“Making something from nothing empowers you!”
What is C.A.T.?
Creative Art Therapy is the backbone of Susan’s workshops.
Designed to dig the very best creativity out of our system, inspired by the normal and natural environment of our homes, environs and places we habitually go, as well as further afield, we search to translate the external environment we’re sensing around us, giving it shape, form and movement in expressions that transmit something that may not have been ‘visible’ before.
‘Feeling alive’ is crucial to our existence and creativity provides a path to that. And nothing is creatively ‘right’ or ‘wrong’! It’s while learning as we follow our path of creativity, exploring it in gradations of complexity that we are also in a process of self-discovery.
In C.A.T. we conjour up Inspiration to take the first step…
- By exploring Introversively and giving our discovery outward potential,
- By freeing Imagination into the world as ideas,
- By Interpretation of the ephemeral mind into defined matter.
Through consciously discovering our experience in the present, we are designing the next version of us, exploring and expressing ourselves in an outward way that doesn’t end in only producing pieces of artwork, collage, material goods or turning concepts into action, but in achieving the ultimate goal of creativity, to become the Master Creator of our own life and reality around us!
To obtain the result of our efforts, as well as a deep sense of achievement, each one of us, as creators employs sought after techniques in a highly advanced method of translation.
The ancients called it ‘MAGIC’, but today we know it as a deeply advanced science and expression of the highest art that starts with;
- Preparing your body, speech and mind for a whole new experience,
- Playing around with thought,
- Being spontaneous by not necessarily trying to achieve anything in particular,
- Studying your life diligently as it unravels in each moment,
- Appraising the requisite blueprints and building blocks for creation, within the basic parameters of our interests.
“The Wand is already in your hand”
Tools used in the Workshops
While going from A to B, doing the chores at home or outside of it, we always have a choice as to what we observe through our ‘Vision’ that sees our world through a pair of eyes, a telescope, a camera, video camera, or other optical device.
But ‘Truly seeing’ means going beyond just surviving the route from A to B.
We can really experience where we are moment to moment, using our senses to notice the world around us, or we can stay in the thoughts bouncing off the sides of our head and not even notice when we’ve arrived at our destination and what went on in between!
The first causes us to become whole, because we are where we are, doing what we are doing. The second causes disjoint. We become 2 aspects; one that is running all over the world/universe inside our head, while the rest of us is on automaton so that we don’t even know where we really are and what we are doing.
In the workshops, we focus on 3 types of unique art forms, those that by their very nature are designed to take you out of the ‘black and white’ world and beyond the veil of ordinary perception, connecting you to the source.
- Foreground and Background
- Embedding emotion in the pictures
- Collective patterns that might create another shape
- The Selfie
- Explanation of Kaleidoscopic Filmmaking
- ‘Kaleidoscopic Filmmaking’ Workshops
3. Building CONSCIOUS INSTALLATION DEVICES, dynamic energy machines that you drive with your own consciousness, designed to benefit the health of humans and the environment.
“Forging a flow for life force.”
Why we do Creative Art Therapy (C.A.T)
…every object we see in our environment has been created by someone’s thought process, has come from someone’s creative imagination. Bringing anything that is just an idea or ephemeral state of thought out into the world, into manifestation as an actual physical object or process, is creativity, is magic!
…nothing is a static object. As it originally appeared due to the input of the Consciousness creating it, everything contains Consciousness in it, whether natural things that evolved through their own processes, or the machine in a factory assembly line that also needed Consciousness to create it! Consciousness always leaves a little piece of itself within its creation, as its transmissible frequency to others.
…making functional objects, things which are useful to our everyday lives like chairs, tables, pens and computers or enriching our lives with thought provoking work like art, writing or photographs are ways in which we become more whole in ourselves and give us the capacity to cope with the fluctuation of life.
…each one of us has the inherent capacity to become a creator of our own reality and C.A.T. kick starts this healthy process, allowing the inspiration of our life force to pervade through our physical body and take root in the outside world, by creating something tangible within it.
…we need an outlet/s for the incredible amount of life force energy running through us from an unending source. As much as we allow may pass through us, if we provide it with something to manifest within; appearances, words, corporations, vessels that may hold this energy in matter.
…giving a solid expression to what we desire to create, conceiving ideas and different scenes within which they may nurture, giving them wind to flow through us rather than blocking them by damming the flow with the insecurity of our capability to produce it, allows us to remain in harmony with our essential being and not to become obstructed by a natural flow of energy coming from the source.
…our options to perform creation are infinite.
…with the conscious release of life force onto the canvas, into words, or as a display causes us, the designer, to become infused with that life force, enabling us to perceive things which are not as aesthetically perfect as we are culturally adapted to recall, as perfect by virtue of their conscious interpretation into matter, freeing us from the fixed boundaries of what we’ve been taught as ‘correct’.
…unless we connect to that source, there’s no way we can come to know ourselves, our own perspective of truth helping us to become a facet of the whole, so we may operate in truth alongside others, within this physical dimension.
“Create what you dare!”
How do we do C.A.T.?
The most wonderful thing about C.A.T. is that that there are no rules at all!
In our workshops, we adapt the focus to the preferences of those taking part, but to date, C.A.T. operates within several loosely defined creative pockets, innovative categories in themselves, like Photo Collage Art, Kaleidoscopic Filmmaking and Conscious Installation Devices that nevertheless present us with myriad options of how to become creatively productive.
If it’s a purely subjective creation coming from our own imagination and we have the expertise to express it, it’s all in our own hands to find the way to bring it into manifestation. But when working with others, we need to communicate well, agree on what we are creating, combine our skills and designate tasks to each other so that our efforts are spread out.
Some people need to create more wrathfully through insistent motion, such as by flicking paint at a canvas, while others need to work on the method more analytically by using their mental faculties, whereas others let the emergence of their invention flow naturally with whatever’s going on around them, infusing and integrating that into the piece of work, allowing it to be organically revealed rather than contrived in any way.
But ultimately and in our own time, we ourselves are the ones who need to find the path of our own art by travelling along the hidden ways of its labyrinth to the resultant goal we alone are setting ourselves, the more we uncover causing us to inject more and more inspiration into the process.
If our goal requires scientific or business knowledge or even encompasses a specific skill, then we may need to follow a more strict process of study before bringing our creativity to fruition. Or we may simply decide to focus on what we already know, enhancing and perfecting that while hiring or partnering with someone else who does know that aspect, thus complementing and adding our talents together to produce something more spectacular.
When we share our creations with others, it’s important they understand that as the viewer, they are also tapping into an infinite source of energy that is no different from that which we, the creator tapped into, to produce this result.
Even though they will look at it from a different angle, milk a different quality of it, when put together, those two angles are going to complement each other into becoming a shape that will not distort the view of the beholder when observing the resultant piece of work, but inspire it with harmony and grace.
“It doesn’t matter!”
How I get over the obstacles of creativity?
One of the biggest questions that arises before we start getting into the creative process is:
“What if I can’t create what I want to?”
“What happens if I can’t match my expectation?”
It’s an absolute key to remember that our expectation is only a blueprint of the idea and what actually will result is the final output of that expectation.
And between those two ends, is a process…
It’s impossible that we don’t possess imagination and creativity, because we are naturally meant to be Artists of our existence, however life could have blocked that urge due to one or another circumstances.
Parents or teachers could have told us it was stupid or wasteful to dream away and in doing so they took imagination and creativity out of our lives by making these qualities seem like something to scold, or simply not useful to have.
But for sure they’re still there, hiding somewhere close by, probably not so far from the surface. And if we allow ourselves to play, they will emerge in full force, like released from behind a dam!
And we’re not all necessarily artists with a sketchbook and pencil, or photographers. Building a business also requires incredible creativity!
But when we’re in the motions of creating something, it sometimes happens that there are some obstacles and frustration. It’s like going merrily along the road in the car and then suddenly there’s a tree blocking the way and we simply cannot go past it until it’s cut up and removed.
Really there’s absolutely no such thing as ‘Artist’s block’, just FEAR of the unknown, which is easily overcome by ‘just starting’, by ‘just doing something’, ‘ANYTHING’ and if it doesn’t come down right the first time, we can edit or delete it later on.
The most important thing is to just take the first step and allow expression to occur, STEP by STEP. Don’t jump ahead! We must exist right on the step we are now, fully.
Playing with our inspiration like a child in ecstasy is what gives us the freedom to explore and develop our skills, while allowing ourselves to make all the mistakes in the world is our birthright, because these are the very things that will form experiential rungs on the ladder of our success.
Sometimes, we just need a warm up period of time to get our creative juices flowing, which brings us naturally onto the path of what we’re seeking. We can also give ourselves space to get into the right frame of mind, allowing the life force to flow more easily through us by releasing our tensions with a walk, a conversation with a friend, sitting quietly making some notes, dancing or going for a drive. A change of scene is always good when we are stuck in a rut!
But also listening carefully to the situation and circumstances going on around us is crucial, because life will always tell us exactly what we need to know, when we need to know it. Inability to creatively progress may also be a warning sign that’s telling us, “It’s not time to do that yet, work with what you have now and it will bring you to your way.” Everything is always perfect, so we must trust our instincts and intuition.
Above all we must love whatever we are doing and do it with joy, feeling it coming from within ourselves as an expression of our very life force, which belongs to all of us.
Creation itself, is simply running through us, ready for us to tap into!
“The dynamic between action and reflection,”
How does creativity work?
At a fundamental level, we can bring everything back to the 5 elements that form existence.
Any action starts with the subtle elements that bring creation to its initial stage, as an idea. Firstly, the element of wind arises, coming into being as motion, as movement within the Space. This then causes friction, the quality of fire that inspires and impassions us to make it happen.
From those subtle blueprints, the next layer is to actually produce something concrete, which is the earth element aspect and then to share its usefulness or meaning with others, which is the nectar, the water aspect that gives it life force.
And in between, there are many micro stages where again, the five elements play out their drama.
Now presented in a way that it is intelligible for others in a pure symbolic message, it becomes a transmission of life force that may come into their vision to assist in increasing their frequency, taking it to a higher level of existence that is complemented by an overall richer experience.
But in truth, universal elemental qualities reside at the purest elemental level. In Wind, we find ‘Accomplishment’, because it’s through movement and action that we achieve something and in Fire, we have Discernment to know what to do with our inspiration and how. Earth holds the stability of ground, a platform from which we can spring into action and because everything is coming from the same source, it is fundamentally Equal. Whereas Water when stilled becomes a Mirror showing us how appearance is but a reflection of our own conscious state, this can only happen because there’s Infinite Space within which this Dance of the Five Elements may be performed.
This nectar of pure understanding that’s been sculptured by the universal quality of the elements can be mirrored to other beings, through externally creating something like a piece of art that symbolically reveals one’s essence, or a business that has a beautiful ethos and attracts customers that appreciate what they produce.
Only those who have a requisite frequency to understand our creation, even if they don’t know what it consciously means, will come into contact with it, because otherwise it could not have come near them without them having a compatible resonance. We can also design the frequency of the output for a specific audience.
Each physical manifestation bears a relative truth to it, and we have to obey the limitations of the psyche of consciousness that accompanies that physical form, both wearing its mask and translating its needs.
This is how and why things are always changing in our lives, because we are constantly changing the frequency of output, attracting what matches that which we put in.
Ultimately we can actively become an expression of the meaning of our innermost inherent reality, what we truly are at an essential level, and then we can co-create the reality around us in myriad effortless ways, as well as transmit its beauty to the whole spectrum of frequencies in physical and subtle forms, throughout our manifest universe, for their benefit.
“Translate this information into your own perspective.”
C.A.T. workshops to date:
The examples given above are guides, but we are primarily encouraged to go out and see for ourselves what‘s in the environment, a process that will also help us build a whole new relationship with our time and space.
It all depends on how we see it, as to how we create it.
Some of our workshops to date are…