Shadow Work

Donkey and Raven are engaging in some voice dialogue with the shadow to establish this aspects narrative.

9 thoughts on “Shadow Work

  1. Suzanne 14 Apr 2018 / 9:25 pm

    This is terrific. You draw such animated faces.


    • Heather Blakey 14 Apr 2018 / 10:04 pm

      Thank you Suzanne! I am particularly happy with how this turned out! This aspect is trying to justify itself 🙂

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      • Suzanne 15 Apr 2018 / 8:29 am

        Do you mean your shadow is trying to justify itself or your drawing skills? Interesting idea, maybe your drawing skills are somewhat buried in your shadow self… One of these days we must meet face to face and ponder these and other weighty matters 🙂

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    • Heather Blakey 15 Apr 2018 / 9:22 am

      WordPress does not enable me to reply to your recent comment so I am using this reply box to keep this thread all in one section. The shadow figure is being called upon to explain what has transpired that has led it to see the danger in illogical places. John Keats ‘When I have fears’ springs to mind. He writes about specific fears of lost opportunity! In this case, Donkey and Raven genuinely want to understand where the fear of heights, for example, actually stems from. They are asking about deeper fears than that but, for reasons that need little explanation, the shadow is not keen for me to elaborate on any of those here :-).

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      • Suzanne 15 Apr 2018 / 9:39 am

        Oh, I see that your drawing has deeper meanings that I perceived. I thought you were referring to those unresolved parts of self that sabotage our creative efforts. Sorry I misinterpreted you and your art work.

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    • Heather Blakey 15 Apr 2018 / 10:06 am

      Absolutely no need to apologize Suzanne! I appreciate your feedback.I happen to have moved into doing some very interesting shadow work and my drawings will be interpreted differently depending on who sees them. We see different things, have different ways of seeing, as John Berger famously said. I am excited because a whole series is emerging and I can hear the train coming that will carry me to the next phase! And, joy oh joy, my drawing critic has been silenced and understands that I am doing soul work, that my drawings are expressions of the soul. I am no Picasso and have no need to be! I am not art trained and while there are those who are might worry about perspective and composition, I couldn’t give a fig about any of that. Warmly, Heather

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      • Suzanne 15 Apr 2018 / 10:12 am

        Well said. I am glad you feel you are making real inner progress. I too am involved in similar kinds of soul retrieval processes. A lot of my deeper stuff is centred around owning my creative self and releasing the judgements of the inner critic. Mine isn’t Picasso so much as it is mentors from Art School and my own mother 🙂 I think we all bring ourselves to any art work or work of fiction we engage with. Roland Barthes’ death of the author has particular resonance for me.
        As you write, essentially true creativity is found in creating works for ourselves for whatever purpose we deem important.

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    • Heather Blakey 15 Apr 2018 / 9:15 am

      It has been transformational to draw this figure and undertake ‘active imagination’ style dialogue with these aspects of self. The donkey and raven are genuinely willing to listen to this ‘bunyip’ or bogeyman type figure who points out all the things I should be afraid of, and, in doing so, blocks me from showing who I really am.


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