Art Activity and Video Tutorial_Bilateral Squiggle Drawing

Dedication and Four Cornerstone Questions.

The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate commitment and establish a goal-oriented framework for this exploration.

A. To begin, open to the first page of your journal, and write the following dedication:

  • I acknowledge that by engaging in this work, I am now willing to take action to work through my grief.
  • I acknowledge grief is individual and unique.
  • I acknowledge there are no set stages for grief.
  • I acknowledge there are no answers or "solutions" to grief.
  • I agree to be forgiving, kind, and patient with myself, throughout this process.

B. Listen to the “Four Cornerstone Questions” Guided Meditation (optional). Then, write your responses to the following questions:

  1. What lesson is available in this?
  2. How might I grow from this experience?
  3. How might I benefit from growth in this area?
  4. What would be the greater purpose, in the context of my life?

Reflect on what you have written, and how it feels to write these statements.

C. Turn to a new page in your journal. Holding a pencil in both hands, create a squiggle drawing; simply allow your hands to move as frenetically or as calmly as you wish, but do not erase, make corrections, or lift your writing utensils from the page. Close your eyes, if it helps to keep yourself from worrying about how it looks.

When it feels natural, stop drawing and look at your scribble. Search for shapes in the tangled lines, like looking for shapes in the clouds. Outline these shapes with a drawing utensil, and color them (you may return to using your dominant hand for this). Identify as many shapes as you wish. When you feel it is done, complete and include the following statements in your journal.

  • I am _____.
  • I feel_______.
  • I need ________.
  • I have _______.
  • I wonder _________.
  • I hope ________.

(Templates for these response items are available in the "Handouts" module.)

(Rationale: Using both your dominant and non-dominant hand encourages bilateral stimulation of the brain, encouraging the integration of all aspects of experience. Squiggle drawings stimulate unconscious projections, allow for playfulness with familiar materials, and loosen resistances to image making due to product-oriented anxieties.)