Dancing in the Shadows by Laura Bryannan

Chapter 10


Making masks can be a good way to get in touch with hidden emotions and awareness buried in the psyche. As you contemplate a particular "face," new ideas and feelings will come to the surface. Some survivors are quite amazed at the power of the masks they have made. The mask can be drawn on paper, created with paper mache, or painted on a ceramic one bought at a craft store. There are several different ways to go, depending on what you want to explore.

Spend a few minutes contemplating the ideas presented below. Which mask seems the most appealing? Which one seems the most uncomfortable? Pick a mask you want to create; go with the idea that has some energy for you--one that seems exciting or fun, or scary and disturbing. Feel free to go with any other mask ideas you may think of. If you let your imagination have its way, you may be surprised at what wants to appear on it. A mask of yourself as the abused child, for example, may not want to have a mouth or eyes. The mask of your abuser may not even look human!

Whatever mask you decide to create, make sure you also create its counterpart to stay in balance with yourself. So, if you make a mask of the parts of you that you don't like, make a mask of the things you do like in yourself also.

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Last Updated: 1 feb 99
Laura Bryannan