There is art and then there is the "I need to find out what is going on inside me kind of art" created in a soul searching experience. That is the kind of art that helps you evolve.
When going through the dark night of the soul, art was my saving grace several times. Some times this art is just scribbles and cut out pieces of paper showing imagery from magazines that represents the inner thoughts and beliefs.
“We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Years ago I noticed that I had a sleeping women in my art pieces. Even in this self portrait, I looked asleep. Over and over I painted and sculpted women with the closed eyes.. until one day I had a awareness, a question...
"What am I asleep to?"
When you ask questions, you get answers. I got mine and it was life altering.
Art seems to be able to show us the truth. We each have a perspective and from our own perspective, things seem right. Only thing is, our own perspective is very small. Art can assist us in seeing another’s perspective, expand our own perspective and discover hidden beliefs we have that is hidden from us.
Art is always a self portrait.
You can't lie to yourself when creating art after asking questions you want answers to. The answers show up loud and clear. Well, until we are ready to see them, they may not be so clear, however, the clues are there. We only see what we are ready to see.
When you use the art as your teacher, you can find your way back to the light of day, evolving into a stronger, more loving and wiser self. Since 2002, this has been a weekly practice for me.
One night before sleeping, I asked
"What can I teach my students (at the college) about art that would profoundly change their lives?"
I got the answer in a dream. The answer, doodling, is what I teach in a Soul Vision workshop.
When you want to embrace a shift in your life, your business, your relationships, your finances, whatever, you are welcome to join us. Only the brave need to show up. By brave, I mean someone who is willing to see their blind spots on paper and willing to shift them. It is eye opening. We don't dwell, we just expose and move on to shifting them.
We simply play with art to create a vision board of what a life would look like that is inspiring to you. Inspiration brings passion and fuel for moving forward. You first need to see what your beliefs are to know how to not keep going through the same things. You don't even know yet what those beliefs are that keep you stuck. Do you know exactly what can make you feel fulfilled? Only your soul does. We invite your soul and spirit to show up and play in the form of art.
Here is a photo of me from 2008 and again in 2012 before I met my husband Mark. People asked me what my secret was. They said I looked ten years younger. My secret... finding out what my soul's purpose is and clearing the blocks that made me afraid 95% of the time.
I was on a soul searching journey.
The vision boards taught me who I was. I got to discover things that helped me stay on track and they can do that for you as well.
Last time I offered a Soul Vision Class someone who did this in Italy with me flew down to Sarasota from NY just for the day to experience it again and create another vision for a different part of her life. She then left that evening with a vision to assist her on her journey. Last I heard, she accomplished her main mission. Discover why a neighbor keeps coming back. She is already an artist but finds being in the group so rewarding. Others see what we miss. We help each other. We are growing together. Another artist, the one pictured in this blog just got in her first gallery as a result of increasing her vision and belief in herself and her art.
Taking reservations now for Jan. 13 & 14, 2019. A few seats left.
Here is what one participant had to say from our most recent class. Click here to listen and watch.
Be the first to see what came through when I asked about the meanings of the colors of the rainbow. The words flowed from my hand onto paper and was very informative. When you keep doing this work, your creativity channel opens wide. I'll have you do a similar exercise.