Something New

Being afraid isn’t always a bad thing. Sometimes you need that trembling feeling to remind you how exciting it is to be doing something new.               – Jim Lewis –

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I feel this way today. Aiming, trembling, wanting, ready with tools in hand.

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Wednesday Words

Metaphors have a way of holding the most truth in the least space.

–Orson Scott Card

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An example of an Artful Insight Collage by a “non-artist.”

ARTFUL INSIGHT COLLAGE WORKSHOP  Tuesday April 30th 6:30 – 8:30 pm or May 1st 9:30 -11:30 AM

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The First Time Artful Insight Collage Saved My @–

I would never ask you to invest time or money in something I haven’t used myself and seen make a difference for lots of people. Still, cutting and pasting images to tap into intuition has got to sound a bit “woo-woo” to some you, so I thought I might tell you a story or two.

Story #1 How Artful Insight Collage Saved My @–

I was excited when the chancellor of my graduate school program (I was 56) asked me to speak at commencement. Then I panicked. All of the sudden, it seemed that I knew nothing about what I’d experienced in those two years. I had no idea what to write. When I say nothing came…literally, nada. The voice screaming, “You’re running out of time,” got louder and I got more stuck.

 Just days til graduation, I considered cancelling. That would have felt worse. Then it dawned on me to use the Accessing Inner Wisdom(c) technique created by Mona Constantini that I’d learned in that very program. Two hours later, paper scraps littering my floor, I had a collage that gave me clues. Clues! The next day, I wrote the speech in one sitting. I got great feedback about it. The school featured it in their marketing materials. And I had fun! Here is the speech.

TGI collage

In the years since, I’ve adapted the technique to my clients, incorporating bits from Focusing and brain-based strategies creating Artful Insight Collage.

Story #2  Jeanne’s Job Review Turnaround

Jeanne was preparing for her end of year job review. To say she wasn’t looking forward to it is understatement. Though a highly effective professional, Jeanne was struggling with questions about her strengths, accomplishments and vision for the next year. Her confidence was flagging.

 After a 2-hour Artful Insight collage session, Jeanne validated her strengths, found words for what she really does well, discovered and affirmed her work values, and got some new ideas too! She found the process more profound than she imagined. It was a relief from “all that trying to figure it out.”  

 “No one was more surprised that I was at the encouraging insights I got. I confess, I was rolling my eyes while I did it.”                                                                                 Susan T. 

 People have used Artful Insight Collage to help with anything from gaining clarity about a specific decision, to insight into a relationship.

There are many more stories of new insights and surprising discoveries, yours could be one of them.

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1.Pick a date.  April 30  Tuesday   6:30 – 8:30 PM or May 1  Wednesday   9:30 -11:30 AM

2.Call Pound Ridge Recreation to reserve (914) 764- 0947  (Mon. – Fri. 9am -4:30 PM)

3.Send a check for $20.00 made out to Town of Pound Ridge.                                           179 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, NY 10576

4.Show up! Conant Hall 257 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge, NY  easy to get to directions

Questions? Feel free to email me or call  (917 450-1524)

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Wednesday Words


Art is a step from what is obvious toward what is concealed.
– Kahil Gibran
Last Wednesday I wrote about changing our relationship to a problem by investigating the metaphor hidden within it. Today, we look at finding out more about the problem we’re having and what it has to offer us (besides frustration), by making a collage (for me, a most accessible form of visual art).
Engaging in creativity is a soul satisfying way to bypass the endless loop of  thoughts that are not helping us with a particular problem (whatever that may be). See below for instructions on how to use a collage to give you insight into whatever is stuck.
Inner More Collage – adapted from Mona Costantini
You’ll need:
1 hour or more of uninterrupted time
A work space
Magazines of all types
Scraps, Doodads
Pens, Markers, Crayons
Large paper, poster stock – brown paper bag could do too.
Glue stick
Wax paper (to use as a place to glue)
Cell phone or timer
Digital camera – optional
What to do:
  1. Get quiet and do some deep grounding breaths
  2. Identify an area, issue or problem in your life that could use some insight. Silently ask yourself to be playful and allow creativity to help you.
  3. Set your timer for 15 minutes.
  4. Go through the magazines and tear out anything that grabs your attention. Don’t plan what you pick and don’t question why you chose it, just keep moving.
  5. Stop when the timer goes off – really, do it.
  6. Set the timer again for 20 minutes.
  7. Ask yourself to hone the pile of images down to 12- 15 or less.
  8. When the timer goes off – stop.
  9. Arrange the images (without gluing) and add any other scraps, marks you’d like. Feel free to cut, reshape, tear, add onto images – anything that comes to you.
  10. OPTIONAL: If you have a digital camera, take a photo. Take photos as you take up each layer. I do this to help me remember which pieces were in which layer so I can glue in order.
  11. Glue.
  12. When complete, have a conversation with your collage by writing questions as if you weren’t the artist. E.G., Why did you put that red line there?
  13. Now for the cool part – answer each question by writing with your non-dominant hand.

I’d really love to know how this activity works for you. Were you amazed? Did something new appear? Nothing happen? I can’t wait to hear from you.

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