To tell the story of how art heals I need to tell the story of how I discovered Soul Art Bodymapping.
Today, Soul Art Bodymapping is a recognized practice enjoyed by thousands of people all over the world. There are Certified Soul Art Guides in every continent (except Antarctica). Level 1 in the Soul Art Certification is called Bodymapping.
But, 20 years ago, there was no such thing as Soul Art or Bodymapping, at least to my knowledge. At the time I was fumbling in the dark desperately seeking help to heal and create a life that inspired and nourished me.
Here’s a photo from International Soul Art Day in my studio from 2015 with artists Amadea Bailey, Outi Harma, Lucinda Rae, myself, and Jesse Webb Bodymapping Antonia Wibke Heidelmann. I smile when I see this photo because there is so much joy in the Bodymapping process and so much depth to how the story came to be…..
‘Bodymapping’ is a creative Soul Art process I developed almost 20 years ago as a way to heal my body and life.
I had just graduated with an Honors Fine Arts degree from McMaster University, at the time, and I was dancing professionally. My deepest dream was to feel beautiful and allow my creative spirit to flow powerfully through my body and my art.
Ironically the more I wanted this the more I felt the complete opposite. My experience of ugliness was becoming the norm and beauty felt like a fantasy. I had developed acne and felt deep shame and embarrassment whenever someone looked at me. This created lots of problems as a dancer and it took its emotional toll on me too. I was in a perpetual state of hiding and fear.
My desire to heal deepened. I became consumed with the fantasy of having beautiful skin.
I imagined how different my life would be; I imagined connecting with people without feeling like I had to hide; I imagined sharing my creative gifts with the world and being recognized for what I offered.
I made a decision, I was going to heal my skin!
My quest began with visits to Doctors, Dermatologists then it evolved to Herbalists, Nutritionists, Chinese Medicine Doctors, Acupuncturists, Reiki Healers, Cranial Sacral Practitioners and Massage Therapists. Then my quest deepened and I became certified in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Time Line Therapy, Hypnotherapy and DNA Reprogramming, all to clear my skin!
Still the zits prevailed.
Finally I realized there must be a deeper spiritual issue going on because nothing was working.
This is when I took matters into my own hands and asked my spirit to guide me.
Shortly after that I randomly started tracing my body on an art board, which magically turned into a bird.
After that fateful day when my body became a bird, I realized there was a whole world living within my body. My intuition told me to tune into what was happening within my body and enter this magical world that had graciously just opened its wings to me.
I had nothing else to do but listen. So I tuned in to the Red Bird living in my legs and followed it on a journey. I had this feeling it would lead me to find my answers.
I ended up following that Red Bird through my whole body. I felt like I was traveling through an entire geographic world. And I was! I was traveling through the inner world of my Soul. I devoted a 2 year intense period of time to getting to know every crevice of my Soul through this process, that I later called ‘Bodymapping’
With each Bodymapping session I would receive guidance and insights for my healing journey until eventually my skin was completely healed!
Now I regularly receive compliments about my skin. This makes the Red Bird inside of me very happy! Wings spread open in delight when I see my glowing, clear, smooth beautiful skin!
Through the process of healing my skin I realized what I was really doing was allowing my spirit to breathe through my pores. I was clearing the fears that kept me in hiding. I was allowing my spirit to become the leader in my life.
How Art Heals…
Art heals because it gives you access to your Soul. Our Soul is the depth of who we are, it is the source of our experience, our awareness, our perspective. When we want to change something in our life, or heal something it is always a soul journey.
Art heals because it presents you with new possibilities for who you can be from your highest perspective.
Art heals because it awakens your natural power to be creative. Creativity is pure life-force energy, the ultimate elixir for well-being.
Art heals because it connects you with who you really are and who you dream of being.
Art heals because it opens your intuitive powers so you can be guided to your highest experience.
Art heals because it reconnects you with your natural divinity.
Art heals because it allows you to be you!
I’d love to share the healing power of Soul Art Bodymapping with you so you can experience how this simple, but profound creative practice can transform your life!
I’m leading 4 Sacred Soul Art Rituals to introduce the 4 Levels in the Soul Art Certification. The first Ritual is Bodymapping!
Registration for the 2016 Soul Art Certification will officially open on June 1st. Get on the Soul Art Certification Priority list here.
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