Barbara S. Redfield
Looking at a work of art, whether you created it or it was made by another artist, there are clues available to you, about you. The same way symbols and messages in dreams are there for you to discover, so it is in art. Reading messages should be fun, as well as informative. There is definitely magic in the process. Where the messages come from is NOT important. The amazing secret is that messages surround us and it is only a matter of requesting information, which some may experience as guidance. Certainly, any creation has messages for the creator. The awesome news is that any object that you feel a strong connection to, has personal messages for you, the recipient, that are equally impactful. Not only are messages available at the time of your initial connection, but they continue to be there FOREVER. Whether you are familiar with the process of reading messages, or are new to the concept, this booklet will guide you though the process, with some simple exercises to jump start your journey.
EXERCISE # 1
Choose three words that identify three objects in the piece that you have chosen:
EXERCISE # 2
Name the first person who comes to mind when you look at the piece you have chosen. What can the piece tell you about your relationship with that person? What have you been avoiding? What have you been afraid to say, do, or hear?
EXERCISE # 3
Name each object in the piece you have chosen. This does not have to be a concrete thing, it can be a line, color, shape or even a void,,,
EXERCISE # 4
Choose each object, one by one, give it a voice, imagine that it can talk …
EXERCISE # 5
Choose each object, one by one, again, give it a voice and ask open ended thoughts and questions that are personal to you in the moment. Examples follow:
The most important thing I want to emphasize is that this process should be fun! Further, I believe that all spiritual truth is simple and often has humor, as part of its deepest teaching. If it is pleasurable, it does not mean that it is trivial or shallow. It can, and often is, meaningful. From this perspective sad and painful truths, are joyful because they are true. The next thing I want to strongly suggest is to do these exercises in writing. The difference between asking these questions with your voice and writing them down is monumental! The writing, partially because it takes longer, helps to solidify and inte- grate the information. It is even better to write both the questions and the answers. (The use of two different color pens helps not only today, but especially looking back at past writing.) Date the entries as you go. It’s great to have a special, separate journal for messages/guidance. Remember whether you create a piece of art or you are the viewer/recipient/collector there are personal messages waiting in it for you!
Here are some personal messages from the creation of this box:
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