Recap of Week Three

<p>Because it is such a powerful theme I chose to dive right into the content after a brief card pick/share and show and tell. One of the key concepts talked about by Julia Cameron in this chapter was the difference between therapy and therapeutic expression. I put vs on the class chart which as a few people pointed out was incorrect and I agreed. It is not an either or thing at all and Julie would agree as if you’ve read the Los Angeles Times newspaper article about her past struggles you know that she has benefitted from both on an ongoing basis in her life as an author/playright/lyricist/poet etc. She can no better stop breathing as make some sort of art and really when you think about it neither can we.</p><p>We often think that OTHER people are artists who paint, collage, write, scupt and so on in perhaps the more visible means of artistic expression especially if it uses materials that you have to obtain in a real art supply store! But is not cooking an art, organizing your closet an art, designing and planting a garden or a flower bed an art? How about planning a road trip or round the world journey? Really creating is an essential as breathing. Only difference is that we don’t think we need breathing lessons but at various times we feel drawn to art lessons.</p><p>Which leads into the next topic of an upcoming e course called, ‘Painting with Your Muse’ on a site called. http://www.arttherapist.com It starts on May 31rst so there’s lots of lead time but if you would like to avail yourself of a ten dollar discount on the registration you need to register by tomorrow. It’s 75. USD up until tomorrow and then 85. after that.</p><p>But I digress, as I sometimes do. In any case, these two concepts led to some facinating discussions as we related the relative value of both or one to our individual lives. I had planned on doing two tasks for this chapter but alas as the clock wound down I had to make an executive decision and cut the second one so there would be time to do the whole group check in in our inner circle of chairs. By the way, for the benefit of outside readers and at the Unity Church I know that there are some the way I have set up the group is with a U Shaped table formation using four tables on the outside and 12 chairs and another separate circle of 12 chairs on the inside.</p><p>The discussions led right into the break but before we did I laid out my Soul Collage folders and asked the participants to choose three or four pictures from four folders labeled People, Places, Things and Animals. Their choices could be one of each or four from one or any other combination thereof. We then had tea and reconvened to paste the pictures together in some sort of spontaneous collage and write about some sort of relationship or concept that the collage brought to our attention. </p><p>Btw, this type of writing prompt is also advocated by a wonderful Vancouver art therapist named Shelley Klammer. Her site can be found on</p><p>The actual task from the book, ‘Walking in the World’ was as follows.</p><p>We then went back into our inner circle to share what had come forth from our mini collage. The revelations that were shared were both heartfelt and fascinating in light of how our group has really ‘gelled’ in such a short period of time.</p>

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