Journey Into the Creative Portal: Exploring the Interplay between Sacred Geometry, Somatic Art Therapy & Psychedelics
Sacred geometry is a field of study that explores the inherent patterns, shapes, and mathematical principles found in the natural world, religious and spiritual symbolism, and ancient architectural and artistic traditions. It is based on the belief that certain geometric forms hold deep spiritual or metaphysical significance and can be seen as a reflection of divine order and universal truths.
Combining sacred geometry, divine intelligence, somatic therapy, art therapy, and psychedelics can be a powerful and transformative experience.
We are all geometrical beings with infinite possibilities of how our life can be created, explored and enjoyed. When we are able to tap into and access the power of sacred geometry, we feel more balanced in our lives because we become more connected to the nature around us as well as our own infinite possibilities!
The very act of creating a reflection of what is represented in nature in a systematic and structured way that geometric images allow, invite a restructuring of our own mechanical and geometric systems within. Our DNA is based on this system of sacred geometry and images we take in with our senses have deep meaning to our bodies, psyche and healing. Try it for yourself by creating various sacred geometrical images like the flower of life to access inner peace and restructure your own geometrical DNA and life plan.
The art of sacred geometry has been studied and revered for ages; from the note books of Leonardo Da Vinci, to the construction of the pyramids. There is an innate wisdom within our bodies that can be tapped into when we explore the magic of Sacred Geometry.
Here are 10 steps that explore the connection between Sacred Geometry, Somatic Therapy, Art Therapy, Healing, and
1. Symbolic Meaning and Emotional Resonance: Sacred geometry often carries symbolic meaning and evokes emotional responses. By actively engaging with these symbols and reflecting on their significance, individuals can tap into emotional and cognitive processes associated with personal growth, transformation, and spiritual connection. This engagement can help regulate emotional states and contribute to overall mental well-being. Reflect on the symbolic meanings of the sacred geometry encountered during your psychedelic experience. Explore how these symbols relate to your personal healing process and incorporate them into your daily life.
2. Meditative and Contemplative Practice: Engaging with sacred geometry through contemplation, meditation, or creative expression can be a profound spiritual practice, especially when one dedicates this as a regular daily practice. The intricate patterns and shapes encourage focused attention, deep contemplation, and a sense of connection with the divine or higher realms of consciousness. Use meditation techniques to quiet the mind and visualize sacred geometric patterns. Allow yourself to connect with divine intelligence and explore the depths of your consciousness.
3. Integration Journals: Keep a journal to record your experiences and insights gained from your explorations. Write about the symbolism, geometric patterns, and divine wisdom that emerge during your psychedelic journeys and art therapy sessions.
4. Study Sacred Geometry: Begin by learning about the principles and symbolism of sacred geometry. Explore ancient teachings, symbols, and geometric patterns to gain a deeper understanding of their significance. Which symbols feel important to you? Incorporate these in your life as pictures on your wall or placed in an area you will engage with them often, or even try creating these images yourself!
5. Integrates Your Whole Brain: Sacred geometry represents a harmonious and interconnected system of shapes and patterns. Engaging with these geometric forms can facilitate the integration of different brain regions and promote neural coherence. This coherence can improve communication between different brain networks, fostering a sense of wholeness and integration that supports mental health and well-being. The left side of our brain tends to be the more logical, technical side, whereas the right brain is typically the creative, intuitive side. For most of us, one side of the brain is usually dominant. The nature of sacred geometry engages both sides of your brain and helps them to work together, supporting balance, harmony and integration.
6. Art Therapy: Engage in art therapy during or after your psychedelic experience. Use artistic mediums to express your journey and integrate the sacred geometric patterns that emerged. When working with a certified and trained art therapist, one is able to access unconscious processes through the art making to allow for a deeper and lasting healing to take place after your psychedelic journey. Using sacred geometry in combination with this process is an extremely effective form of healing.
7. Neuroplasticity: The brain has the remarkable ability to rewire itself through neuroplasticity. Engaging with sacred geometry and incorporating it into one's practices can promote neuroplasticity by forming new neural connections and strengthening existing ones. Regular exposure to sacred geometry can facilitate the rewiring of neural pathways, potentially leading to improved mental health and well-being.
8. Connect to Nature: Sacred geometry emphasizes the inherent harmony and balance found in nature and the cosmos. Many natural objects and organisms exhibit sacred geometric patterns, such as the spirals in seashells (Fibonacci sequence), the hexagonal cells in honeycombs, the way leaves and petals are arranged on trees and flowers. These patterns reflect the inherent order and harmony found in nature. To support grounding after your psychedelic experience, spend time in nature to deepen your connection with the natural world through sacred geometry. Observe the natural patterns and geometric formations in the environment, allowing them to reinforce your healing journey. By studying and applying these geometric principles, individuals seek to align themselves with the natural order of the universe, promoting a sense of balance and unity in their lives.
9. Music, Sound & Vibration: Sound frequencies and harmonics follow mathematical ratios, forming the basis of sacred geometry. The relationship between musical tones and their harmonies corresponds to geometric ratios, creating a sense of harmony and resonance. Sacred geometry is believed to have energetic and vibrational qualities as well. It is thought that specific geometric patterns can resonate with and influence subtle energy fields in the body, just as music does! By working with sacred geometry, individuals aim to harmonize and balance their own energetic systems.
10. Healing Modalities: Various healing modalities, such as Reiki or acupuncture, incorporate sacred geometry. The placement of energy centres (chakras) or the arrangement of acupuncture points follow geometric principles to enhance energy flow and promote well-being.
Remember that the use of psychedelics should always be approached with caution and responsibility. Adhere to legal regulations, prioritize your safety, and consider working with experienced professionals to guide you through the process. The combination of sacred geometry, Art Therapy, and psychedelics can offer profound insights and transformation, but it is essential to approach it with respect and mindfulness.
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by Charmaine Husum
The Integration of Psychedelic experiences using Somatic Art Therapy can be a valuable and supportive approach to Shadow Work.
What is Shadow Work?
Shadow work is a psychological and spiritual practice that involves exploring and integrating the unconscious aspects of the self, often referred to as the “shadow.” The concept of the shadow was popularized by Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, who believed that the shadow consists of repressed or disowned aspects of our personality, including our fears, insecurities, unresolved traumas, and unexpressed desires.
Somatic Art Therapy & Shadow Work
Here’s how Somatic Art Therapy can facilitate the integration of psychedelic experiences and support Shadow Work:
Somatic Art Therapy assists individuals in making meaning out of their psychedelic experiences and the shadow material that arises. Through reflection on the created artwork, dialogue, and interpretation with the art therapist, individuals can explore the significance and symbolism of their artistic expressions. This process helps integrate the insights and emotions from the psychedelic experiences into their personal narrative and daily life.
Psychedelics such as Ayahuasca, Psilocybin or San Pedro have the potential to heighten awareness and dissolve the barriers between the conscious and unconscious mind. During a psychedelic or plant medicine experience, suppressed or hidden aspects of the shadow may come to the surface, allowing individuals to directly confront and explore them. This can be dysregulating and sometimes even frightening. Having a trained Art Therapist to the support the process of integration afterwards and even leading up to your psychedelic experience to establish navigation tools and intentions, can be very supportive in allowing your shadow aspect to heal.
Art therapy provides a non-verbal and creative means of expression. Through various art forms such as painting, drawing, sculpture, or collage, individuals can externalize their inner experiences and emotions that may have emerged during psychedelic journeys. This allows for a tangible representation of the shadow aspects, facilitating exploration, reflection, and processing.
Art therapy encourages the use of symbols and metaphors, which can be particularly useful when working with shadow aspects. Symbolic representations in art can offer a safe and indirect way to engage with the shadow, making it more accessible for exploration and integration. Artistic symbolism can evoke deeper insights and provide a bridge between the conscious and unconscious mind.
The integration phase following a psychedelic experience is crucial for incorporating the insights gained and integrating them into daily life. Integration practices, such as Somatic Counselling, Art Therapy, journaling, Sacred geometry, and meditation, can help individuals make sense of their experiences, process emotions, and apply the lessons learned to support a lasting healing.
Access to Subconscious Material:
Psychedelics can facilitate access to deep layers of the subconscious mind, where the shadow aspects reside. Art Therapy does the same. This increased access provides an opportunity to uncover and bring to light repressed emotions, unresolved traumas, and unconscious patterns that may be influencing behavior and well-being.
Emotional Release and Healing:
Psychedelics can evoke intense emotional experiences and promote emotional release. After one’s psychedelic experience during the integration process, individuals are given an opportunity to confront and process challenging emotions that may have come up for deeper, lasting healing to take hold. The act of creating art can also be cathartic and supportive of emotional release. Engaging in art-making can help individuals process and release challenging emotions, facilitating the integration of difficult or repressed aspects of the shadow. The art-making process allows for a safe container to channel and transform emotions associated with shadow material.
Psychedelic experiences can deepen one’s spiritual connection and provide a sense of transcendence. While working afterwards Somatically with Art therapy, this connection to spirit can become amplified. This expanded spiritual perspective can support shadow work by offering a broader context and a deeper sense of meaning, allowing individuals to explore their shadow from a spiritual lens.
Art therapy provides an opportunity for reflection and contemplation. The created artwork serves as a mirror for self-reflection, allowing individuals to observe their own creative expressions and delve deeper into the underlying meanings and emotions present in the art. This reflective process can foster insight, self-awareness, and a deeper understanding of the shadow aspects.
Safe and Supportive Environment:
Art therapy sessions are typically conducted in a safe and supportive environment with a trained Art Therapist. This environment promotes trust, authenticity, and non-judgment, providing individuals with a space where they can explore and process their psychedelic experiences and shadow material. The therapeutic relationship and guidance of the art therapist can offer valuable support throughout the integration process.
Empowerment and Self-Discovery:
Art therapy empowers individuals to take an active role in their own healing and self-discovery. By engaging in the art-making process, individuals gain a sense of agency and control over their own exploration and integration of the shadow and their psychedelic experience. This empowerment contributes to a deeper understanding of oneself and fosters personal growth and transformation.
Is Shadow Work Dangerous?
It is important to note that engaging in psychedelic experiences for shadow work should be approached with caution, respect, and guidance from experienced professionals. Psychedelics can evoke powerful and intense experiences, and the support of integration practices and professionals can help navigate the complexities of shadow work and ensure a safe and transformative process.
Art therapy can be a valuable tool for integrating psychedelic experiences and supporting shadow work. It provides a creative and expressive outlet, a safe space for exploration, and a means to process and integrate the insights gained during psychedelic journeys. Working with an art therapist who is experienced in both art therapy and psychedelic integration can enhance the effectiveness of this approach.
As a Certified Art Therapist and Registered Therapeutic Counsellor, Charmaine Husum DKATI, RTC, CT supports people in finding personalized routes to emotional healing with a focus on inner resources and transpersonal connections to spirit. With years of experience and training in the area of Psychedelics, she helps people both in groups and individually, understand and Integrate the details of their Psychedelic Experiences using Trauma Informed Art Therapy, Counselling, Meditation and tapping into the innate Wisdom of the Body through various Somatic Approaches. Her current research enthusiasms are in neuroplasticity, neuroscience, epigenetics, mystical/ psychedelic integration and intergenerational trauma.
Are you struggling to make sense of the Psychedelic Experience you just went through? Do you feel like the surface has just been skimmed and you would like to go deeper into learning about yourself and how to live your best life ever?
The effects of a mystical and altered state of consciousness linger, bounce around, and affect our waking reality far beyond ceremony or however your awakening has been opened. When our soul’s path has been awakened through sacred plant medicines or entheogens like Ayahuasca, Psilocybin, Iboga, Kambo, LSD, or through a Kundalini Awakening, Dark Night of the Soul or Meditation and Yoga, a profound shift happens in the body and brain. This can be confusing once we go back to our regular waking life.
My name is Charmaine Husum, RTC, DKATI, CT and I help people understand and integrate the details of their psychedelic experience using trauma informed art therapy, counselling, meditation and tapping into the innate wisdom of the body.
After my own personal experiences using breathwork and psychedelics to gain deeper awareness of myself, I was left with more questions than answers. Initially, there was a thought that to decipher the experience further and for greater understanding I needed more medicine, more ceremonies, more insight that came from outside of myself. This was counterintuitive to what I knew as a Trauma-Informed, Registered Therapeutic Counsellor and Somatic Art Therapist, which is that lasting healing comes from within. This revelation made the importance of integration, that much clearer; all of the answers I needed for healing were inside of me and had become awakened by my psychedelic experience!
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If you are needing support to integrate your experience of working with plant medicines, psychedelics or Entheogens please reach out. Free 20 minute calls are available for us to explore specific ways that may support your journey to lasting healing. If you would prefer to work at your own pace, to continue the relationship to the healing you touched on this 8 module program incorporates Yoga, Meditation, Art Therapy Directives, Dreamwork, Journaling, Scared geometry and Neuroscientific explanations which will help to guide you towards lasting healing after using psychedelic medicine. Included in your enrolment is one free private art therapy and somatic counselling session.
May all beings be blessed, Charmaine Husum
Neuroplasticity: How the Brain is AffectedMystical Experiences are profound experiences for anybody, that is true, but what is actually happening in the brain to create this profound shift? Although research is just now flooding in, there have been many studies, FMRI's and personal, professional and medical accounts to explain what shifts our brain is going through in these profoundly moving moments.
Intensely powerful is the rerouting of neuropathways which dictate the ways we have habitually been conditioned to act, react and survive in our lives. That is why profound, mystical experiences can bring about such great changes when it comes to addiction and changing demoting habits or personality traits that may have taken control of our lives.
As described by Michael Pollan in his ground breaking book, 'How to Change Your Mind', our minds and the paths our neurotransmitters take in the brain can be described as a ski hill that has been well worn by skiers creating heavy and deep crevices where years of downhill rounds have taken place over and over again. These deep ruts represent our patterns in life; our habits, addictions, ways of acting and reacting, ways of coping we have used in the past to stay safe and feel secure. Even when we want to make a change, we are pulled into these ruts and lasting change in our lives becomes difficult. A Mystical experience, arising from an epiphany in meditation; a kundalini awakening, a near death experience or hallucinogenic or psychotropic medicinal ceremonies, creates a grooming of this snowy hill leaving a pristine powder where new behaviors are able to create new pathways. This is what is happening in our brain; this is the neuroscience of Mystical and Entheogenic experiences. Our brain actually becomes re-groomed, ready for change and a new life to blossom.
However, as wonderful or difficult this experience may be (since change is rarely an easy process), sometimes the heightened experience of change becomes its own ski rut in the snow. We begin to feel drawn again and again to the profound shifts we have experienced; looking for the newest most sought after guru, spending hours in meditation focusing on that one glimpse of truth instead of the experience in the moment, increasing our frequency of and perhaps even dosage of psychedelic and psychotropic entheogenic medicines like psilocybin, LSD, or ayahuasca and healing retreats. The goal is to heal and grow from within so that the changes we want in life are lasting.
I too have felt this and is why I created this program. I believe that through integration of the experience, we are able to maintain this new way of being; celebrating the changes and creating them in our everyday lived experience so the new pathways we create support our evolution, healing and personal growth, beyond the experience. We become sustained in our greatness and stop seeking that which already lives within us. This my hope for all those on the path of transformation and for you in this moment as you embark on the journey of integration.
- Charmaine Husum
Charmaine Husum runs a private Art Therapy practice online and in Calgary Alberta. She is also an Artist, Kundalini Yoga teacher and trained in the somatic approach of Integrative Body Psychotherapy, Reiki and Mystical Integration. Her current research enthusiasms are in neuroplasticity, neuroscience, epigenetics, mystical integration and intergenerational trauma; on which she is currently writing a book and creating online courses. She specializes in working with trauma and symptoms of PTSD and C-PTSD as well as Autism, Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Addiction and other mental health symptoms.