How could something as simple as drawing facilitate change? Art is more than a subject. It is a language–a nonverbal language–that can help us uncover the subtle nuances of our feelings and emotions. Since it is also a form of biofeedback–meaning the real paintbrush is your body/mind state–it can help us identify and pinpoint beliefs, behaviors, and responses that are not in alignment with our true nature. As our awareness expands, what appears on the paper also changes. This can take place with activities as simple as scribbling.
For years Miro, Picasso, Klee, and Kandinsky explored how the elements of color, line, texture, and dimension carried and transmitted their feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. They perused art in this manner because they were all interested in self-transformation. They found that removing the focus on realistic rendering and playing with only the elements (color, line, texture, and dimension) they freed their unconscious to express itself in a unique and unabashed manner. And in that place of spontaneous, almost child-like play, delight, wonder, and the authentic self was rekindled.
If you have never played with art in this manner, I recommend that you begin with simple scribbling. This seemingly infantile activity can transport your mind into a hypnotic–like relaxed and open state. When you go into this state with awareness you can program your subconscious mind with awareness–you are now reprogramming the programming. This is very different from being in the same state in your early childhood years. One is passive and the other is active.
The I Create What I Believe! (ICWIB) program, which uses simple drawing techniques to help participants uncover the subtle nuances of their feelings and emotions and transform stifling beliefs that are holding them back, is so simple that even a three-year-old can learn to release bottled-up emotions in a constructive manner.
If you are curious about the ICWIB program and want to learn more, here is the link to a radio interview Nancy Marie did with Rae Zander of The Everyday Attraction Radio Show. http://www.icreatewhatibelieve.com/media.html
If you would like to attend a hands-on workshop, Nancy Marie is teaching an I Create What I Believe! Introductory workshop on June 22nd from 2:00-5:00 at the College of the Siskiyous. The workshop is called: Art Outside the Box! Please note the workshop description in the catalog is inaccurate. For more information about this workshop, check the events calendar on the website: http://icreatewhatibelieve.blogspot.com/
If you want more information about how pioneering teachers and individuals are helping to get this program into classrooms, check out our “Creating a better Future” project. http://icreatewhatibelieve.com/participate.html
If you have additional questions or would like to talk with Nancy Marie directly here is the contact information: http://www.icreatewhatibelieve.com/contact.html