In this digital and intellectual world of ours we often rely on talk therapy for our healing. It is a tool commonly used these days. To be honest it works for some of the people some of the time. Best not to rely on it as your only go to tool though. We often live in our head and healing for me takes place in the body – we need to include the body in our healing work especially where grief is concerned.
I have been working with a mom whose daughter was killed in a nasty car accident. We have been using art as her expression, her outlet, her way of communicating to me what is going on in her inner world. She did a series of three images she called Pain Has No Colour that, with her permission, I have posted over the last while.
Now that spring has arrived we are doing some inner house cleaning and we have again chosen to use a series of three images to help her let go of some of the Shit Swept Under the Carpet. When you look at the three piece you will clearly see;
1) What she had swept under her carpet;
2) How she removed the shit from under the carpet;
3) And finally an image of her blossoming in the spring;
They say a picture is worth a thousand words – how absolutely true indeed. As I look at and receive her artwork as a communication I completely understand what she is saying as words can so often be misunderstood. The art also presents her emotional release in a way that is so much easier to see in visual form. The colours, textures, and form of it all is exquisitely HER.
This is not a process I would use with everyone. However it is a right tool for Luba and I at this moment. Thanks for showing me the authentic you and may the healing continue!