"Art is a mantra, as well as a form of numina: an ancient term for 'divinity' or 'divine presence.' Numen (singular of numina) is also sometimes used to describe the idea of power residing in an object, just as a grouping of words repeated as a mantra is believed to hold power. Art is a mantra and numen in the way that it helps me make sense of my surroundings and purpose."
Mary F. Coats is a painter and visual arts educator. She was recently featured on Booooooom, and more of her work can be viewed on her website.