All art making is healing, because we move into the moment, become more aware and our brain waves shift and we move into a deeper, healing awareness. Art therapists call this approach Art As Therapy, not necessarily art therapy. - Caterina
Simply put, art is Medicine.
The pocket shrine I created today is a nature shrine.
I just LOVED this project. The pocket shrines really RESONATED with me.
I keep a creative altar in my art studio for creative energies and inspiration. I also have an ancestor shrine in my home that I have photographs of family members who have passed on, memorabilia from them and candles. So, the idea of these tiny shrines that I can make and carry with me or put in areas of my home is just wonderful. I plan to make more of these in the future as needed.
My shrine is a nature shrine. I spend a good majority of my time in nature (with my son) on nature walks, camping, etc. Nature is my go to place to re-connect, Nature is my church. I find great spirituality in nature.
I made my shrine using a green altoids can. I include the green felt as color symbolism (grass, fields, and also the color of the heart chakra) and an image of nature that is actually the back of a playing card. I then put in items I had found previously while being in nature. Little gifts left in my path by the nature spirits for me to find. I have a feather of unknown origin, a pine cone, a flat oval rock, and an acorn. The arrow head and the mandarin orange spessartite stone were purchased and both hold meaning for me as well.
I did not glue anything down in my shrine as I want to be able to change/add to the items that I have in it as needed. All of the items fit into the box when closed for easy transport.
Having a portable nature shrine allows me to connect with the healing energies of nature no matter where I may be! Very powerful medicine in deed.
What about you? Have you created a pocket shrine, or any other kind of shrine? Tell me your shrine story in the comments!