Power of the Red Thread

Jassy Watson
Queensland, Australia

 

I invite participants at all of my workshops to join in Red Thread Ceremony as I not only believe, but know deeply, that it is a most profound way to connect the group and prompt them to think sincerely about their purpose and intention. There have been many powerful moments, but one that stands out is a Paint Your Muse workshop I held for a group of teenage girls aged between 12 & 15. I had not committed fully to including it in this particular workshop, as I wanted to ‘feel’ into the energy of the group. We were all brand new to each other, most of the girls had never met and it was the first time meeting me in the studio. After our introductions and a discussion about the day I decided that YES! We were going to NEED the RED THREAD. I could sense anxiety and knew that calling a circle was going to help alleviate that. Inviting them into ceremony would act as a connector. If it went how I envisioned, the girls would see that they were all feeling the same – a little anxious, nervous and self-conscious.

Jassy Watson-Red Thread Circle

None of them had ever participated in a circle discussion, let alone a Red Thread Ceremony. I explained some of the myths and legends behind it, why I do it at all my classes and how it would work for us in the context of the work we were doing that day. I did receive a few uncertain looks, especially when I mentioned how great it would be if everyone could share a word or a line about their intention for the day. With each passing of the thread from one girl to the next, I could see and feel each of them relax. Smiles lit up faces, postures altered, shoulders dropped and all were brave enough to speak up. Through this shared experience a bond was formed. A space of safety was created and they intuitively knew that they were going to be able to express themselves freely in the group under my gentle guidance.

Jassy Watson Red Thread Circle

I told the girls that they too could share this experience with others: With friends at school or with family. I told them a Red Thread Circle could be called at any time, for any reason. Many of the girls have returned for more classes at the studio and I always smile when I see them still wearing their piece of the Red Thread.

What I have come to know through all the Red Thread Ceremonies I have called, is that there is a profound awakening and a deep re-membering of what it feels like and what it means to be in a sacred circle of women.

 

Jassy Watson

Jassy Watson

 

Jassy Watson, who lives on the sub-tropical coast of Queensland Australia, is a Mother of four, passionate organic gardener, Intuitive/Visionary & Community Artist, Teacher, Intentional Creativity Coach and a student of Ancient History and Religion at Macquarie University, Sydney. She is the Creatress of Goddesses Garden, Studio & Gallery; a school for the Sacred Creative Arts. Jassy teaches regular painting workshops in person, nationally and internationally, and online based around themes that explore myth, history, earth connection and the Goddess. Regular creative events and presentations are also held that have included visits from international scholars, artists and musicians.

Painting for Earth's Healing

Jassy Watson
Queensland, Australia

I approach using art as a potent tool for healing the planet and as a platform for raising awareness of important environmental and ecological issues that all of humanity is currently faced with.

The Earth is my Sister

The Earth is my Sister

 

All forms of art have the potential to be tools for healing. I believe that through the creative process the healing of both self and the planet and our relationship to it can be transformed.

Why? Because when creative work is approached from a place of passion and purpose and art is brought to life with intention, great shifts can occur. Not only for the artist, but also for the viewer. I believe wholeheartedly that I can approach the canvas and paint intentionally to heal the earth and deepen my connection to it, and in doing so inspire others to deepen and honour a connection to the earth creatively.

There are many contemporary artists who are agents of environmental change and who are using their creative gifts and talents to build awareness and provoke thought through their work and process. Many artists, such as myself are working with transformative approaches and processes towards a new vision that is ecological and participates with the living cycles of nature. Many topics are approached such as oceans, climate change, water quality, recycling, water purification, natural disasters, de-forestation, endangered species and more.

Take the words of Nigerian painter Jerry Buhari: Today the talk of the world is about an endangered Earth. One often wonders how much of the talk is backed with genuine concern and the will to take positive steps. But it should not surprise the world that artists are in the forefront of the discussion on the environment.

Artists today are finding all sorts of inventive ways to call attention to the problems facing our environment, as corporate greed and profit impose destruction on our planet. While each artist works very differently and explores diverse territories, they share awareness about the critical loss of natural resources and a desire to save the planet from human destruction.

Shallow by Ann Rosenthal

Shallow by Ann Rosenthal

Eco-feminist artist Ann T. Rosenthal and activist artist Steffi Domike have been collaborating on environmental installations for years. Their wall installation, Watermark: Wood, Coal, Oil, Gas (2011) consists of four panels that illustrate an evolutionary timeline of energy resources—wood, coal, oil and natural gas.

Dominique Mazeau is a poet and artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has made an exquisite journal of poems and drawings of cleaning up the Rio Grande River over many years. She has made sculptures from the trash and she teaches school children about the river with her poems and her art.

There are many more Eco-feminist and Environmentalist/Activist artists such as Charla Puryear and Helene Aylon using their art to raise awareness of ecological issues. These few examples alone demonstrate that art, in its myriad of forms, has the capacity to effect positive change on the earth and its environments.

Artists are catalysts for change, and this “change” takes place when we feel deeply for a precious cause. I feel deeply for the earth and I feel that it is largely humanity’s disconnection from the earth and from the earth as mother that has contributed to the current state of not only the health of the earth body, but also the health of our bodies.

My most recent online offering, Painting Gaia, with guest teacher Glenys Livingstone, author of Pagain Cosmology : Re-inventing Earth-based Goddess Religion, is  a nine-week e-Journey aimed at deepening and honouring earth connection and creative expression. The course is essentially about connecting back to nature physically and connecting to the wisdom of the earth through painting a powerful image of Gaia – the primordial Great Mother; earth and the cosmos Herself. I imagine that a world filled with new images of earth as mother, inspired by those of the ancient past, has the power to insight deep change. Effectively, it is a renewal, a remembering and a re-imagining that is necessary if we want this earth to provide and nurture the generations to come.

I am using my art as a healing force to heal the earth. Making art with intent to heal.  As we heal ourselves we heal the Earth, and as we heal the Earth, we heal ourselves. I am Painting for the EARTh.

My image above,  The Earth is my Sister, is the demonstration painting from my Painting Gaia Course. She represents abundance and is symbolic of a journey through the five elements, earth, air, fire, water and the ether. The cosmos has been left to show Gaia’s origins. The snake in the tree and the pomegranate, not only ancient symbols of Gaia and the Goddess, but symbolic of my place and my direct surroundings. The bees, birds and butterfly symbolise fertility and the flourishing of new life, but also contain deeper meanings relating to the many symbolic neolithic Minoan representations of the bee and bird goddesses and the ancient feminine symbol of the Labrys (Double Axe) as butterfly.  Her title is inspired by a prayer I have recited daily after attending Carol Christ’s,  Goddess Pilgrimage to Crete

This Earth is my sister
I love her daily grace
Her silent daring
And how loved I am.
How we admire this strength in each other
All that we have lost
All that we have found
We are stunned by this beauty,
And I do not forget
What She is to me
And what I am to Her.

Susan Griffin, Woman and Nature – The Roaring Inside Her

Jassy Watson

Jassy Watson

Jassy Watson, who lives on the sub-tropical coast of Queensland Australia, is a Mother of four, passionate organic gardener, Intuitive/Visionary & Community Artist, Teacher, Intentional Creativity Coach and a student of Ancient History and Religion at Macquarie University, Sydney. She is the Creatress of Goddesses Garden, Studio & Gallery; a school for the Sacred Creative Arts. Jassy teaches regular painting workshops in person, nationally and internationally, and online based around themes that explore myth, history, earth connection and the Goddess. Regular creative events and presentations are also held that have included visits from international scholars, artists and musicians. Jassy’s next online e-Journey, ‘Painting Gaia’ opens again on Friday February 13th, 2015. You can see the details and register HERE.

Painting Gaia with Jassy Watson

Deepening and Honouring your Connection to the Earth Creatively

Gaia

Gaia

A 9 week e-Journey with Visionary Artist, Intentional Creativity Coach, Teacher and Earth Lover Jassy Watson with Guest Teacher, Scholar and Author Glenys Livingstone. Starts November 1st.

In this course you will engage in introspective, soulful, creative and nature connecting activities where you can explore, discover, experience and interact with the beauty and wisdom of Gaia, within and without.

Using the intuitive and transformative step-by-step Colour of Woman Method and through Intentional Creativity you will bring Gaia’s profound, powerful, loving and expansive energies into physical being.

Jassy Watson

Jassy Watson

It is crucial for us now, more than ever, to renew our connection with Mother Earth, not only to heal the planet but ourselves.

I invite you on a Gaian Journey Within, to Connect, Create and Take Action.

More Info HERE

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