I love sand tray therapy. I can express things I'm not even aware I'm thinking or feeling, and then as I look at my own physical-visual self expression I can understand and accept myself and my experience more easily, more generously. I often can't immediately interpret a sand tray scene, but this one seems pretty obvious to me: my serenity is well defended (by the little silver knights) but definitely threatened by the monsters coming from the left. I think the little joker in the back with his head cocked to one side represents my uncertainty about the outcome of this situation.
The purpose of this art therapy blog is to benefit me as a person as well as to inspire and inform anyone who shares my interest in art making as a healing and enlightening tool. I have found that for me, regular creative self expression is essential for me to stay mentally and emotionally healthy, and it makes me happy. My goal is to post a self art therapy image at least once a week, with or without accompanying written comments. By posting this goal online, hopefully it will help me be accountable to myself to make art even when I feel too busy, stressed, or uninspired. Art therapy emphasizes the process and experience of making art for the purpose of healing, finding insight, and overall life enrichment. Sometimes there is an attractive image at the end of an art therapy experience, other times the resulting image is muddy, wild, and messy (just like life).