Four Parts Of My Story, Bringing My Story To Jesus, Marcia Carole
In order to heal and genuinely love others, and receive love, it is important to tell our stories. This type of art has been very beneficial to me, and to many I have served through the art making. Safe people can speak truth, love, forgiveness, worth and value, correction and love into our stories as we tell them. Healing may begin as we expose and release dark parts of our stories by bringing them into the light, thus taking their power and shame away.
The same four parts of my story, told with stamped symbols.
It is important to share our stories so we can gain clarity and understanding for parts that are troubling, shameful, and confusing. We can do the work of growing up and healing in areas where we have remained stuck in hurt and shame. The art helps the hidden become visible without using words. Then as our stories are shared, we can ask for prayer from others and healing and forgiveness from God.
A third example of my story, Marcia Carole
Four questions you may ask for participants to fill in the four quadrants around the cross are:
Can you tell me about your beginnings?
When was a time you celebrated in your story?
When was it hard in your story?
What do you hope for your story?
Using a little house to represent me in my story, Marcia Carole
The art making can be a powerful bridge to release trauma, since trauma is stored in the non-verbal parts of the brain. Participants begin to move along in their stories, and they often see how courageous they have been. We can feel empowered to forgive, let go of shame and grow up as a result of telling our stories. As one translator once told me, “I didn’t know art could be so powerful.”
“This is what the Lord says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls” (Jeremiah 6:16).