Everyone has the power to unlock their inner strength and wisdom. One of the most effective ways to do this is through art. By creating a personal visual vocabulary, you can establish a deeper connection with yourself and explore an altered state of consciousness that will allow you to rediscover the power of your voice.
Understanding Your Visual Vocabulary
Your visual vocabulary is unique to you, so there’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to creating it. It can include symbols, metaphors, or anything else that speaks to your inner truth . Creating a visual vocabulary allows you to better understand yourself by putting into physical form things that may have been difficult for you to express in words. When used in combination with traditional healing practices like talk therapy, art can become an even more powerful tool for self-discovery and healing.
I have created a visual vocabulary of my own as an artist. My vocabulary is deeply personal and influenced by what matters to me most. Often my artwork combines botanical themes with leaves and flowers, which connects me to earth and spirit. Based on my experience as a Registered Nurse, I draw inspiration from anatomical hearts, bone, and nuanced representations of universal truths we experience as humans. My personal spiritual language of hope is inspired by repeated patterns of balance and symmetry and mystical imagination reminiscent of my youth or early childhood, for example, the blue flowered wallpaper in my childhood bedroom, the pictures of talking animals in Beatrix Potter's and Maurice Sendak's books, or the magical language in Shel Siverstein's poems. Separately and together, these elements express powerful visual messages.
Exploring Art as an Altered State of Consciousness
Art is not just about the end result; it’s also about the journey of creation itself. By exploring art as an altered state of consciousness, you are giving yourself permission to tap into something beyond what we see in our day-to-day lives – something that only exists within us. This allows us access to our powerful subconscious mind, where our innermost truths are hidden away until we give ourselves permission to seek them out. Through this process, we gain access not only to our own creative energy but also our higher selves – allowing us not just to survive but thrive during times of undoing.
Creating a personal visual vocabulary through art can be an incredibly powerful tool for self-discovery and healing during times of difficulty and change. It gives us a language through which we can connect with our higher selves and understand ourselves better than ever before – enabling us both to give ourselves grace while also challenging ourselves towards greater success and growth than ever before. By exploring art as an altered state of consciousness, we can tap into our powerful subconscious minds and uncover all the secrets hidden away inside us. Tapping into our subconsur resiliency makes us survivors, and thrive in these times of transition.