Letting Go and Transforming Loss


I created this piece with intuitive counselor/coach Karen Floyd at my side this past week (we often have working art days together). It didn’t occur to me until just now how significant this piece is in light of the recent conversation we had on Karen’s Power Talk Live radio show this morning. The topic was aptly “letting go.” (Clearly that crow knew something I did not when I was creating this piece!)

If you’d like to listen to our conversation, you can do so here:

I was Karen’s guest co-host and I spoke about grief and transforming loss in connection with letting go. I shared my experience with the losses in my life, most significantly the death of my father in 2008. We had such a fruitful conversation and I was honored to be asked to share my story, so thank you, Karen!

As I told Karen during the show, grief can be such an isolating feeling for those of us going through it. In my experience, it feels tremendously relieving to be asked how I am doing related to my loss. I feel seen, heard, and acknowledged. Often times people “give room” to the grieving person, not wanting to say or do the “wrong thing” and yet this distance and absence is sometimes painful for the person who is dealing with loss. As my friend Benjie said when advocating for those in his grief group, “Don’t be afraid to talk to us.” I fully agree. We won’t break into pieces; we have already done that.

Karen’s show is every Friday at 11:30am PST. You can call in to ask questions, offer insights, or receive guidance. It’s a powerful forum for getting unstuck and understanding yourself in deep and meaningful ways.

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About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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2 Responses to Letting Go and Transforming Loss

  1. Binky says:

    This piece is absolutely stunning. It feels lit from within.

  2. Carol Wiebe says:

    I agree with Binky–the piece is magnificent. Of course, I have been fascinated with crows for quite some time.

    It’s interesting that a crow is the harbinger of the message to let go: crows are tenacious about grabbing what they want. But they are also very intelligent, and would know if something needed to be let go of.

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