So, about last night...
Art Remedy Workshop by WISDOM CIRCLES. June 3rd, 2017. Envisioning our Guidance Council.
Experiences like last night are dreams come true.
I am so lucky to have so many incredible women around me.
We are so deep, so vast, and so full of wisdom.
Today I’m Reflecting through dancing images and emotions.
Group Flow. Connecting to our creative wisdom.
Like the experience of someone brand new to the group showing up and adding so much depth in her quiet assuredness. She said she found us through a friend who knows that art and healing are “her thing”. Yay, a point for social media! She’s the first to arrive and I’m trying not to hurry our greeting process as I’m saying, “I’m sorry we’re still setting up”. And I’m thinking, Shit I still have to make a couple signs too. Her immediate response though is, “oh, do you need help?”. That reassures me, how nice:) I open the door of Olanani AcuOasis, and lead her into what her visionaries call, “The Spaceship”. Later on her art compilation keeps attracting my eye...making me wonder, “hmm I wonder what that red means...and oooh she picked that one (one of my favorite stencil designs that rarely gets used).
I try not to tell people too much about the stories behind my stencil art because I don’t want to project onto them. I really envision the art part about experiencing your own creative wisdom and flow.
Newness can be so scary on both sides. I really want to be ready as the main workshop facilitator, but also allow for the magic of the unknown. Facilitating in a group of highly competent, strong, beautiful women can feel intimidating. Preparing myself is a full process for me, it stretches me to acknowledge my own fears and brings me back to my heart-filled intention of co-creating safe and creative spaces.
Raquel fully engrossed in her art-making.
Marissa in her creative flow. Using handmade stencils by workshop facilitator Sierra Dew
As I’m walking around the room I am so curious about everyone’s art pieces. I realize, wow, there is so much to each one, each person here has so much to share, and has so many dreams, and possibilities inside of them.
And I remember
We are so deep, so vast, and so full of wisdom.
After some writing we move into our partnerships. I’m always so interested in looking for the synchronicities there. Who will end up together? What perfect conversation and connection will flow between them? There is so much being experienced that I don’t even know.
I hear the giggles and see heads close together between 3 sweet conspirators. Mama Marissa leaning in with enthusiasm as I hear snippets of Tai sharing about the depth of support she saw through her meditation. I smile, haha, yes these 2...I can see how they would make each other laugh.
Being the timekeeper is so hard! I ask, “Are we ready to come back together again”? “No, wait, wait Irie hasn’t shared yet!” “Ok, we need more time”! We laugh because we all feel how we could be here for hours.
Tai and Marissa sharing revelations.
I am experiencing rhythms and cycles as I move through the room. Each segment a different wave of being and connecting between us. I breathe in...yes, this is sacred space.
One question that came up during the art-making (that is so real and can happen for a lot of us) was, “I have a lot of anxiety about it not being perfect”. The self-judgements, the fears that so many of us feel. “Yes, It’s ok, I get that too, breathe into yourself..and try to acknowledge it. What was the intention you gave at the beginning of the group? “Heart Openness”. Beautiful. Go back to that. Take a breath, and go back to your heart openness.
And when we feel like we’ve lost the feeling right away, we think we’re right back where we started. But we’re not. We just need more opportunities like these to explore. When we have a supporting, loving environment there is so much freedom to express. As women, we need more safe opportunities to explore ourselves. And honestly, we rarely get them. Last night is just another confirmation for me for how this community venture I’m creating is about making creativity and art accessible to everyone. A little cell of good energy drawing in people for an array of soulful creative experiences.
Post Workshop bliss.
Lying in Shavasana, with our heads facing each other and our art in the very center we call out what we are going to bring forward from this session. “More self-love”, “As humans, we need to connect with each other”, “the power of vulnerability” “Creating my home space like in the way I did tonight with art”.
And I go back to my original intention and see it within all this.
“Trust in the unknown”.
The adventure I could never predict and waking up with the feeling of deep fulfillment.
ALOHA MAI NO, ALOHA AKU; O KA HUHU MEA E OLA `OLE AI ∞ WHEN LOVE IS GIVEN, LOVE NATURALLY FLOWS BACK IN RETURN - Hawaiian Proverb