thoughts & ponderings
I’m not a wordsmith and I’m comfortable with that. I tend to see images, form, movement and colour in my mind when I try to grasp a way of expression. Sometimes words are there, they pop in unexpectedly but with power and I embrace those moments. It appeals to my wounded intellectual. I have thought long and hard about the way my words find me. Often they are plucked from a diffuse field of vicarious knowledge but sometimes it’s like a torch shining through shelves of books in a library and fixing with great focus on a particular experience or remembrance.
I always wonder how words are sent out, negotiating personal experience, bias and interpretation to settle in the receivers mind to be comprehended as something not quite the same as intended by the sender. I think this is more perplexing to me in regard to spoken word rather than written but both undergo a transformation on the journey from their inception to their destination. Even as I write this the words come through the visualisation of electric blue and bright golden yellow light coming together from opposite directions, dancing around each other with small points of connection and then moving on again with curiosity.
With my field of work, I have come to realise that I don’t need to be a wordsmith to have an ‘aha’ moment with a client, we move beyond language. What’s important is that we form a therapeutic alliance and connect. This particular thought blooms from a mind image of blue and red ink spreading and overlapping in water, creating purple, a third entity. To witness without judgement their experience, hope or dream and respond from a compassionate heart. Not trying to ‘fix’ them or coddle them by shoving a handful of tissues at them when things get real.
When we tap into our creative energy we connect with imagination, the subconscious and dream realm. A vast amount of gold is held here in the form of image, metaphor and symbol. I like to call this ‘the symbolic thread’. When we explore this inner landscape with courage we find light and shadows, obstacles and open spaces but most importantly we find our authenticity in the wholeness of who and what we are.
When you can’t find the words try a different approach. Dive in and explore the symbolic thread through art therapy.
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