You may know it (or not) but I love the three books written by Anne-Marie Jobin, they’re really precious to me, and I love to offer one or the other.
It was for me the first step to the world of Creative Journaling and toward Art-therapy.
A few days ago, I made an exercise found in her last book, called Fantasies & Gribouillis. Unluckily, her books are only in French right now.
We all have many personality traits (is that the right expression ? I didn’t find how to say that in English, so I may be wrong), they live together within us, and sometimes we have some personnalities that are opposite with one or several others.
Thanks to this exercise, we’ll explore these traits and make them a full-fledged character. Each one has its own characteristics.
We can, of course, go deeper, but we’ll talk about it an other day. And I know I didn’t embodied all my sub-personalities.
What is this exercise for:
It allows to develop the witness, to gain some distance toward all the roles we play, to discover the needs hidden under the different personality traits.
It’s a transforming and therapeutic exercise, but it also relaxes and brings some humour.
What you need:
- Your journal, or simply one or two papers
- Pencils and felts, in several colours
How to proceed:
First of all, it’s important to get relaxed. Take some time to let go all your worries (if you want, you can listen to music, light on a candle… or just sit in silence).
Think of all your sub-personalities, but also to what your body tells you, you personal dynamics etc.
Chose what catches your attention the most, et think if you can bring “life” to this via a character.
When you’re ready, describe or draw it. No need to be very beautiful, it can only be symbolic and very figurative: it’s up to you and what you want/can.
Around your characer, define it more precisely: what does he likes, what’s his name, what he desires, how does he occupy his time and so on.
Then, start a dialogue with your character: ask him how he arrived in your life, ask him all the questions you want. Don’t be affraid. Let him speak.
Feedback: How did the exercise affect you ? Did you learn something about the way you evolve in the world ? Write down your thoughts.
- Use your sub-personalities in the stories you write.
- Move and make your sub-personality play theatrically.
- Write the song of your sub-personality and sing it aloud.
Then, I added the descriptions that came in my mind.
Because it was on a right-sided page, I didn’t have the place to write the dialogue close to the drawings. That’s why I did it on a page and attached it to the page thanks to black masking tape.
I don’t really like white pages, so i colored it with watercolor paint.
Et voilà :D
It allowed me to understand some things that I didn’t want to admit…