Angelic Abstractions Emerge

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Recently I was asked if I would like to display a variety of low to mid priced Abstract Energy ARTworks for sale in a Retail Shop setting.  I agreed and as it was a brand-spanking new retail venture a combination of existing and newer art pieces would be what was needed to help add a splash of colour to the bare white walls.

My mind was now in a total whir as to what I could actually paint as this request was an out-of-the-blue change of direction for me as I did not need to focus on my regular gig of PAINt Relief … the world of creative expression was now mine for the taking and I was initially full of self-doubt.

Phew, I may have got of to a slow start but I am so very happy that I accepted Dianne’s challenge as I had a fabulous time experimenting and painting with watercolour paints and ended up creating my own unique version of abstract Angel figurines.

I so enjoyed this new-found creative expression that I will definitely be creating more Angelic Abstractions in the future which I will make available for sale online as well.

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An Angel For Dianne
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Invisible Illness – PAINTing Out The Pain

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Invisible Illness, no matter what name it is given, be it Fibromyalgia, CFS, ME, MPN/MPD, Anaemia (and I am not referring to your everyday pop an Iron Supplement Anaemia), etc is an absolute insipid life-changer and unfortunately for a few people it can also become a life-ender.

I personally searched for many years for the answers as to why I was in such chronic pain when I had not actually hurt myself in any way.  During this time I was diagnosed with having Fibromyalgia (and many other ‘possibilities’), which I now know was actually brought on because of the stress of not really knowing the actual true cause and the unbearable frustration of always having to justify my “invisible illness” whether it be to family, friends or the medical fraternity.

My fibromyalgia muscular-pain more or less disappeared once I was correctly diagnosed and treated for the actual cause of my pain … bone-pain, a nasty side effect of being a Chronic Anaemic.  

With this said, to anybody who suffers chronic pain, pain is pain and the difference between it being a life-changer or life-ender is basically how that particular person copes with the everyday management of their pain and the advice that they receive.

Mental health is one important area that needs to be given top priority as does any treatment that can help change a pained person’s mindset and/or outlook on their life (with or without pain).

I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones whom with time and support was able to successfully self-manage my bone-pain by combining general Allopathic, Haematologic and various Non-Allopathic methods to alleviate pain flare-ups.

My own pain management journey had me pick up a paintbrush and PAINt out the Pain that was frustrating the hell out of me!

As a result, I now offer support and guidance to others experiencing pain by showing them how they can use creative expression to help them bring some relief to their own pain.

I call this my PAINt Relief method and you will find examples of Abstract Energy ARTworks that I have painted whilst facilitating such PAINt Relief either just for myself or with others.

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The reason for me writing this particular ART Blog post is because I have just finished reading Fibromyalgia – An Artists Perspective that was written by Jenny Schwarz and published by The National Pain Report (USA) in recognition of Fibromyalgia Awareness Day which is held annually on May 12 (two days ago) … it felt like in parts that I was reading my own story!

This article totally resonated with me and I found myself nodding in agreement with practically everything that Jenny Schwarz had to say especially the part about Painting when in Pain.  That is exactly what I did and still do although these days I am known to paint just because I love to paint (pain or no pain).

These are just some of the things that Jenny wrote that I could have easily written and to read the entire article you just need to click on this link …

 Fibromyalgia – An Artists Perspective

I only paint when I’m in pain.

When I’m hurting, I paint the pain into the painting.

“There are things you can do to help yourself.  I refuse to be controlled by the pain.

No hardship or hurt I have ever experienced in my life has been as bad as this one. Nothing I have faced could have prepared me for the utter pain and destruction this disease has given me.

While this pain is a curse, I also now understand it’s changed me and for the better.

I will always play my part in raising awareness for Invisible Illness, especially encouraging others to do as I have done and that is to try PAINTing Out The Pain as part of their overall self-care pain management.

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Awaken Your Own Inner Rainbow

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Whilst I am taking some much needed Rest and Rejuvenation time-out sorting out another ‘pain-demon’ foe I thought that as a follow up to my last blog post I would share a rather special colour laden video which I like to watch when I am in need of a quick pick-me-up to awaken my own Inner Rainbow of Chakra Colours.

This video is presented by Elizabeth Harper from Sealed With Love (I so recommend that you check out this absolute colourful delight of a website … I love it).

It is a colourful light-filled visual journey through the chakra colors and simply by watching this video the coloured imagery can help the viewer to shift their energetic vibration, alter mindset and activate self-healing.

Elizabeth suggests that you make yourself aware of any subtle changes that might occur in your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies as you go on this journey of colour to awaken your own Inner Rainbow … enjoy!

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So You Are A Creative Visualization Virgin

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So you have decided to give creative visualization a go, yay … good for you.  I promise that with time and practice you will come to love it as much as I do.

I can almost guarantee that you will find yourself teaching other Creative Visualization Virgins this fantastic mind/body/spirit relaxation breathing technique as well.

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Here is an introductory exercise to help you get started by teaching you the absolute basics of creative relaxation and visualization.

First of all as with the majority of similar-type relaxation exercises you need to be wearing loose-fitting clothing and be either comfortably sitting up or lying down.

Ensure that the room you find yourself in is warm/cool enough without you over-heating or feeling chilled to the bone.  Make sure you are as comfortable as possible so grab a blanket if you think you will be needing one.

Dim the lights and/or close the curtains and do not forget to switch off any other electronic distractions.  You have permission to even hang a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door.

When everything has been done and you are in a comfortable position then it is time to close your eyes and take 3 or 4 slow, deep breaths in, holding the breath for at least 5 seconds before exhaling out.

After a couple of minutes of breathing in and breathing out it is time to focus your attention down towards your feet and legs.

You are wanting to progressively relax your whole body by starting with your toes and working your way up by slowly allowing the relaxation process to drift upwards until you feel completely relaxed and without a care in the world.

Relaxation is the first part of this exercise and it is only when you are fully relaxed that you commence the creative visualization process.  As you gain confidence of this technique through consistent practice you will take less time to get yourself into a fully relaxed state of being.

As mentioned the second part of this exercise is to visualize.  It does not matter what you choose to think about but it is important that you first set a positive intention.

You may choose to visualize a Colour, an Object or even a Person.

Lets focus on you imagining a person shall we.  Think about someone you know (or would like to know).  Picture an image of this person in your mind and try to hold on to that image.

If you see a clear, sharp image of this person virtually straight away it means that you are naturally a ‘visual person’ and you will have no problems with creative visualization.  For those that do not, it simply means that it will take you a little longer to master this technique and like most things in life the more times that you practice something the better you will become at doing it.

For this particular exercise, all that is important is that you can ‘imagine’ the person in your mind.  There is no right or wrong way of doing this.

Now that you have a visual  image or picture of this person in your mind think about something that ‘stands out’ about this person or think about an ‘incident’ that involved him or her.  It might be something exciting or mundane, just experiment with your ‘imagining process’ until you can see this incident in your mind.

Finally imagine you and this person doing something together, again it makes no difference what it is that you decide to do, but what is important is the process of you imagining this event.

Once you have imagined this clearly, take a few slow deep breaths in and out, have a stretch and open up your eyes.  You have successfully undertaken a creative visualization exercise and with time and practice you will be able to do this no matter where you are, etc just by closing your eyes and shutting out any distractions.

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Practice this exercise as often as you can, choose a different person, object or colour to visualize each time you do so.

You can improve your ability to ‘see your visualizations’ by looking at a painting or photograph for a few minutes and studying it intensely before closing your eyes to see if you can recall it in your mind’s eye.  With practice you will be able to recall the item that you were looking at in detail.

You are now on the way to using creative visualization to make powerful and lasting changes in your own life and you will no longer considered to be a Creative Visualization Virgin!

Visualizing Healing Colours

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Our imagination is possibly the greatest healing tool that we possess because it is via our imagination that we can rehearse for a successful positive outcome and we can change old negative patterns by seeing ourselves acting in positive life-enhancing ways.

Visualization is the process of harnessing the power of your mind through using imagery to achieve a specific goal whilst you are in a heightened state of relaxation.

It is not hypnosis and like most things with practice you will learn how to utilize visualizations to find new ways of harnessing your creative powers for enhanced health and well-being.

Each colour has certain qualities which influence us both positively and negatively.

Every colour has a unique therapeutic value and each one can be used to treat a particular physical or emotional problem.

When we are ill our body gives out a distorted and/or disturbed pattern of energetic vibrations.

A simple way to help yourself to attain better health is to think about colour.

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By focusing your thoughts (and in doing so changing your mindset) on colours you will find yourself being drawn to one colour in particular and this will be the colour that you are needing at that particular moment.

When you are visualizing healing colour you would first set your intention before focusing on either a person or thing that you wish to enable healing and then you would visualize or sense what colour or colours that you would need to help heal the recipient.

Then after you have finished you could create a work of art using the colour and/or colours that you visualized.

Perhaps you may want to draw or paint an image or symbol that represents the person or thing that you wish to heal and then surround them or it with an imagistic representation of the colour and/or colours that you have imagined.

For example you would visualize the colour Blue to help reduce the severity of a sore throat or to help reduce blood pressure.

The colour Red would increase blood pressure but it is known to help with anaemia or iron deficiency.

The colour Green is a wonderful balancer and it has antiseptic qualities so would be useful in healing infections.

You can find many informative resources about Visualization, Colour Visualization, Creative Visualization and Guided Visualization online if you are interested in learning more about this simple to implement and unique self-healing tool.

 

Holistic Healing ~ Holistic Colour/Color

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I have written before about the importance of colour and the significant role that it plays in Holistic Healing … Holistic Colour/Holistic Color = Healing Hues.

I was able to gradually wean myself of prescription pain medication through changing my mindset by opening up my mind and eyes to the world of alternative modalities such as Colour Therapy and Energy Healing.

By utilizing colour and the healing vibrational properties that each colour emits through the rainbow coloured food that I would eat, the clothes that I would wear (yes, you will still see me wearing ‘black’), the colours that now reside in my home and of course the Abstract Energy ARTworks that I would create.

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Colour/Color now plays a significant role in my life and I am happy to connect with such like-minded kindred spirits as Donna Frasca from Decorating By Donna who also understands the importance of colour, especially in self-healing.

In my opinion, colour is without a doubt a most beautiful resource to make use of as you awaken your own creativity and holistic healing journey towards improving your health and pain-free well-being.

 

Creative Entrepreneurship

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I used to think that being an artistic person and/or a business-orientated person were worlds apart, you were either one or the other but boy-o-boy was I in for a reality check once I ventured into the realm of creative entrepreneurship.

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It seems that these days I spend less time on being creative and way more time than I would like to on pursuing the nuts and bolts (ie. left and right-brain aspects) of my creative venture … creating Abstract Energy ARTworks and helping others alleviate pain as I have done by creating their own Abstract Energy ARTworks.

I read recently that “left-brain thinking has dominated the business world for centuries but as we move from a knowledge economy based on information and analysis to a creative economy built on innovation and ideas that right-brain thinking will prevail” … great news for we creative-types alright!

Left-brain thinking whilst still important is no longer enough to be competitive in the modern business world and the time has come to leverage our right-brain thinking skills and take action in order to be successful.

So I have learnt that business is actually an extremely creative process (and I do not mean dodgy ‘bean-counters’ hiding $ here, there and everywhere) because it requires me to constantly innovate by coming up with new ideas (such as this blog post), products and services.EA Logo 200x200Being a Creative Entrepreneur is a true reflection of me as a heart-centered person, as it is my beliefs, my values, my vision and my voice that you see whether it be online with you reading this blog post right here on my website, my various interactions via social media postings or offline as you gaze upon one of my Abstract Energy ARTworks in real life.

Creativity infuses everything that I do and touch and I now recognize that although I may do things a little differently to others as I infuse a mixture of fun and play into my professional work … which simply put is that ME and my creative work matter (and not just to me)!

 

Healing Art

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I was asked this question the other day … “What is Healing Art?”

I believe that it is when a person uses Art to heal the body, soothe the mind and transform the spirit by actually engaging in either creating or viewing art.

The simple act of creating a visual image on either a piece of paper or on a canvas can produce both physical and emotional benefits for both the creator and the viewer.

There are many levels of healing and many things to be healed.

Art frees the Immune System so it can function at its best, relieve pain, heal depression and raise one’s spirit.

When we make art to heal the creative spirit within us is awakened and arouses our Inner Healer which in turn changes our whole physiology and promotes our mind, body and spirit to heal.

Healing Art is the tool for transformation that people seek in order to enable change.

Art Therapy traditionally places more emphasis on the actual product or artwork created as being the diagnostic tool that the Art Therapist uses to evaluate their client’s emotional state.

Whereas, an Expressive Arts Practitioner would place more emphasis on the actual artistic process and not the artwork created because it is believed that it is only the person who has created the artwork piece who truly knows the meaning inherent in that piece of healing art.

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