If you’ve been following my blogs or my social media accounts you’ll know that I’m a big fan of using creativity to support our healing..
It wasn’t always so, I spent many years believing that because I can’t draw or paint, I wasn’t creative. Of course this was a ridiculous belief & I’m pleased to say that I no longer hold it about myself.
Starting to change this & open up my idea about how I could be creative was like turning on a tap which couldn’t be turned off. Honestly now, I can’t stop creating.
But what creativity means to me is anything & everything except those things which could be described as ‘art.’
I really identify with Brené Brown when, in Daring Greatly she writes about creativity scars. She discovered that 85% of the men and women she interviewed ‘could recall a school incident from their childhood that was so shaming, it changed how they thought of themselves as learners’. Approximately half of those were what she refers to as ‘creativity scars. They could point to a specific incident where they were told or shown that they weren’t good writers, artists, musicians, dancers or something creative’.
I still have these scars with art so when I discovered that Helen Segal (the founder of Empowered Childlessness) was using art to heal, I was curious as to talk to her, & especially how working with her would help to heal these scars.
So here we are discussing this & other topics.
In our conversation we talk about:
- Why she chose to call her business ‘Empowered Childlessness,’
- How the healing arts helped her to grieve childlessness,
- How working with her could heal those art scars & the positives which can result
- How creativity works at a deeper, unconscious level & takes us back to our inner child. And much, much more.
If you listen to the end, Helen also shares one tip & a fabulous giveaway.
Helen is also doing a webinar for World Childless Week – you can sign up here
What did you think? How did our conversation help you?
We’d both love to know if you enjoyed our conversation & what you took from it. Please add a comment below.
Here’s more about Helen, in her own words.
I work with women and men who are childless out of circumstance, loss and choice, to feel peace and find meaning in their lives.
By using and teaching therapeutic arts we;
👉Create safety within to process difficulties emotions
👉Embrace our life journey.
👉Recognise and start to let go of what holds us back in our lives.
👉Reconnect to joy, freedom and vitality.
Because we deserve it!
For me, it has been a painful, difficult and healing journey, and at times very very lonely. Though I have felt a deep sense of aliveness and happiness within my soul, knowing that I am living and feeling my life.
I believe we need community, safety to feel our emotions so we can walk through our difficulties as well as share our successes.
I know and believe in the power of the healing arts and how it supports us to know and own our internal truths, find our clarity and live with confidence and power.
I trained as a counsellor and have been a teacher of the arts for over 15 years. I have used the healing arts for over 26 years in my own life.
I lead creative workshops and programs as well as work one to one with private clients to support women to connect to their own power using the healing arts, grieve their losses and find meaning in their lives.