Sacred not only refers to that which is considered holy/whole, but that which sustains. The expressive arts have always been that: sacred or that which has sustained my life. This is a brief story of how I became an energetic health practitioner from the Expressive Art Therapy view. This is just part of the story. : )
I grew up surrounded by creativity. My mother was an art student in college. My stepfather was a photographer with photos in National Geographic, and my grandmother wrote poetry in journals and on scraps of paper. This isn’t the only reason the expressive modalities are dear to me. They have served as vehicles for expression of a deep inner voice that speaks truth and allowed me to heal grief, loss, separation, and transitions, as well as to express great joy and love.
Over the years, I have worked with expressive arts in my own healing process as well as expressive medium of beauty and enjoyment. Living in New York for part of my life, I had the opportunity to work with musicians, artist, poets and dancers to create original dance/poetry/music pieces for university, street fair and spiritual gatherings. I explored and enjoyed venues of movement from Authentic, African, Native American, Scottish Highland, American and Latin Ballroom, Modern, Jazz, Ballet. I had my own dance troupe and worked with groups to enhance connection to creativity through movement. This was pure creativity and life in motion!
My artwork, photography and poetry have always drawn on a connection to spirit and nature as a way to re-energize and center myself. I processed major loss of many important people in my life in a short interval of time. As this happened, I dove more deeply to ground and heal. This was done through immersion in Family Constellations along with A Course in Miracles. As the life-spirit journey would have it, I studied expressive therapies through studying with Natalie Rogers, daughter of Carl Rogers, at the Person-Centered Expressive Institute. This process included all of the expressive modalities to expand compassionate and empathic coherence. The beauty of the work is that it can be done with an international community where the language is art, dance, drama, sound, music, etc. It changed my life!
I moved from the New York to the Pacific Northwest after this certification process. I moved from living in a apartment to living on a large piece of land. At this time, I also became the keeper of a sweat lodge. This responsibility created a very deep connection to the Earth. As this continued, I started studying shamanism with Michael Harner, and partipated in shamanic circles expanding my awareness and intuitive connection to the greater web of connection.
My artwork became much more based in nature and my expressions of spiritual interior visioning. My poetry became original songs for expressions of feelings about nature and global issues. I began studying with sound therapists like Tom Kenyon, Anni Williams, Don Campbell and Heart Math Institute. As an Expressive Therapist, singing and working with music is a vital way to feed the energy circuit of your own body.
As I moved from the large piece of land to a smaller space surrounded still by a circle of cedar trees, I started looking more closely at subtle energy movement with Chinese Qi Gong and Tai Chi. The movement became more of balance and harmonizing with a purpose innately created by the body’s wisdom.
When my father passed, a dear friend told me about the process of Resonance Repatterning to help process the grief I was experiencing. The natural modalities used in my session called upon color and movement. It was a pivotal experience for me in that the work of the session healed 13 generations of issues related to loss and abandonment. I could feel it and see it within. I knew Iwas in the right place. When I asked the practitioner how to train for this discipline, she let me know that there was a training opening in a few weeks. It felt like a perfect match.
Expressive Therapy and Resonance Repatterning work hand-in-hand. Each session is sacred. A person receiving a session is working on sacred integral expression and healing. Resonance Repatterning draws on all of these natural modalities, and the universal healing disciplines from around the world. Sometimes I need to pull out my flute or guitar to play a melody or tone with or for a client. Sometimes working with children, we work entirely or primarily with movement or drawing to access information. I have used this as a teacher and therapist working with children with special needs. No matter what the situation, the focus of sessions is to work with consciousness science and natural modalities of color, light, sound, movement, fragrance to create energetic balancing for healing and wholeness. It is sacred work.
Please enjoy these images of my journey through Navajo land. It is absolutely breathtaking. The earth and sky are so vast that it gives perspective to our place on the planet. Enjoy these slideshow photos with music of Lake Powell, Antelope Canyon and Monument Valley.
Photo prints are available at http://www.zazzle.com/kimberlyrex*