Healing with Art

As the days flow by…I rummage thru memorabilia, boxes of photos reveal stories of so many days gone by. I have about 50 journals of poetry and insight that I have written over time, sketchbooks also await my reflective visitation.  I have set an intentional vision in place to review my journals and create an illustrated book of insights.

My mom passed in 2007,  I am still working thru papers of memorabilia from her interests. She loved cooking and recipes. I am fond of her cookbooks and although I have lightened my shelves a wee bit, I have kept many as I find comfort in their presence. She didn’t stop at cookbooks, she clipped and saved recipes. One of my recent projects was to get those loose recipes put into one place, mission accomplished; there are hundreds ! Now, to create a special box to hold them.  I particularly enjoy finding her hand written notes in the recipes, notes and names of the wonderful women who shared their treasured secrets. Cooks are alchemists of the greatest kind.

Creative projects seem to stack up, so now I actually calendar them so that I don’t get too distracted and I take action steps in small ways to achieve these goals.  I find that now my grief at her passing has lightened that it is easier to read her papers. Grieving knows no end and has no time markers. Fluid and real, it can bubble up at anytime. Taking that bubbling emotion and putting into art making can support your being in the experience , that is what I discovered over these past many years.

Which leads me to my journey into the Color of Woman Method of painting, a certification course I took in 2012.  The Color of Woman Method has also evolved into a larger container called Intentional Creativity, created by Shiloh Sophia McCloud.  I discovered Shiloh’s work at  around the time my mom was transitioning back in 2006, also that Autumn I attended my Venus Sequence Practitioners in person training in San Diego…( see I am reflecting again )  and I do pop around in my writing, so bear with me I think can tie this together.

I share this because all of these systems and pathways that I have been studying lead to deepening your relationship with your Self.  And in this time of what I will call a Renaissance, discovering how your inner compass directs you is of prime importance.

Just like with recipes, we add ingredients to our living experience.

Intention.   Hold that word lightly and think about what intention means for you….

Here is a little movie of one of my paintings using a blend of intentional creativity and the creative depth coaching process

 

 

 

There it is, the page.

There it is, in front of you, the page.

Empty, Waiting….sshhhhh, whisper softly…the page awaits…

A blank page can be overwhelming in its potential…shall you write, draw, paint or walk a way  ? Today’s topic began one way, in a blink it became about trees.  Creativity often works that way…you may think it will be one way but the variables start to dance about and presto, another way presents itself.

 

Imagine the nature of trees as they give so much to us as environmental friends and symbolic allies. The breath of life flows thru them from root to tippy top branch. How are you honoring your inner tree ?   Do you live where there are trees or parks ?  Have you touched the bark of a tree lately ? Visited a tree farm ? Watch how a backhoe digs a very wide and deep hole in the earth to plant a tree ?  Maybe you have observed trees over time, from sapling to maturity ?

As the trees are transforming into the spectrum of colors this season,  how are you connecting to the change of seasons within you ?  Your leaves may also be changing colors and shedding,  what are you noticing this season ?

 

Mini-Journal prompt:  Tools: Pencil or charcoal and paper or any creative tool that calls to you….. Take the paper outside to a tree place it on the bark…rub the lead of the pencil/charcoal over the bark…notice the patterns that are left… in your journal either trace or re-draw the bark, do the first on slowly…like really really slowly….then increase the speed of your drawing….attend with your observable awareness your fingers, the pencil/paper and bark designs….

Observe your awareness as you participate in this process, notice what you are feeling or seeing that rises up in your imagination….either write your observation or just write one word which has come into your mind.

Committment

 

Commitment:

the state or quality of being dedicated to a cause, activity, etc.

synonyms: dedicationdevotionallegianceloyaltyfaithfulnessfidelity

“her commitment to her students”
2.
an engagement or obligation that restricts freedom of action.
“business commitments”
synonyms: responsibilityobligationdutytieliabilityMore

This morning I was pondering Commitment, I was also pondering Human Design  (which which is a system deeply based in choice. There are 5 Body Types in the system… ( basically 4, but there is a 5th much debated about). Each Type has a way that they can respond  and/or accept ( or not ) an action step or direction that carries them on their way. There are start and stop codons just as in DNA and there is a starting gate as well.

https://www.jovianarchive.com/Get_Your_Chart

I am a Generator with a response of ahh ha…meaning yes  or un un meaning no……A Generator has a defined Chakra or Center deep in its Sacral Center…and if the vehicle( your body = the vehicle in HD lingo ) expresses Ahh ha , yes, deep visceral response that is an Affirmative  and the deep visceral response of the Un un is the opposite… as mentioned this is deep in the Sacral Center.  You make want to practice with a friend to discover what your deep sacral responses feel like.

Sacral Session Handout 

Now what has that got to do with commitment?  I am really not too sure, but what I am thinking is that as a conditioned being it can be really challenging to integrate Human Design into your life.  What if you said yes….and then don’t feel the yes any more ? What do you do with your commitment ?   I sense that there is an evolution that occurs from commitment to devotion when your passion ignites.  Of course their are distinctions  between commitments from the mundane to one’s world overview.

Human Design is complex, yet when you learn it layer by layer and weave it into your world you begin to have some insights and expanded experiences in your consciousness and also in the directions that your life may or may not unfold into.

Subtle shifts occur for us when we introduce transforming awareness technologies into our lives , we also enter into unfamiliar landscapes of change.  This is where art and particularly working with Art as Process is beneficial.

Art as Process is an approach within art making that holds to no visual end goal.

~  Kendall Sarah Scott; Artist with an inquiring mind ~