Creative work means deep work for me. Using intuitive and expressive arts practices like collage, art journaling and painting leads to healing and transformation for me and my creative clients.
I had an email this week from a client who asked: what can I do about this raging case of imposter syndrome?
When those inner voices rise to the surface with that demanding tone that makes you cringe, shouting in your head: Who do you think you are to…? You fill in the blank.
I might have this client paint out her feelings and limiting beliefs onto a large canvas or create a collage that visually represents the voice in her head. Once the feelings and beliefs are visible, then she can rewrite the narrative and own her unique voice and gifts.
Expressive and Narrative Arts are Powerful Tools
Expressive and narrative arts are powerful tools for moving negative energy, for bringing your subconscious doubts and fears to the surface so that they can be witnessed and transformed.
I love the work I get to do with creative women. It’s magical to watch as each one opens herself up to become the most authentic version of herself with courage and conviction. Sometimes the work is painful or sad and other times it is a reminder or a joyful celebration of who we are already being in the world.
Doing my own Deep Work
I wouldn’t be much of a creative depth coach if I didn’t do my own deep work. I know firsthand that creative work means deep work for me. As I was going through collages to share for the #100dayproject and to use in my own 21 Days of Courageous Creativity, I was taken back to a few difficult moments that were revealed through collage.
In the image below I came face to face with my very angry inner child. Creating this card allowed me to acknowledge and express some of the stored childhood feelings I didn’t even know I was holding onto. My inner child is so much happier and calmer now because those feelings were acknowledged and given a voice.
Uncovering the Hidden Voices Within
These hidden voices can keep you playing small, hiding, or feeling like you are on the verge of exploding. I know I have felt all of these impacting me and holding me back from doing the work I am meant to do in the world.
This second collage caught me by surprise. I turned 56 this month and made this card a couple of years ago. While I don’t feel as old as the woman in the foreground looks, what this collage showed me is that there was a sense of looking back toward the losses of my youth. Changes in my energy and my physical body along with my graying hair are definitely signs of aging, I don’t deny that. But what I felt here was a wistfulness for something I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I wasn’t quite ready to step into owning my new identity as a crone instead of a maiden or a mother. I was able to use journaling and inner dialogue to see where I was holding on to aspects of my past that were no longer serving me.
In previous posts I shared different types of collage that captured other aspects of my identity.
Doing this type of creative depth work on a regular basis can help you in two different ways:
1. clear old stories and limiting beliefs that are keeping you stuck from emerging as your most creative self
2. allow you to see all the beautiful aspects of who you are and to own them as powerful parts of your story
I have watched over and over again how doing this type of creative depth work has changed womenâ€™s lives and allowed them to let go of past judgments and self-criticism. If you would be curious to explore a complementary depth coaching session and see how this work can support you, you can schedule a session with here. Creative work means deep work but it doesn’t mean hard work, this is a fun, creative experience that can open your heart to the beauty of who you are.