Dear Friends, Drodzy Przyjaciele, Cari Amici,
Now that all three of my books are available in printed format, as well as ebooks, there is a whole new range of possibilities opening up. Two Universities in the USA that have Graduate Art Therapy programs are looking at my books, and I am hoping they will consider using them for their students of Psychology and Art Therapy. An Association of Psychologists in Canada is reviewing them and will publish their reviews in their Quarterly Publication.
Two other psychologists in Canada are already using them as teaching tools for interns and therapists who are working with victims of severe abuse.
I will be having an Exhibit of some of my art work in Chicago in September and October and I will be travelling there in late August to set up the Exhibit with the woman who is the President of the Foundation and Gallery. That Foundation is called The Awakenings Foundation, and it is dedicated to helping people who have used Art as a tool to recover from violence. They also do a lot to promote Sexual Abuse Awareness.
As I can afford to, I am sending out sets of the books to Universities and Colleges and Art Therapists. It is a very wonderful and exciting feeling to be having them out there in paper format, that people can actually hold. Because the paintings are a very significant part of the communication, I wanted to have the books be large….8.5 inches x 11 inches, enabling the paintings to be prominent and vivid.
There is a wonderful photographer here in the town I live in, who is gradually photographing all the original paintings so that I have very professional digital copies of them. The digital images I have used for my books are very good…but not professional. For some reason when I was in the midst of therapy, I had the idea to be taking pictures of the paintings as I did them. I was using a camera that belonged to an artist friend who lived in the same building I did. He just showed me once how to use it, and although I had never used a camera before, I did a pretty good job. It helped that I was able to photograph a lot of them on the roof of the building, in wonderful daylight.
All this to say, there is a Lot Happening right now, and I feel a Beautiful Certainty that things are going to be moving forward in my life, and that when the books reach the audience that they are going to be most helpful for, I could suddenly find myself very busy with a whole new kind of work!
It is so important that I practice being Present to Each Moment and not Strain towards the Unknown Future, and so I stay Consciously Committed to being Present…
Today! Już Dziś! Oggi!
Gabriel Orion Marie
* For those of you who may not know, I have published a series of three books that tell the story of my recovery and healing from profoundly intense physical, sexual and spiritual abuse. These books have dozens of paintings that I did during my process and those paintings are a core form of communication I used in my Healing. These books are available on Amazon. I hope you will read them and pass them on to others! This White House (Book One), Going Sane (Book Two) and A Spectacular Dawn (Book Three)