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Visual literacy and its importance

Visual literacy refers to vision-competencies a human being can develop by seeing and integrating other sensory experiences. Its about perception, interpretation and what we can learn from images— a true linguistics tool.

If you spend an average amount of time on Instagram each day you are “consuming” more than 20,000 images and spending less than 1/2 a second with each image. We are not truly seeing images/ art for what they truly are. This can bleed into our disconnection with seeing our selves and others. These prompts are designed to both serve as a visual literacy tool as well as deepening your connection to your True Self image. As you engage with your images at a more contemplative pace you are also moving into a calm state—regulating your nervous system and activating a physiological healing experience.

Observe

Find a quiet private place to view your images. Doing this on a desktop computer rather than a phone or iPad is best. 
Slowly moving into a comfortable position begin noticing your body and your presence. Take 3 deep breaths - inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth audibly. Let your breath return to a normal rate. In silence begin to view your portraits. 

As you look through the collection notice 

  1. Recall your grounding phrase or word you identified at the shoot

  2. What thoughts are coming up

  3. What questions are the images leaving me with

  4. What memories are flashing 

Take a few minutes to journal or jot down your candid responses. No need to judge or filter. Observe the images and your responses, documenting your initial observations. 

Listen

In another sitting; perhaps a few days later:

Find a quiet private place to view your images. Doing this on a desktop computer rather than a phone or iPad is best. 

Slowly moving into a comfortable position begin noticing your body and your presence. In silence begin to view your portraits. 

Write down the words, phrases, lyrics that were a part of the Portrait Session that are coming to mind today. Select one or all to be a part of this interactive time. You can always do one now and the others in another sitting. 

Repeating your phrase or word under your breath, begin looking for an image that connects with the essence of that phrase or word. 

Once you select that image set a timer for 2 minutes. Focusing on the image and your phrase. Let the silence speak to you.

Journal or got down your reflections 



Conversate

In another sitting; perhaps a few days later:

Find a quiet private place to view your images. Doing this on a desktop computer rather than a phone or iPad is best. 

Slowly moving into a comfortable position begin noticing your body and your presence. In silence begin to view your portraits. 

As you scroll or hold your images select the one that seems to have the most energy connected with it: weather it’s positive or negative, selecting the one that seems to have something to say today. 

As you select the image begin to interact with as if you are in conversation with it. Introduce your self and then ask the image: 

  1. Who are you? 

You can continue asking who are you to continue to get different responses. Perhaps the image responds, “I am _______”

Journal or jot down what you are hearing. 

Thank the image for sharing and share any words that are coming up. Again, playing out a conversation. 

Create a closing remark and say goodbye. 

Release

In another sitting; perhaps a few days later:

Find a quiet private place to view your images. Doing this on a desktop computer rather than a phone or iPad is best. 

Slowly moving into a comfortable position begin noticing your body and your presence. In silence begin to view your portraits. 

As you scroll or hold your images select the one that seems to have the most energy connected with it: weather it’s positive or negative, selecting the one that seems to have something to say today. 

As you select the image notice if you have any negative ideas or judgments. Simply notice what your internal dialogue is saying. Write down the phrase.

If that phrase is not positive or true, are you willing to release it today? If so throw away or burn that note with the phrase on it.

Notice the visceral release and letting go of what might not serve you anymore.

Visio Divina | Letting God speak through art/ images