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Image Workshop brings insights for year ahead

Posted on: January 15, 2012

Usually the mention of 9 to 5 brings visions of a long work day doing mundane things, watching the clock and itching to go home, but the Image Workshop held by Sallie Christopher on Saturday, Jan. 14 brought nothing but pure joy, relaxation, great people and creativity.

Christopher, a brilliant intuitive, led the class of four women including me. She explained the process before playing soothing music for creative meditation and for soothing background noise as we progressed and began our creative art work.

Sallie Christopher teaches a numerology class at Paradise Valley Community College.

Sallie Christopher teaches a numerology class at Paradise Valley Community College.

The first step of the process consisted of setting a precise intention. Christopher’s handout states, “Set the intention, which according to the dictionary is – purpose; aim; goal. The purpose is to create a visual image of what you want to achieve or accomplish.”

The first art image I created at the Image Workshop.

The first art image I created at the Image Workshop.

We spent the rest of the morning gathering images from magazines to create our art work. As we broke for our pot luck lunch, we adjourned to the patio to eat healthy, delicious food, share conversation and enjoy the beauty of Arizona. Christopher’s yard houses a labyrinth, which is a story for another time, and lush desert plants.

During the afternoon session, we all started to assemble our art work. We turned off our logical left brain so our creative right brain could do its work with no conscious thought on our part. All the while, Christopher checked on our progress and soothing music played in the background.

When the logical left brain is shut off, "the image does the work," instructs Sallie Christopher in her Image Workshop.

When the logical left brain is shut off, "the image does the work," instructs Sallie Christopher in her Image Workshop.

At the end of the day, we all left with our finished creative art work to take with us and display and look at daily. As the year progresses, we’ll see what comes to pass from this creative, original art work.

The third and final art image for the day encapsulated a world of possibilities for 2012.

The third and final art image for the day encapsulated a world of possibilities for 2012.

What was my intention? I intended to know what my purpose is for this year. The three creative art work pieces I created are shown throughout this post. Was it a fabulous day and did I learn new things and make lasting friends? ABSOLUTELY.

Christopher teaches non credit classes in creative meditation, I Ching, numerology and Feng Shui at Paradise Valley Community College. I’ve completed the courses in I Ching and numerology and plan to take the Feng Shui class this semester. Because she’s such a competent and caring person, students learn a great deal about these subjects in her classes and in my case, keep coming back to additional classes and recommending them to others.

Photos by Janice Semmel

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2 Responses to "Image Workshop brings insights for year ahead"

Wow, what a great way to spend a day. I seem to spend most of mine organizing things and people, to the point I’m not sure my right brain is still functional. Thanks for the inspiration. And I love your artwork!

I’m sure your right brain works. You just need to take time to meditate and let it flow. I love Sallie. She does such great things. I’m taking a Feng Shui class from her in March. She’s magic.

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