Many people live their entire lives unconsciously enslaved to patterns of childlike dependency. In order to heal, you will need to develop discernment to determine the difference between genuine adult needs and the unrequited feelings of childhood neediness.
An unwillingness to process your painful emotions will keep you dependent upon other people to meet your needs for love, approval, security and survival. When you avoid processing past hurts, you will unconsciously expect other people to make you feel safe, take care of you emotionally, and reparent you.
Ungrieved losses from the past will keep you feeling as helpless and dependent as when you were a child. When you finally face what you have been afraid to feel, you can invite spiritual love and strength into the human parts of yourself that feel small, unloved, rejected and unsafe.
I had such a wonderful time talking with writing coach Dawn Montefusco this past week. While I have been introvertedly and deeply contemplating my finally finished book, Dawn has been on extroverted fire with her mission to offer healing through words!
This writing interview series starts tomorrow, August 17. My interview airs on August 25!
Dawn shares: "Whether through a book, a blog, on social media or in your journal, writing has the potential to help you and others feel better, heal past wounds, and restore a sense of love and connection."
I so agree!
This interview series will give you tips and strategies that will help you….
● Learn why NOW is the most important time in human history to write.
● How words can heal past trauma, depression, grief, and anxiety.
● Find out why it’s important for your inner fulfillment to honor your calling as a writer.
● How to find inner peace and allow your intuition to guide you when you write.
I love to write. I have been writing publically for well over a decade now and I have just finished a book that I have worked on for ten years!
Writing is one of my favourite contemplative practices. And, I especially love to write about the art of emotional healing.
Now considering myself a well-practiced blog, course and book writer, I know that words have such great potential to impact the healing of the world. When words are kind, inspiring and authentic they create a ripple effect of healing.
My dear writing friend Dawn Montefuscohas created a 10-day video series for writers to help you get your stories out of your head and onto the page.
This will be my third time talking to Dawn and I just love her enthusiasm. Her abounding passion for writing always ignites my writer's heart.
I’d love for you to listen in on our chat about "The Power of Big Writing Projects."
Over the years, as a collage artist, I have become increasingly dissatisfied with the quality and quantity of the imagery in magazines. For this reason, I prefer to purchase older magazines from thrift stores, as the quality of paper and imagery is so much better.
Magazines are also so much thinner than they used to be but I am still subscribing to various magazines for the time being. Even though the imagery is more sparse and limited, I start cutting them up for collage as soon as they are delivered to my door!
Adapting with the times, I have recently been experimenting with abstract collage, and I am really enjoying it! Not so reliant on imagery, I have been cutting up bits of patterns and colours in interesting shapes.
Since I no longer have the need to process such heavy emotions through my art, my collage process has become much more peaceful and contemplative. If you would like to follow my process, I am documenting my contemplative abstract collages on Instagram.
I find that abstract collage suits my meditative purpose very well, as I like to sit in quietude contemplating my different compositions. I usually work on 3-6 collages at a time - sometimes for a very long time.
Expressive Art Process:
~ Choose several colourful and patterned pages out of a magazine. You might also use patterned scrapbook papers.
~ Cut your papers and pages into geometric and organic shapes.
~ Spend some time meditatively rearranging your shapes on your backing paper.
~ When you feel satisfied with the arrangement of your abstract shapes, glue all of the pieces down with a glue stick.