Catrien Ross

Artist & Mystic in Japan



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Sudden Artistic Output Taps Brain’s Hidden Universe – Paintings and Music by Catrien Ross

Written by: on June 10th, 20162 COMMENTS

Close-Up Detail, Catrien Ross Sudden Paintings

I accept my sudden paintings and music as personal proof that we can spend an entire lifetime without once tapping into our brain’s hidden universe.

I was already 59 when I first experienced the overwhelming compulsion of a sudden artistic output that erupted into my life.

Spontaneous paintings and piano compositions began pouring out of me in fantastical flows.

The eruption was especially astonishing because I have no study or training whatsoever in either painting or the piano, and throughout my life have never shown the slightest interest in either.

I do not draw, sketch or paint, and there has never been a piano in my house.

At the surface level I know absolutely nothing about painting or piano techniques.

Within the hidden universe of the brain, however, I clearly do know and I clearly do understand, all that I need to about how to paint and how to play the piano.

Catrien Ross Sudden Paintings, Detail
My sudden paintings and music reveal this hidden universe.

In my artwork this complex universe vibrates through a magical flow of jewel-like colors and joyful textures that well up from some secret place within.

I have been asked many times how this sudden “genius” is possible.

In response to such questions at my solo art shows in Japan, I have considered several explanations.

A writer since early childhood, I have always tapped into my innate creativity, not only via words, but also in my ability to live creatively.

I have spent the last two decades in a contemplative life deep in the mountains of Japan, where I have slowly and lovingly restored a 300-year-old minka by hand.

Over and over my creativity has been expressed in flexibility, resilience, tenacity, and an original approach to life’s many challenges.

So being creative is naturally what I am.

Has my particular and personal situation in Japan been a crucial factor in forging discovery of the brain’s hidden universe?

For example, as an accomplished writer and speaker in English, my day-to-day existence has been severely hampered by my inadequate Japanese language skills.

In Japan I am essentially illiterate rather than articulate and the experience has been humbling as well as instructive.

Such mental restrictions have forced me to continuously develop and deepen non-verbal skills just to survive at the most basic level.

I have become adept at picking up alternative clues in daily communication and I can sense energetic patterns in a variety of situations.

In addition, I feel I have been tempered by many years of significant cultural and personal trauma caused by very difficult Japanese family dynamics.

Unable to move freely at so many outward levels, I have had little choice but to greatly expand my inner resources.

Another possibility is the sudden awakening of savant-like skills.

Since my sudden artistic output in 2013 I have been categorized as a sudden savant, so genetic or ancestral memory may well count as the source of my astonishing new abilities.

Being a very mixed bag of ancestral genes, as I wrote in a previous blog post, I have a big source I can tap.

Yet I feel the sudden savant explanation does not take into account the importance that spirituality plays in how the brain works.

For instance, can sudden access to the brain’s hidden universe be triggered by a contemplative life and a conscious spiritual path?

I believe that each of us is not only creative, but also spiritual.

The importance we assign to this creativity and spirituality is what shapes our lives.

Where we focus our intention is where our energy goes.

And then there is the simple fact of getting old.

As brain cells deteriorate or become damaged by the aging process can new neural pathways form to compensate for the loss?

My sudden paintings and music attest to the incredible creative potential that can indeed be released as we mature.

As I move deeper into the crone phase of my woman’s life, is my sudden artistic output a gift for my old age?

The certainty of knowing that we can tap into the brain’s hidden universe at any point in our lives is enormously uplifting and a constant affirmation.

Looking forward in inward exploration, what other discoveries await?


2 Responses to “Sudden Artistic Output Taps Brain’s Hidden Universe – Paintings and Music by Catrien Ross”

  1. Cass Yong says:

    Dear Ms Ross,

    My name is Cass and I am from Malaysia. I am currently reading a copy of your book, Japanese Ghost Stories and I am enjoying the book very much.

    I was interested to research one of the person from your book (Mr.Masaki Kazumi) and I then I found your blog when I was Googling about.

    I love to read that you have found your new talents and I myself is also a believer of anything is possible if the mind is set to it.

    I think it is somewhat fate that I am reading your book (I bought this book last 2 weeks by chance at a bookshop selling lots of English books but less Asian related titles and when I saw the title, I just have to get a copy) and then researching and then finding your blog and then writing to you.

    I love Japan very much and I try to go there as many time as I could and maybe one day actually retiring there myself.

    I also am fascinated with the supernatural and also believe the forces of nature. Not everything needs explanation. Sometimes,humans just have to accept it as it is.

    Your paintings are beautiful and I hope you get more inspirations to paint more beautiful things. I would love to buy a copy of your music too if they are on sale.

    I have yet to visit Mount Fuji and perhaps I may make a trip to got there next year. By fate, I hope I have the opportunity to meet you.

    Thank you.

    Cass Yong

    • Catrien Ross says:

      Dear Cass:

      Thank you for taking the time to drop in from Malaysia.

      I very much appreciate your kind comments.

      Yes, the brain has a hidden universe where many things are possible – I am very grateful for this new journey in my life.

      If you ever get to Mount Fuji, do try to say hello in person.

      Next year my private gallery will be open to show my paintings, and I look forward to giving talks about my sudden artistic eruption.

      It would be wonderful if you could stop by!

      My music has been released as CDs, so let me know if you are interested.

      Again, thank you for your lovely letter, and best wishes for your own personal journeys.

      Summer greetings to you from Japan.

      Catrien Ross

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