Whenever something weighs heavy on my spirit, I often use a body mapping technique to help work through it. Today this is on my easel.
I learned this technique years ago in a workshop in the North Carolina mountains. The technique I use calls for me to trace a part of my body that is holding the pain or tension. Today I traced my neck and throat because that is almost always the first place that I feel out of balance. (I broke my neck years ago.) Then I look for some part of my body that represents the way I wish to feel when I am free of this heaviness. Today that is my heart.
The upper portion of the drawing is my neck tracing, just as it came out. Since I cannot trace my heart, I drew it freely in the lower portion of the drawing. The two areas need to connect for this technique to work. I was hearing the words while I was drawing…truth, trust, worth, hope and value. These I placed in the heart in pieces as I feel fractured at the moment.
When I looked at it on my easel, I saw a vessel…where I could pour forth the intentions inside at any time I chose. As I picked up my brush and dipped it into the paint, I envisioned a nest with eggs holding the vessel. As I painted. I kept my intention in my mind and remained open to the spirit.
When I finish the bodymapping painting, I sit and ask for a message. This is the message:
The eggs symbolize a new birthing of the things I have lost along my path of the past few years. These pieces of myself have been scattered around the universe. I have brought them home and they are inside the eggs, and soon will be rising from the eggs, healing the fractures as they are traveling through my heart. Eventually they will be free to move up into my throat and neck where they can be healed and reborn and shared with the world.
Our bodies hold the answers if we re open to listen.
I will be teaching the full bodymapping technique at my retreats later this year ~ The Artist as a Spiritual Explorer and Cre8Topia. Watch for details coming soon.