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Shelley Klammer
Expressive Art Therapy
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I have a large library of inspiring expressive art books and I share some of my all-time favorites with you here. In my opinion these books come from the depths of the artists/writers/therapists who wrote them. These books will truly inspire you to create, heal, and express yourself honestly. Spontaneous... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2015 at Expressive Art Inspirations
Creativity as a Form of Addiction / Compulsion / Workaholism True creativity invites a mode of heightened awareness that is a vivid contrast to the emotionally repressed state of living. In my earlier life I was blocked creatively. My character was not yet strong. I was not expressing my truth... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2015 at Expressive Art Inspirations
The 45 Manifestation Principles for Artists are quoted from the E-Course - Creative Abundance: Abundance Affirmations: 1. Harmony - When I am in a state of emotional harmony, creative visions come for my abundance. 2. Truth - My body loves the truth. When I manifest in ways that align with... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at Expressive Art Inspirations
Ego Creativity vs. Intuitive Creativity Creativity can serve many purposes. My journals and drawings are at times bright with body-based intuitive insights, and at other times they repeat the limited mental stories that create my emotional pain. Depending on whether I am coming from my fears or my soul's directives,... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Expressive Art Inspirations
“I surrender myself to everything. I love, I feel pain, I struggle. The world seems to me wider than the mind, my heart a dark and almighty mystery.” —Nikos Kazantzakis Young Spirituality Tries to Be all "Positive" Years ago when my emotions and creativity felt blocked, I became a "spiritual... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2014 at Expressive Art Inspirations
The Urge to Belong and Conditional Love Our family conditioning is who we had to become so that our parents could feel emotionally stable and psychologically comfortable. Depending on the emotional health of our parents, and our level of inherent difference from them, we learned early, in varying degrees, how... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at Expressive Art Inspirations
The Root of our Core Pain - "I am suffering and separate from love because..." All of us, often without knowing it, have a particular secret negative belief about ourselves, that feels so devastating, it can take us down an unbearable dark hole of pain. And, we each have a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2014 at Expressive Art Inspirations
"Some great confusion has fallen like a shadow across the world, a mass forgetting in which the sense of meaning waiting to be discovered right under the surface of events has been obscured in favor of compiling information and a recitation of facts that only become forgotten. This is a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Expressive Art Inspirations
The Emotional Pain of Being Born There is no shame in feeling emotional pain. We all feel unbearable emotional pain in our human life at some point but we usually suffer along at a repressed ebb by avoiding, distracting and suppressing our feelings, instead of turning towards the core emotional... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2013 at Expressive Art Inspirations
The Pressure to Conform Because we live in an ego-based world where appearances are more valued than the truth, it is easy to forget who we are on a deep level. The aim of honest, raw art journaling is to strengthen and reclaim authentic self-expression - to make it more... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2013 at Expressive Art Inspirations
Thanks so much Detta and you are welcome!
Intentional Creativity - Seeking Mirroring in the World I was a professional artist when I was in my twenties. Having my work hanging in the top gallery in the city was both a source of pride for me and an enormous pressure. Every painting had to be "good" so it... Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2013 at Expressive Art Inspirations
Thank-you for you wise and kind comments Sean. As I was reading what you have written - I was picturing us as 17 year olds! My - how life shapes and deepens us over time! I so appreciate your depth and honesty. Much love to you my friend, Shelley
Children Change Themselves to Get Love All parents do their very best to love their children, given their own family history, generational background and life circumstances. And when children feel deprived in any way - emotionally, psychologically, or physically - they have uncanny ways of understanding who they need to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2013 at Expressive Art Inspirations
The Fear of Being Drained I did this drawing several years ago on my lunch hour when I was trying to let go of my inner complaining about how much energy I had to give to my full-time job. This drawing seemed to illustrate a tentative new belief in giving... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2013 at Expressive Art Inspirations
Love as a Lifestyle "We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men and women; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects." -Herman Melville Once in a while I meet a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at Expressive Art Inspirations
Creative Vision Creative Vision is seeing life through spiritual eyes. As you see your life through spiritual eyes, you will start to see each person in your life as having two distinct selves. Our psyche/ego self has many parts - and our souls self is whole. In our psychology we... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at Expressive Art Inspirations
Our Psychology Has Many Different Parts Years ago when I started exploring my psyche through expressive art, I was astounded to discover all of the different parts of self that I had inside of me. As various aspects spilled out through my spontaneous collages, writings, drawings and paintings, I saw... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2012 at Expressive Art Inspirations
We All Have Life Urges and Death Urges A life urge is a gesture towards joining with Health, Spirit, Love, Intimacy, Connection, Creativity, Honesty and Passion. A death urge is a gesture away from full and vibrant living. A death urge is a withdrawal into the wound pool where we... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2012 at Expressive Art Inspirations
Self-Love is a Spiritual Practice Self-love is a feeling of utter self-acceptance that is not influenced by what other people do or say. With self-love we are open to feedback, and we are no longer devastated when it is negative. When we love ourselves, we become curious about how other... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2012 at Expressive Art Inspirations
"So the question we must ask ourselves is: What needs to reconciled? Is it the way we separate ourselves from our shadows? Perhaps it's how we hide from our light. It's like a teeter totter that moves back and forth, up and down, until the reordering is complete. But in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2012 at Expressive Art Inspirations
Moving Forward Through Victimization A while ago I made a series of drawings that made me feel very uncomfortable. They reminded me of a painting that I had done many years before. In the painting was an image of a helpless woman with her legs and arms flailing in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2012 at Expressive Art Inspirations
Sitting In Silence It is difficult for most people to be still and silent. Most of us are massively repressing painful emotions. Trying to meditate is a challenge because we have so much under the surface of our normal thoughts clamouring to be felt and seen. During meditation, difficult feelings... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2012 at Expressive Art Inspirations
Blocked Creativity and Blocked Emotions My experience of creative blocks is that usually a feeling is arising to be seen that will not allow me to move forward until I acknowledge it. I find when I am dealing with darker emotions, all of my creativity goes into this something that... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2012 at Expressive Art Inspirations