My Pain -Therapeutic Creative Expression Journal, in progress

Collage page from Judy's Journal

In preparation for the next Therapeutic Creative Workshop – a 4 week Mask Painting workshop which focuses on The Face of Pain, The Face of Pleasure – I reviewed some of my past journal pages on pain.

This page is still in progress but it is an example of how to start your own non-verbal expression of feelings.

Here’s what I did and you can too.  It’s easy.

How to:

  1. Cover the page by smearing craft paint on the page with an old credit card.  Let dry.
  2. Pick, quickly, spontaneously and intuitively pictures that represents pain.   I used magazines.                          ( The pictures can be a literal, symbolic or metaphorical representation.)
  3. Cut away the entire back ground of each picture so you have just the basic images.

Processing for Understanding:

Even though my page is not finished I am beginning to see some of the unconscious meaning.

  • 3 Hands:  Only one hand is complete and that is the right hand where the arrows are pointing.  My pain is directed at my whole being
  • THe largest hand has no fingers, only a thumb.  Without opposable finger on that hand I cannot grasp what pain has “handed me” in life.
  • The third hand only has fingers.  Again, without a thumb I cannot grasp.
  • There are 3 round circles that reach between the two hands, almost like “thought bubbles” reaching across the page.  Both hands trying communicate with each other?

I’ll do more on the page and let you know how it progresses.

2 comments on “My Pain -Therapeutic Creative Expression Journal, in progress

  1. How/where did you learn to interpret the meanings of your work? I do these types of exercises a lot but I never seem to be able to learn much from them.

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    • Sheila,
      I have begun to post on the Tutorial page written exercises that will help guide you to begin to interpret your own visual journal pages. If you send me a picture, with permission to post on the blog, I would be glad to give you feedback. That way you can learn and help others learn too. It is a very powerful tool to understand our own conscious and unconscious processes as well as behaviors.
      Judy
      I’ve been studying and doing the “processing” for almost 30 years now so it now comes intuitively for me.

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