Always Weaving a New Story

Yesterday I did a cool one-day workshop called Storyweaving, which is a unique method of working our creative subconscious to reveal and retell the stories we live by.  The workshop leader is Carol Burbank, my dear friend, and I’ve had the privelege of watching her grow as a teacher and healer (and I helped her create the web site. **iz proud of her & me**). Check out her site for upcoming workshops, classes, talks and more.

We gathered in the morning and got started with some meditation. It was a nice group of four, all of us women of a certain age who are moving bravely into life changes.We worked with group story-telling and then made ‘self portraits’ to discover images, themes, tools to help us with our current transformations.

I took this workshop before, back in December


At that time my art piece revealed a protective angel-self who held my hurt and depressed self. You can see her, held in the angels’s heart, at left, curled into a tight dark ball.

At the time, I judged the self portrait as ‘art’ and was embarrassed by the sugary fairy angel. But in time I became very grateful for her energy watching over me. It was a tough year last year, and there was much healing to do in the dark of winter.

This time I made two images.


In the first,  I wanted to get the literal idea of the body as temple (in Hawaiian: hei’au) out onto the page.

I was obviously working with feeling large and heavy, going for a sense of sacred and ancient goddess. Hawaiian is one culture that honors the fat body as beautiful. I have a pretty hard time doing that, but in working on this I began to enjoy the lumpy lava body, her serenity, and all the lush gifts that were brought to her.






Once I got that idea out, it was easier to work more dreamlike way, less cerebral control. I chose colors and drew without looking for about half of the picture. This one reveals a flowing, evolving bright rosy energy.

There’s a sense of moving hands, red with life energy, and growing embrionic and vine-like growth. It’s luminous, expansive, moving. No more hiding now, it’s all about unfurl and grow.

BIG changes in three months!

Since we are always writing our story, it’s important for me to resist the old gloomy myths that hold me back from all the good I can do.

8 thoughts on “Always Weaving a New Story

  1. You always amaze me. You know that, right?

    Sounds like amazing good times.

  2. Honest and revealing—sharing publicly one’s deep feelings is rare in the blogs I have read of most people. Not so in this one, Patrise. Good for you!!!! I would have liked to see the angel you created at the last workshop. Thanks XXXXX Joan

    1. She’s right there – the first one!


  4. Kath Ballantyne March 3, 2013 — 8:47 pm

    The one you drew in December reminds me of John Carmine Salerno stuff. We have a set of cards. They are beautiful.
    Not the picture I actually wanted to link to but it’s the best I can find in an image search. It is beautiful. They all are. I love the Hawaiian goddess one.

    1. Kath Ballantyne March 3, 2013 — 8:49 pm

      Right. That’s why I can’t find the images in a search. His name is Toni, not John >_<

    2. thanks! I see what you mean about the art. There’s something moving in me about the watery energy, flowing and healing, radient turquoise!

  5. I’m so glad the workshop and the art you made opened up such amazing possibilities. Of course, that’s because of your willingness to explore and your talent! I often use this exercise, for artists and non-artists alike, because it really does open up healing within us as well as showing us our inner wisdom. Thanks, Patrise, for the praise — back atcha!

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