Layer One - Creatively Fit Life Coach Journey
Wow how powerful is the statement above, by Matthew Fox. When I read this I felt as though I had always known this, that being creative is an integral part of our nature. It doesn't matter how we choose to be creative as long as we allow ourselves to creatively shine and let that inner voice be heard. It's not about the end result, its about the process. These are often hard words to hear for a creative.
My first few weeks of the Coaching program has been all about meeting the Artist Within. Understanding more about the right brain and the role it plays and integrating it more. Also about listening and allowing and to a certain degree surrendering to perfection.
At the start of my journey Whitney intuitively chose a sacred symbol for me. My symbol was The Sphinx. As soon as I saw this immediately I couldn't relate and kept thinking, why would I get this symbol. However Whitney and I had a skpye chat about this very symbol and it was only after that I realised her intuitive guidance was spot on. The Sphinx amongst many things represents time. Time is something I have struggled with for a while, not enough of it, not being in the present, projecting into the future, wasting it, unstructured time, rushing, you name it time has definitely been an issue.
I have always felt like I have to catch up and I don't have enough time. Whitney suggested I have a go at painting The Sphinx and meditating on what it means. I knew that it would stretch me artistically and it did. I googled some images and chose one I was comfortable with to base my painting on in my journal. Not my best art but one of the things I am learning on this journey is that it is not the end product, the picture as such it's the energy that is created when I paint and the meaning behind the art, the process if you will.
Throughout layer one we really focused on using our right brain more. Our right brain is our creative brain which is often underused whilst our logical brain, left brain runs the show. Using our right brain more has many benefits. It can help us to relax more, to develop our intuition to balance using both side of the brain. A couple of the activities we did to practice this were.
Cover a page with colour. This is so fun and easy to do. Grab a marker, crayon, pencil which ever colour you are drawn to and the cover your page. Just let you hand move around the page not judging what you see, not trying to draw anything in particular. Here is my page below. Of course I was drawn to bright pink which I seem to be drawn to a lot lately.
Another activity we also did, which to be honest I found challenging was to close your eyes and scribble on a page for a few seconds, then open your eyes and try to find the pictures in the scribble. Of course this dog or teddy face jumped out at me but I kept thinking it could'nt be it. I have done several of these this week and each time I have to look for a while before finding the picture. Usually there is a message in the picture a subconsicous message, once again the Right brain in action. Another facet of this activity is to write out 5 words that come to mind right away from the scribble and what you see. Needless to say I wanted to reach out and give this cute dog a hug.
Finally a couple of other exercises that we did which I'm sure you have heard of was a dream collage (otherwise known as a vision board) in our journals. The first is a dream board and the idea was to pick images that jumped out at me. I actually did 3 double page spreads of this I was having fun it is a great right brain activity and very relaxing.
As you can see I was drawn to lots of bright colours and being outdoors in nature, I think I am dreaming of summer already. Whitney said she saw blooming when she saw this spread, which is another great insight. The whole point of these exercises is to allow the right brain voice to speak to us and to become more aware of its wisdom.
Finally the other collage which we did was a torn paper face collage. The idea was to look at anything that jumped out at us. This one definitely didn't flow as easily as I was really trying to find pictures and images that resonated with what I was trying to represent. I loved finding the crown and jewels, adding wings and the clock for time. I also added the big round jewel at my neck representing the throat chakra which is blue also. The buddha for mindfulness, the glitter heart for opening my heart, the butterfly for spreading my wings, the mask for unmasking the real me, oh and there is an owl just on the top of my head for wisdom and knowing. Of course the background is outdoors. I feel as though I created this more with intention of what I am wanting to attract.
So these are a few of the exercises we did. I have found that I am now more aware of creating for my own mindfulness and wellbeing and growth. I can see the importance of using my right brain more and this could be a blog post or a few all on its own.
I'd love to finish with some powerful words that, are so relevant today. We absolutely need both sides of brain to work together in harmony, but how often do we allow and receive.
I hope you enjoyed my overview of this first month I look forward to sharing more soon.