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Thu Nov 10 2016 at 03:00 pm EDT
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Sat Dec 12 2015 at 05:32 pm EDT
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This class follows on from from our September Class "The Heart of the Creative Process" (but can be attended on its own!) Where before we explored creativity in the realm of human consciousness, we now journey into the heart of Creation. Once Before Time (before Time existed as a cosmic organising dimension) there was a primordial Divine Consciousness that conceived of a desire for "something other than itself". This primordial Essence split and duality came into being: self and other, me and not-me. All sentient beings arose from this process and a Divine flame ensouls them. However because of th split into me and not-me we all have primal desire to re-unite with our other part/missing part. Some call this a soul mate. Personally I think of the "other" as all of Creation outside me. If we do not understand this cosmic process, of creating and evolving through duality, we can became over-identified with our human identity as male or female and we can become stuck. To shift our way to the next level of consciousness we need to learn how to dance creatively with all aspects of ourselves. Carl Jung spoke of anima and animus. As shamanic teachers we sometimes work with a hieros gamos or sacred marriage of opposites. This can be done through art, music, dance, writing and in many other ways. In this class we focus on art and this work will continue right through the 2 year sacred art practitioner training. Please note: though this class is aimed at people who will attend this training, this class is open to anyone who wishes to attend.
This class introduces making sacred or spirit-led art using shamanic techniques. How to hollow out and push aside the human ego so we can engage with cosmic forces greater than ourselves. We discuss what makes sacred art different from contemporary art. We talk about the governing principles behind Medieval art. We will work with a finger labyrinth. We learn how move into a mildly altered state of consciousness and dance with what seeks expression through us. In this state writer's block or artist's block do not exist!
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Imelda Almqvist is a Dutch shamanic painter, practitioner and teacher based in London, UK. She has "walked between worlds" all of her life. Her calling is "making invisible worlds accessible to others" through art, shamanic work and ceremony. Imelda teaches courses in sacred art, shamanism and ancestral healing work internationally. "The difference between contemporary art and sacred art is that contemporary art tends to reflect a fragmented world with a focus on personal stories. Sacred art is made in honour of beings and powers greater than ourselves and it shows the heart of divine mystery that animates the cosmos and dreams our world into being." Since 2012 Imelda has pioneered a shamanic group program for children and teenagers called The Time Travellers. She is currently writing a book about this titled "Natural Born Shamans". She is also working on a picture book introducing shamanic healing work to young children and their families, called "The Dream Healer". Her youngest son Brendan published a book about shamanism when he was just 9 years old. The title is "The Love Hall, Brendan's Travel Guide to the best places in the Spirit World".
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