The Evolutionary Process Of A Woman

 In General

The Evolutionary Process of A Woman Through Art

 

 

As a child, I was always creative and grew up playing the piano.

My great grandfather was a tradesman and owned his own company in Johannesburg, doing woodwork after World War One.

 

Our family piano was hand-crafted by him and gifted to my mother.

 

My great grandmother was one of the women who finally got the RIGHT TO VOTE.
And so, SHE DID.

 

For years as I focused on my academics and work, I put art and creativity on the back burner of Life and stopped playing the piano altogether.

 

Then at about 35yrs old, I felt that Inner Call.

This Loud, creative call to express myself through paint.

 

It started with simple journaling and very quickly evolved onto canvas.

 

I paint intuitively and primarily with my hands.

 

As I have evolved within myself, so has my art.

 

9 years later, at 44 yrs old, this one materialized.

 

 

As you scroll down, you will notice a clear difference between “then” and Now.

 

Through my own phases of growth & Life itself, my art has definitely evolved.

 

I worked on these two for a few months.

A balance of masculine and feminine.

 

We all have both inside of us in some way.

 

The one on the left feels like my alignment.

 

My North Star

 

To remain True to myself , my Values and what I put into the world.

 

The one on the right feels like a container, a type of space holder both for myself and others who enter my space.

 

Alignment for me is this.

 

My decision to leave healthcare and work for myself in the world of conflict resolution, mediation, stress management & wellness was primarily influenced by Muhammad Yunus.

 

A man who won the Nobel Peace Prize in Bangladesh.
He was a school teacher and wanted to help Bangladeshi women out of poverty.

 

He knew that their biggest challenge was having no access to finance or bank support.

 

Knowing what he knew, he chose to invest in women.

 

With zero knowledge of the financial industry but understanding the needs of the people, he started a small microloan project for women.
He lent them small amounts of money with an agreed payment plan to help them get financially self-reliant.

 

This small idea rippled to a Nobel Peace Prize and Grameen bank.

 

It wasn’t a charity.

He didn’t give the money away freely.

 

He granted small loans and helped these women build self-sufficient small businesses.

 

He taught them what they needed to know in order to look after themselves and their families.

 

From being a school teacher, he now owns the largest bank in Bangladesh.
This was the dawn of social impact entrepreneurship.❤

Doing business in a way that helped others grow.

 

That understanding is my Why.

 

That knowledge is what keeps me in Alignment with my own values.

It keeps me congruent with myself.

 

Healthcare professionals  & Yoga teachers often want to help everyone, but the most important thing is realising the world population is approximately 7.8 Billion People. (7,800,000,000 people).

 

Take some time to consider that and what alignment means for you.

 

Why are you doing what you’re doing?

 

What is the big picture of your impact?

 

What is your Internal North Star?

 

Beyond the waves and trends of mass media and marketing, what are you actually contributing to in Life, and what are you in support of?

 

 

Two years later, that evolved into another layer.

 

Embodiment Completion Self-Portrait

 

Fullness

Wholeness

Harmony

 

Living Breathing Human Beingness.

Being MySelf

Comfort In Sacred Skin.

 

I am That I am.

 

45 years young.

 

Paradoxically, simplicity & complexity at the same time.

Assertive and Compassionate at the same time.

 

This one is my most recent painting showing up fully.

 

 

The Power Of Now.

Now I’ve painted her.

 

Eagle Woman

SHE was painted over a few months after spending time in Brunei Rainforest.

 

Both the Phoenix and Garuda, half human-half bird, is steeped in legend.

 

Garuda is the King of Birds and national emblem to both Thailand and Indonesia.
Phoenix rises from ashes.

 

The Dragon is the Spirit of Transcendence which soars above the clouds into Freedom.

 

This 2 m canvas mixed media combines various elements of Asian tradition, philosophy & symbolism.

 

Look closely; you’ll see the legs of a woman and the body of an eagle ❤

 

 

Perhaps there is a similarity to this one?

 

 

I will say when it comes to our bodies and creative expression, you will obviously get all kinds of opinions depending on the observer/viewer.

 

In my own case with this photography above, most of the feedback was encouraging and appreciative.

Thankfully Many people found this beautiful.

 

My intention was to Inspire Our Creativity.

 

I did receive some MEAN & RUDE criticism from women who viewed it as me “having an image”.

Bullying is, of course, an option in life.

 

Unfortunately, sometimes it’s easier to knock each other down or silence each other, rather than RAISING EACH OTHER UPWARDS and LIFTING our SPIRITS.

 

Understand Culture, Understand People.

 

 

Societal Truth.

 

 

After many years of working in healthcare, Yoga, conflict resolution and mediation, I know that people with healthy self-esteem and healthy self-confidence RAISE EACH OTHER UPWARDS.

To show up FULLY &  then navigate societal criticism;  BOTH knowing yourself  VERY well & Resilience is required.

 

 

My Choice is to LIFT OUR SPIRITS.

 

THAT is my Nature and the Nature of this business.

 

By Nature, I am caring & affectionate.

Known as sincere warm-heartedness.

Hence people Choose to work with me.

 

For that I am grateful.

 

TRUTH: REALIZE

 

Many of us are tired of a fear-based abusive style of leadership.

 

As a well experienced and well-qualified woman, I came to Canada to contribute & experience The Beauty of Canada.

Which I have been DOING.

 

I did not come to Canada to be bullied, harassed or be treated like a societal doormat.

 

Regardless of how busy we may be, I BELIEVE in treating people with kindness and fairness.

 

Regardless of the criticism, bullying & harassment in the year 2021 (which I will say surprised me), I CHOSE to continue expressing my voice through paint, publishing and online mentorship of my students.

 

The Power of NOW.

 

NOW I’ve seen it and I’ve said it.

 

Hopefully, that Inspires other women to do so too.

 

My Voice of Reason being, if we all remain silent about that which is important to us, minimal societal progress will be made,  which ultimately means common ground, reconciliation & consensus will not be found amongst people.

I care about this and it IS IMPORTANT for All of us.

 

Consensus is important.

 

Thankfully the Silver Lining and Golden Thread Being, I have also met truly Wonderful people with good good Hearts.

More of  THAT  is Welcome.

 

Canada & The World is a Cultural Mosaic, therefore Regardless of your culture, the Good-Hearted are Welcome.

 

For 2022 I am looking forward to more Good Hearted people choosing personal growth working with me.

Yay! Exciting Times.

 

Forest Woman

A canvas painted after 10 days in the Brunei Rainforest with a British survivalist guide.

 

 

 

 

 

She was gifted to an Osteopath & Chiropractor in Brunei.

A little bit of connection to the Forest for her and her clients.

She really liked it when I showed her, so she got it as a gift.

 

 

 

Happy to say she’s still there for these wonderful people 🙂
Look on the wall.

 

 

Can You See?

 

These two I did within a few days of leaving the Monastery in Thailand after 21 days of intensive meditation, sensory deprivation, silence and fasting.

 

 

The first one I called, “Can you see?” The second one has no name.

 

It’s something Universal within each of us.

 

The Tao

 

That which cannot be named.

 

I often paint and leave the art in places I love or give it to people who have impacted me somehow.

 

I’ve left art all over the world now.
Coffee shops, hospitals, doctors rooms.

The first one is in a coffee shop near the monastery in Northern Thailand.

 

The second one I gave to a young Israeli monk I met at the Monastery.

 

He had been diagnosed with kidney cancer at 11yrs old.
After chemo was unsuccessful, his mom took him to the Monastery.

 

He stayed there, followed the instructions of the Monks and made a full recovery.
I met him as he was preparing to leave Thailand and return to Israel.

 

A little token of kindness and a reminder to never forget Our Universal Connection 🌐♦️

 

 

Before an Anchor can ever be raised it must be let go.

 

This amalgamates an art journal page, a deepwater wreck dive, a photo of my own breath and bubbles underwater.

 

 

No name. Created during quiet time.

 

My favourite thing about art and creative expression is the other woman I share that time with.

 

We have A Way of connecting in a very different way that cannot fully be explained in words, and perhaps more importantly, need not be explained at all.

 

Each woman has her own personal experience of these moments.

 

 

As individuals, Women all over the world are choosing education, personal growth and career development.

 

We want to learn; We want to grow; We want to improve ourselves; We want to contribute to the BIGGER PICTURE OF SOCIETY.

 

Keeping in mind with a degree in economics, I realize the world is both local and global.

 

This is what I love most about my work.

 

High-value education doesn’t have to be in a formal setting.

 

 

It can totally be done in a way where people receive the knowledge, relate it to themselves, and share from their perspective in a calm, welcoming environment.

 

While I am a qualified healthcare professional, qualified educator, mediator and competent in conflict resolution and being Yogini, I get to teach practical, wholesome, and helpful information.

 

 

I also get to Listen, and more than anything, I value seeing people heal by doing their inner work and choosing to THRIVE.

 

 

To Heal & Thrive, people, need to be HEARD ❤🙏♦️

 

A safe container provides that opportunity.

 

 

GOOD LEADERS HOLD SPACE FOR DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

 

GOOD LEADERS ARE GOOD LISTENERS

 

GOOD LEADERS EVOLVE

HEALTHY LEADERSHIP HAS INTERCONNECTED THINKING AND IS EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT

 

 

Process, Reflect, Evolve 🌐
These photos are precisely that.

 

Interestingly enough, part of my own education and personal growth process has now also included woodwork through Mohawk College.

 

 

 

Ultimately, when we choose to do the inner work on ourselves, we choose a specific person to do that with.

 

My viewpoint is, it all starts with individual choices at different stages of Life itself.

 

Given that I read The Wallstreet Journal and am aware of a trade deal involving the build of 8 nuclear submarines, I currently have GREAT CONCERN for the future wellbeing of Humanity.

 

If we DO NOT choose to EVOLVE and move towards INNER HARMONY, which ripples out to OUTER HARMONY

 

Our Humanity is at risk.

 

My process and choice to Evolve started with ME and the Spirit of my Own Passion.

 

Surround Yourself With Beauty

 

She was gifted to a doctor in Jerudong Hospital for her and her patients to enjoy.

 

Spirit of My Passion

 

She is my first painting and was gifted to a doctor in South Africa for him and his patients to enjoy.

 

 

 

These women above chose to work with me and made the same choice.

 

So can YOU.

 

Looking forward to working with more good-hearted people doing their INNER WORK, working towards HARMONY, RECONCILIATION and PEACE OF MIND for ALL OF US.

 

OUR Boat of Humanity, and Crew, so to speak.

 

 

 

Thankfully with the internet, you can easily work with me online.

 

Women in the UK have chosen to do that.

 

You can also book your private retreat in Norfolk County Ontario

Or make your appointment for your Thai Yoga Bodywork relaxation massage and speak to me about things then.

 

 

Mediator, Author, Artist, Speaker, Trainer, Consultant & Human Being: Colleen Glennis McClure

 

Leadership for Women and Men Willing to Listen

BODIES ARE SACRED

Looking forward to working with you

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