What is Prayer Art?

prayer art created for world water day
My studio is my temple.

When I create I am collaborating with creation itself. I am uniting with Goddess. I carefully and silently prepare my materials while holding space in healing intention. I then take a few minutes before I begin a painting to sit quietly and just breathe. This allows me to go into the work with humility, which is to say a place of acknowledging that I am serving a divine intention, not dictated by my own will.

Prayer painting is an intuitive process. I like to use my fingers and let the energy of the paint merge with the energy of my intentions and of myself. I feel a deeper connection this way. If I am using a brush I look at it as an extension of my hand, of my fingers... and I let the energies flow through the paint. The painting/prayer then begins to reveal itself on the canvas as I work.


"Creating art as an act of prayer is an embodied, active prayer. It recognizes that every thought and action that we undertake, if is done with a spiritual awareness, will have a spiritual effect.
In this light creating art is the channel through which an artist's prayers are manifested. Art is not prayer because of a particular imagery or symbolism that is used. Art is a conscious connection to the Creator" -Erika Hastings

The goal of the exercise is not product but process. The process of creation; creating with intent, creating from a place of love and authenticity, creating from the source...this is where the magic happens! When painting listen to what that source is saying to you, through you. Are you urged to move closer or farther from the canvas? In which direction does the paint pull you over the canvas. What colors are screaming out to you in their brilliance? Which ones softly nudge you in their softness.... 
Depression: Soul's Quest for Depth, Meaning & Wholeness
Following is a small exercise you can try with prayer painting.
1. Quiet, Stop for a moment, breathe and just relax. Perhaps you have a favorite mantra or prayer you like to recite?
2. Intention, What am I grateful for? What do I want to change right now? Who would I like to help right now?
3. Attention, Look over your studio (temple) and your supplies. What medium is calling to you? Paper, canvas or perhaps clay? What color of paint or marker or pencil draws your eye?
4. Notice, What feelings, thoughts, desires do you notice? How does the paint brush feel in your hand? Too long, too rough, to fat? Do you desire to feel the paint or clay on your fingertips?
5. Respond, put finger or brush to paint and start to move. Roll the clay around with your hand, write words on your paper... and just let go to the movements of your process. Let go to the intuitive energies moving through and around you. Watch as your creation/prayer/intent forms into itself!
6. Close, Offer an affirmation, declaration of thanks, gesture or symbol of ending the experience.

Note: You may want to keep a journal on each sacred exercise so you can follow your creative process with prayer painting. If you are an art journalist, the journal itself may be your canvas!


My Iconic Essence



In 2013 I followed a personal vision quest to discover my own Iconic Essence, inspired by Laura Hollick.

This inner exploration was both  an enchanting ride of beauty and dreamscaping, and a (sometimes terrifying) immersion into the dark landscapes of my very essence!

I gradually had to openly admit to myself truths about who I am, what my soul purpose is... I confronted and drudged up old, old conflicts within myself. I wrestled with the insecurity demon, and I worked very, very hard on knowing that it is OK, to not be able to fix everyone else, that it is OK to take time to heal MYSELF.

And, I also rejoiced in my new, deeper understanding of my personal truths, I celebrated my creativity, and I created like there was no tomorrow ... but most of the creation was done inside rather then outside on paper or canvas. I created, or re-created my iconic essence and became a more Empowered Creatix going in this new year.

Inner Landscape



Inner Landscape (c)2014 Gloria Gypsy. All rights reserved


By turning inward we begin to understand who we are as a person.

Our inner landscape is the totality of our experience including the places that seem dim, murky and off-limits, where we feel out of balance. Exploring within is about visiting those places that we have hidden away and seeing clearly what is there. Like exploring a forest or mountain there are many lessons to be learned if one is perceptive. 

Inner exploration is simply the awareness that arises as we allow experience to be fully as it is... Tweet This!

When allowed their natural flow, these deep experiences express themselves in our physical well being, and the nourishing, powerful and joyful ways we interact with ourselves and the outer world. Where we are blocked and cut-off from our inner self, their tremendous powers become pooled, tangled and distorted. The natural become unnatural and toxic, finding its expression in our malaise and dysfunction.

What is deep, core and essential in us longs for expression in the everyday of our lives; for our outer existence to be a seamless expression of the best of our inner landscape.


 



Pocket Shrine



Today in my art therapy course we made pocket shrines. What is a pocket shrine you ask?  It is a personal space in which to reflect what is important to you.

All art making is healing, because we move into the moment, become more aware and our brain waves shift and we move into a deeper, healing awareness.  Art therapists call this approach Art As Therapy, not necessarily art therapy. - Caterina
 Simply put, art is Medicine.






















The pocket shrine I created today is a nature shrine.

I just LOVED this project. The pocket shrines really RESONATED with me.
I keep a creative altar in my art studio for creative energies and inspiration. I also have an ancestor shrine in my home that I have photographs of family members who have passed on, memorabilia from them and candles. So, the idea of these tiny shrines that I can make and carry with me or put in areas of my home is just wonderful. I plan to make more of these in the future as needed.

My shrine is a nature shrine. I spend a good majority of my time in nature (with my son) on nature walks, camping, etc. Nature is my go to place to re-connect, Nature is my church. I find great spirituality in nature.

I made my shrine using a green altoids can. I include the green felt as color symbolism (grass, fields, and also the color of the heart chakra) and an image of nature that is actually the back of a playing card. I then put in items I had found previously while being in nature. Little gifts left in my path by the nature spirits for me to find. I have a feather of unknown origin, a pine cone, a flat oval rock, and an acorn. The arrow head and the mandarin orange spessartite stone were purchased and both hold meaning for me as well.

I did not glue anything down in my shrine as I want to be able to change/add to the items that I have in it as needed. All of the items fit into the box when closed for easy transport.

Having a portable nature shrine allows me to connect with the healing energies of nature no matter where I may be! Very powerful medicine in deed.

What about you?  Have you created a pocket shrine, or any other kind of shrine? Tell me your shrine story in the comments!

Prayer Art, World Water Day

Here is my prayer art for today's Water Blessing Ceremony. 
Joining in spirit and intent, In the Name of the Mother, for World Water Day.

When I do my prayer painting I create a sacred space within my studio.

I purify the space, usually with with white sage. 

I often play one of my meditative music cd's softly, in the background. 

Sound is an incredible healing source! 

I will then go into my Intuitive Meditation Techniques and then, 
I begin to paint. 

I let the energies and the intent guide me as I paint.