- Give me something to cheer me up
- Give me something to manifest a new job
- Give me something to heal this pain/illness/trauma/issue
- Give me an idea for a new book
- Give me something to help my anxiety
Back in 2003 a friend and I started creating very particular types of paintings we called symbol paintings. We’d also included diamond painting in it, because we’d often been interested in trinkets and wanted to experiment with them. We were deep into personal development and had just created an energy therapy that helped flow emotional blockages from the body and yet during a bad romantic breakup my friend started doodling on a notepad, creating swirls and loops which felt very therapeutic and helped the bad feelings to flow away when the line came back to the starting point and joined up. It was a seemingly random occurrence although at that time very little we did was random, our whole lives were our work. After creating the outline she then filled the small spaces with colour, guided by intuition. And the next day I had a go. We started deliberately asking for something, creating the set up, before we began drawing the line. Give me something to make me feel better. Give me something to resolve this situation. We experimented endlessly, moving onto canvasses and a marker pen and using little pots of paint from the Games Workshop. Choosing the colours to use for each section proved interesting and led to a useful discovery of what tapping into one’s intuition felt like. As I hovered my hand over the little pots of colour I felt a definite click in the pit of my stomach when I had reached the right one. From then on we called this The Click. My first painting was Memory and I still experience a flash of clarity whenever I look at it. The paintings became like intense meditations. A chance to focus on a situation to achieve clarity though they became a lot more than that. They started to resolve deeply held beliefs and issues and the energy of the painting continued to have an effect long after it was finished. One of my first canvas paintings was What Has To Happen Next? It initially helped me get unstuck from a very sticky problem though later when it was finished I hung it over my desk and the energy from it helped my work flow so easily from then on. (Note to self: bring it back down and hang it close by again.) Doing symbol paintings can be profoundly healing too. After my father died I was not dealing with the grief very well. There had been an awful humanist service at his cremation and I was inconsolable for months. So I did a painting. As I drew the line I felt the journey through our lives together unfolding on the canvas. And each colour a reminder of the tenderness and times we shared. When I painted the last little section a single teardrop mingled with the paint. It was finished. I sat back and a warmth spread through my heart of fond memories and love and since that time I have felt his presence within that painting. No grief. Just love. And a gratitude for having such a wonderful man as my father. The whole idea was so exciting that while I was writing my book Life Without Panic Attacks I did a symbol painting called Panic Frequencies to tune into my potential audience and find the right words to say. It worked beautifully and the book was written in super quick time with very little editing required. Last year I manifested the perfect home by doing a symbol painting. I mixed Etherium Gold with the paint to help manifest my dream a little quicker and it worked so well we moved into a beautiful new home before the painting was even finished. I also painted one for my mother when she was due to go into hospital for a new hip. Everything went smoothly with no complications and her recovery was swift. She still has the painting propped up next to her armchair to this day. There are endless ways to use symbols paintings.