From Wikipedia — Kintsugi: (Japanese: golden joinery) is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise. (Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kintsugi)

It is the last sentence of this definition — “As a philosophy it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.” — which is the key to Kintsugi Living and the Kintsugi Living Method.

Art + words as tools for healing have been something I have employed in my own life and used with my beloveds for quite some time now. Anyone who has ever worked with me has undergone my SIPP: Signature Initial Purge Page. SIPP is, in a nutshell, a creative exercise whereby you basically write out the soul of what’s bothering you right in that present moment and then cover it up with art and make it beautiful again. This is the one creative activity that everyone I come into contact is guided to do. Many of the activities throughout our time together are built around this one exercise.

But why is that so important?

Because it employs the very basics of the principle of the Japanese art form known as kintsugi. You see…I tell you to write down all of your woes and then cover it up with paint and marker and gesso and collage and all manner of mixed media. However, I also tell you to allow some of the text to peek through. I don’t want you to completely cover the memory, thereby forgetting it; rather, I want you to extract the wisdom — the jewels — from the experience. And by having some of the angry words peeking through the beautiful artwork, we are constantly reminded of the lessons from that time in our lives.

That is Kintsugi Living in its simplest form…

It is realizing that those troubling moments are actually the lacquer — the golden joinery — which ties our past to our present and allows us to live abundantly. It is using those golden pathways as our road map to an abundant life. Yet as simple as the Kintsugi Living Method is, it is also equally complex. The hardest part being learning not to sweep the hard bits of your life out the door. And that’s where I come in…

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