I love to teach Soul Restoration. There are so many reasons why I love to teach this material. The number one reason that I feel called to continue teaching this course is that of the light and love that I see shining in the eyes of the women who have gone through the curriculum that is shining brighter and deeper than it was when we began. Through the connections I’ve made in Soul Restoration workshops my belief in Sisterhood across the world has multiplied and intensified. There is so much love, power, and beauty all over the world.
Does that mean that your life has to be in a really sad place in order to reap the benefits of this course? NO! I believe that you already have inside of you every single thing that is good and that you need to be successful and to move forward in your beautiful adventure. I also know that as we are on our journey through life that experiences and expectations press upon us, sometimes so intensely that we can get mixed up in thinking that we need something outside of us to bring us joy or to make us valuable.
This work has brought me joy and hope when I’ve spent time in dark places with pain and hurt washing over me like strong waves. This work has also brought me love and light when I’m experiencing great seasons where I feel like I am learning and growing. Through Soul Restoration I love to witness other re-discovering the strength inside of them that has been buried and worn down. The original you is still in there and it is time to restore back to who you have always been.
I’ve had friends who joined my classes thinking that it’s an artsty-craftsy weekly get together. While there is a small amount of creative work that we do (with the option to do much more at home, and I hope you will because it is fun), the aim is to spend time in deep reflection, have active conversations in a safe place, and connect to other wonderful women. You will experience a guided meditation, challenging questions, uplifting experiences, soul deep commitments to yourself, and a lot of encouragement to journal about your emotions and experiences. I will facilitate the class in real time each week, whether we are meeting online or in person. I hope you join me!
I have struggled with finding the right ‘term’ to label this. I go around and around with it and I keep coming back to the fact that the PROCESS is what makes the making so enjoyable.
There is that part of creating a new project where you take someone else’s instructions and you follow them and you know exactly what you are going to get at the end. Then there is the type of creating where you really sit and do it to enjoy the process and you love the doing.
I will use a quilt I am working on currently as an example. When I sit down to sew I am not just sewing. I am thinking, processing, feeling the softness of the fabric and carefully chosing out what patterns I love and cutting the pieces to fit my favorite parts. I’m not concerned with the outcome at this point. I’m loving the chance to take small pieces of different fabrics and turn them into a large creation that I love. I challenge you to try it. Try it in any form that you enjoy. Have a rough idea in your mind or in a sketch of the finished product but don’t be so hooked on how it has to end that you don’t enjoy what is happening ALONG THE WAY. Listen to yourself. Create intuitively. enjoy the process.
I guarantee you that when you wholly enjoy the process of creation you will always be happy with your finished product in one way or another. When you look at that piece you will think of what you learned or thought about during it’s creation. You will remember that each piece had meaning and purpose to you. You will love it that much more because it has you in it. Maybe you will get to the end and you will say ‘that was so much fun now I’m going to change it into something even better’. That’s ok too! It’s all part of the PROCESS. Life is a process and we are a work in progress. It makes sense to me then that this comes out in all that I do.This is an example of how I look for similar length pieces to begin to put them all together. Then I just keep adding. When I get to the larger pieces there is some slicing to get things to fit together but that’s part of the fun! Whatever I slice off I use for adding to another block.
This quilt which I named my ‘She Did it Anyway quilt’ was born of emotion.
As I worked through the deepest parts of these emotions in my soul I made a word with fabric. I didn’t use a pattern because a pattern could not have walked me through those emotions. The creative process is what worked me through each of those emotions at that time in my life.
Whatever I create in my future this quilt will always be one of my precious creations. I will always remember that time in my life and the emotions I was working through [which or course many of them come back around in life which I why I keep creating}!
For the back of this quilt I sewed my name and the year. This was such an emotional project that I really wanted to sign and date it just like a huge canvas or book I had written. I think it is so important to put yourself into your art in whatever form you work in. I hope you do, and I hope you love the process!