“Do not run away from grief, oh soul. Look for the remedy inside the pain because the rose came from the thorn and the ruby came from a stone”. – Rumi
Here’s a sample!
“The more you plough and dig the ground the more fertile it becomes. The more you cut the branches of a tree the higher and stronger it grows. The more you put the gold in the fire the purer it becomes. The more you sharpen the steel by grinding the better it cuts. Therefore, the more sorrows one sees the more perfect one becomes… ” Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i World Faith
“When inspiration has become hidden, when we feel ready to give up, this is the time when healing can be found in the tenderness of pain itself”.
– Pema Chödrön (born Deirdre Blomfield-Brow is an American, Tibetan Buddhist and ordained nun)
The journal process is a metaphor for layers and layers of experiences, feelings and thoughts of our lives; Some things covered up; Bits and pieces of others showing through; Each layer enriching the next; Forever creating who we are.
The pages are layered more and more with stacked writing, collage, spontaneous poetry, faux sketching, paint, stencils, torn paper, tissue paper, magazine images, words, tissue paper, stenciling, markers, foil, torn paper, cut paper, scribbles, scratches, doodles and all things creative.
(The colors in the slides are not as rich and deep as the originals — I’m having trouble with iphoto)
Session #2 of the Monday & Tuesday Therapeutic Creative Expression GroupShops: We did “stacked writing”: Each participant was given a variety of papers and permanent markers. Instructions are to write their feelings about their personal healing focus: Write big, sloppy, continuously, write on top of writing, rotate paper, write more, write on top of writing, rotate again and write, write write until “written out” Yup, you got the idea.
Writing-on-top-of-writing creates a textured design.
You can say ANYTHING you want, no holds barred
No one, including you, can read what is written
Lastly, the stacked writing is torn or cut and mod-podged in the journals they created last week.