San Miquel de Allende Artist Date Days One and Two

I must say, this place is a little like Vegas. It can’t really be fully described to people who haven’t been here. I wanted to come here last year but just ran completely out of time at the end of my four months. I caught the Primera Plus bus at the new, modern bus station yesterday at noon and got here at around 6 p.m. I’m pecking this out with two thumbs at THE classiest Starbucks location I’ve ever been to on either side of the border. It’s tastefully set inside a restored colonial building and has a few localized Mexicana touches for authenticity. It’s a welcome haven for this night owl as my favourite coffee/wifi place in Ajijic Cafe Grano is only abierto til 830 p.m. The weather is definitely cooler here hence the ‘need’ for the purchase of yet another rebozo for my collection haha…. Got off to a later start this a.m. awaiting the 11:11:11 time change over to the beginning of the next long count of the Mayan calendar.

Once I knew that the world wasn’t coming to an end I ventured forth in search of some desayuno. Found a place called Cafe Juan which had a presentable omelette, coffee, juice, fruit and beans for 60 pesos/five bucks. Also got the 10 peso Attencion Allende paper which is published in both languages. Lots to do here starting with a Christmas House tour on Sunday. This follows on the heels of a multiple block fiesta all weekend highlighting all the fabulous galleries and shops in Centro SMA. The one that I was particularly dazzled by was one called Casa Corazon. A WHOLE gallery/ shop and I mean whole shop chockablock packed floor to ceiling with hearts of every size and description. OMG! Truly a dazzling sight and experience wandering through I would say thousands and thousands of heart. Makes me want to just start drawing and painting hearts which I can actually do when the spirit moves me as I brought along along a mini satchel with my art journal and yes, Shirley a sketchbook and a few of those way cool charcoal pencils. Also a few random mini tubes of acrylic paint and I’m sure I’ll stumble over an art supply store here sooner or later.

Signing off on Dias uno y dos in SMA!

Online Art Courses

One link that I’ve been meaning to post is one that Carolina brought to our Attention. It is called wwwartistsuccess.com there are others that I will post as they come up. Certainly by virtue of us being south of the border it is handy to be able to access the wealth of information and training out there can sometimes be delivered in an online format. Not ideal but with a good Internet connection much can be learned to smooth and/or invigorate our individual artistic pathways.

Next Post: Day One of my Ten Day Artist Date in San Miquel Allende

Week Six of Twelve: Resolve/ Christmas Divining Rod

In the spirit of the season I post one of Julia Cameron’s divining rods in a slightly edited form in the hopes you will also be counting your blessings during this festive season! See you all in the new year with Week Seven Resilience on Wednesday, January 9th upstairs in the salon at 2A Donato Guerra.

When joy is elusive you must actively seek it out. We must put ourselves with people and places that bring us delight.Number one to fifty and list fifty things that you love.

NOW, using your list as a resource list plan your next three weeks to be near what you love. As your list will quickly show you there are many small ways in which we can fill our lives with those things that being us happiness.

See you all on Wednesday, January 9th. When I am gone to SMA Julie has a key to open the salon on Mondays from 10:30 a.m. onward or at other times by appointment. Ill be back for New Years to check out the music next door at the Number Four Restaurant. Not the Tall Boys but I’m sure it will be good. Do drop over to toast the new year upstairs on the mirador. Look for the silver and blue jumbo sized piñata!

Soul Collage Chakra Cards and Colours of Chakras

Energy Companions :: Chakra Cards

Vital and balanced chakras play an important role in our well-being. The chakras correspond to the seven essential aspects of life: security, abundance, self, love, truth, trust and joy. We can explore the chakras through specific guided visualizations and create collaged chakras cards, your seven Energy Companion cards.

Support your chakras by creating Energy Companion cards. By setting the intention and allowing the cards to remind you and enhance your energy you will increase your own awareness, and the chakras’ powers to guide and balance you. You will likely experience a heightening of intuition and healing of physical and emotional stress. Plus, creating your chakra Energy Companion cards is fun!
There are seven main energy centres (chakras) of the body. These chakras are like spirals of energy, each one relating to the others. Using the seven colours of the spectrum, Colour Therapy aims to balance and enhance our body’s energy centres/chakras and also to help stimulate our body’s own healing process. Colour Therapy uses colour to re-balance the Chakras that have become depleted of energy.

Colour therapy can be shown to help on a physical level; however there are deeper issues around the colours on the psychological and spiritual levels. Colour has a profound effect on us on all levels, physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. If our energy centres become blocked or depleted, then our body cannot function properly and this, in turn, can lead to a variety of problems on any level.

Our well being is not purely a physical issue. Many more practitioners are now treating patients in a holistic manner. That is to say, we are body, mind and spirit and none of these areas function entirely alone; each has an effect upon the other. This is why Colour Therapy can be so helpful since colour addresses all levels of our being.

All life experiences have an affect upon us. Some experiences will be positive and some negative. It is these negative experiences which can manifest themselves physically over time as dis-ease. For example, perhaps over the years we have been in a situation where we have felt unable, for one reason or another, to speak our mind, or to express our needs and feelings. This can manifest as a problem in the throat chakra. The throat chakra relates in the spiritual aspect to self expression. Thus, if our self expression has been blocked, the energy in this area will not be free flowing. Working with the appropriate colour/colours can help to dispel negative feelings, free blocks and re-balance the body. Listed below is each of the spectrum colours and the chakra which it relates to.

The Colours http://threeheartscompany.com/chakra.html

VIOLET/PURPLE governs the CROWN chakra, at the top of the head.

BEAUTY, CREATIVITY, INSPIRATION

Related organ: brain

Endocrine gland: pineal gland.

Associated problems: depression, Parkinson’s disease, Schizophrenia, Epilepsy, seniledementia, Alzheimer’s, many mental disorders, confusion, and dizziness.
Personality Traits: Inspirational leaders, kindly and just, humanitarians, self-sacrifing, visionary, creative, and strong mentally.

Violet relates to self knowledge/spiritual awareness. It is the union with your higher self, with spirituality, and your higher consciousness. Dis-ease can result with an in-balance of energy in this chakra, either too much or too little. The violet energy connects us to our spiritual self bringing guidance, wisdom and inner strength and purifies our thoughts and feelings giving us inspiration in all undertakings. Enhances artistic talent and creativity.

positive aspects of violet

– a reverence for all life
– self sacrificing in the service of others
– idealism
– an ability to see the appropriate route for the benefit of the higher self

negative aspects of violet

– no concern for others
– feelings of superiority
– lack of contact with reality

INDIGO governs the BROW chakra or third eye, in the centre of the forehead.

INTUITION, MYSTICISM, UNDERSTANDING

Related organs: eyes, lower head and sinuses

Endocrine gland: pituitary gland.

Associated problems: tension headache, migraine, visual defects, short-sightedness, long-sightedness, glaucoma, cataracts, sinus problems, ear problems.

Personality Traits: Intuitive, fearless, practical, idealistic, wise, and a truth seeker.

Indigo relates to self responsibility – being responsible for one’s own life, responsible to oneself to follow the soul’s path and needs and trusting one’s own intuition. (the ability to see things from a ‘higher’ viewpoint rather than purely for satisfaction of the ego or one’s material comfort.). The indigo energy connects us to our unconscious self, and gives us the experience of being part of the whole universe. Strengthens intuition, imagination, psychic powers, and increases dream activity.

positive aspects of indigo

– highly intuitive
– faithful
– clear sighted
– integrity
– orderly mind

negative aspects of indigo

– inability to trust intuition
– scattered mind
– inconsiderate
– blinkered vision

BLUE governs the THROAT chakra. KNOWLEDGE, HEALTH, DECISIVENESS

Related organs: throat and lungs

Endocrine gland: thyroid gland. The upper digestive tract can be affected by imbalance in this area.TURQUOISE can also be helpful for both the throat and the heart chakra.

Associated problems: Thyroid problems – over active/under active; Anorexia nervosa (this is a multi-chakra problem but has a strong connection to the throat chakra); asthma; bronchitis; hearing problems; tinnitus – may also be connected to problems with the brow chakra; problems of the upper digestive tract; mouth ulcers, sore throats, tonsillitis.

Personality Traits: Loyal, tactful, affectionate, inspiring, inventive, caring, and cautious.

Blue is the colour of the spirit and relates to self expression – speech, communication, the ability to communicate our needs and requirements; Spirit of truth and purpose. This is a mentally-relaxing colour. Blue has a pacifying effect on the nervous system and brings great relaxation – ideal for sleep problems, and hyper-active children. Connects us to holistic thought, and gives us wisdom and clarity enhancing communication and speech.

positive aspects of blue

– loyal
– trustworthy
– tactful
– calm

negative aspects of blue

– unfaithful
– untrustworthy
– self-righteous
– cold

GREEN governs the HEART chakra.

BALANCE, LOVE, SELF CONTROL

Related organs: heart and breasts

Endocrine gland: thymus gland

Associated problems: heart diseases, diseases of the Immune system eg.AIDS and ME (myalgia encephalomyelitis,sometimes referred to as chronic fatigue syndrome); other problems related to the immune system, allergies, cancer of the breast. TURQUOISE also has a helpful effect on the immune system and also helpful in relation to the throat chakra. PINK also relates to the heart chakra being the colour of love.

Personality Traits: Understanding, self-controlled, adaptable, sympathetic, compassionate, generous, humble, nature loving, and romantic.

Green chakra relates to love/self love – the ability to give and take unconditionally. When balanced we are able to give love and also to love and nurture ourselves. Helps relax muscles, nerves, and thoughts. Cleanses and balances our energy, to give a feeling of renewal, peace and harmony. Green connects us to unconditional love and is used for balancing our whole being.

positive aspects of green

– compassion
– generosity
– harmony/balance
– loving

negative aspects of green

– indifference
– jealousy
– miserly
– bitterness

YELLOW governs the SOLAR PLEXUS chakra, situated below the ribs.

WISDOM, CLARITY, SELF-ESTEEM

Related organs: liver, spleen, stomach and small intestine.

Endocrine gland: pancreas

Associated problems: diabetes, pancreatitis, liver disease, peptic ulcer, Coeliac’s disease, and gall stones.

Personality Traits: Good-humored, optimistic, confident, practical, and intellectual.

Yellow is a creative colour and relates to self worth. How we feel about ourselves and how we feel others perceive us. This is the area of the personality, the ego and the intellect. Gives us clarity of thought, increases awareness, and stimulates interest and curiosity. Yellow energy is related to the ability to perceive and understand. The yellow energyconnects us to our mental self.

positive aspects of yellow

– confident
– alert
– optimistic
– good humored

negative aspects of yellow

– feelings of inferiority
– over analytical
– sarcastic
– pessimistic

ORANGE governs the SACRAL chakra situated in the lower abdomen.

HAPPINESS, CONFIDENCE, RESOURCEFULNESS

Related organs: uterus, large bowel, prostate, ovaries and testes. (In the fetus the testes develop in the lower abdomen, thus linking with the sacral chakra energy, then descending to the scrotum by birth.)

Endocrine glands: ovaries and testes

Associated problems: pre-menstrual syndrome, problems with menstrual flow, uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, irritable bowel syndrome, endometriosis, testicular disease, prostate disease.

Personality Traits: Enthusiastic, happy, sociable, energetic, sporty, self-assured, and constructive.

Orange is the colour of success and relates to self respect; having the ability to give ourselves the freedom to be ourselves and helps you expand your interests and activities. Brings joy to our workday and strengthens our appetite for life! Orange is the best emotional stimulant. It connects us to our senses and helps to remove inhibitions and makes us independent and social.

positive aspects of orange

– sociable
– creative
– joyous
– independent

negative aspects of orange

– withdrawn
– destructive
– despondent
– over-dependent

RED governs the BASE chakra situated at the base of the spine.

VITALITY, COURAGE, SELF CONFIDENCE

Related organs: kidneys and bladder, the vertebral column, hips and legs are also areas related to this chakra.

Endocrine gland: adrenal gland.

Associated problems: constipation, diarrhea, piles, colitis, Crohn’s disease, cold fingers and toes, frequency of urination, hypertension (high blood pressure), kidney stones, impotence, hip problems, legs and feet. PINK can also be used here when a more gentle energy is required.

Personality Traits: Courageous, confident, humanistic, strong-willed, spontaneous, honest, and extroverted.

Red relates to self awareness. It is the area of survival and stability and your place on this earth. The colour red provides the power from the earth and gives energy on all levels. It connects us to our physical body. Everything that is to be commenced needs the life vitality of red.

positive aspects of red:

– security
– courage
– strength of will
– pioneering

negative aspects of red:

– insecurity
– self pitying
– aggressive
– fearful

Interpreting Your I am the One who…Card

Interpreting Your SoulCollage® Cards
Doing the I Am The One Who… Exercise Alone:

You will need some paper and a pen or pencil for this part of the process. OR you will need an audio recorder of some kind to speak into. Gather these first.
Light a small candle if you like. This will help to create sacred space for your inner work.
Turn on some soft music if you find it relaxing. Or you might enjoy doing this in complete silence. What matters is that you decide.
Begin by taking a few deep breaths.
Stretch and move for a few minutes. It’s time to get out of your head and into your body.
Open your eyes and look at your SoulCollage® card for a moment. Really, really look at it. Admire it. Hold it to your heart and bless it if you like. It is a beautiful expression of some part of your self. Honor it. Respect it.
You’re going to use your imagination for this next part. Pretend that you are actually entering the image. Become the main figure in the image. Even if it’s a flower, or a tree, or a big yellow box. You are going to speak as if you are the image.
If you are doing this exercise in writing, write the words I Am the One Who… on your paper and then finish the sentence as if you are the image, reporting back to you. Continue this process until you feel as if you have run out of things to say.
If you are doing this exercise using a tape recorder, speak the I Am the One Who… statements into the microphone, continuing as many times as needed until you feel that there is nothing left to say.
Continue this exercise, either in writing or using the recorder, with the following questions:

1. What do you have to give me?
2. What do you want from me or what do you need from me?
3. Is there anything else you want to tell me today?

Take a few more deep breaths and do some movement if you need to get back out of your head and into your body.
By now you might have a better idea of what this SoulCollage® card is all about. Or you might not. Keep your writing in a safe place. If you are using a recorder, you might want to play it back and transcribe your words into your journal or a special notebook for your card interpretations.
You can choose to do this exercise with another card (if you’ve made more than one) or you might decide you’ve had enough for today. Either way, make it your choice.

Doing the I Am The One Who… Exercise with a Partner

You will need some paper and a pen or pencil for this part of the process. Gather these before you begin.
Light a small candle to create sacred space.
Turn on some relaxing music if you want to. Or you might want to simply relax into the silence space you have created.
Begin by taking a few deep breaths.
Stretch and move for a few minutes if you like. It’s time to get out of your head and into your body.
Open your eyes and look at your SoulCollage® card for a moment. Really, really look at it. Admire it. Hold it to your heart and bless it if you like. It is a beautiful expression of some part of your self. Honor it. Respect it.
You’re going to use your imagination for this next part. Pretend that you are actually entering the image. Become the main figure in the image. Even if it’s a flower, or a tree, or a big yellow box. You are going to speak as if you are the image.
Say out loud I Am the One Who… and finish this sentence as if you were the central image in your card. Say it as many times as you like (each time with a different ending), until you feel that you have no more to say. Your partner writes down everything you say so that you will have a record of it afterwards.
Continue this exercise with the following questions:
What do you have to give me?
What do you want/need from me?
Is there anything else you want to tell me?
Ask your partner to read your words back to you. Sometimes new insight is gained as you hear your statements in someone else’s voice.
Take a few more deep breaths and do some movement if you need to get back out of your head and into your body.
By now you might have a better idea of what this SoulCollage® card is all about (or not). Keep your writing in a safe place.
Exchange roles with your partner and write down her I Am the One Who… statements about her SoulCollage® card, as well as her answers to the other questions. Read them back to her when she is finished.

Soul Collage Light and Shadow

SoulCollage: Light and Shadow

Frozen Fear, by Anne Boedecker
by Anne L. Boedecker,
PhD

I’ve been working with collage as an expressive art medium for over a year and a half now, using the SoulCollage® process for the past nine months, and I’ve noticed some interesting patterns appear in how I work with it.

When I went to my first collage workshop I had a backlog of unexpressed feelings that I had been unable to talk or write about. Intense raw emotion seemed to just pour out of me and take form on paper.

We were encouraged in that workshop to work on more than one piece at a time. As I struggled with stark images of grief I also experimented on another collage with bright colors and shiny textures.

After the first wave of feverish creating had subsided, I looked at what I had dumped on paper and decided to do one more collage with softer colors and textures, and more positive images. I needed faith and hope on paper to soothe the raw intensity of my exposed grief.

This has become a common pattern for me since, and shows up often in my SoulCollage® cards. Sometimes purposefully, but more often
spontaneously, a particularly dark card is followed by one that’s more uplifting.

And Ive found pairs of cards that seem to speak to each other.

Sometimes the second card is the solution or antidote to the problem posed in the first card (Frozen Fear, Trust).

Often cards present themselves to me in pairs of opposites (Adapted Child, Magical Child):