by Lauren Fallat, LPC LPAT ATR-BC
The concept of the inner goddess refers to the powerful, intuitive, and creative force that resides within every woman. This divine feminine energy is often buried beneath societal conditioning, self-doubt, and other negative emotions that can stifle our creativity and inhibit our ability to connect with our inner selves. In this blog post, we will explore the archetype of the goddess and explore how art therapy can be a powerful way for women to connect with their inner goddess by providing a safe space for creative self-expression and exploration.
The archetype of the goddess is a universal symbol that represents the divine feminine energy and embodies the qualities of creativity, intuition, compassion, and nurturing. This archetype has been present in various cultures throughout history, taking on different forms and names, but always representing the same underlying principles.
The goddess archetype can be seen in various mythologies, such as the Greek goddesses Athena, Aphrodite, and Demeter, or the Hindu goddesses Kali, Durga, and Lakshmi. Each goddess embodies a unique aspect of the divine feminine, such as wisdom, love, or abundance.
In modern times, the goddess archetype has been reclaimed by women seeking to connect with their own inner goddess and tap into their innate feminine power. The archetype represents the qualities that are often devalued in patriarchal societies, such as emotional intelligence, intuition, and connection to nature.
By working with the goddess archetype, women can tap into their own innate strengths and cultivate a sense of self-love and empowerment. They can also connect with a larger collective of women who are also reclaiming the power of the divine feminine, creating a powerful force for change in the world.
For one’s own self-exploration with creative artmaking, you may start by choosing your materials and considering the intention for your artmaking. Materials to work with could be anything from paints and markers to clay and collage materials. Whatever medium you choose, make sure it feels enjoyable and supportive. Use color, texture, and symbolism to express the qualities of your inner goddess that you want to embody. Allow your intuition to guide you and trust the creative process. Remember, the goal is to connect with your inner goddess, not to produce a perfect piece of art.
Here are some questions to help you connect with your inner goddess and cultivate self-awareness:
What qualities do I associate with the goddess archetype?
What aspects of my personality align with these qualities?
In what situations do I feel most connected to my inner goddess?
What are my strengths as a woman?
How do I express my creativity?
What nurtures me and makes me feel grounded?
In what ways do I experience intuition or inner wisdom?
What limiting beliefs or self-doubts do I hold about myself as a woman?
How can I honor and celebrate my feminine energy in my daily life?
What steps can I take to align more fully with my inner goddess and express her qualities in my life?
These questions are designed to help you reflect on your own experiences and connect with your inner wisdom. By exploring the qualities of the goddess archetype within yourself, you can deepen your self-awareness, cultivate self-love, and tap into your innate feminine power.
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