Intentional Creativity uses the Muse (the voice of guidance that feeds you rather than feeds off you), we go on a visioning journey together to find her and gather the medicine, gifts, tools, or knowledge she has for us. The canvas is the portal through which we make a more physical contact, painting and writing are the tools used to assist the Muse to emerge into being.
The core teaching is about bringing in your whole self through your intention so that you can live fully liberated into the being you are here to express in the world.
The painting becomes a power generator through every thought and inquiry being infused into the painting. It is a quantum reality that when we bring our mindfulness to something that it actually lights up. As you light up you are lighting up the field that we are all part of and hence we light the earth.
The image will hold the space for the experience, all our life experiences are held in story. We are generally not conscious of how we hold these stories, what we make it mean or where it is stored in our field.
Memory exists inside the space around us in the field, and not in the brain. When we paint we go into the field around us and access the story. We ask for that story through intention to be moved out of the space where it is and into the prepared space of the canvas.
The process can be used for purely a painting experience, to relax, as spiritual practice, a healing tool, or for great transformational work. It is about your Intention!
To look at this process with more of a scientific mind, I have used these methods when working with adults and children for recreation and for deep trauma work. With Trauma I have seen children move through things they have no way to verbally express and this becomes behavioural (they act out how they feel to show you, or to make you feel how they feel).
The process of taking an inquiry or a piece of the story (your story) and writing it onto paper or canvas - this doesn't have to be words and many people including myself may use patterns or symbols, especially if there are others around and it doesn't feel safe to write out in a sentence. This is activating the lineal structured primarily left functions of the brain.
The next step is to move it, so paint or scribble over it. The use of large sweeping strokes not only feels great, but it gets movement to the body, initiates contralateral crossover movements (like Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)) great for energy and physiological structures while initiating the more prominent functions of the right brain. We are whole brain creatures, so this is a simplistic explanation of a complex organ, but I think you get the idea.
The moving back and forth between the use of, writing, movement, and creativity sees a whole brain affect occurs. This whole brain affect impacts the Amygdala in a fantastic way, it calms it!!
Why so great, well the Amygdalae are like the fire alarm in the brain, when it feels a threat it activates and eventually floods the system from whats called the HPA (Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal) axis with chemical concoctions, including hormones and hijacks the rational brain. Over time these chemicals that are to assist us to fight a threat, Run or freeze (so not to be seen and harmed), they end up becoming overproduced and in excess and then we can see these hormones as toxins that start to impact our health and wellbeing.
The Amygdalae helps store memories or perceptions of emotions, so if there is a troubling story or emotion and we pair it with creativity in so doing we defuse to connection and that piece of the story (these are tiny pieces of story) no longer trigger the same emotional response it had previously. What a difference this makes to life, being able to modulate emotions.
To calm the amygdalae and stop the cascade of knock on effects in our physiology is a major win in working with Stress and Trauma. Not to mention simple relaxation and joyful experiences, Why wouldn't we see transformation!
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