Hope you all enjoy this post from Kate Hawkes (bio and links below).
This is a post that I wrote at the beginning of December and includes an ‘art-play’ activity at the end. It is something you make that can apply any time of the year actually! I just did this with a group of veterans at the Prescott, AZ, VA and it was so much fun. The crayons were out and the images of a powerful Self brought a warmth and joy into the room. Next week we will make the New Year Boxes.
Claim Your Personal ‘December’ Magic!
So here we are embarked upon the December month and whether or not you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or the Solstice, it is unlikely that you will avoid the energy of the season.
This may be felt in the endless and loudly persistent sales pitches, the repetitive music, plethora of lights, trees, candy canes, and general assumption that all of us are ready to buy and have to buy and will buy. The advertising assures us it is how our love for those we care about will be measured.
It is also in many ways under all that spin and glitter, a season of magic. It is the magic that arises in the very young, whose innocence embraces the color, noise, expectative excitement and coming together of family. It is in the recollection of where these ‘holidays’ originated. The magic of a child’s birth, whose arrival inspired so many; the miracle of the 8 days of Holy Temple oil; the awareness of humanity’s direct connection to the earth and sky.
“Magic is something you can only practice by doing. You do not become magic by watching a magician. Everyone has their own expression of magic in the world, and you will only experience your true power and joy when you find and live that uniquely you magic.”
It occurs to me that this is the ideal time to at least have a taste of the magic that is uniquely yours. It is easy to lose your balance in the rush to fit into the expectations and clamor of December. You can slip unawares into only seeing magic in the gifts you give (and receive) or in the way you are seen to celebrate the holiday. You can be caught up in the urgency and counting, and the expectations that are made and not met.
How much more powerful and peaceful to bathe in your own magic throughout the magic of the season? It is like revealing a coat or a pair of wings that says, “This is my magic and through that I will be able to recognize the real magic in others. I will choose how to engage other magic.”
You do not have to adopt the rituals and expression of the culture around you. Nor do you to completely avoid or dismiss them. Your magic is in Your uniqueness and the power within you to make choices.
Try this simple art-play to begin to picture yourself as the powerful, unique, magical being that you are. And take that image with you throughout this magical season named December. Bring your Personal Magic to the celebrations. The measure of your love to those about whom you care will be recognized in the gift of yourself first and foremost.
ART-PLAY- The Personal Magic Coat/Wings
You will need an 8×11 blank piece of paper, a pencil and box of crayons.
This should take no longer than about 15 minutes – it is not the Sistine chapel!
You can come back and add it over time but for the initial look at your magic self, do it fast, lightly with play – avoid thinking or planning.
Remember to do this with/as your Wild Child. The Wild Child is not a child so much as that aspect of you that is curious, uninhibited, willing to try anything, say anything, go anywhere. He/she is uncritical, doesn’t care what anyone thinks, and is always sure and right! And can change his/her mind at the drop of a hat and that is OK!
Draw the basic stick person, about 3 inches long in the torso.
Add stick arms and legs and a classic oval head.
If you go with the coat, draw another outline about ½ inch out from the stick torso and arms, and either full length or ¾ down the legs. This is the basis of the Coat.
If you see wings, start in the middle of the stick torso, and draw 2 of the classic, one-side curved, wing-shape of the angel or TinkerBell or whomever comes to mind. Make sure they reach at least one inch higher than the head. They can come all the way to the feet if you wish! This is the basis of the Wings.
Now, with the crayons, using color and freestyle lines, decorate, fill in, add to, enhance, expand the coat/wings.
This is your pocket Magic Self, and a bare hint of all there is beneath. Cut it out from the paper (like those paper dolls!) and carry it with you, or place in a safe place.
When you feel as if your Magic is being overwhelmed by the rest of the hoopla say hello to this pocket self. (This is for you, not the world in general – your touchstone by which the world can meet the Magic you.)
(For more art-plays, writing and other ways to reveal your Personal Magic check out the Personal Magic Book.
Kate Hawkes lists degrees in Education, Theatre and Counseling and has taught many different groups, ages and places. She works with veterans, children, teenagers, and adults, from elementary through high school, community and college groups. She is also a theatre professional with expertise in all areas – actress, director, producer, playwright. As a consultant with The Society for Arts in Healthcare, she assists groups to develop arts programs specifically tailored to meet the needs of healthcare. Kate created Performing Wellness ™ and teaches workshops throughout the country. Recently she published a book PERSONAL MAGIC: Conscious Empowerment through Creativity & Spirit. Kate lives in Central Arizona. When not conducting a workshop or a rehearsal or at her computer engaged in a myriad of endeavors, she rides her horse through ancient rocks, up windswept peaks and along the streambeds that keep her grounded.