This woman was sad and angry with her daughter, who is 34, for demanding all of her attention, when she needed to be spending more time with her aging parents. Whenever she traveled to visit them, she received a number of panicked phone calls and would have to deal with her long distance. These urgent phone calls, sometimes coming very late at night were a source a great stress for her.
During our session, when she started talking about living in Hawaii, she looked ten years younger. All the stress melted from her face. She wished she could spend more time in Hawaii reading and writing. She wished that her children were financially and emotionally independent.
The Painting: I started with the one thing that lit up her face; the idea of her on a beach in Hawaii. Then, I drew her children out on the sea, doing fine, far from her. The telephone with her daughter calling about her problems, is sinking to the bottom of the ocean where she can’t hear it. And yet, if you look at the flowers, her children, they are opening, blossoming on their own.
Because she is still angry with her daughter you will see one lotus flower in the upper left corner that burns with red flame, symbolizing her anger, but the flower does not get destroyed. This represents the fact that her anger needs to be expressed and released, and that her daughter will live through it without getting hurt. There are tears falling from the lotus indicating the sadness she feels for not having enough time with her parents before they passed. The other two lotuses in the sky are her parents, over seeing the progress, and holding a place of honor in her life. But notice they are thriving, happy flowers again symbolizing that they are at peace with what happened and that she can find her peace with it also.
Last of all, you will notice a bubble of hot lava developing beneath the sea, under where she sits. This represents the fact that she holds in much of her emotions, doesn’t talk about her problems, which may be a factor in her developing high blood pressure. You will notice her sitting calmly on the beach reading and writing, but there are drops of lava shooting through the palm tree and about to land on her. This is a reminder that she needs to deal with her inner emotions, and find a healthy way to release them.
Comments: “I wanted to address certain aspects of my story, struggles over the years, and my fears. Art does heal and transform. I’ve appreciated, very much, the visuals you created.”