I’ve kept many versions of a visual journal over the years. This little pocket of the universe has been my saviour in challenging times. On that blank page your inner world can be explored with sometimes remarkable insight. I often return to my journals for inspiration and guidance. We all have an inner wisdom, a wise Self , but its voice is often ignored or unheard amongst the clamour in our heads. Keeping a journal gives the opportunity for regular communing and an ongoing dialogue and record of your psyche’s life journey.
Please feel free to comment on how Visual Journalling has helped you!
I am launching a series of four seasonal doll making workshops in 2016!
These workshops are for women who are seeking to connect with their inner wisdom and embody this in the form of a healing doll. Each workshop will work with the lessons of the season as it applies to the journey of the soul.
For more information please go to www.lisafamseasonsofthedoll.wordpress.com
Rest and Digest!
The past year was honored and left behind as firecrackers faded and celebrations wound down after NY Eve. It was a very hot evening in Melbourne as I reflected on the lessons learned and the challenges overcome in 2015. I had dinner with a friend and we talked about the year and our hopes for 2016. I think it is important to “digest”the year in this way. It allows what nourishes you to become a part of you and what doesn’t work can then be let go with thanks.
Now it’s a new moon and a new year and I’m itchy to create a vision for 2016. I like to think of this process as a way of refreshing my body and spirit and orienting myself towards new adventures, journeys and inklings as the year unfolds.
For the past two years, I have made a vision board, based on the work of Heather Price, and with references to mandala work and the Medicine wheel of indigenous cultures (see image above). The centre of this mandala is the “Self” which is the image of our wholeness. Around it are the component parts of body, heart, mind and spirit. I choose colours, images and words that describe what I would like to focus for each part of the wheel. My choices are often intuitive in that I’m not sure why I want that particular colour or symbol, but there is an inner nudge to use it. And often I will find out later in the year its significance! Using symbol is a powerful way to allow what is unconscious to come to light.
Last year, I had the symbols of cups of tea and saucers in the physical part of the wheel, and also a little row of houses. By reflecting on these, I realised I wanted to have more homey social events. Several months later I became good friends with a neighbour and over the course of the year we shared many cuppas. So, once my intention was clarified via the symbol, the physical world began to align with my vision. This is how we can make our dreams a reality!
When my vision board is completed I will take the time to sit with it and reflect on the whole of it and also each part. I will ask these questions:
- What are the underlying themes present?
- How do I feel about what I have created?
- Is there anything that is surprising? Why?
- How can I begin to take small steps towards my vision?
So that I am reminded daily of my vision, I will place it somewhere prominent, where I can continue to see and reflect on it.
Rose embodies the capacity that all women have for healing within themselves.
I created Rose for a friend who has recently had a hysterectomy. I asked my friend for her favourite healing colours and symbols. She chose pink, green the heart and flowers. Coincidentally these symbols are often associated with the feminine.
After such major surgery, it is a time to be very gentle and nurturing with oneself as the body and mind recover and the inner psychic and physical transition is made from fertility (the Mother) to menopause (the Maga).
I chose rose quartz (for the feminine, and unconditional love) to place inside the womb of the doll. The sacral area is surrounded and filled with the healing colours of soft pink and gold in a heart shape, reminding my friend of the healing energy she can bring to this chakra, the seat of creative energies. Finally I made Rose a Dharmachakra, for protection and guidance.
Rose (2015) – needle felted doll
Wool and silk merino tops, embroidery thread, beads, flower, ribbon
16 x 10cm