Eco-Art Expression is a psychological and spiritual discipline that combines art-making(painting, writing, movement, etc) and eco-psychology (thinking, relating, feeling and relating to the Earth’s wisdom in mind).
This can be used to gain insight, for inner-healing, self-discovery, life issues and transitions, spiritual growth and relationships to name but a few.
The embodiment of the natural world into our internal landscape is a fundamental need of our culture. Nature speaks to us through our senses, many of which we are unaware. Nature is an intelligent and communicative force that offers us wisdom, healing and restoration.
How do we do this:
When we approach nature as a teacher and healer that it is, we will be led to what will help us.
State the issue you are going to explore.
Go to a place in Nature that you like and ask permission to enter this natural realm.
Think about your topic and notice what natural being attracts you. What plant, animal, cloud, speaks to you. How does it relate to your concern?
Look at the characteristics and life cycle, what relationship it has to the rest of its environment. How does this mirror and enhance your understanding of what you are working on. What light does it shed. You will be surprised by how smart Nature can be!
Art-making is presence-making. The act of creation brings our senses, our minds, our spirits and hearts into alignment with our truth. When we combine this with Nature, we become whole.
“Being in connection with and adding Nature into your list of trusted friends for whom you care and go to for advice and solace as well as celebration, makes life fuller. There are also now more skills and mode of understanding and information tools for us. “
Purpose: To explore how Nature can assist you in letting go of stale habits and limiting beliefs by recycling this “mind-pollution” into more supportive energy.
Change and transformation is part of Nature’s and our human experience. Some transformations happen easily, but sometimes we want to change but do not know how to go about it.
Think of something in your life that you want to let go of and transform. Is there something, perhaps a haunting hurt, an attachment to negative thinking, a failure that you would like to transmute into a lesson that will help you move forward.
Create a piece of artwork about it and name it.
Now look to see a Nature object that attracts you and can assist you in altering and transforming your art into something new and changed.
This is about letting go of the issue represented by your art piece. Give your new artwork a new name.
“I really liked this process because I really needed this process! I still have a lot of sadness, frustrations, anger and disappointment in myself.”
“After drawing some of the curving lines I looked and just cracked up, in a good way. They looked like a swan. Well, I was attempting to let go and say goodbye to all those hard feelings. This lesson was to be my ‘swan song’ to them.”
“I felt a wind and knew that I wanted to give these feeling up to wind to let them finally leave. I was ‘told’ to make a wind chime. As this lesson was about transformation, I wanted to use Nature’s materials from the garden.”
I have grown to go to Nature and this process myself. I have experienced the powerful healing that this provides. I would love to share this with you. Nature rocks! (yes, Nature does enjoy a pun!)