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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. 

Additional Support for your creativity and healing process:

The Art of Journey 6-month Course

Work with shamanic journey, intentional creativity, and intention to open your creativity and healing.

Intuitive Painting One-Day Play Shop
Awakening Your Soul Spark

Saturday, March 25th - 9am to 5pm

Explore your Intuition, Hopes, Dreams, and Heart's Desires with the Intuitive Painting Process

Expand Your Intentionality,  Imagination, Curiosity, and Courage to Create

Whether you are a seasoned artist or beginner, Katherine will bring you into a safe and scared space to play with paint, to tune into your intuitive nature and to make your mark in any color, shape, and form you like. You are the artist and the editor of your life. It is time to trust you are capable and courageous enough to explore the creative process that plants seeds for new life. Work with intuitive painting to express your intentionality, curiosity, and wonderment for dreaming life big.  Katherine will guide you to work with the intuitive creative process, as well as how to work with the materials, color, symbolism, and intention to connect to your inner creative spark, your creative Inner Artist. Ceremony will hold the space for diving deep into your creativity and imagination, to open the doorway to visioning, and how to bring that to a canvas.

Intuitive Painting Theme is Awakening Your Soul Spark with New Beginnings

Within the day's sacred container we will work with the energy of Spring, of the Cosmic Void of potentiality, and the clarity of focus for planting seeds for new life. We'll journey with the Spring energy bursting forth from Mother Earth to express our hopes and dreams and being born anew.

Creativity and Curiosity

With canvas, paint, and the power of your curiosity, we will explore your soul's inner symbol system, awakening your intuitive creativity, and its power to support you in creating the life you want.

What if you could create a more loving, exciting, peace-filled, and abundant life? What if you can edit our life story and empower yourself as story teller and story maker? Are you ready to expand your story into greater harmony, love, and joy? What does it look like, feel like, taste like, sound like, to Awaken Your Soul Spark. There is nothing more important than realizing you are the Creative Spark who directs your life.

Everyone of us is a creative being. If you don't think of yourself as an artist, it is time to reconsider that you are born a creative being, even if you don't draw, paint, sing, dance or such. You imagine and create your life each day. It is within you. It drives your choices and responses to the world. Becoming aware of this divine spark within your very being is part of your journey to awakening your true nature. With intention, curiosity, and the courage to show up, you have the opportunity to awaken and engage this divine spark in your every day consciousness. This is a time to connect to your Divine Inner Artist Spark, and bring her forth.

Imagination, Innocence, Purity, and Childlike Wonderment

When we begin anew, we are in a vulnerable yet powerful energy of innocence and purity. These qualities are potent regenerative energies for creating our heart's desires. Are you tired of the adulting? Are you ready to laugh again, and move into the freedom of play? How would you like to imagine again?

You will be supported to release old, limiting beliefs and energies as you explore the power of curiosity and childlike wonderment in your intuitive painting process — opening the doors to joy, fulfillment, heart, and great happiness.

What to Bring to Class

Personal Materials for your Comfort

  • Plenty of Drinking Water for the day
  • Sack lunch
  • Snacks as needed
  • Meditation pillow

Art Materials to Bring:

  • Portable Table Easel (I have some easels you can use on a first come basis. Let me know as soon as you register.)
  • 11x14" (or larger) Sketchbook/Visual journal for taking notes, writing intentions, focusing on what you desire, and sketching
  • Water container for painting water
  • Acrylic paint - A rainbow of colors. Recommended high quality/high pigment count such as Golden Fluid Acrylics. Small tubes or bottles of paint okay as we will use small amounts with thin layers of paint.
  • 1 Large Canvas - Choose from Sizes 16x20" or 18x24"recommended. (Make sure your portable easel will handle)
  • Variety of soft synthetic brushes. Small, medium and large. Flats, filberts, rounds. Have at least one 1" or larger flat brush for big stroke washes.
  • Palette for paints
  • Several rags or old towels

What is Provided for Your Day of Creative Retreat

  • Coffee and Hot Tea
  • Sacred environment and teachings for exploring your creativity and awakening your inner artist
  • Lots of support to help you awaken and access your intuition, creativity, inner vision, and your ability to express it!.

Tuition: $155 or

Deposit: $100 holds your place with balance of $60 cash due at class.

Space for 12. Please register early to insure your spot in class.

 

Click here to Register

 

Once you are registered begin to gather your supplies. The journey has begun!

Women's Intuitive Painting: Painting the Soul Retreat 2017

Intuitive Painting:
Intentional Creativity & Healing the Soul

A mini-retreat for accessing your Authentic Soul Wisdom

Saturday, October 13th
9am - 5pm
Wild Spirit Yoga
Tomball, TX

Join intuitive, visionary artist Katherine Skaggs for the Intuitive Painting: Intentional Creativity & Healing the Soul class to Access Your Authentic Soul Wisdom!!

By nature, you are a brilliant, creative, intuitive being, capable of creating much more than you often believe — capable of greater health, happiness, joy, peace and prosperity. Learning to harness the power of creativity through your intention, and the intuitive painting process, can give you greater freedom in how you choose to live your life.

In this full-day intensive play shop, you will work within a safe and sacred container to access your intuition and inner creative intelligence, and to bring it into your conscious playful, creative expression. We'll use drum journey, guided meditation, prayerful intention, and intuitive painting as expressive tools to move your inner brilliance into color, light and form, expressing more freely through your mind/heart/body connection.

We will work with the grand symbol system of life, along with the use of intentionality and curiosity. You will have the opportunity to explore soul symbols, and their use to open the potential of your greater self being fully realized.

Even if you have never painted or drawn in your life, this class will take you beyond your limitations and open you to your powerfully creative Self. We speak in symbol and metaphor every day whether we know it or not. This class will deepen you into the journey of being the story teller and creator of your life.

Intuitive painting is a painting process to free you from limited perception and stuck ideas about... well, anything. I have used it to heal what is stuck in my personality, emotions, beliefs and body issues. Many years ago it got me out of my state of perfection, which was always an illusion, and put me into the flow and intelligence of my Spirit.

I'll provide the safe environment and all the supplies, you supply your curiosity, your courage and your desire to be more creative... to Wake UP! ... to heal... to en-JOY yourself. Come with an open mind and be prepared to open the rest of yourself into greater authenticity.

•Work with the Language of the Soul Symbol System

• Develop greater trust & confidence in your self, for all of your life

• Connect to your Intuition, Inner Knowing and Divine Guidance

• Move beyond fear and limitation

• Access and claim your Authentic Creative Soul Self

• Be the Creator of Your Life

Be the one who designs your life with purpose, power, wisdom, joy and happiness.

How to prepare for class:

• Wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on
•Bring an old towel as a paint rag
•Bring drinking water
•Bring a sack lunch and any snacks you need for our day.

•Be ready to have some fun, and grow beyond you wildest imagination!

I will provide everything else!

Please register early due to limited space in class.

Register below by making a deposit or full payment.

Community by Katherine Skaggs
Community by Katherine Skaggs

The ART of Soul-full Living
A Women's Creativity Retreat

Wednesday, August 26th
thru Sunday, August 30th

Join visionary artist and soul mentor Katherine Skaggs in the ART of Soul-full Living, a Women's Creativity Retreat in the beauty of the Colorado Rocky Mountains to awaken your Spirit and infuse your essence into living your life authentically and full of Soul!

ART of Soul-full Living, Women's Creativity Retreat is a safe, and sacred container for women to engage their true soul essence and to awaken their creative energies for healing, empowerment and authentic soul-full living. This retreat is a sacred ceremony of Intentional Creativity,  Intuitive Painting, ritual, mask making, drum journey, altar work, journaling, and other creative processes, holding you in the healing spaces of unconditional love, acceptance and sacredness.

During this retreat you will have the opportunity to explore and claim:

The Power of Intentional Creativity - How would you like to create your life? More fun? More love? More Joy? More Grace? Learn the power of intention united with your true creative nature to shift anything in your life into greater alignment with your authentic Soul Self... which is the frequency of love!

The Intuitive Painting Experience - Did you know you are a powerful, intuitive, artisan by your soul's nature? Yes you are! Through the playful and creative process of Intuitive Painting, you can open to your inner playfulness, your inner child, your inner wise woman and your bright soul light innate to your being.

The process of Intuitive Painting combined with intention and drum journey awakens your inner senses, your inner guidance system and soul mapping system to awaken your true sense of knowing, purpose and belonging.

Shift beyond the ordinary world of reality into the extra-ordinary experience that comes from engaging your intuitive, creative soul-full nature for direct revelation. No painting experience is required. Just your willingness to explore your true creative nature.

The ART of Imagination - You are infinitely creative, yet, do you know how to access it? As a fundamental concept in working with your intention, your creativity and intuitive painting process, you will be given experiential exercises to awaken your imagination, opening you to receive what your soul has to give you!

The ART of Being Human - Are you aware of the inner soul's GPS that came with your soul as you entered into a body? Yes, you do have one. Become aware of your soul map and symbol system so you can better navigate your human life with greater power and grace. Navigating the human dimension well requires understanding how to read the signs and symbols along the road of life, and then take action on the guidance you have been given.

The ART of Being Transformation - Imagine it is your creative power that turns you from ordinary woman into amazing, super woman Alchemist of transformation! Use your creativity and intention to shape shift your life, to transform that which no longer serves you. In the process of transforming and transmuting your past you will discover you have created a new ground and "canvas" on which to create a new story, a new image, a new life.

The ART of Being Divine - Connect to your Divine Nature! Engaging your soul through, Intentional Creativity and Intuitive Painting gives you access to experience your soul self, not just the you that shows up in the mirror each morning. By the end of the retreat you will have created your own personal Soul Portrait.

The ART of Waking Up - Our time together will give us the opportunity to Wake Up from any slumbers we might have going on in our lives, to fully engage ourselves as powerful, artisan women, who consciously choose our experiences and engage our wisdom and beauty along with our authenticity. What would it be like for you to be fully awake? To be fully conscious of your choices and take complete responsibility for your happiness? No excuses, just love!

The Power of Women in Sacred Circle - A beautiful part of this retreat comes from gathering in sacred community with other women, to share our stories, our journeys, our breakdowns and our breakthroughs. Being held as sacred within an unconditionally loving container can be all it takes to shift up in one's life, to a more authentic and soul-full expression.

Ritual and Ceremony - During our retreat we will co-create an altar where we will place our prayers and intentions for our time together, and for what we are unfolding in our lives. We will also open a sacred container honoring the medicine wheel, the directions and our allies, inviting in protection and guidance from our ancestors and allies who are always here to support us.

Facilitator, guide and soul mentor Katherine Skaggs has been an artist since she can remember, and engaged in waking up her soul self the past 30 plus years. She is dedicated to empowering other women to find their authentic expression, to be courageous and amazing in her own expression of her divinity, and to activating her ability to live full of soul each breath, no matter the appearances of things.

Held at Katherine's Studio in Fort Collins, CO 

Event will be held at Katherine's studio in Fort Collins, Colorado in the foothills of the Rockies.

Check-in Wednesday, August 26th will be between 2 and 6pm. We'll gather for Dinner at 6pm, and then at 7:30pm we'll meet for our opening ceremony and first session together.

Lunch and dinner and healthy snacks are provided for the retreat Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Brunch is included on Sunday. We will have a closing ceremony prior to brunch.

Registration - $495

SPACE IS LIMITED - REGISTER EARLY TO ENSURE YOUR SPACE AT THE RETREAT!

Rooms are available in Fort Collins, CO:

Once you have registered for The Art of Soul-full Living Women's Creativity Retreat here, please be sure to secure a place to stay nearby in Fort Collins, CO for the duration of your stay. We are recommending the Residence Inn at 1127 Oakridge Drive, Fort Collins, CO for special room rates, 970-223-5700.

Book your group rate for Art of Soul-Full Living Womens Retreat

6 - Week Intuitive Painting and
Intentional Creativity Course

Awakening Your Authentic Soul Wisdom
March 3rd - April 7th
Tuesday Evenings - 6:30-9:30pm weekly

Join intuitive, visionary artist Katherine Skaggs for the latest Intuitive Painting and Intentional Creativity class, Awakening Your Authentic Soul Wisdom.

In this 6-week course you will work with Intentional Creativity and the Intuitive Painting process, to awaken Your Authentic Soul Self Wisdom. You will work with drum journey and guided meditation, plus reflective exercises to get in touch with your subconscious and soul symbols, energies, and visionary self.

Katherine will create a space for you to express through color, form, and symbol language to invoke your archetypal power and soul wisdom.

Themes we will explore in this process the next six weeks will include who you are as mystic, as dreamer of your life, as creative genius, as transformer and healer of your life, as fool, as shaman and seer.

We'll explore the sacred soul languages of symbol, sacred geometry, archetypal form into soul self portraiture, abstract or literal.

Even if you have never painted or drawn in your life, this class will take you beyond your limitations and open you to your powerfully creative Self. We speak in symbol and metaphor every day whether we know it or not. This class will deepen you into the journey of being a story teller and creator of your life.

•Work with the Language of the Soul Symbol System

• Develop greater trust & confidence

• Connect to your Inner Knowing and Divine Guidance

• Move beyond fear and limitation

• Access and claim your Authentic Creative Soul Self

Be the one who designs your life with purpose, power, wisdom, joy and happiness.

Intuitive Painting and
Intentional Creativity

Awaken Your Authentic Soul Wisdom
Saturday May 2nd
9am - 4pm
Glenview, IL

Join intuitive, visionary artist Katherine Skaggs for the latest Intuitive Painting and Intentional Creativity class to Awaken Your Authentic Soul Wisdom.

By nature, you are a brilliant, creative, intuitive being, capable of creating much more than you often believe, capable of greater happiness, joy, peace and prosperity. Learning to harness the power of creativity through your intention, and the intuitive painting process, can give you greater freedom in how you choose to live your life.

In this 1-day intensive play shop, you will work within a safe and sacred container to access your inner creative intelligence, and to bring it into your conscious playful, creative expression. We'll use drum journey, guided meditation, prayerful intention, and intuitive painting as expressive tools to move your inner brilliance into color, light and form, expressing more freely through your mind/heart/body connection.

You will also explore the concept of your life as a dream, and how to best navigate the dream through its grand symbol system, and the use of intentionality and curiosity. You will have the opportunity to explore soul symbols, and their use to open the potential of your greater self being fully realized.

You can expect this work to activate your inner soul wisdom, creative freedom and joy at new and expanded levels. As you explore your sacred soul language of symbol, color, sacred geometry, and archetypal form  you will create your own soul-self portraiture, abstract or literal, to take home with you by end of the day.

Even if you have never painted or drawn in your life, this class will take you beyond your limitations and open you to your powerfully creative Self. We speak in symbol and metaphor every day whether we know it or not. This class will deepen you into the journey of being the story teller and creator of your life.

•Work with the Language of the Soul Symbol System

• Develop greater trust & confidence in your self, for all of your life

• Connect to your Inner Knowing and Divine Guidance

• Move beyond fear and limitation

• Access and claim your Authentic Creative Soul Self

• Be the Creator of Your Life

Be the one who designs your life with purpose, power, wisdom, joy and happiness.

Intentional Creativity

Awakening the Power of Your True Nature
And Authentic Soul Wisdom
Thursday, April 30th
7 to 9pm
Glenview, IL

Join intuitive, visionary artist Katherine Skaggs for an informative and empowering talk on Intentional Creativity: Awakening the Power of Your True Nature and Authentic Soul Wisdom.

By nature, you are a brilliant, creative, intuitive being, capable of creating much more than you often believe, capable of greater happiness, joy, peace and prosperity. Learning to harness the power of creativity through your intention, your curiosity, and return to innocence gives you greater freedom in how you choose to live your life.

Katherine will open you to the concept of your life is a dream, and its grand symbol system that creates a map, with guide posts along the way. She also give you practical wisdom to reload your spiritual GPS device through intentionality and curiosity, to move forward on your life's adventure with experiences that reflect more love, beauty and joy that are born of your soul's fulfillment and purpose answering your beckoning call.

Over the course of the evening Katherine will illuminate you through not only words, but also the use of her art, to stimulate your own creative nature. There will also be a safe and creative container created to support an inward reflective, guided imagery and drum journey process to give you a taste of how to access your brilliant, creative inner creator self.

Life is a metaphor, a symbol system and integrated matrix of light pulsing that responds to your desires, your curiosities, your loves and even your fears. Learn to move with only love as your fuel, and awaken to greater mastery for living well.

Be the one who designs your life with purpose, power, wisdom, joy and happiness.

This event is held at Be Optimal Wellness Center at 1249 Waukegan Road, in Glenview, Illinois 60025.

Telephone 847-486-8000.

Cost is Donation Offering only.

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