Art As Therapy: The Process of Forgiveness

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While the mere act of creating art is therapeutic, sometimes I create with the sole intention of healing.

Over the past two days I have been working to release the part of me that was irritated every time I thought of a certain aspect of my life. Once I acknowledged I could do no more about the situation, I realized I needed an attitude adjustment and set out to make the shift.

When I do work on this level, I use my non-dominant hand in order to better tune in to my higher self.

This first painting, The Process of Forgiveness, was all about the process of letting go. In this case it was a complex process. There are so many layers and fragments. The more you look at this work the more you see. I love that underneath the blue are bits of yellow light poking through and I can see that a heart is starting to take shape. Oh you have to really look for it but it’s there.

 

I used a form of the Loving Kindness Metta Meditation as a mantra as I painted. “May you be well, may you be happy, may you be at peace.” First I said these words to myself, then I subsequently sent good wishes out to those I love, a neutral person, the person/situation I have a challenge with, and finally out to the entire world.

The next day I started a new painting. It looked like an umbilical chord. Obviously I still had not let go. Wish I had a photo of it but at that point I was more into creating than documenting the experience.

Today, this heart emerged and I felt/feel a great sense of relief.

 

I love that my creative work helps me see the beauty in difficult situations.

May you be well, may you be happy, may you be at peace.