THE TOPIC IS:
PEELING BACK THE LAYERS
But first, a word from Susie about "Why all the focus on technique if this is a process-driven practice?!"
1. PEELING BACK THE LAYERS
We are multi-layered beings.
I remember once, in my mid-twenties, attending a poetry reading with one of my best friends, my former college roommate. Unbeknownst to me, she was planning on reading several of her poems that night. At some point she got up and read about six poems. They were earth-shatteringly beautiful. I was flabbergasted. I knew she was an English major and even a high school English teacher. But a poet? A heart-stoppingly gorgeous wordsmith? I had no idea at all. She had never shared even one poem with me in all the years I had known her.
Even to our closest friends we don't show every part of ourselves.
My whole view of that friend changed that night, and today, 30 years later, only rarely has she shared that layer with me...but I do know it's there.
What about you? What layers do you bring to the surface and what do you keep under cover? This week, I want you to work in that realm. When you approach your journal pages, hold this question in your heart: What layer can I uncover today?
What's on the surface? What do we show others? What do we see when we look at our own reflections? Do we really see ourselves?
Surface...skin...how does our skin feel to the touch? Is it hardened, calloused? Is it sensitive? Does the hard stuff roll right off it or soak in? Is it in pain?
Surface...The outside or upper layer of something.
OUTSIDE • EXTERIOR • VENEER • SUPERFICIAL • OUTWARD • APPARENT • COSMETIC
What lies just below the surface? What is covered and hidden but not by much? What is barely protected from the veneer of your surface layer?
Underneath...that which is hidden; that which is covered; that which is taking cover just underneath the outside layer.
BENEATH • BOTTOM • COVERED • LOWER • NETHER • UNDER • BELOW • BASE • BASEMENT • GROUND • FLOOR • TERRA FIRMA
DEEP DOWN, CORE
What do you find when you uncover your core? What is essentially you? And then, what is down deep, maybe that you don't really want to examine? What are the parts of you that you keep away from the light of day?
Core...The innermost tough or most important part, the center.
BASE • CRUX • ESSENCE • FOUNDATION • HEART • ORIGIN • ROOT • FIBER • DEPTHS • GUTS • INNARDS
What goes on beyond your awareness? What is the inner monologue of which you have no memory? Where does your intuition live? What is your instinct born of? From what vat of memory and imagination are your dreams concocted?
The Subconscious (sometimes called the Unconscious)...The aspect of the mind that is not readily accessible to our conscious awareness and which deeply influences our behavior, thoughts, and dreams.
SUBCONSCIOUS • UNCONSCIOUS
INMOST • INNER • HIDDEN • INTUITIVE • SUBLIMINAL