Life Changing Thoughts
How Painting and Writing Can Change Your Thoughts
Once a writer always a writer
I have always been a writer. As a young girl I kept a detailed journal and diary, and then after graduating from University with an English and Social Anthropology degree, I knew that the only career I wanted was in publishing. So I moved to London and was fortunate to get a job in Bloomsbury, the home of Virginia Woolf and Dora Carrington. I loved it, working with all the authors of a prestigious publishing house, and learned every aspect of the book publishing process.
In 1999 I went solo and set up my own literary agency to publish first-time writers. Gradually I noticed that I was writing less, as my focus shifted onto my writers who coached. All my energy went into their projects, and mine dwindled. I didn't notice how unhappy I was with this slow decline until I was diagnosed with cancer - what a wake up call that was! Then my life took a different pathway as I discovered art therapy. Through the process of painting I stumbled upon an entirely now form of self-expression, one which I had no experience of. I come from a creative family, and always believed I was the writer, and not the painter - that was for other people. I loved the freedom that painting gave me, and discovered old patterns and dreams I was able to map out in pictures. This process led to a deep healing, and years later, my words have returned, so that now I work the two together, not only for myself, but for my clients who benefit from this integrated work where words inspire pictures, and pictures inspire words.
Words Inspire Pictures and Pictures Inspire Words
Students of mine who have worked with me in my art studio began to notice how quickly they gained insights from this painting method, where they were free to express themselves through the paint. As we worked silently, they were able to reach a still and meditative place within themselves, and put aside the business of their everyday lives. Suddenly ideas and fresh thoughts were leaping out from the paper and canvas, and they wrote these down in their journals. It was exhilirating to witness.
My tips for creating life changing thoughts
Pay attention to the amount of time you spend serving other people's projects/work vs. your own.
Give yourself time each day for your own creative efforts whatever this is: writing, painting, doodling, playing music, sculpting.
Keep a daily journal of your thoughts and feelings.
Give in willingly to your creative urges - if you want to mould dough in pink, do it, if you want to weave tapestries with sequins, do it, if you want to create a montage for your local charity and raise money for them, do it!
Creativity is boundless - it's only our thoughts that hold us back, so don't let yours.
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