Intuitive stream drawings are visual meditations that are done through the act of expression (making free-flowing marks) and then gazing at the marks made, with a sense of joy and playfulness. In a recent stream drawing, when I gazed after drawing, I saw this:
What this group of lines and shapes had to say to me, I indicated by drawing in features–I saw two people looking eye to eye, very intently. One (on the right) seems to be holding a quill pen and unrolled scroll. I filled that in to indicate that I saw it as a scroll. These faces (funny, cartoony) are in a meaningful dialog, it cannot be denied that something important is happening. The scroll and pen made me think of contracts, written records that are a testament to our choices in life. It made me ask myself, “What is it I wish to ‘contract’ for myself in the future? What am I agreeing to now and would a future aspect of me like what I am now doing? If I am honest with myself, I have to look at my life through knowing that I make my own choices as to how to respond to conditions. And I get to create a future based on my own truths.
Nobody wants to spend their time doing a job they loathe or enduring something they feel is not in sync with their personal truth. We all endure hard times now and then, but we still get to choose how we move through our difficulties. I’d ask myself if I am doing what I would be proud to read about in the future? If there really is a big book where everything is written, every thought, deed and action, would I like reading about my own life? Also, if a future self or spiritual self faced me and asked me to look at myself, would I say I am living the life I choose, or am I denying who I am and what I really want to do with my life? These are important questions because what we do now may set us up for how things unfold in the future.
There is a great mediation I’ve done before in where you picture your most glorious self–a self that has already lived this life out and is fully actualized, knows all the answers to your current questions and is stronger than you ever imagined yourself to be. It is a spiritual and future self, that is complete, beautiful and glowing with knowledge and compassion. You envision this spiritual self, and then see this spiritual self come to you right now and talk with you. It is a cosmic stare down, but a good one! No judgment or harshness, just compassion for who you are right now this moment. What would that conversation be life? Would that spiritual self tell you that you’re on the right track, or would she say, “You know you have not used all the gifts you possess and can share with the world.” Or maybe that spiritual self would remind you of the worthwhileness of you, and encourage you to be in your knowing and embrace yourself as you create a future you would love to live, a future you would love to read about. Or maybe this spiritual self would help you heal in you whatever hurts and has held you back from realizing your dreams.
If you try this meditation, let me know what happened, I’d love to hear about it! For more about stream drawing, get my book MAKING MARKS: Discover the Art of Intuitive Drawing.