Give Yourself Permission To Play

Rosetta Elsner ARTist
October 1, 2016
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Give yourself permission to play by tapping into your authentic self and releasing your inner child’s ability to express what you are feeling through creative expression and I do not just mean art-making.

With expressive arts there are no limitations as to what you can use to help you to express yourself.

Let your imagination run wild when it comes to choosing a medium to express your own unique creativity preference.

Through all manner of expressive arts you will bring about healing to you if you just give yourself permission to play and most importantly permission to create without worrying too much about what the final result will look like.

When you give yourself permission to let go of how the end result will look you can surprise yourself with the depth of rich, colourful emotion that can emerge onto the page and/or canvas.paintpots image2Expressive Arts allows you to use colour, texture, shapes, symbols, lines, light and dark to express your emotional impressions and feelings without the need to refine it.

The beauty of expressive arts is that there are no limits on what you can use to express yourself and you may like …

to doodle,

to draw figuratively,

to finger paint,

to throw paint blobs,

to squirt paint from a spray bottle,

to paint with a paintbrush using either oil, acrylic or watercolour paint,

to use play-dough,

to use plasticine,

to use clay,

to use mixed media,

to make collages,

to use pastels,

to use crayons,

to colour in using pencils and/or textas,

to write,

to sing,

to dance,

to take walks out in nature, etc ….  it really is totally up to you and your imagination!!paintpots image2Creativity and creative expression is available for everybody and not just for Artists and Children.  It is for every man, woman and child who longs to express their innermost feelings and emotions and create change in doing so.

The expressive arts can provide a pathway forwards for people who want to transform negative feelings and emotions into more constructive forces for good into their life and as a result you may even discover your true self and your life’s purpose.

Creativity happens any time that we create and it most definitely does matter.

It sparks vibrancy in your daily life and the creative part of you must be allowed to make an appearance if you are to thrive even though getting your creativity to flow can be challenging at times.

Tapping into our creative selves can and does provide a powerful healing path for our emotional selves and the expressive arts are most definitely a fun way to help you to re-establish better health and balance in the psyche.

When we allow ourselves to go with the flow and slip into the creating mindset, we are naturally curious, we explore, we experiment and we are more willing to take some amount of risk.  Most people engage in expressive arts exercises without even realizing it.

Our brain is designed to function in a creative mode in its own unique way and when we give our self permission to play and devise creative opportunities then we give our minds, bodies and spirits the opportunities to heal and to grow.

It is the implicit hurts and wounds that we carry which can be a challenge to properly process and heal unless we can find a way to access them, express them and transform them into a force of beneficial good.

Expressive arts is a wonderful tool to help you reconnect to your creative self and it comes with the promise of personal growth for anyone who pursue using it in their own creative ways.

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Where There Are Rainbows

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Thought I would post something different today as I have re-injured my right arm/shoulder and unfortunately for me I am not even the slightest bit ambidextrous so a shorter than usual post will be called for.

This is a piece of prose (what I call “a poem of sorts”) that I wrote one morning back in 2012 upon waking up in agony from yet another pain-ridden restless night and I was trying to make sense of my life and my pain.

Although I am grateful that those days & nights of constant chronic pain are hopefully (apart from this current injury) behind me I thought that I would still share this poem as it still feels just as relevant today as it did when I penned it.

Rainbows have always been special to me … long before I became an ARTist.

You will always find me looking skywards searching for Mother Nature’s artist palette.

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Where There Are Rainbows

From the minute you are born you are already dying.

Dying to live your life to its fullest.

Dying to awaken new-found emotions.

Dying to fulfill your personal goals and dreams.

Dying to find your own Life’s Purpose.

Until the day eventually comes when your life on earth comes to an end.

So between your birth and your death you must simply … go forth and search for your own Rainbow.

Why?

Because where there are Rainbows you will find everything that you need in life such as an abundance of rainwater, sunlight, soil, fresh air, flora, fauna, colours, well-being, creative expression, etc and by appreciating and respecting Mother Nature you will find yourself living in the world of your dreams long before your life ends.

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Creatively Finding Solutions

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My artistic journey began as a result of me searching for alternative, non-allopathic solutions to treat and help alleviate long-term chronic pain.

I was determined to creatively find solutions to my problem of living with constant pain.

I found that whenever I had a paintbrush or other painting implement in my hand I would be totally focused on the creative task at hand and not so much on my pain.

The more I exercised my creative muscles the more I became in awe with the whole spontaneous creative expression process of art-making.

I was now making art because it was what I wanted to be doing and not solely because I was experiencing pain.

I had found a solution to my biggest problem and soon professed my intent to help others do likewise by establishing and developing my Energetic Abstractions ~ Holistic ARTistry creative venture.

In doing so I discovered that to be a solution giver you first have to learn how to become the type of person who can generate many kinds of ideas (relevant or not) by thinking creatively.

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Society teaches us that there always has to be a right answer to any problem and this inevitably creates a feeling of vulnerability with us fearing either being wrong, judged and/or criticized.

I find that brainstorming is one of the best ways for me to come up with fresh ideas and engaging in Spontaneous Creativity/Creative Thinking is a good practice for generating good quality ideas … thinking outside the box so to speak!

Our brains will naturally brainstorm although most people tend to shut down their ideas prematurely which hinders them from making progress and this is when we lose the whole point of the creative brainstorming process.

The best way to come up with a good idea I find is to generate many ideas at the same time so focus initially on the quantity and not the quality of your ideas and then cull them once you have finished your brainstorming process.

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Let your mind do what it does best which is to generate ideas.

Learn to view problems from different perspectives.

Write down your ideas.

Doodle/Scribble your ideas.

Paint out your ideas.

Voice Record your ideas.

Be spontaneously creative.

Dare to be different.

Trust your intuition and then take action.

It was problem solving via spontaneous creative expression that I learned how to heal my pain by shifting my focus away from pain into creating inspiring abstract artworks … I found and released my “Inner Child/Inner Artist”.

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Being Creative Helps You Heal

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Creativity is a healing force and creative expression is a fundamental source of health and wellness for our body and our emotions as well as for our mind and spirit.

I use the modality of creativity to live well with pain because I truly believe that focusing on being creative helps you heal … mind, body and soul.

I let my intuition (and natural curiosity) guide me as to what feels right, knowing that I already have within me everything that I need to fully experience artistic expression as a source of transformation and well-being.

Art and artistic expression helps us be able to make meaning of our creative imagination in powerful and dramatic ways through the use of colour, symbols and images.

The transformative capacity of art and imagery also helps convey our deepest feelings, gives a voice to our spirit and helps us to transcend suffering by helping us to heal ourselves and others.  It uncovers the natural medicine found within all of us.

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Creative expression is definitely good for you.  I believe that it is just as important to your overall health and well-being as is balanced nutrition, regular exercise, meditation and pain-management.

Everything in moderation right!

Art has served us as a means to repair and renew the self via the power of our own unique healing agent our creative imagination and self-expression which helps us create new ways of seeing and being in the world.

The simple act of art making nourishes our inner self and connects us with the outer world via nature and community, locally, nationally and internationally.

Art making is an “awakening agent” which is available to everyone.

Art and artistic expression is a constant agent of transformation and is indeed a purposeful remedy for those of us in search of well-being.

Creative expression and art-making can most certainly be a life-changing practice, with or without you having any formal art-based training/education.

For example, I am a self-taught artist and I create my abstractions only from intuition, nothing is ever planned in advanced; not even the paint colours that I will use.

Art-making has led me on a journey of Holistic Creativity, prompting a life-line of creative expression, revelation, restoration, renewal and of course healing.

It is through creative expression and our imagination that we naturally find ourselves developing new life-stories and experiences as we discover that there is more to life beyond our pain, suffering and illness.

This is how we give our pain a voice and art as medicine is the manifestation of our innate creative drive to seek better health and well-being.

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I choose the medicine of Artistic Expression rather than suppress my creativity.

I seek out the creative source that resides within me and allow it to flourish.

In doing so I now seek out and claim my innate creativity during bouts of pain and illness before I reach out for the contents within my medicine cabinet.

Your imagination, dreams, visions and creative urges are all prompts of creative expression that is encouraging you to rediscover who you are and all that you can be by sourcing better health and well-being … kick your pain-demons to the kerb!

NOTE:

This is the article that after reading it prompted me to write the above post.

http://theunboundedspirit.com/the-power-of-art-psychotherapy-how-being-creative-can-help-you-express-and-heal-yourself/