Sometimes I sketch when I can't write

Through creative writing I have discovered inner selves; those parts of me that have been repressed, hidden and become disconnected from each other.  We are now talking to each other through dialogues, poetry and song and often moving and flowing together. The sketches below depict three stages in this process: headless and detached inner-selves lost in the world; development of eyes that look inside (under the surface) and outside to the world (to others in society) and inner-selves coming together, getting to know each other and dance.

               Headless and detached selves

               Headless and detached selves

               Who am I?

When feeling in a disconnected state, unable to think clearly and make the simplest of decisions, I must remember to pause whatever I'm doing, take three slow deep breaths. When I remember to focus on the breath in the present moment, I am often able to become calmer and more focused.

      Looking above and below the surface

      Looking above and below the surface

How do I respond wisely?

I look 'inside' (below the surface) and out (into the world) to relate wisely with my inner selves and with others in society. When I take time to do this I can connect with my inner strength and support and respond more appropriately in situations.

                           The selves dance

                           The selves dance

Thoughts and feelings flow.

Looking inside helped me to reconnect with my inner-selves. I am now always aware of this family of selves and on good days we come together and dance. We support each other, we take charge of our own destiny and life flows.