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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 are the Artist and the Healer of Your Life

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.

Alchemy and Earth School - The Grand Adventure of the Soul

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?

Here's what I have learned about working with Art to HealKatherine Skaggs Dakini Kundalini Mama in How to Work with Art and Creativity to Heal

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.

You Can Work with Art and Creativity to Heal too!

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.

Healing with Art and Creativity - The Process.

Black and white process painting Stage 1 over the old for healing with Katherine SkaggsMost 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."

Stage 2 in Healing with art and Creativity painting by Katherine SkaggsWith 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. 

Letting Go Again and Again... Stay LooseIntuitive Painting, Intentional Creativity and another stage in using Art and Creativity to Heal with Katherine Skaggs

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.

Emergence of the Starwalker, Mother Mary, Divine Guide

Emergence of Mother Mary StarGoddess, Starwalker, Pleiadian Goddess and Priestess energy with Katherine Skaggs - in How to Heal with Art and CreativityEmergence of Mother Mary StarGoddess, Starwalker, Pleiadian Goddess and Priestess energy with Katherine Skaggs - in How to Heal with Art and Creativity 2nd renditionI 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. 

Where to begin with Art and Creativity to Heal 

  1. Set a safe, clean, and clear space for your experience. Your space is your sacred container for ceremony and healing. 
  2. If you live with others, tell them to leave you alone while you are in your process. Good boundaries are essential. Cultivate safety to be authentic and to go deep with your process.
  3. Have an open time frame. Part of setting your healing container is the ability to go outside of time. You want freedom to explore. If you have limited time, set an intention you have all the time needed to do what you desire. 
  4. Have all the art supplies and tools necessary for your experience: paints, canvas, art supplies, an area large enough to dance in without fear of bumping into something, a journal with colored pens and pencils to write in, etc.
  5. Set your intentions for what you desire to heal, to let go, and to transform. Say prayers if you desire, before, during, and after.
  6. Be curious. Curiosity opens the quantum field, and the invisible world of spirit. From this place you are supported in your creativity.
  7. Commence! Call forth courage, honesty, and release.
  8. Make your Mark! Let go into your art form with abandon. Let your body inform you with the energy it wants to let go with.
  9. Once you have released, call in your healing. You may experience this as a second thing, or it may naturally flow from one state of experience into another. 
  10. Record your process. When possible take photos through your process. I like to photograph stages of my painting. Reflect and write the messages and symbols of your journey into a journal. This can help you to reflect and integrate your process. 
  11. When you are complete make sure to rest and regenerate. Take a nap if you need in the middle of the process. Follow your body rhythms. You are letting go of a lot of energy most likely. Honor your body and your guidance. 
  12. Integrate your experience. Your process may be an afternoon, a day, a night, your dreamstate, and days and months to come. 

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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The Luminous One comes to bathe us in the light, bringing illumination to our spiritual and our physical selves, assisting us in vibing up! She reminds us it is time to move more greatly into the light through our intentions, riding the waves of high frequency light codes coming into our world through the astronomical alignments and spiritual cycles that are here now.

We are moving into a new cycle and a new age, bringing the light of illumination to our souls, that we may embody this light on earth in our human journey. Look upon the Luminous One for assistance in raising your light quotient. Catch the joy, the harmony, and the song of the light singing from this one unto you!

The Luminous One was called in to bring balance between the male and female, the yin and the yang, the human and the spiritual. I say 'she', but must say too this is the ultimate embodiment of male and female, truly not one or the other, though possibly more feminine in many ways. This radiant solar light is all heart and soul, bringing you what you may need to open your heart in greater ways than before.

Bathe in these energies by open eyed meditation upon the Luminous One to receive the energies of enlightenment and the alignment with the galactic center that is now activating our next spiritual evolution into greater light. The Luminous One carries the light codes to purify the lower vibrations through the energy of fire and light, to open the sight of your heart and soul, and to awaken your third eye that you may see more clearly from the soul's perspective.

This activation is also of your soul codes, your galactic multi-dimensional awareness that transcends your earthly linear perspective. Imagine if you can, that you are much bigger as a soul than you are as your human personality. You are HUGE. You are LIGHT, and you are consciousness. Receive the joyous, light from the Luminous One and catch the remembering of your sacred soul essence.

The Luminous One's third-eye is a portal to your inner knowing, to the Akasha, and to the Great Mystery of Creation. Gaze upon this portal to travel deeper within to know. The same is true of the throat chakra 'eye' symbol. It is also a doorway within, to the many dimensions of your very soul essence. Travel through this door to discover your ability to fly through the dimensions, to your power and ability to express these higher consciousness waves of energy. Each time you sit with this image and gaze upon it, you will move more deeply into how you work with the power of light within, and all around.

The Luminous One reminds you that you are a beautiful being of Light, and that you are here to flow this light through you into your world. You are a blessing. It is time to embrace and beholden this within yourself, that you may channel it into your life. Use your intention to flow this light and joy into every aspect of your life, and you will continue to fill up into higher states of joy and consciousness.

Luminous One

Guardians Painting by Katherine SkaggsGuardians, Angels, Guides and other spirit helpers are all around us. There are personal guides and helpers, as well as larger divine beings of light such as archangels and ascended masters, as well as other planetary ascension helpers such as the Hathors who are here to evolve. They are higher dimensional, higher frequency beings which makes it difficult for our 3D eyes and senses to perceive if we are not tuned in to our spiritual awareness. Yet, they are always doing their best to communicate, in hopes of a breakthrough in our perception.

In the early 90s I became aware of several of my main guides as I explored using my intuitive vision as an artist. "Guardians" came onto canvas, as well as into my head and heart. The painting was not just "visionary" but clearly multi-sensory and multi-dimensional. It became clear my guides were coming into form to not only greet me, but to get my attention and let me know I was not alone. I was never alone, and they always were there for me. They had my back.

Now many moons later, many paintings later, and a multitude of mystical experiences later I have come to know my helpers are always there, doing their best to not only be of service and support me in this life, but to guide me into greater levels of love and joy and higher consciousness. I hear them, feel them, see them with my inner senses, perceive them. It seems easy now, to know, trust and experience direct guidance not only from my guides, angels, totem animals, ancestors (the ones who have walked before and are on the other side), but also multi-dimensional beings I might say are alien or other planetary consciousness who desire to assist. And it is easy to tap into to to so for others in Spirit Guide Paintings, Shamanic Healing Sessions and Intuitive readings.

It wasn't always easy, and it wasn't always something I believed I was capable of. In the late 80s though, I began metaphysical training and began to dive into the invisible spiritual realm with practices that assisted me in connected to the unseen world. I didn't think I was capable or gifted. Yet, as I learned to still my mind, I was began to access the unseen worlds where our higher dimensional guardians are awaiting our connection.

Cool thing is, you can connect too!

Katherine Skaggs Trinity of Angels

Say Hello and Thank You

The best way to get to know your guardians and helpers from the invisible realms is to say "hello!" from the deepest levels of your heart. Be curious. Be kind. Be upfront and let them know you want to make contact. Any ally, guardian, angel, fairy, ancestor, ascended master and helper really like it when you will introduce yourself, say hello and let the know you want to connect. You don't have to know their names or who they are to begin.

Thank your guides for being part of your life. Honor them and their powers, and gifts. It can be a general conversation as you begin, i.e., "Dear Guides and Guardians, thank you for helping me through my life. You are powerful and wise. I appreciate how you have nudged me in the right directions when I could listen and take guidance, and for your patience and perseverance when I was unaware. I appreciate your love and commitment to me.

Give Offerings and Requests

Make a heart and soul offering, through clarity of intention and heart's desire. Offer them your time, your stillness, your willingness to meet and connect. Set an altar to hold a physical place where you honor them, honor their gifts (even if you are learning what that might be), where you give them your attention. Leave flowers, burn incense, light a candle, write prayers. Leave candy and gifts that are of the heart.

Give your guides direction and requests for contact. Ask them to make it clear! "Leave a penny or coin on the ground for you to know they are with you." Ask for the parking spot when going to the store. Ask for protection. Ask them to give you clarity of guidance for a particular subject in your life.

Once you begin to make requests of your guides, always be generous in gratitude and offerings in return. As in any relationship, it is a reciprocal situation. Bless your guides as you ask them to bless you.

Katherine Skaggs Abundance Angel

Be Attentive, Open, Patient, Curious

The more attention you give to your guides and helpers from the invisible world, the more energy will collect and expand for you to experience their reciprocity and communication back to you. Be open to how they will communicate. Become childlike in your nature, curious and questioning. This is a key to noticing their various ways in contacting you and communicating. What's it like to "imagine" their conversation? What is their demeanor? Their energy? Are they funny, stern, wise, simple, kind, animal, angel, other dimensional? Once you begin the path of curiosity, they will reveal themselves through frequency that you will identify by one or several of your senses.

Be Still

To know your guides and helpers requires developing stillness and observation. This is required to engage any of your extra sensory senses. Sit still in nature and observe in deep quietude. Sit still and meditate. Engage concentration exercises to hone your skillsets. Reflect. Journal. Ask, listen, reflect.

Signs and Synchronicities from Your Guardians, Guides, Angels and Helpers

Your guides are very happy you are reading this article right now. Whatever urged you to read this, know that very specifically YOUR guides are urging you to go deeper on the path, and this is one of the steps, or breadcrumbs. Breadcrumbs are the synchronicities or coincidences that get your attention. It is when you know who is calling when the phone rings. Or you were just thinking of a person and you run into them at the store. It is the sign on the back of the car in front of you, that sends a message you can't ignore. It is the clock that says 11:11 or 12:12 or 4:44 each time you look at it. There are numerous sign posts and synchronicities along the way.

Psychic Log and Guide Journal

If you are curious and want to try some of these things, get a journal and begin to write down synchronicities that begin to come once you have begun to say hello, to be still, to ask for their support, or at least their appearance.

Dedicate your journal to the communication between you and your guides. Write in it to communicate what is on your heart and mind. Follow the steps above. As you write, do so as you are communicating directly to each of your beloved helpers. It doesn't matter if you don't know who they are. They will begin to answer and speak to you in a manner through your journaling that is different than your voice, and is not in the first person "I". Instead you will begin to hear or sense the conversation being direct to you, rather from you. Write it as you experience this, with answers and guidance coming you may never have thought of, or accepted before.

Katherine Skaggs Healing Earth Angel

Record synchroniciites, such as when you look at the clock and see repeating numbers or triple digits. Write down when you have asked for help, and you get a call from a dear friend asking how you are. Your guides have reached through the energy web to activate your ground crew.

Having a log gives attention to your journey of awakening to communication with your guides. It also slows you down so you can be aware. Admitting what you sense and experience moves you from believing to knowing. You must admit your experiences and claim them to build upon your abilities of perception. It strengthens the link with you and your guides as it would any relationship where you actively work on communication, giving and receiving.

Why Now?

We are in an ever evolving spiritual journey. This 3D reality of human life is more and more chaotic, as we are in times many refer to as the Kali Yuga. It is a dark and challenging time, with a purpose that propels many of us forward in our own spiritual awakening. Our guide teams and helpers have always has a great role at assisting us through this dimensions. And I find we need them now more than ever to navigate the dense human reality, and to remember we are timeless souls, not bound by the form of a body. Our guides are some of our best helpers to assist us in remembering who we truly are, and how to align ourselves with a higher reality and experience.

by Katherine Skaggs

You are held in the arms of angels,
enfolding you, keeping you safe.

Each day they bless you with a kiss and a smile,
trusting you hear, you will listen,
That you will follow the inner guidance
with peace and joy.
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