Day 1 - Releasing Unhelpful Patterns
In this course, we will work with the emotions of shame and guilt, which tend to be present whenever we are trapped in a repetition pattern. However, you can select any other emotion you've been experiencing, and it will work just as well.
This exercise is about using imagery to connect with the subconscious mind and program it with new symbolic pictures to create positive change.
You don't have to be an artist to do this activity. You're capable of it because as humans we think in images, we see them in our mind's eye when we hear music, read something or smell a scent that evokes a memory. The difference is, we'll be intentionally using images.
There are no rules for this activity, all I ask of you is to follow the process as it unfolds and trust your instincts.
It's highly unlikely that you will encounter something scary or disturbing during this process. Our emotions even if they seem painful are usually there to protect us in some way. Having said that, if you become feeling uncomfortable, please stop the activity.
What you can expect:
In the end, you will walk away with finished artwork, and some powerful insights you have gained from journaling prompts and symbolic content of the image. Essentially you will have received a visual letter from your subconscious mind.
You will learn what role this particular emotion is playing in keeping you trapped in a repetition cycle and what message it has for you. Once you have this information, the next step is transforming the emotion, so it can serve you instead of inhibiting you.
Most likely you'll experience a sense of relief, because your painful emotion will be processed, and you will be able to move on. It will stop weighing you down impacting your mood, behavior and physical well-being.
Are you ready for the quest inward? Before we start, we need to do some prep work as far as materials and supplies go. Watch this video where I explain everything in more detail.
To sum up you will:
- Access your subconscious mind a.k.a the right brain.
- Connect to your emotions and discover what message it has for you.
- Transform it so it can serve you instead of inhibiting you.
- Take the first step towards breaking free of your repetitive patterns.
You’re going to need some art materials to get started. They don’t have to be brand new; feel free to use pencils or crayons you have laying around the house, even if you have to borrow them from your child, please do so. You will need a blank sheet of paper, some markers, crayons, chalks or pencils, and a notebook for journaling.
I recommend that you find a quiet space where you can work where you are undisturbed and can focus. If you like music try to select gentle instrumental music without lyrics, nature sounds are also a wonderful choice. You may want to light some candles or incense or use an essential oils diffuser. It’s really up to you how you want to use your space.
The amount for the whole process will vary depending how involved your image is, but I'd recommend anywhere between 2 or 3 hours (in total for all stages of the work). Usually two hours are sufficient. You may choose to perform all exercises as they arrive or wait until you received all of them and go through the whole process at once.
If you are ready you can move on to the first step of this process.
Important Note: Before each session I invite you to reconnect with the artwork you have already created or go over the answers to your journaling questions to enter the creative mental space again. You may also find it helpful to re-listen guided meditation.