With Expressive Art Facilitator Shelley Klammer
Shelley Klammer is a Registered Professional Counselor and an Expressive Art Facilitator. She offers an array of online expressive art courses that explore the melding of art, psychology and spirituality. You can learn more about her work and take a variety of courses at ExpressiveArtWorkshops.com.
"Life longs for us to live honestly and to awaken to our authentic creativity. Beneath the chatter of our minds is our true life and we are being guided towards what is true in every waking moment. Spontaneous creativity is a form of free association that helps us go deeper than our surface mind. Our various inner aspects of self love to 'speak' in color and symbol and metaphor.
"I developed my spontaneous collage and expressive art classes to encourage people to touch into the truth of themselves through creativity. As we truthfully see in visual and written form what we believe, expect, and feel about ourselves, we can begin to create our lives from an awakened and conscious authenticity instead of our unconscious conditioning. Through spontaneous creativity, we can learn that in every moment, our inner life is guiding us towards our own unique truth."
Learn how professional counseling and expressive art facilitation melds art, psychology, creativity, and spirituality in a creative career.
A sample lesson from the e-course Empower Yourself with Creativity
Inner child drawings are a profound way to access aspects of the emotionally arrested childhood and teenage parts of your psyche that you may not normally pay attention to.
Feeling what is arising inside of you, without trying to change it, is the most profoundly courageous thing you can do as human being.
If you are feeling blocked creatively, what stands between you and your most spontaneous and joyful creativity is your own unacknowledged emotional pain.
On a deep level we are angry that we were not unconditionally loved as children, and this anger can saliently block our creativity and our forward creative movement.
We all have a higher creative vision to live into. We all have inklings that pressure us from the inside, to be lived, and breathed, and created into this world.
Life calls us to the total expression of all feelings. The light and dark of creative inspiration. Young spirituality tries to be all "positive." The thoughts that torture and the feelings that cleanse.
Because we live in a world of evidence and facts, most people are very cautious about sharing stories of their personal relationship with the Divine that is ever trying to reveal itself in our daily lives.
Growth is slow, the challenge of boredom, the simplicity of presences, acute attention begins in the body, when we accept ourselves we will grow.
On our two selves, our problems are the architecture of our personality, the maturity of the true self, the creation of the false self, and we are forever children in our false selves.
If we choose to do our inner work it becomes possible to open up to the mythic higher self replete with insights, intuitions and larger visions and plans for our life.
On love, reclaiming dignity, the gift of self-honesty, vulnerability is courageous, and the pitfalls of self-protection from The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer.
On creative clearing, exploring intensity, ego (mind) creativity vs. the intuitive (body) creativity of the soul, tamping down the creative life force, and living life as a canvas.
We are all part of the grand interplay of light and dark. Anything that is left unaccepted inside will be experienced "out there" in the world.
To be truly creative and effective in our everyday lives we must cultivate our own empowerment.
The unconscious contents of our minds comprise everything that we do not accept about ourselves.
We all have a social mask we present to the world but if this is the only part we live in we can easily feel hollow inside, empty of depth and meaning.
We need to find ways to let go of our regular ways of thinking so that we can participate in life creatively and spontaneously.
I am enamoured with creativity as a daily spiritual practice. I follow my curiosities to see where they will lead me.
Play is never a waste of time. It happens when we let ourselves go beyond the rules and expectations of everyday life.
Working with people with acquired brain injuries has led me to question what is "bad" and what is acceptable.
The light dances on the pool and suddenly I understand that it is not what I do and accomplish but my attention to the creativity of the moment that moves and transforms my life.
We are all born creative and our souls ache to be truthful and original. Anyone can touch into their deeper feelings, insights and desires through spontaneous collage.
Reviewing Naomi Rose's Starting Your Book: A Guide to Navigating the Blank Page by Attending to What's Inside You.
Art programs and groups for older adults with dementia.