When we are exploring
our potential, we listen to our mind chatter and see the chaos that it can
produce and how it creates a body "armore" that stifles our
natural self and causes us to live in fear instead of creativity and
unconditional love from our heart center.
We react instead of create.
When we dance--play--paint--create, we
become the Catalyst and we begin the process of uncovering our
potentiality and meeting our challenges with creativity instead of
The journey begins with
writing our story as a myth or fairytale. We will explore our
domestication process, the life scripts and rules that we follow, along
with the stories we tell ourselves. The Four Agreements of Don Miguel Ruiz
will be presented along with the Tibetan Wheel of Life. We will determine
our life purpose and set our intent, through making a collage and experiencing the Fire Ceremony.
the Yellow Brick Road
will examine our choices and preferences through the 9 Point Personality
System of the Enneagram so that we may uncover our path of transformation.
By learning to perceive our true self (love) and the two sides of our
false self (fear), we will discover how to transmute our wounds into
treasures for our soul by developing awareness in the present moment. We
will make a small "yarn painting", called a Nierika, which means
Wear the Mask, the Mask Wears Me?
mask making, we will discover which masks and archetypal images are most
familiar to us. We will learn
how to choose the masks we wear, so that the masks no longer choose us,
without our awareness. The 7
Mirrors of the Essenes and the illusions and dreams that we believe to be
reality will be explored so that we may promote true intimacy in our
relationships with nature, with ourselves and with others, based on love,
compassion and non-judgment.
Art as Meditation: A Mandala Playshop
We live in a fast paced world where there is
always too much to do. Our
mind gets very active and then our body follows by being stressed,
which can compromise our immune system.
On top of that, there is a little critic in our mind who
likes to remind us how imperfect we are.
Old stories from the past lunge into view and future
anticipations pop into our minds.
By learning to move into our observer self, we can reduce and
eliminate much of the effects of stress on our body, mind and soul.
We will spend time in
movement/dancing meditation and will nourish our creativity and soul
Mandalas or Sacred Circles with black paper, colored pencils and gel
pens. We will create
Mandala Spirit Collages and you may wish to bring special items to
add to your collage, such as feathers, small stones or shells, etc.
speaks to us and we find our authentic self….
Dr. Connie Livingston-Dunn is an artist, a board certified art
therapist, and a certified expressive therapist and master hypnotherapist.
She holds a doctorate in expressive therapy, and is currently an adjunct
professor at Austin Peay State University and Murray State University. She
is the founder and director of the Rainbow Art Center,
and has a private practice in Creative Heart Intuition (CHI) Coaching. She is a Reiki master
teacher and a Toltec apprentice in the tradition of Don Miguel Ruiz and
the Eagle Knights and a certified mentor for BeliefWorks. Her new book, Forming the Pearl: A Creative
Receptive Process for Transformation will be released in late fall.
for more information.