Collage as a Meditative Practice is a workshop offered to to spiritual organizations, groups, and parties of friends. I wrote about it a few weeks back on my blog. Customized collage projects are mixed with meditation practices to further spiritual development. Art gives us a unique way of accessing our inner selves. It can be used to express, enhance, and explore one's spiritual nature. Collage as a Meditative Practice teaches individuals to bring a work to successful completion through mindfulness rather than judgmental critique. It's a fun creative way of learning to bring basic meditative techniques into the everyday. Participants learn some basic meditation techniques that can be utilized while one is working. Individuals find that through meditation and mindful awareness, they open their creative capacities more deeply. Meditators may deepen their practice through art.
I offered a Collage as a Meditative Practice workshop at the Apostolic Johannite Conclave on May 16, 2016. The Apostolic Johannite Church is a Gnostic faith. The project was entitled, "Finding Your Inner Divinity". Many of us who consider ourselves to be spiritual are constantly looking outside ourselves for God through prayer and worship. We fail to look within for our own Godliness. In this workshop participants were asked to look for images in magazines that resonated with them as expressions of their divine side. They could also add or an shapes that they wished to cut out text if they chose to.
I gridded the room with a few crystals to help us in our practice. A Black Tourmaline was placed in each of the four corners. This was to help keep people grounded and to keep negative energies out. I also brought three large pieces of Clear Calcite in. These were to keep energy clear to to help connect us with our Angel Guides. Angels are wonderful helpers on the Earth.
We began with a grounding meditation to help get us grounded & centered. Participants were asked to create art in silence, for the most part, so that they could really feel the experience. All were supplied with magazines, wallpaper samples, and colored paper. They were asked to not judge while doing their work, but to feel. If it felt good within the body then proceed and if not then try something else. There really wasn't any other need to go into why it was or wasn't working. A few times during the project we stopped for a short mediation. Just something a minute to clear the thoughts and images out of the mind before proceeding.
Pictured within this article are some of the collages from that day. There were so many wonderful pieces that came out of it. It was very difficult for me to narrow it down to just these.