Sometimes we need to zone IN on what our needs are without the confusion of everything that is going on around us.
While having time out camping by the ocean one weekend, I was compelled to get creative after finding this little deserted table on the beach. It was such a perfect spot and surface to open up to self-expression and this is the therapeutic artwork I created (see photos).
I simply allowed my feelings to flow into my hands and be intuitively expressed with soft pastels and with no thought for how it was going to look at the end. It is such a relief when we are able to allow this; to let go and rest our mind in the art. It is truly pleasurable.
There must have been a little drop of water on the table that soaked into the centre of the page because when I finished, a hole began to appear in the middle of the paper. I believe nothing happens by chance and it was the hole in the paper that created the most poignant meaning for me.
As I explored my artwork, I discovered answers such as:
- Feeling awash
- Feelings awash
- Not knowing what is going on
- Emotions seeking their place
- A wounded heart space
- Seeking answers
AND ALSO, when looking at it from a different perspective by turning my art and observing from different angles and distances, I noticed:
- An open hand offering support
- An open hand asking for help
- The wound is in the palm of my hand (as in, it is there for me to look at and heal)
As one turns and explores ones art, the answers to our initial questions or feelings are often answered. It is always so surprising how the art holds all the answers.
THEN, WHEN I LOOKED THROUGH THE HOLE:
I saw the answer for right now is to zone in and focus on one thing…ME…
While resting my attention in both in my ‘homespace’, that space just below your belly button and visualising radiating healing light up to my heart, I focused one eye through the hole looking out to the horizon. In doing so, I felt a ‘balance’ begin to settle within feeling less ‘awash’ and more certain and OK with not knowing ‘the answers’ right then and there. I WAS my focus and in placing my focus on ME and surrendering to nature and stillness, the answers would come in their own time.
And in doing so, my hand would be open wide, supported in its healing journey, refreshed and ready to offer more support to others <3 It felt soooo good!
Allowing the power of trusting the process of Art Therapy and allowing the unintentional hole in the paper to find its place, helped me to find the answers I needed in that moment in time.