Day 4 - Releasing Unhelpful Patterns
You’ve done a great work of expressing and releasing your feelings of shame which was the subject of previous exercises.
Now is the time to complete the process and release the psychological hold this painful emotion has on you.
As you might have noticed negative emotions won’t go away just because you say so. The intuitive mind responds to images much easier than it does to words.
It’s not about making shame disappear; it’s about acknowledging it and transforming it in a way that can serve you versus impeding you.
Transformation doesn’t mean denying or pretending
that an emotion doesn’t exist, it means looking at it
from a different perspective.
What you need to do is to alter the image association you have to your emotions, in this case, feelings of shame.
In this exercise, we are going to alter your original image or create a brand new one in response to your original artwork. Either approach is fine.
Sometimes we don’t feel like modifying the original image and want to preserve it. If it feels like a right thing to do then go ahead and create another image. Think of it as the second chapter in a story you are writing. If you’re comfortable with changing your existing artwork, then allow yourself to go with this option.
Follow these six steps to transform the image associations you have with your shame.
1. Reflect back on what you have written in response to your artwork.
Review your answers from self-dialoguing exercise in your journal so you can reconnect with the insights you have received.
2. Engage with your Image
Look at the image you have created and imagine what it needs to feel less painful.
For example, if you have expressed your feeling as a tightly woven coil then maybe untangling it would feel better. Your imagery reveals not only what you are feeling, but also guides you on what to do about this feeling and how to transform it.
3. Connect with your body
Close your eyes, take few deep breaths and connect with the part of your body where you were feeling the shame and then imagine what would change your current imaginary associations with shame into a more positive image.
For example, if you pictured grey color around your neck and shoulders area maybe a hint of pink would make it more positive.
4. Continue with guided visualization
This guided visualization will help you connect to your inner knowing and discover what does your image needs to be transformed.
5. Transform your original image
Once the new image of shame is visualized, you can paint it or draw it. You can paint over your existing artwork or start a new one on a blank piece of paper.
If you are not getting any images or colors, allow your intuition to guide you and pick colors and materials you are drawn to and just start instinctively drawing shapes and scribbles and fill them with color. Try not to question yourself just let your hand move and see what emerges.
If you are ready for the next step you can move to the final exercise.