What exactly is the Wild Heart Expressive Arts intuitive painting process? And how is it different from other ways of making of art?
I get asked this question a lot because there’s some honest confusion about what it even means to paint intuitively. And also a need for a bit more clarity about how the way that I teach intuitive painting differs significantly from other intuitive painting approaches.
So I just wanted to talk a little bit about how I see it. And what I think it is. And what it isn’t.
First of all, intuitive painting is a powerful intuitive, spiritual and creative practice.
And like all practices it requires a fierce devotion. It’s designed to transform your relationship to your intuition. To devote yourself to hearing it. To truly listening to it. To actually knowing when it’s speaking to you. To learning to tell the difference between your intuitive intelligence and your analytical/judging mind. And then to develop a solid allegiance to your intuition by following it and always doing exactly what it says. No matter what.
Intuitive painting is the practice of meditating with a brush in your hand. As you release your attachment to judgment and planning and some future goal the practice allows you to open more to presence and spaciousness and self compassion. To the dreamtime and the invisible realms. To a deeper connection with the spark of spirit and your innate divine wisdom.
Intuitive painting is the practice of freeing your creative self.
It doesn’t teach you how to be creative.
You don’t need anyone telling you how to do that. But the practice shows you how to let go of things that get in the way of your full creative expression like perfectionism, comparison and the need for external approval. It supports you in claiming the courage to explore and experiment, to make things up and take outrageous creative risks.
Intuitive painting is also a commitment to deep soul work.
To making what is unconscious conscious. To finding your medicine. To becoming more awake and alive. More whole. More real. More authentic. More you. To developing an unshakeable alliance with your inner wisdom and your inner healer.
This happens through the process of devoting yourself to the practice of entering into intimate communion with the inner world of your heart, your mind and spirit. And then willingly opening yourself to everything that you find there. Not only what you want to see and feel, but embracing those qualities and experiences that stretch you outside of what is easy, comfortable and familiar. Which includes things like profound joy, intense pleasure, radiant brilliance, wild freedom and mega-watt power. And holding all of who you are in an attitude of of radical self acceptance.
And finally intuitive painting is devoting yourself to trusting in the life force and in life itself.
So many things about being alive are painful or difficult or scary. Or simply don’t turn out the way we want them too. And when we are confronted with those kinds of challenges our first impulse is to try to change or fix or resist them. Intuitive painting teaches us that there is a holy wisdom in allowing ourselves to be led and guided by by whatever shows up on the page in front of us. To let go of the need for certainty and guarantees and open fully to the unknown. To trust in things like your personal rhythm and divine timing. That going towards and surrendering to what we normally try to avoid and control will allow us to become even more fully alive.
These are all the gifts that can come from devoting yourself to an intuitive painting practice.
And if you want to experience the healing power of trusting in your intuition, the unfettered joy of deep creative play and the spiritual transformation that comes from making soul art in this incredibly unique way, come and join me for my online Painting With Fire class that begins in a couple of weeks.
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