiritual realm and expression to and from God.
Each one of the instrumental albums above is designed to be seamlessly experienced, quieting or stirring the soul, an invitation into the present moment where the limitations of time and space aren’t as relevant anymore.
Music can also be an efficient tool for healing and deliverance. Devotional music touches people battling depression and suicide, as well as faith communities using the music to debrief from the daily grind and connect to the disciplines of spiritual prayer and life.
May this music be a companion for the journey, and transport you to renewed hope and vision, “hurl you from stress” into a womb of rest where healing lives.
“Touched by Love, the shattered soul finds a home …”
Since 2005, Andre has also been freelancing from home as a graphic artist, creating websites and graphics for various musicians, writers, businesses, etc. – click here for portfolio – CREATIVE FORGE.
Soaking is not a new concept, but we are rediscovering it after so much of the modern life and contemporary noise has invaded our world, home, church meetings and our church life.
In the wake of the Renewal in the 1990’s, a fresh revelation came to us of the Father’s Heart of God – the impact this revelation has had, and continues to have, on the 20th century Church is hard to measure. And so we have learned to just stay put, open our hands, close our eyes, and receive prayer, experiencing the most amazing and deepest of changes: forgiveness, healing, renewed strength, visions, commissions, confirmations, affirmation from the Father…
Taking time to simply be quiet for a few minutes in a day could demand planning and discipline. But what if we would simply “show up” and be silent before God, letting Him pour over us His affection, letting Him reveal our own hearts to ourselves, and as we do, finally learn to become familiar with God’s language? In turn, we could just respond by whispering, “Father, I am here to be with you, I let go, I give you, I will do, work in me, heal, save, restore…”
I use the term “SOAKING” as being that which we do when we lay down before the Lord, our main goal being to meet with Him, people praying over us in a non-interfering way, the sound of soothing music pouring over the room as anointing is being released and experienced.
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THE KINGDOM RULES!
Although it seems that ministry times are on the fringes of our weekly meetings, it has been my experience that those times may be some of the most precious moments in our assembling together. They are packed with a blessed mixture: people share their needs in vulnerability, others offer compassion, time and attention to pray for them, and the anticipation of faith draws them all to a place of meeting with the LORD in a way that brings about noticeable and sometimes dramatic changes in people’s lives.
To me, soaking is to be understood and approached as one way among many which translates our longings into an act of worship and abandonment, something we can practice to bring us to a place of utter abandonment to God. As in faith, so in passion and devotion.
In the Old Testament, the prophet Elisha asked for a musician (minstrel) to be brought in his presence as he was about to inquire of the LORD for the king of Judah:
“But now bring me a musician.” Then it happened, when the musician played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him. And he said, “Thus says the LORD:…”
We also read: “Whenever the spirit from God came upon Saul, David would take his harp and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him” (1 Samuel 16:23). Saul was plagued by a harrassing spirit and whenever David would play the harp, the annointing would subdue the evil spirit.
We believe that God has given gifted artists to each community of believers…. for a reason. Please also encourage your local artists. Seek them and bless them. They need your support as much as you need their gifting. We are not to worship the anointing in anyone, but rejoice when the LORD speaks through other means than words… which so often fail us…
Blessings to all,
Andre & Kimberly Lefebvre
soulcanvas (at) gmail.com
Before you pray, bow quietly before God, just to remember and realize who He is, how near He is, how certainly He can and will help. Just be still before Him, and allow His Holy Spirit to waken and stir up in your soul the child-like disposition of absolute dependence and confident expectation. Wait upon God as a Living Being, as the Living God, who notices you, and is just longing to fill you with His salvation. Wait on God till you know you have met Him; prayer will then become so different.
And when you are praying, let there be intervals of silence, reverent stillness of soul, in which you yield yourself to God, in case He may have aught He wishes to teach you or to work in you. Waiting on Him will become the most blessed part of prayer, and the blessing thus obtained will be doubly precious as the fruit or such fellowship with the Holy One, God has so ordained it, in harmony with His holy nature, and with ours, that waiting on Him should be the honor we give Him. Let us bring Him the service gladly and truthfully; He will reward it abundantly.
— Andrew Murray – Waiting on God