Monday, December 31, 2007


Art: "Initiation of a Priest" by Yinka Adeyemi

Today's Kwanzaa Principle is Kuumba which is Creativity. The ability to create is one of the most profound gifts we have received from the Creator. I remember when my son was born looking - just staring at him and thinking what a miracle he was...I thought, " this being is a part of me -what a wonderful gift!"
Creativity is necessary in the healing and development process. We know starting very early that children need a creative environment - they need to put blocks together, color with crayons, finger paint and build with clay. This is not to just make pretty crafts but to build their motor skills, feel textures, give them opportunities to learn cooperation and discipline. It also gives them an opportunity to shape their world through their imagination - using the creative mind to inform their experiences. Creativity is important because we use it to fulfill our purpose and in fulfilling our purpose we contribute to the strength of our families and communities.
In abusive and oppressive situations the first thing that is squashed is creativity. This is why art is a healing modality. True art does not need to have a particular form or be done in a structured way. When I have worked with clients in the past we simply started with scribbles on paper- these scribbles released blocked creative energy and allowed for other work to be done. If you are feeling stuck - then take out a piece of paper and just scribble or doodle -don't be afraid to let the paper take on deep ridges from your pen or crayon- the paper may even tear. Get all of it out and then sit down with another piece and create- you may write a poem, a song, draw a picture, paint, collage or go in the kitchen and make some cookies.
Now is the time to create the life you want to have - to walk into a new year with your creative energy flowing and seizing opportunities as they present themselves. That portal of time between the old year and the new year is significant - what you are doing during this time is what will guide the rest of your new year.

DAY 3 (write this in your journal, meditate on it and journal your thoughts)
3. I am conscious of the Inner Presence as my lavish Abundance. I am conscious of the constant activity of this Mind of infinite Prosperity. Therefore, my consciousness is filled with the Light of Truth.