creative hands: healing hands

Meet holly. Holly's creative hands are healing hands. I am inspired by all of the creative ways to heal. I think healing is an amazing and high form of art. Healing energy is in abundance all around us all the time and healers are conduits of this energy. There are many different ways to be a channel; many different modalities of healing. I look forward to exploring some of the ways in this creative hand project over the course of this year. 

When Holly discovered energy healing along her own journey in wellness, it changed her life and has inspired her to want to share it with others. She spent four years studying at the Barbara Brennan school of healing, where she learned to heal herself, and in the process, became a healer.  Barbara Brennan was a NASA physicist who also has the ability to see people's energy bodies, which allowed her to develop her technique of healing. She uses a combination of hands-on healing techniques, body-oriented psychotherapy, high sense perception, channeling, creative arts and meditation, to aid in the healing of her clients. 

Existing alongside the physical body are the emotional, the spiritual, and the energy bodies. There are seven major chakras (spinning energy centers) in the body whose job it is to distribute the energy and keep it flowing. A healthy person is one whose energy flows throughout the body unimpeded! When the flow becomes blocked,  it manifests as dis-ease. We are born clear, with an unimpeded flow, but over time, when we get hurt or experience intense fear, we develop defense mechanisms to cope, which create blocks in our energy field. Most of the time this hurt is passed on over generations. Our energy blocks get in the way of living our lives as our true self, allowing our core essence to shine.

The unfolding movement of human consciousness and its path of healing inspires me on a personal and group level. We have the ability to heal ourselves, change the way we live our lives, and reprogram our cellular make up, changing the patterns in our DNA, which we pass on to our children. By healing ourselves, we can literally change history! As a mom of two small children, I think about this a lot.  I am conscious enough to be aware of the patterns which I am passing on unconsciously (because I am tired and don't know another way), and on the other aware that my children are blank slates and full of potential and deserving of the best I can give them, but it takes a lot of work to find a new way. That is where having the help of a trained healer can be really helpful. 

I had the pleasure of receiving a session from Holly in Cruz Bay last week. We talked for about a half hour about my history and an issue that has been coming up for me lately and I wanted to work on. Then i lay, fully clothed, on the healing table while Holly balanced my chakras and charged my energy body by placing her hands over my body, starting at the feet and working her way up to my head. It was a wonderfully relaxing experience, and when I got off the table, I felt a sense of peace. We sat back down and she gave me a few more insights regarding my issue and also some homework to help further my progress. I felt something shifting in my perception of my issue and am looking forward to doing more sessions with her in the future. 

Holly sees people in Cruz Bay. Check out her website Wave Healing here to contact her and book a session. She offers discounts for locals. To learn more about this school of healing, check out this insightful interview with Barbara Brennan. 

For Holly's henna design on her palms, I used a Moroccan Fessi style heart in the center of her palms to represent the loving healing energy that flows through the palms of her hands. I worked off a photo from Henna Lounge, but have also enjoyed the abundant resource of THE book on Moroccan henna called "Moor: A Henna Atlas of Morroco" by Lisa "Kenzi" Butterworth and Nic Tharpa Cartier. I love the idea of our hands being an extension of our hearts and the idea of creating with love, which inspired this design. 

henna at maho bay clayworks

Today I headed down the mountain with my two little assistants to Maho Bay Clayworks at Pickles in Coral Bay where Jill Hale was working on some mugs with hands I recently henna'd. Jill is one of the fabulous people I befriended at this studio, which has served as an inspiring space for creating pottery and a community center on St. John for many years. It has since moved from its original location at Maho Bay camps, to its new home at Pickles. I love throwing pots with henna on my hands. They are both ancient natural art forms whose earth toned colors compliment each other so well. 


Check out Maho Bay Claywork's Facebook Page to find out about current open studio times and a list of classes. Come join the art party!

henna is a little magic tree!

i love how life unfolds. 

a few years back, i made a t shirt design of a tree. it was a primitive drawing that looked like a cross section of a tree. i really enjoyed drawing the leaves and letting them flow upon each other in different shapes (i love the meditative flowing doodling part of drawing). as i drew this tree, i started to see trees differently.  i have heard this phenomenon once called the Tao of drawing.. by drawing something, that something allows us to see it in a different light. its true essence reveals itself to us. later, when the shirts were printed, i showed a coworker the shirt and he saw the tree as a set of lungs. (it also said breathe underneath it, so that could have helped that imagery)  but from then on, i started to think about it more and realized, wow. trees are lungs of the earth! what an amazing refection of the human body and the body of earth. life is so cool like that. trees breathe, just like our lungs, creating an exchange of air, which i knew, but now, for the first time, i could actually see that trees are lungs!

(i put see in italics because it is a special kind of seeing) 

for a long while after that, my consciousness went on many different thought journeys regarding this subject. i was fascinated with the idea that i created something without thinking and then that creation revealed wisdom and understanding to me. in a similar way, i am currently in the process of switching my artistic identity from planet carolyn to "under the magic tree." i have been since thinking about trees and surfing the web on tress and was reminded how people from all over the planet have respect and worship trees. there is a lot of interesting symbolism. for example, they are both the masculine and feminine (bearing fruit).  their roots grow down while their branches grow up, which means that they are a bridge that connects heaven and earth. when going into the underworld of shamanic journeying (meditations), a very common method for getting there is to find a tree, go inside and climb down through its roots (like the rabbit hole in alice in wonderland). also, in some cultures when people die, they believe  the soul climbs up the tree to heaven.  the human body is also like a tree. Our legs are roots, drawing energy up to flow through our bodies. to be a healthy human is to have the abundant energy that rises up from the earth flow unimpeded through our chakra system (which distributes  the energy outward) in the spinal column and up through the top of the head. In India, this is called kundalini energy and is described as a coiled up snake at the bottom of our spine. the path of healing is to uncoil that snake and draw it up through the body our out through the head. hospitals use this same symbol.there are 2 snakes (masculine and feminine) climbing up the staff.

the more i think about everything, the more i see that everything is interconnected. we are all reflections of each other. this can be seen and applied on so many levels. it is inspiring and i could go on, but then this may never end!


the magic tree is my new name for my creative adventures (which is magic like the world we live in). there are many branches to this tree, to accomodate all of the mediums i like to use. the henna branch is naturally called magic tree henna, which is this website.


( And what was my point?) since i have been working on my website, i have been thinking about henna a lot lately and realized that henna is actually a magic tree! it is a very special little tree; one who's leaves you can pick and grind into a powder, mix into a paste, paint on the body and leaves a beautiful stain behind. meanwhile, it was also used as a medicine for skin ailments and cooled the body temperature down in the deserts where it grows. this is magic, no?

magic is all around us! we are magic. we can make babies (i still am amazed by that on) as well as lots of other amazing things. when was it, along the way that we stopped relating to the amazing phenomenon of LIFE on earth as magic and then call this other something magic that is a show of illusion. It hit home when a friend said once that she didn't want to lie to her daughter when she asked if the tooth fairy was real because she does not like we are passing by the magic that surrounds us all the time and trading it in for a "magic"  that is not real.

 I also read somewhere and loved: if you want to teach your children about magic, plant a garden! 

anyway, this is where I will end this thought adventure for now :) there is a beautiful drawing of the magic henna tree! Oh what fun it is to be human:)