When Alice & Chris found out that Alice had breast cancer, they called me to see how they could create something meaningful and healing to mark this poignant time of life. For them, the time was ripe for a ceremony, to honour Alice, her breasts and their love.
Before we began, we sat together, the three of us in a triangle, respect, res- onance and relatedness owing between us. We spoke simple words of gratitude and grace and breathed the air together, allowing stillness and prayer to shape the ether of the space we created.
Eventually, eyes opened, meeting one another with deep recognition, we stood, hugged, and dived straight into the magic of our Body Painting Ritual. Alice stood in front of Chris’s magnicent artwork and stroke by stroke disappeared, ego dissolving into heart consciousness. When we came to her breasts, each brush stroke was tender, loving and imbued with trust, healing and strength. rough intention, we have the power to heal. rough creativity and ow, we are able to connect to our intrinsic nature and open ourselves to those hidden aspects of self that work behind the scenes, manifesting all kinds of ailments to help us see, who we really are and why we are really here.
Body Painting is an intimate, intuitive, calming and healing modality, and especially powerful when practised ceremonially in conjunction with breathing techniques and coaching conversations. It is a creative therapy, yoga and meditation all in one - where all aspects of the practice are significant to the wholeness of the healing.
Natalie came to me without knowing what what it was that she wanted to create.
In her initial emails she said that she wished “...to be the example of a healthy Woman for my baby girl to see, to remember that nothing can truly exist without total devotion to the most sacred relationship of all, the one that I have with myself”
During out initial sessions, Nathalie shared stories of her pain and the imperfect experiences that had lead her to where she was, a mother to an 11 years old girl, separated and eventually reconnected with the father of their daughter, running her own business, dancing latino and living her best life. It was clear that this piece of about celebration, overcoming struggles and embracing the light and the dark of life, equally.
I went back to my studio to contemplate what I had understood about Nathalie and her inner world through our sessions. In my meditations, I saw the ancient art of Kintsugi, a Japanese Artform, born of the 15th century that involves fixing broken pottery with gold, silver or platinum. I shared the vision with Nathalie and the shoe fit.
After completion of the works she wrote:
“My life journey/message/declaration being painted on my bare body. A ceremony of weeks in preparation and meditation. Bringing intention and prayer. Wondering the mystery of what the end result would be... Kitnsugi - my story - emphasizing my fractures and breaks, instead of hiding or disguising them. Tears of gold finding and filling every small fracture, the repair becoming even more beautiful than the original, revitalizing it with a new look and giving it yet another life. I am whole.”