Experiential Learning Using Art and Process
Incorporating art with process often leads to deeper learning and insight.
When I began my “Feminine Shadow” art journal, I had already been blogging about women’s relationships with one another in articles like the Feminine Shadow and Why Aren’t More Women Supporting Other Women at Work. I was now ready to go further and explore the mother-daughter relationship with my mom. My mom had passed away a few years prior and I was still grieving her presence in this world and the unresolved things between us.
I organically began learning about visual journaling
Journal writing alone wasn’t yielding the healing that my heart needed nor was it helping me to find closure.
But when I asked myself, what color is this feeling? If it were a symbol, what would it look like like? I began adding color and imagery that took me deeper than words alone.
Within this process of visual journaling techniques, I added in my own learned processes for depth exploration by integrating mindfulness practice, meditation, creative visualization, reflection questions, and processing with my coach. These tools provided a way for me to excavate buried experience and observe these experiences with my heart and my inner wisdom.
This process has become “The Visual Journaler ™” that I now teach in the school.
The mind and language are powerful filters
While we can learn tremendous amounts of information, knowledge, and skills at the level of conscious thinking and acting in the world; when relied upon solely, they can also limit the expansion of consciousness.
Carl Jung realized this in his later years and began drawing circles, which then became exquisite mandalas. For Jung, the mandala represented the whole self and incorporated archetypes that are common throughout the human experience.
I believe that if Carl Jung were alive today, he would see “The Visual Journaler ™” as a continuation of what he discovered, a process of wholeness, individuation, and the conscious integration of the collective unconscious.
If you are curious about the “The Inner Journey of Art Journaling ™”, I invite you to join me in a new online program called “Seeking Light and Shadow”. The program contains videos and step-by-step instructions plus you have lifetime access to all the materials. The program begins on October 17th. You can learn more here.