With just a few days left before the start of the next Painting With Your Muse e-course (it begins this Sunday January 27th). I can’t help but be excited about the possibilities that lay ahead. Yet at the same time I am mindful that although I look forward to witnessing and sharing this journey with others, I recognize that the journey is always beginning. We may decide to go down one path and realize that we are headed in a totally different direction than what we imagined. We may set our intentions, but what that will look like will be a surprise for the most part. If we know this ahead of time – that we can’t know exactly what direction or path we will walk to get to where we intend to go, then we can embrace our paths with open arms. It is this acceptance of not knowing that allows us to feel calm enough to hear the inner whisperings of our wisdom. This is tapping into our intuition; trusting ourselves enough to know that it is ok not to know.
Much of my work as an art therapist relies on this intuition. Knowing when to not know, when to trust the process, knowing to relax and hold the client where they are at instead of rushing ahead to where I think they should be. We could all use a little bit of this patience with ourselves.
Creating art can help us be more mindful and tap into our intuition, whenever we allow ourselves to be led by the creative process. But you know this. That’s why you are here. You can feel it in your bones, in your marrow, in your spirit. What we know and what we do don’t always jive though. Right? Sometimes we get stuck. We follow old ways of being, of thinking, of avoiding. I have been there too.
So what does it take to shift things?
Simply put, it is embracing the not knowing. It is trusting yourself enough to trust the process. It is saying yes to creating without outcome on the agenda. It is surrendering to compassion, from self and others.
art unravels my inner desires
usurps my thoughts and worries
paints splash, mix, form and transform
as they meld together on paper
meld together in my mind
the alchemy of this art shifts me
as I see new things created
my perspective changes
revision of old outdated stuff
space to breathe
space to express
room to be me
art takes me there, to that place
where I did not know existed
where I dare not imagine possible
fear distracts me
art gently pulls me back
Next course begins May 2013!