~ The Art Of Change ~

Art and Creativity as Mediums for Empowerment , Connection and Change…

The Healing Power of Nature, Releasing Old Patterns & the ART of Change…

Posted by carolom on September 20, 2007

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‘Mother Nature is in our Nature as we travel through the seasons and cycles of Life’….

 Growing & Learning, Creating New Habits & Developing Positive New Patterns

is Governed by  Seasons & Cycles. Just like Nature

I have just completed a series of Art based empowerment workshops for three community groups involving Women across the health, homeless and domestic violence sectors. Recognising what holds us back and creating new Stories based on new insights…

Some the participants are members of the Stolen Generation – survivors of the government policy of stealing Aboriginal children from their mothers and incarcerating them in institutions as part of the ‘White Australia” policy. Many people continue to be affected by the high numbers of deaths, suicides and grief in the Community as a direct result of this intergenerational trauma.

How to find peace of mind, create beauty and reclaim the right to a fulfilling life are the every day challenges that many of the Women face. Their strength and tenacity is astounding and the impact of the opportunity to create art and share stories through creativity affirms the importance of ART as a tool for change…

Here are two of the pieces created from my series of black and white templates…I coloured two as samplers and the other is by the Goddess M from an Aboriginal Women’s group. A survivor of the removal from her family and community when she was just a little girl, M gave freely of her art and permission to share it here before her untimely passing.

M recorded made a short film of her Story before she passed, a loving gift to her children and grandchildren and a testament to her resilience and tenacity in the face of such deep grief and loss. We miss her.

Not everyone learns best by reading books – many people fall between the gap in western education and do not read or write with ease…so it is important that their learning and their healing needs be approached in a Creative manner.

For some, regardless of their literacy levels, embracing the opportunity to learn by creating, using colour and Vision on paper is the beginning of reclaiming and renewing their long-long relationship with the Creative, free flowing Self…

Creativity, colouring in the Mandala~Affirmation sheets engages on a visual and kinesthetic level- many Women tell me they actually hear more of the personal devleopment information when they are able to colour in , than if they have to sit still and look to the front of the room. I hear this time and time again and have seen many a young social worker student have an ‘ah ha’ moment when she sees how powerful the process is and realises how little information and training is given around the power and importance of Creativity in the social work training curriculum.

Art based development is far more culturally relevant to Aboriginal people, an oral tradition culture where art and symbology are the rich language of education and connection. People across all cultures enjoy the relaxation and ‘mind massage’ that the rhythmic, creative process invokes and often say it is a relief from ‘thinking thinking thinking” all the time…

I see dozens of my black and white template Art pieces coloured and painted and have never seen two that look the same… such is the unique individuality of each of the Women engaging with the tools of the Art of Change.


“I Now Release the Patterns that no Longer Serve Me”

This particular Affirmation requires a “Warning…this statement is not to be taken lightly” because women find that when they engage with the ‘letting go’ process, things do indeed begin to change…and that can create uncertainty and an unexpected shift in old structures, from the known to the unknown which means having to let go of fixed patterns and outdated ways of relating to others…

.When we release an old pattern, a new space is created for the possibility of new, healthy patterns to replace the old ones…

“I embrace the Healing Power of Nature to replenish my Body, Mind and Spirit”…

This Mandala recognises how vitally important it is to spend time in Nature and to embrace the natural elements for replenishing the Spirit

and breathing air that is free from the heavy sighs and toxic fumes of the city streets…



“I am at Home with Peace and Prosperity”

I designed this affirmation-poster specifically for Women who are living with the impact of poverty and the chaos of family violence and low self-identity. Simply being open to the possibility of a peaceful and prosperous life, even if it seems so far away and difficult to imagine, is the very first step to being ‘at home’ with the blessings and good fortune that should be the everyday reality for all of us…..

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World Peace really does Beng “At home”…. Begin Within….



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3 Responses to “The Healing Power of Nature, Releasing Old Patterns & the ART of Change…”

  1. ronnifairy said

    Beautiful artwork!

  2. Naomi said

    Moving Forward and creative positivity. You have planted a seed in peoples lives and now they are growing. Awesome work

  3. serena desjarlais said

    awesome web site, i just might have to get myself some colors and express myself in other ways, growing, learning and letting go

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