Setting the Stage: Internal Monologues with Extreme Visual Journaling
with Julianna Coles
Extreme Visual Journaling is a creative process that focuses on creating internal dialogues between known and unknown aspects of self. There are many voices inside with conflicting messages: who are these voices, why are they acting out, and what do they want from us? How can we create allies out of these enemies within? By combining words with imagery learn to create a meaningful encounter with inner dualities, retrieve some unlived life and potential, and access inner gold.
Places everyone, places! We begin this workshop by uncovering some of the opposites within. Next, in the form of monologue writing (yes, just like in the theater) we give these characters a voice. Our goal is not to be great writers, but to uncover information- this is just research. Unique to each one of us, these characters, actors on our stage of life, sometimes calling the shots whether we want them to or not, will assist in our visual journaling practice. They have much to tell us about the unlived life.
Setting the Stage: we use journal writing in this particular Visual Journaling exercise to get at inside information. We also use journal writing to help us set up our page (the stage). We then layer with my mixed-media assignments that facilitate freedom of expression with an emphasis on process, as opposed to product. In this way, without thought, without planning, we give our characters form; we bring them to life. The final act of this unique and multi-layered Extreme Visual Journaling assignment is Reconciliation, where we bring everything together for deeper meaning, transformation and healing.
Every step of this workshop is outlined in great detail from choosing a book to preparing the stage of a page, to what is journal writing and how and why do we do it, to creative image making and mixed-media tools all the way through to Reconciliation. In full color my sections and video I will explain all of my terms that are unique to my process and as Director, guide you every step of the way. The underworld is my domain.
Traveling where others fear to tread is my daily journey and part of my life purpose. We’ll do this gently, easily. You will surprise yourself by looking into the shadow and finding the beauty in the darkest recesses of your soul. Carl Jung stated that we do not find enlightenment by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. Dim the lights. Exit, Stage Right.