In Faces of Your Soul, Elise Dirlam Ching and Kaleo Ching combine art and archetypes, meditation and acupressure, guided imagery, journaling, and many different creative processes in a collage of healing knowledge and wisdom. The authors start by stressing the balance of complementary opposites—left brain/right brain, challenge/comfort, practicality/the sacred—as crucial to beginning the journey. Then through guided imagery, they lead readers through subconscious realms to connect with archetypal sources of inner wisdom. This process frees the creative and healing spirit, connecting explorers with the body's instinctive intelligence, which expresses itself through the creation of art. Central to this process is a detailed description of maskmaking—including how to work with a partner to mold each other's gauze mask—balanced with self-explorations of the inner experience of this event. Poetry, personal stories, photographs, and a gallery of Kaleo Ching's evocative totemic masks expand the reader's experience of this richly resonant journey to self.
"A groundbreaking, transformational shamanic guide!" —Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., founder fo the Acupressure Institute and author of Acupressure's Potent Points and Acupressure for Emotional Healing
"There is no other work that so eloquently speaks for the art and healing movement. It is rare that the holistic ideal of body-mind-spirit integration is so fully realized and so joyfully celebrated." —Michael Grady, chairperson of the Arts and Consciousness program, John F. Kennedy University
"This is a timeless and valuable treasure...an amazing resource for teachers, retreat facilitators, and any individual engaged in a creative spiritual process of self-development and global awareness." —Adriana Diaz, author of Freeing the Creative Spirit
Faces of Your Soul by Elise Dirlam Ching and Kaleo Ching; Foreword by Matthew Fox