⭐Free up your emotional energy: draw on your emotions⭐
This is a recent drawing from a coaching client of mine, she was feeling stuck and unable to identify her feelings. I invited her to pick her favourite pastel colours, switch off her mind, and just to simply start drawing in a complete freestyle. The process is simple, there are no rules for creativity, and it’s about activating a childlike curiosity. Halfway through she stopped, blocked by the premature and narrowed conclusions of the internal judge “Well it’s hopeless, isn’t it?” Or, “Obviously, the only thing I can do now is to give up.”
With a little empathy nudge, she picked another colour, and the flow restarted again. In the end, she signed the paper and named it “Letting Go” which triggered a reflection on what she needs to leave behind to change her life and what she really values. Create it, own it, be it.
Emotions, and how to creatively respond to what they are telling you, can be a complex issue. As I am also discovering my own artistic talent, I carry with me all the drawing tools to my coaching sessions. Drawing on your emotion provides a nonverbal opportunity for a person to identify and organize feelings. The visual images provide an intriguing and engaging platform for explorative processes, encouraging the emergence of options and enabling people to think, feel and act in more fulfilling and powerful ways.
When seen in the drawings, feelings and problems cease to hold so much power. My clients experience a sense of renewed energy, which in turn can increase self-confidence. There is often a resultant feeling, sometimes for the first time, of, “I’ve got it now, I can, at last, say what I feel and have it understood.” A key first step towards doing something about it.