Where I am Right Now
I’m about 2 years into my journey of re-discovering art and newly discovering reiki, dragons and drums.
I have become deeply connected with drums, Remo buffalo drums in particular. I had no idea how important they would become to me when I reluctantly agreed to paint one for a very dear friend. I’m about to paint my 11th one! I was overjoyed to find out that these wonderful drums could be used with reiki, to meditate and to journey.
It has been, and continues to be, an incredible experience to find that the drums I paint and their stories have so much meaning to their owners, far beyond my brief connection with them. It really is magical!
And dragons…I have a fascination with them that I didn’t know existed within me. I have so many images in my head. I recently started a series of dragon paintings which I plan to become a deck of oracle cards.
Discovering that art and creativity is a form of meditation and therapy is a revelation and joy. Splashing paint around, gluing things to things, stenciling, printing, scribbling and doodling is as satisfactory and absorbing as producing a carefully planned art piece. And, most importantly, anybody can do it! In fact, everybody should do it!
I have also learned that reiki is one way to get in touch and experience the beautiful energy surrounding and connecting us to everything and anything. A gentle, but powerful, energy that can soothe and heal.
How Did I Get Here?
As a child, the only career I wanted was to be a costume designer in the theatre, film or TV. I studied with this in mind, eventually being offered a place to do an art degree at university. For various reasons, I didn’t go.
The next 12 years were a bit directionless, I wasn’t used to not having a strong vision of where I wanted to be. I did continue drawing and expressed much of my creativity through decorating my house.
I learned reflexology during this time. I hadn’t received reflexology or any other complementary therapy before starting it but I discovered answers to questions I’d been asking myself (and my poor parents) for years. I met people who thought many of the same things as I did, whereas previously I believed I was the only one. It was a wonderful, life-changing experience.
I practiced alongside my full-time job, meeting many new people, experiencing many new things. I was like a sponge, I couldn’t absorb the information I was finding out about reflexology, other therapies, energy and the human body fast enough. It was a very enjoyable period of my like.
At the age of 31, I became pregnant with my daughter, moved from Oxford to Manchester and got married. My life changed dramatically as I became absorbed in being a full-time mum. My intention of continuing with a reflexology practice didn’t materialize and the only form of art I participated in was supervising my children’s creativity.
Four years ago, when I realised the complete detachment and numbness I now felt about everyday life must be affecting my children in a very negative way, I embarked on an NLP breakthrough. There were immediate, immense changes. I could see colours much clearer, I could feel music throughout my body, my self-confidence soared – I came back to life.
But what did I want to do with my life? I was distracted away from this question for the next two years whilst I dealt with selling our house and moving six miles into Cheshire.
Then 2011, I finally started to get back in touch with the person I was more than 20 years ago. I studied reiki to levels 1 and 2 as well as attending a multi-media art evening class. And my journey of discovery through art, creativity and reiki began!