AURORA LUNA WALSS

Psychotherapist Specialized in Prevention and Treatment of Trauma

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Let us start the day
full of your love,
so that all life
let us sing full of joy!

Psalm 90:14

How did you wake up today?

Each day represents a new beginning and therefore a new opportunity to think, feel, experience, decide, serve and love, however many times we do not realize the attitude with which we start life, connections, work and communication with the world and the people around us.

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Determined to make my own attitude conscious and to carry out a process in which I could add people to the personal work of reflection and introspection on a regular basis, I started a VISUAL DIARY IN MODELING.

CHOICE OF MATERIAL

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Choosing the material to work on represented the answer to the following premises:

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  • It had to be a material that was related to something new, just as it is every day.

  • It had to be a colored material, through which an immediate emotional connection could be made.

  • It had to be a material that required little preparation and that could be accessible right after waking up.

  • It should be a material that did not require particular storage

  • It had to be a high control material, according to Helen Landgarten's classification

  • It should be a material through which gross motor skills are worked on as a priority, since it would be used right when waking up

  • It should be a flexible and stimulating material to the touch

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The answer to these premises was covered by the MOLDABLE FOAMI, which can be purchased in small individually packaged portions and which allows handling in a very simple way, it is odorless, non-toxic, does not dirty hands or the surfaces it touches. It dries quickly and both before being used and after being molded, it can be stored without further complication, it does not require refrigeration, darkness or specific care.

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INTUITIVE PROCESS START

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Every night I leave on my bureau (night table) a small bag with the material that I will use the next morning, just when I wake up. In the morning, I open the bag still in bed and start to manipulate the foami, this refreshes the palms of my hands, awakens the sense of touch and invites me to become aware of the strength of the muscles of my fingers, the flexibility of my bones and connection to my own arms through movement.

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Little by little, the form emerges without being thought, imagined or reflected, the movement is intuitive and I simply "let whatever has to arise", until I feel that the product is finished.

Many times I avoid looking at what I do and let myself be carried away only by touch, I caress the dough and scan my face, to realize if I press my mouth, smile, worry or am I really letting myself be carried away by manipulation and sensory experience .

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When I feel that I have finished, I place the figure on my desk and let it dry while I get ready to take a bath and start my activities in the morning, to later collect this work and join it to those already created, then defining its own name and then , the verse and personal reflection that I will associate with it.

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CONTINUATION OF THE COGNITIVE AND VERBAL PROCESS

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Each figure created represents a day of my life, that's why I take one by one with special interest, I observe it and feel it again with my hands, trying to make her tell me her name, the meaning of her creation and perhaps a message to my conscience. I close my eyes, touch it and pass it between my fingers, remembering the dawn of that day. Most of the time I remember what happened in the day, the recent events, my closest affections, as well as the encounters and disagreements in my interpersonal relationships. I make this count by entrusting my mind, my emotions and my hands to God, remembering that He is the Creator of the Universe and that I was made in his image and likeness. For this reason, I believe that the ability to model the life that was given to me is implicit in my being and is expressed through the movement of my fingers in each of these small figures.

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One of the things that makes me very happy when I see the products that I show, is to realize that my personal life prevails in the creations, and that the material allowed me to reflect with my body on my affections, far beyond what occupies the greatest part of my time, which is work.

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The act of naming each figure is then a kinesthetic, sensory, but also symbolic and cognitive process, taking into account the Continuum of Expressive Therapies.

After the encounter with "the name" comes a reflection on the messages, thoughts and ideas that came to my mind while the name arose in consciousness. During this first month of creation, there were themes common to the days of creation: motherhood, being a woman, being a wife, service in the family.

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EMOTIONAL PROCESS

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Emotions are implicit throughout the creative process and range from the enormous joy that I feel every time I touch the dough, I feel its always fresh temperature, the enthusiasm to create invades me and my hands begin to play. Afterwards, there is a deep satisfaction that becomes daily throughout the month of work, it is so gratifying to have a set of small works of my own, unique creations that highlight my life, my movement, my connection with existence. A sweet complicity between the material and me, they excite me to continue each day with something different and new. I go through the stereotypical ways, and then, sometimes and only sometimes, feel like I did something different, something truly new.

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Looking for the names of each of the figures, it causes me a delicious and fun feeling of curiosity, I want to name them in such a way that only I know the reason for that name and so many possibilities come to mind, that I end up laughing out loud with myself, having real moments of happiness. Then, go in search of biblical verses that are linked to the reasons for each name, powerful and transforming messages full of hope, reflection and sweet comfort, which make me feel grateful, full of hope and renewed happy.

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The process that I present is part of the expressive need that has always accompanied my life, it is still an unfinished process, I have no idea yet when and how I will feel that this project is ready and complete, however the adventure is a great joy, which will be nurtured by showing it, by showing it to you.

I want you to share my privacy and enjoy it as much as I do.

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"Whatever happens, the sun will rise tomorrow."

Paul gauguin

Visual Diary, Month 1
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-Even the darkest night will end, and the sun will rise. -
Victor Hugo.

Visual Diary, Month 2
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Procesos Creativos en
Terapia Informada en el Trauma