Monday, January 26, 2015

Having some fun...defining and knowing thyself...or just some plan therapy

Step one...Use these shapes, pen and a piece of row place what ever shape you feel belong first for you and then the next and next till you have all five shapes used and in a row accordance to your preference. Read on...

Shape Your Talents  

Confused about what your strengths, skills, passions, and talents are?
  • Lack a clear focus?
  • Stuck in a rut?
  • Ready to start moving toward a more meaningful and fulfilling life?

Here is an art therapy exercise designed to help you become clearer about who you are, what 
you want, and the things you love to do without "perhaps" being consciously aware that you are doing so. 

This exercise unfolded as I played with the concepts and shapes described in Angeles Arrien’s book, Signs of Life: The Five Universal Shapes and How to Use Them. Angeles Arrien is an anthropologist, educator, and award-winning author. 

Meanings of Shapes:
Wholeness/unity. Person seeks space in which to develop. Needs independence/individuation. Fears entrapment/restriction. 

Stability. Person seeks solidarity/foundation/security/results. Needs consistency/accountability/completion. Fears that nothing will be accomplished or that one’s efforts will be wasted. 

Goals/dreams/visions. Person seeks self discovery/revelation. Needs to follow dreams. Fears that There may be no dreams to pursue. 

Relationship/integration. Person seeks balance/quality shared time. Needs connections/synthesis. Fears loss/abandonment/isolation 

Growth/change. Person seeks variety/novelty/change. Needs creativity/flexibility. Fears routine/repetitive tasks. 

Meaning of Positions: 

Number 1 represents: 
Where you think you currently are. This shape describes the part of you that you know best and with which you are most comfortable. 

Number 2 represents: 
Your strengths, skills, talents and passions. It symbolizes the areas of your Self that are currently strong, fluid, and resourceful. 

Number 3 represents: 
What is really going on in your life whether you are consciously aware of it or not. 

Number 4 represents: 
Your motivation. This shape furnishes clarifying information about what has provoked you to do things the way you do. 

Number 5 represents: 
Unfinished business. This is your least preferred shape because it indicates unresolved issues you wish to put aside. 

 OK now you have  that all figured out...try this....


  1. This is fascinating...I've saved it for reference...thanks


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