Keys to creativity.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Art Journal Sharing
Cover Completion of A Journey Within.
Keys to creativity.
After struggling with repairing the binding of the book, I was finally able to glue and bind the cover back on. The completed design for the cover is much different than what I originally envisioned. I had planned for a bright, sunny color for the background paper; purple was the front-runner. I came across the sheet of map paper with the street sign and an idea formed in my head of using the phrase a map towards my Higher-Self. I then found the keys (representing unlocking my creativity) and the brass brads which matched perfectly. While decidedly different, it is more fitting of the title of the course; A Journey Within: a guide to unlocking your creativity.
New art journal: Navigating the Dark Night of the SoulTitle page: Navigating the Dark Night of the Soul. A personal book study of the book Defy Gravity by Caroline Myss.
Page 6: Meditate on the light within you.
The delay for this post was my reluctance in sharing this new art journal. I found myself putting off posting without fully realizing why. I came to the realization that I feared what people might say or worst yet, their judgmental comments. Part of this spiritual journal is recognizing my stumbling blocks and fear has moved in and taken root. I don’t remember when it stepped into my life. It wasn't that long ago when I wasn't afraid to do or try anything. I have my theories but that’s for another posting.
This art journal is a way to express the emotional turmoil I have been, and still am, going through.
It began when winter arrived. I found myself in this dark hole, unable to see beyond the moment that I was living in. The desire to accomplish anything was gone; I found myself literally wasting the days away in front of the TV with this feeling of deep despair. I recognized that I was in dark place but the gumption to start the climb out simply wasn't there. Overwhelmed by all the things I should be doing, I did nothing, as if frozen in ice waiting for someone to use a pick ax and chip me out. Spring arrived, a time when I normally spend the entire day working in my gardens. Instead, the weeds grew and the grass filled in my beautifully laid out flower beds. Then a friend unintentionally gave me the initial push I needed (thanks Barb!). I took the first step up that steep wall out of the hole.
I knew the place where my soul had gone. I recognized it from a book I had read three years or so earlier, Defy Gravity by Caroline Myss. When I first read it, it had an impact on how I viewed my life. Little did I know that it was preparing me for this spiritual journey, the Dark Night of the Soul. I’ve always done personal book studies. I have composition books filled with notes from various books I have read that helped me deal with or get through specific trouble spots. Because I am shifting internally, I needed to create something from my thoughts this time rather than simply write so I chose to do an art journal.
There are many types of spiritual journeys. I would love to hear about yours if you would be willing to share.
NOTE: If you need a better understanding of what the Dark Night of the Soul is, please go here. I stumbled upon her blog post while I was looking for the original poem written by Saint John of the Cross.