Having worked with lots of adolescents I developed some techniques for getting to that hidden information so I could help. The best tool is some form of art.
You don’t have to have artistic skills, because it’s the content and process that matters.
I find that you can pull together a cohesive picture of your passions, hopes, dreams, and your focus if you simply allow yourself to respond to the material.
I use magazines and a simple collage technique.
Choosing which pictures that attract you and then arranging them in a way on the paper, that is pleasing to you, can allow you to create a snapshot of what is going on in your unconscious and to what you are attending. If you put intent into the picture then you can also create a tool that allows you to be reminded of your goals and current focus.
It’s like a pictorial affirmation or mantra that you can look at and incorporate into your daily actions.
Place the collage in a space where you can view it easily and be reminded by its images.
In this one I have used a background onto which I have placed various images – this is an example of an intentional blueprint.
When you are simply working with your unconscious you may find you are attracted to many disparate images and then you can use the piece of paper as the structure onto which you place the images together in a pleasing manner.
In this second kind of collage you will find that it is slightly less consolidated but still feels complete. You may not know why an image is attractive but if it is, cut it out.
Once you have all the pieces then place them on the page so they fit in some way. You may cover aspects of the images and find that only a slight amount of an image is in the finished product.
Try to let yourself be guided by an intuitive and meditative process while incorporating all the images that seem to go together. Once you feel finished, glue the pieces together onto the page. Sit back and view what you have done and see if you cannot identify different issues that you are dealing with on an internal level.
It’s a lot of fun and if you allow yourself to be relaxed you can access parts of your unconscious that are sometimes hidden.
Then place the collage in a place where you will view it often and automatically, like a refrigerator door, a bathroom mirror, above your kitchen sink, your work desk, or a closet dresser. Each time you look at it stop and breath in the different images and be with the collage for a few seconds. This allows your right brain to continue to work with the images to guide your actions.
I have used this also in my own personal development. Many years ago before I even considered going back to school for my Oriental Medicine degree, I found that I kept being attracted to statues of the buddha and lotus flowers and various chinese and eastern tradition symbols – I kept putting these into my collage not with any intent, simply because I was attracted to them. Within a year of this, I awoke one morning with a strong pull to go to get an Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree.
I had been developing my concept of the connection of spirit, mind, and body and felt that I needed another education degree to develop my understanding and my skills in integrating this. Could that have been my unconscious speaking to me about this through the collages – I think yes.
I hope you get the opportunity to create some space in your day to play with this and see what information your unconscious has for you that will guide you to your new world.
See you tomorrow.