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- I just completed my first tour of Ireland with my RAW Visual Journalling workshop.
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For The Curious...
When people talk to me about my work, the one word that comes up, over and over again is, RAW.
That's because, I create first and foremost, for me. I'm not out here, trying to paint pretty for you. I'm not looking for praise. I’m doing the work of trying to heal myself through the creative process. This is how I get out of my system, all that weighs me down. And what has weighed me down, most of all, is trying to be a self that would win your approval.
That you declare me as 'OK', meant everything. That's how much I have always thought of 'others', and how little I have always thought, of me.
Living from the outside in, was my way of being and it landed me, at 34 years of age, in a crisis of 'wrongness'. Everything, for me, was wrong. I was in the wrong-for-me marriage, doing the wrong-for-me work, surrounded by the wrong-for-me people, living the wrong-for-me life.
I had perfected producing in myself, the feeling of wrongness. And so, that had to change.
I had to get honest. I had to be real.
I've always been able to do that on paper. I discovered the creative process had always been my ally, my best friend and confident. It was the container into which I spilled all the truth I feared was unwelcome elsewhere.
And that is why, my work is RAW.
In my life, by allowing my true, creative self the expression on which she thrives, I have discovered some surprising things..
I like myself more
I like life more.
I found love.
By being me.
Mine is a practice of personal excavation, shared with you, honestly. I do all this because I'm curious, I'm compelled and I'm in good company.
I do this because the work of recovery, is important.
It makes for a happier you, your connection to self, your connection to others. I know I’m not alone in my quest to live the story I want to tell.
I like to think of the creative process as, the 'royal road' to recovery. OF and FROM. This, is the road I'm walking and have been, for almost a decade now. I met this road at a very low time in my life. I have walked this road as a client, a therapist, an artist and human being. I walk so that I may learn to integrate, embody and celebrate ALL I am, at the same time, always. It is the road I am destined to follow, for life.
Hence, I'm a creative explorer and Pilgrim Soul. My work in this world is to facilitate the deepening of attendance, to our internal landscapes. A practice which results, in postcards from our deepest parts.
This practice is not about perfecting the aesthetic, it's about presenting the authentic. It's a way of life.
It is the sacred work of honouring, attending to and supporting of the self. I believe that attending to our relationship to self is how we prepare to best for more fulfilling relationships with others.
I hope to inspire, evoke and encourage you into Creative Practice that makes room for your most vulnerable, true and hence, best SELF. Through attendance, connection, expression and care. To promote, model and teach creative practice as a source comfort and joy. To deepen understanding, development of and devotion to your own creative process. In support of living with true intention, meaning and value.
Always, Amanda xoxo
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