THROUGH THE USE OF A SYMBOLIC REPRESENTATION OF YOUR INNER SHADOW SELF, WE WILL BE FACILITATING A HOLISTIC AND SAFE GROUP ENVIRONMENT FOR AN EXPRESSIVE GROUP HEALING. THROUGH THE USE OF VISUAL ART (MASK), THEATER (IMPROVISATIONAL PERFORMANCE IN FRONT OF THE AUDIENCE) , DANCE (FREE BODY MOVEMENT AND EXPRESSION), AND MUSIC (GROUP PARTICIPATION IN DRUM CIRCLE), WE WILL EXPLORE IN A WARM AND INVITING CLASS CEREMONY TO ACCESS THE UNTAPPED POTENTIAL OF THE DARK SIDE OF THE PERSONALITY KNOWN AS THE “SHADOW”. THE “SHADOW” CONSISTS OF REPRESSED AND INSTINCTUAL FEELINGS THAT WE MAY HAVE NEGLECTED THROUGHOUT OUR LIFE. THE “SHADOW” IS THE PART OF OURSELVES THAT WE HAVE LEARNED TO DISGUISE GROWING UP. THE ASPECTS OF THE DARK SIDE OF OUR PERSONALITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TOO: ANGER, RESENTMENT, GREED, JEALOUSY, GRIEF AND FRUSTRATION. WITH THE USE OF SELF -CONFIDENCE TO CREATIVELY EXPRESS YOURSELF IN A DYNAMIC GROUP SETTING, THESE FEATURES AND TRAITS OF OUR “SHADOW” SELF CAN BE SAFELY AND HOLISTICALLY EXPRESSED, RESULTING IN A PROFOUND AND REVEALING PERSONAL LIBERATION.
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“Masks are worn for performance, entertainment, disguise, concealment, or protection. They have been around since ancient times and have been used in ceremony, storytelling, and dramatic enactment. Making a mask invites you to explore the persona you reveal or conceal from the world.”
“Masks are all about communication through the wearable image of a face. In art and drama, they are used for their expressive potential in enactment and ritual. Masks are a universal art form that generally evokes power, magic, and mystery for both those who wear them and their audience.”
“In art therapy, creating a mask from scratch leads to exploring one’s persona. Persona actually is a word that derives from the Latin for “mask,” but often refers to the practical and successful personality that we use most of the time in the workplace and social relationships. It’s a bit like a facade that we start to develop in childhood when we get approval for behaving in certain ways. At the same time, we also learn to disguise and repress those features and traits that not approved- negative characteristics such as anger, greed, envy, and jealousy. We also may repress any other aspects such as creativity or self-confidence if these qualities are not appreciated or affirmed.”
“There is a dark side to the personality, well-know to the field of psychology as the shadow. It includes both repressed, instinctual feelings and untapped potential. To me, the shadow is not just the “evil” opponent of persona, but is also imagination and creativity left behind or forgotten because of sensible or good behavior.”
“…It helps to initiate an imagination-driven exploration of the self through role play, dramatic enactment, movement, or storytelling. Best of all, it is an approach that allows all the arts to meet in one place, making it both a very cool and powerful intervention.”