To work with art and creativity to heal is to claim your birthright! You create with every thought, every emotion, every word, and every action you take. Creative energy is the same energy as healing energy. How you focus your creativity determines how you direct your healing energy and its effect on you and the world around you. I once asked an astrologer friend to look at my chart to give me some insights. She said, "Katherine, you are sooooo creative! You know you create all your shit, right?" Oh, the truth is so hard sometimes. Yes, I can create beautiful paintings, write a multi-award-winning book, and do many things well. And I also am the one who makes all my messes if I choose and act from hurt, fear, trauma, or unconsciousness. Good news: I am also the one who can rewrite the script of my life, let go of the tough stuff, and transform it into greater love and wisdom. I am here to help you to create with greater love and harmony as you let go of the difficult stuff.
You may or may not believe you are a creative, an artist, or a healer. Yet, in my experience, everyone has amazing creative energy and artistry within themselves. Suppose you learn to connect to and unleash the energy of your creative Self? In the process you will discover healing and empowerment at core levels. (I speak more in-depth about cultivating the inner Artist and the inner Healer in my book Artist Shaman Healer Sage through various practices, ceremonies, and rituals beyond this article.) As the Artist and the Healer of your life you have an innate knowing of how to work with art and creativity to heal.
You don't have to know how to paint or draw to connect to your creativity. You may love to write, dance, cook, or garden. You may be a fantastic problem solver. It is an unlimited process that offers excellent alchemy.
Life on earth is a school for the soul. It can be amazingly wonderful. And it can be messy, challenging, filled with grief, and downright complicated! It is a mixture of dark and light, good and bad, and all the in-between. There are always cycles, no matter the journey. The great question is how do you handle the cycles? Do you know how to create intentionally? Do you know how to alchemize the challenges? Can you access your creative self to more positively navigate your Earth journey?
As an artisan and mystic, I naturally use art and creativity as my healing tool for transformation. Many years ago, I discovered I could go to my canvas and dump all my painful emotions and thoughts onto a canvas with paint. In doing so, I began to release the pain in my emotional body through a bodily, sensory process. I was not 'thinking' what to do. I intuitively, and energetically put red paint and black paint onto canvas. It was abstract. It was freeing. And it opened me up to a mystical experience where I went into Samadhi. I had an ecstatic experience of release and illumination where I was completely calm and at peace. When a face came onto the canvas I asked, "Who is this?" I heard, "Dakini Kundalini Mama." Dakini is Sanskrit for sky dancer. It also means the free, illuminated mind.
This process not only brought me peace, but allowed me the change I needed to navigate a difficult situation with a business partner break-up and end of business. It helped me to heal rage and come to center so I could find my way to new life.
I have taught this process many times and continue to encourage it through painting, writing, dancing, throwing clay, or any form of creative flow where you can somatically release the old and bring in the new energy that heals. Below I describe the working with art and creativity process to heal again through a personal experience. It is my perfect process to let go, to alchemize, and to heal.
Most recently, I had an experience of grief and loss that I was having a hard time processing. I returned to my studio to paint out the grief onto canvas in a process painting. My only goal was to clear this and to heal. In the process, my guides came through and helped me return to harmony.
I got an old canvas out of the closet that I had never finished, nor did it seem I ever would. I got white gesso out and ceremonially focused my angst, grief, and emotions onto canvas. With each stroke, I spoke out loud what I was letting go of. I sent my emotion into the paint to release what could never be and what was out of harmony.
Over the white came black—the black mixed with the white where it had not dried, creating grays. There were lighter and darker areas, faces, crosses, and patterns of energy flow. All strokes and variations in color were symbolic of the journey through the void, the unknown, and the pain of letting go. The faces spoke to me as if to say, "You are not alone. We are here with you. Let go and come home to the love awaiting you. It is already inside of you. And we are holding you."
With each stroke, another layer peeled away, and a new vision came to speak to me. I added color and clarity to the faces, whirling energy patterns, and crosses.
One face in particular came into focus with healing and love that was very apparent. I sat with her and felt into her love and support. More greens, blues, and pink hues came onto the canvas in glazes, bringing healing frequencies. Everything was still very abstract, yet with emerging form.
Then, complete abstraction again, painting over the faces in more glazes until they disappeared and another layer began. Often symbolic of our journey - letting go, new form, experience, then releasing again, getting messages, and new awareness creating a new form.
I sat with my dogs and took a break. In the process, I opened up William Henry's site online, where he talks of the Starwalker, Mother Mary, and Pleiadian Goddess energy. Immediately, I recognized that the energy coming onto my canvas was in the form of Mother Mary. She is one of my main guides. And she is the Starwalker coming to help me restore and come home to my true essence. I knew the stars were speaking to me. I knew there was clear guidance and love to help me heal trauma from its origins.
Let this process be your process for moving energy, using creativity to let go of painful old patterns, and to bring in healing energy.
The process applies, whether it be to paint or to dance, to garden or to cook.
I hope this is a helpful process to support you in healing and coming to harmony in yourself. Let me know how you approach the process and your breakthroughs.
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