SoulCollage® – Committee Suit – Essential Self

SoulCollage® – Committee Suit – Essential Self
SoulCollage® – Committee Suit – Essential Self

Essential Self

I am the part of you
the heart of you
who is one with the stars
one with the seas
one with the earth
one with all things

I am the part of you
who embodies the Universe
as only you uniquely can

If you can dance your way
into quiet
into peace
you will hear my song there
within your own still center

The fish asks
Where is your power?
Where is your passion?
What is in your heart?

What is it that is bubbling up inside of you
longing to be expressed?

Strip away the mundane mask
of conditioning and cultural expectation

Let your heart-light shine through
where your false face once was

Call upon your shape-shifting power
For you can be whatever you choose

The stars spin at your command


Time Lapse Stars Photo by Jason Blackeye on Unsplash
Painted Woman Photo by emily lau on Unsplash

The Voices Inside Your Head

The Voices Inside Your Head

I love the new Disney Pixar film, Inside Out!

I went to see this last week as a “field trip” with a client. We both loved it and it sparked some great conversation afterward.

Through the ups and downs of 11-year-old Riley’s life, we see the inner workings of emotions, subpersonalities, dominant and disowned selves. This is at the core of the Creative Journal Expressive Arts (CJEA) methods I use in my coaching practice. The animated scenes depicting the inner workings of the brain and emotional processing were very well portrayed and, if not 100% scientifically accurate, at the very least created a fabulous visual and metaphorical depiction.

During the course of the film, through Riley’s experience, we see how our “islands of personality”, dominant emotions/selves and disowned emotions/selves interact and respond to the situations in our lives. We also see how ultimately flexible these patterns are and how they shift over time.

Without spoiling the film if you haven’t seen it, my favorite thing about it was how the characters eventually come to understand that all of the emotions are equally valuable and necessary to full experience and wholeness. That is at the heart of the work I do.

This film is really well done. I give it a big thumbs up. I’ll be buying a copy when it’s available on DVD – it will be a great addition to my CJEA-related library.

Now, where’s the popcorn?



Here are some interesting links to other reviews and commentary on the film.

“Inside Out: Emotional Truths by Way of Pixar”, Psychology Today

Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out Brings Emotions to Life: How 5 Emotions of the Brain Govern Thoughts and Actions”, Medical Daily

“How Inside Out Nailed the Science of Kids’ Emotions”, Huffington Post

“Four Lessons from Inside Out to Discuss with Kids”,