An Ancient and Futuristic Tool for Summoning the Inner Healer by Shiloh Sophia McCloud
In our methodology, Medicine Painting is painting with an intent to heal and receive insight. In this teaching, I will share some examples of painting within a healing context in the ancient world. I will review how we approach the practice today. As well as share stories of how this has informed my body of work and has sparked into a global art movement. Tens of thousands of women around the world work with this approach to embark on a healing journey through Intentional Creativity®. We have been practicing this way of working in our creative lineage since the 1930s.
Discover how Intentional Creativity engages us in a state where healing naturally arise through the experience of self-expression.
Intentional Creativity invites access to your creative life force. When you make with embodied love and mindfulness your self-expression becomes a sacred act. When you create, you are collaborating with your consciousness and inhabiting your body and often this feels incredible!
As you express, you are changed by the experience, and what you are making becomes amplified by your intentional energy. What you 'make' is the artifact of your experience, and has crossed the veil of form, from energy into observable matter. The science of creativity affirms our practice by showing us how our entire human system responds to the flow, creating increased coherency.
“I wonder what toilet paper represents?”
She quips with a giggle.
“Sh*t hitting the fan perhaps?” I return.
“Keep going,” she says
“I am afraid because the world
may be coming to an end
as we know it.”
And this is how conversations with the Backdoor Muse go...
Many say we have the power to co-create.
That we can heal ourselves.
Yet how does one go about that, how do you begin?
Is it a thought? An energy? An action? Imagination?
Yes, all of those focused together for our good create the highest healing potential. The person who can hear their own internal wisdom, with practice and fortitude can begin to hear a clearer narrative from within to inform their lives.
I invite you to get a cup of tea and a journal. Perhaps a shawl wants to be placed upon your shoulders. If you have it, place your red thread upon your table. Does a candle want to be lit? Is the Muse beckoning? Today I will share with you about the magic, mirth and mythos of this sacred work we call Intentional Creativity.
"I just want to remind you we are all a detail in our galaxy. Our galaxy cannot do without each of us. The body we live in is our Cosmic Address at this time. We are transistorized versions of our true size… We are much bigger than we think – as Cosmic Cowgirls, we will come to know how huge a power we are."
How does healing really happen? What does faith or belief in the process have to do with it? Do we have more power to move energy and heal trauma than we have ever imagined? And if so, how does it work? And how can I make myself available to it? Can I move out of the field of trauma and into the field of healing through my choice? And even if I choose, what might I be capable of?
Watch this powerful Cafe where we talk about firing and wiring, transforming trauma, pain point or pleasure point, PTSD (with new meaning for the 'd'), the power of intention with creativity, healing from the healing field instead of the trauma field, why it matters right now for resiliency and so much more!