This week's Holistic Creative Circle guest is counsellor and artist, Shelley Klammer.
Some of you may remember, she was a chat guest last year. We are blessed to not only have her as a teacher in Spectrum this year, but also as a returning guest to the Holistic Creative Circle, sharing a short post on her process - a visual and internal glimpse - of releasing painful emotions through expressive drawing.
Here is the Holistic Creative Chat that Shelley and I had last summer:
And here is a guest re-post from her amazing blog, that she has offered to share here with you, as inspiration for your own practice of releasing emotions creatively...
Releasing Emotions Through Expressive Drawing
The art of life is to stay wide open and be vulnerable, yet at the same time to sit with the mystery and the awe, and with the unbearable pain - to just be with it all." ~ Ram Dass
Pain Body Processing - Our biological instinct is to turn away from emotional pain, and this weakens us. I had been struggling to stay present with a deep primordial level of emotional pain for a week or so before I completed the drawing below.
Feeling Without Thinking - It has taken me years to build up my strength of presence to pain. It involves a process of learning to stop feeding emotional pain with negative thoughts, and offering love to the pain instead.
The Transformative Power of Pain - In the morning, a leaping tree figure came through in my intuitive drawing, expressing a new lightness in my heart!
Turning Towards What Hurts with a fierce level of love and presence is a process of trust. We transform ourselves by building the power of our presence until it becomes stronger than our pain.
The Release - Fresh pink, open energy coming in. Such a sweet relief!
Transformation - When we build the strength of our presence to emotional pain - we can heal ourselves on deep cellular levels. When our presence becomes larger and more powerful than our pain, we transform into Love.
You can visit Shelley at her site RIGHT HERE.
You can also join us and 40+ other teachers for a holistic-creative journaling adventure in Spectrum 2016. Registration is open through November, and you are always right on time to join in! (access through May 2017) ::