Locating the Source

The Source, art journal entry by Courtney Putnam

source (n.)
1. The point at which something springs into being or from which it derives or is obtained.
2. The point of origin, such as a spring, of a stream or river.
3. One that causes, creates, or initiates; a maker.
4. One, such as a person or document, that supplies information.

Where is your “source” located in your body?  Where is your point of origin? Your point at which something is created or springs into being?  Your inner voice who supplies you with information?

I created the above art journal entry today as I was reflecting on where my source feels like it is located within me right now. I feel it right in the center, rising up from my sacral chakra and leading into my heart chakra. It’s red and blossoming like the pistil of a flower reaching the sun and then branching off into the world like branches of a tree.

What does your source look like today?

Try this:

Find a quiet place and get into a comfortable position for relaxing and breathing. Scan your body from head to toe slowly and notice where you feel the most alive inside yourself — the place that feels like your “source.”  Feel free to use one of the definitions above to guide you. Perhaps you want to find the source of the river that runs through you or maybe you want to find where your creative source resides.  Find a place physically within your body and investigate this place with your senses and mind. What does it feel like?  If your heart, for example, feels like your source “at which something springs into being,” crawl inside your heart center and investigate the sounds, colors, density, temperature, feelings, and images.

After investigating this “source” place, create a visual depiction of it in whatever format feels most comfortable for you. What does your source look like when you give it a chance to see the light of day as art?  And what have you learned about yourself?

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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