A SoulShirt™ = Wearing Your Soul On Your Sleeve – Part 1 of 3

Sharon Barnes Contemplative Handwork, Creative Healing, Creativity, Soul Care

Are you facing big challenges in your life?

Ones that leave you feeling stumped?

 Take heart!

Making your very own Creative and Contemplative Handwork could change all of that.

Would you like to

  •       Experience a fun and funky way to strengthen your personal inner core so you can face your biggest challenges with confidence and poise while simultaneously expanding your creativity?
  •       Maintain a grounded, yet hopeful connection to your dreams and goals- so you can reach for the stars while keeping your feet on the ground?
  •       Expand your creative problem solving skills so they encompass any difficulty you may face?
  •       Have a safe place and a totally risk-free way to learn and practice the skills you need to solve the biggest, toughest problems you face?

 Do you remember my recent blog post about making my first SoulShirt™?

Soulshirt1In that post, I shared how remaking an old jacket nourished my soul while it moved me toward external goals as well. This adventure has continued and has taken me places I didn’t clearly anticipate, though in retrospect, they should have been no surprise to me. I’ve found that this process has done all of these things I just asked you about, and more. Would you like to experience the same? If so, read on . . . .

I’ve found that wearing a shirt for my soul, AKA a SoulShirt™ is quite an adventure.

When I made my first SoulShirt™ , as you may recall, it didn’t have a name.  I was experimenting with Contemplative Handwork™, a variation on what Carl Jung called Active Imagination, to see what would happen if I put symbols that spoke to my heart and soul on an old second-hand jacket. I began the project unaware of the transformations that would occur. I never even intended to wear it out of the house. But while it was buttoned around my dress-form, it called to me.

Yellow Nazca SpiderI finally listened to that call and ventured to wear it out of the house when I was invited to a costume party for my then-three year old great-nieces’ birthday. I felt silly getting out of my car wearing this strange thing in broad daylight in downtown Denver. Not only that, I felt exposed. These symbols on my jacket, AKA my SoulShirt™ came from the depths of my soul.  What if people made fun of me and my strange get-up? What if they didn’t notice it at all? What if they treated it as a clown suit and me as a clown? My Soul may have been quite happy with this little adventure, but my Ego was not a happy camper.

But when I walked through the front door, a stylishly dressed woman half my age asked me if my jacket came from a particular designer label, and several other women drooled over it.  Maybe my soul- infused idea wasn’t so weird after all. Whew! My Ego settled down quickly, to my relief.

Then My SoulShirt™ Talked to Me!

I realized, in quiet moments as the birthday party wound down, that I could hear my SoulShirt™ ‘talking’ to me. No, I’m not SAM_0947schizophrenic. But then if I were, would I tell you? Probably not. Ok, I’ll confess. I know I’m still sane because I know that it was not literally the fabric and thread talking to me. Nor was it the spider or any other symbol that it bore that spoke their silent message.   My Heart and Soul were speaking to me in that quiet, inner voice that’s often hard to hear. 

What experience have you had when something like that has happened to you? More importantly, when was your last creative or inspired moment, and what message did your own still, intuitive voice offer? Please share your own experiences and memories below…..

Please Stay Tuned for Part 2, where I’ll share some creative guidance that came from this SoulShirt™ Adventure. You can find it here.