I have an amazing group of friends who I can dance with, drum with, & drink fabulous bottles of wine as we laugh, cry, & share together. They’re more than friends; they’re mentors each in their own way, stretching me intellectually & spiritually. So when one of them suggested that each of us make a Truth Box, stirring creativity into the soup with our intellects & spirits, I was intrigued. I never heard of a Truth Box before. Ellen explained that it is a shoebox decorated by the owner to symbolize her truth about herself, using whatever materials inspire her. Then, each other member of our clan will contribute a small object to place in the box, the “truth” about the receiver as the giver sees it.
For example, one woman selected aromatherapy candles for each of us based on traits she saw in us. Her vision of me was revealed in the name of the fragrant purple candle I received– Creativity.
This bitterly cold January day is the perfect opportunity to go within… deep into the womb of my home (my art studio)… and deep within myself to reflect on what each friend means to me. I began with a meditation on an individual, focusing on her name & image in my mind. Thus inspired, I selected imagery, textiles, & patterns to represent the “truth” from the rich variety of materials I’ve collected over the years. Intuition reigned during this part of the process. Once materials were chosen, I let intellect rule so I could make decisions about composition & edit the materials that didn’t resonate as strongly as others. At first, I considered this activity a balancing act between the aspects of self– head, heart, & hands… but upon further reflection, it feels more like being on a child’s swing, flying through the air in a giant arc. At times reaching high toward spirit then dipping through intellect before swinging to the opposite height where emotions reside. What started out as an intriguing art activity ultimately became a magical, sacred act, expressing the connection between me & each of the women in my clan.
I know “truth” is multilayered, never complete & ever-revealing…like the wonderful friendships I have with these special women.