Healing Through Imagery and Ritual is a 7 week online art healing course, focusing on the use of images, symbols and ritual to heal childhood pain. We will discover the images/symbols that speak to us, using them in our art to not only tell the story, but re-tell the story. We will discover our own personal healing images which we can draw upon throughout the often difficult path to healing. We will learn about and use simple rituals as a way to recover, release and reclaim parts of us that were lost in childhood.
Trees, for example, symbolize grounding, strength, being rooted, solid..an image which can help us heal a childhood full of chaos and disruption. Images in nature tend to be very powerful, images of our own bodies (hands, heart, eyes), shapes such as spirals, a winding path can be integrated and called upon when needed as internal resources, helping us to create an inner sanctuary with resources we can call upon when we feel unsafe in the world.
Rituals, especially if used consistently give us a sense of stability and peace. Rituals allow us to re-engage with ourselves and remind ourselves of what is important. In the healing process, rituals allow us to call upon what we hold sacred as we practice letting go of the distortions we’ve carried from childhood and reclaim the truth of who we are. We will practice basic rituals that help us release pieces of our pain and reclaim our sense of connection with ourselves and the Sacred.
Imagery allows us to make sense, and name the truth of our childhoods. Using the imagery that arises as we excavate the past and find our own healing images..empowers us to transform the story. We each are attracted to certain images and symbols that represent an aspect of healing we long for, an aspect of ourselves we long to embody.
During the course we will:
Use story telling and imagery to revisit our childhood stories
Become aware of the imagery in our stories and on our healing journey
Discover our very own unique healing images and learn how to use them
Develop an inner sanctuary with important imagery to come to whenever we need to feel safe and gain clarity
Learn how to use our imagery and our inner sanctuary when we are triggered, overwhelmed, scared, sad, angry
Create our personal healing rituals (we will be exploring rituals throughout specifically rituals related to releasing and reclaiming.
Create a healing painting that embodies our healing images
Course Outline by Week
Week One: Noticing and Becoming Aware of Images
Week Two: Exploring Images in a Childhood Memory
Week Three: Using Images as Metaphors for Our Childhoods
Week Four: The Healing Journey: Part two of the “story”
Week Five: Using Our Healing Images
Week Six: Healing Images and the Inner Sanctuary
Week Seven: Creating Your Healing Painting: A Celebration
Included in this course:
a weekly coaching/art video in which I demonstrate my both my art process and internal healing process with images and ritual
a weekly Healing PDF with all the content for that week (lesson for the week, writing and art prompts)
2 meditations to help you access images that symbolize healing for you
you will receive all video links via email and have access to the sanctuary and HTS private Facebook group should you need support
This is not a religious course, it embraces all faiths. Rituals are used as way of honoring, releasing and reclaiming not as religious acts.