Since posting my first discussion no one has commented on the topic. I was wondering if self-expression is the problem? I have known many people in Christ centered churches not Quaker, who are afraid of self expression. They don't believe the world at large is supposed to see anything in them personally. A favorite expression is " I don't want people to see me, I just want them to see Jesus" To which I ask Why? If you have some belief that you are created, and if there is that of God in you as Quakers say they believe, then what's wrong with people seeing you? Is that too honest? Why are you Unique, as most proclaim we are, if your expression is to be hidden at all cost? It seems that Quakers, as well as traditional Christians, are afraid of speaking whats inside them, unless they believe its profound, or cloaked in acceptable religious conclusions that no one can fault. I am not talking about lunatic rantings, just honest expression. When I began to try and separate my self from religious language, and even flowery flattery of God, or Christ, what was left was just me. Yeah, it was and is scary.And for the record I am not always completely honest, in my attempts.To write about my REAL LIFE struggles, my not always shining moments and not wrap it up with a relevant bible writing, (pie in the sky, by and by, just a poor wayfaring stranger, we'll understand it better by and by, which are not actual bible writings just cliche's derived from bible writings) sometimes leaves me uncomfortable. What is your experience worth if your not honest about it? So again I ask as an artist, and a Quaker, or spirit concerned person, do you see the divine in your expression, or does your expression have to mirror a set definition of the divine?