Wednesday, August 18, 2010

healing and friendship

Sometimes as I am visiting the blog world I will hear the same message over and over . Little snippets in different places but all with the same message. A message that I feel I am meant to hear. This time the message that I see repeating itself is about healing and friendship. I think I have mentioned it before but I am happy to see some new art classes embracing healing as part of the class. For alot of us when we create we are met with resistance inside ourselves . Lots of negative voices saying all kinds of unkind things. The one thing I am learning is that in order to really create authentically and to be creative at our best we need to learn to let go . To let go of expectation and judgement . For me ,this is always hard, but I really do think that it is the key to finding my own unique style . I believe that slowing down and losing myself in the process and not the outcome is the way to heal . I know that I have struggled this year with things outside of art . I have seen my fellow bloggers struggling . We all want and need support to heal . We want to be "OK".Which leads me to the next part. Friendship. If you have friendships who support you and share your love of art , count your blessings. I am going to be very honest here and say that I find it very hard to find loving nurturing friends where I live. I am not saying they don't exist. I would love to have some girlfriends who could share my love of art supplies and who I could just sit together with and create. This is why I rely heavily on my online support system and friendships. What about you ? Recently, as I was cruising the Internet I found this post . It is about finding a tribe of people who support you. I hope you will find time to read it . I think as artist we should show support for one another . I appreciate those of you who support and inspire me . I consider you part of my tribe. I also want to Be a support . I really love seeing the work of all my creative friends out there. I believe that if we support each other and share there is wonderful healing power in that . Art heals right?
I also want to bring your attention again to Juliette Crane . I love her new post on" how art heals and the beauty of friendship ". I hope you will have a chance to visit her.
How are you healing and connecting?


  1. Hello Jackie! :)

    I must say that after I read this post thoroughly and visited each link, I found myself totally inspired. Everything you wrote relate to me on so many levels, and as many have probably said, I found that sense of belonging in this bizarre world of blogging. Yes, artists, I think have the need 'to show and be understood'. We are performers of the creative mind, and sometimes a support system is just what we need to grow and excel.

    So, here I am, to thank you for the one meaningful word you left me and to leave you a message in return. Consider it my offering as one member of a tribe to another. (^_^)

  2. I agree Jackie! I was lucky enough to have found a forum in my country when I started creating and with the monthly gatherings that we have I conected with some amazing people. On-line and in person. And blogs are a whole other dimention. Love it!

  3. super beautiful! thank you!

    xoxo, juliette

  4. This is a wonderful post and so true. Art certainly bonds people together and this is such a wonderful thing. I love the idea of having a tribe--an art tribe!

  5. your post is so true and profound. i feel connected to it and happily feel a bit connected to you too. a say a bit because i do not know you yet, hopefully we can keep contact. thanks so much for the comment you lefton my dolls.i was really unsure how i felt about them,i have this bad habit of comparing with others, some i know( my daughter for instance ) who are so talented. i am always learning and trying to tell myself sometimes " hey ! you're good ! "
    thanks for sharingyour thoughts and your heart.

  6. I too, am that finding it very hard to find loving nurturing friends where I live. BEcause of that, it makes it very difficult for me to deal with things in my life alone. Especially now, when I am going through a really dark time in my life...I am hurting and feel completely alone.