Face Your Intentions

This afternoon, after a lovely morning of teaching a sweet couple how to create encaustic paintings — they created five! — I started to feel the “art itch” myself and created a 2013 list of intentions…on my face.


There is something powerful about finding a photo of myself and writing on my face, almost like tattooing on it. It feels rather daring! I notice now how I placed the word LOVE on my nose. I hadn’t thought of it until now how healing that is, for as an adolescent I hated my nose. I also love that “peace” and “ease” are gently placed below my eyes as little glints to remind me to soften.

And goodness, look at those three power words near my mouth! I hope this year is full of manifestation and actualization. Pow!

My homework for you:

Create your own “Face Your Intentions” art piece. Print a photo of yourself and write words on your beautiful face that represent what you want to feel for yourself this year. Add any colors or images or embellishments you want, and email it to me by this Sunday morning, 10am, PST.  I want to collect our face intentions and put together a collage or slide show of us. Got it?  Who’s in?  Remember, you don’t need to feel like you are an artist. It’s not about art identity, it’s about being YOU and sharing what YOU want for yourself.

Email: cputnam@rising-bird.com and put in the subject line: Face Your Intentions

I can’t wait to see your faces!


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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3 Responses to Face Your Intentions

  1. Pingback: An Abundance of Intentions | The Healing Nest Blog

  2. Fran says:

    I’m going to do this, it is a powerful image and a great idea. I just found your site via Brigitte and really like why you are about, thank you.

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