Maria Weeks is creating 'The Beauty Way' through expressive art, writings and vlogs.
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"“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” By: Anaïs Nin

The Truth is:

The truth is, I am most contentedly creative when I am able to follow the whims of my heart expressively and to pick and choose my projects organically, moment by moment. Yet, when I am seeking ways to earn income, I tend to try and fit into the pre-fabricated boxes that society has provided for me, despite the fact that I run the risk of tragically losing access to an incredible font of creative beauty. This 'beauty way' project is my attempt to embrace my truth rather than trying to continuously bury it. I recently heard the quote "I have to be in agreement with myself" and this is very important tenet of truth for me to remember as I continue this journey toward defining 'The Beauty Way" for myself, one creation and one moment at a time!

Expressive creativity leads the way:

I have a hard time denying that I have been called to honor the unendingly enticing and varied forms of expressive and therapeutic arts. This work often reminds me of the joys of kindergarten-like, expressive play. Yet, I have oftentimes also felt tortured and tangled by the sense that creative people are not practical and therefore unworthy of financial support and prosperity. 

I am finally coming to realize that I find the greatest sense of inner peace when I come to allow myself to explore creativity freely.

What led me to creative freedom:

While experiencing difficult and painful experiences as a child, I found I had a hard time sharing my inner self with other people. I was often forlorn and introverted and sought refuge in books, academia and isolation. I found that I felt safer when I was not seen or heard by many people and this way of being kept me locked within for a long time.

Thankfully, there was one oasis where my tendencies to withdraw fell away as a child. That place was at my Grandparents' home. There, I was allowed to dance to records spinning on the record player in the living room while they clapped and applauded me. My Grandma encouraged me to spill out a box of crayons and draw to my heart's content and she taught me to sew and garden, cook and pray. My Grandpa encouraged me to roller skate and enjoy the outdoors. Both of my Grandparents even swayed back and forth as I sang to them in the car and they made special requests from me. Their peaceable lives and  authentic embrace worked wonders on me, even midst life's inherent difficulties.

Later, as a young and newly-married wife of a musician, I had the chance to immerse myself in the heavy metal music scene.  Though I still hid behind a veil, and obscured myself from publicity to a degree, I enjoyed the edges of fame and had a blast helping propel the musicians I met toward their dreams. I found I liked booking shows, creating and distributing promotional materials and acting as a roadie on tour. I even opened a small record label which saw some minor success, but I mostly liked that I could grow close to living the dream without the fear of getting scalded by my own doubts over my own self worth. During that time, I marveled at the courage other people possessed when they stormed the stage of life and allowed themselves to shine radiantly as musicians. It was stunning to me to see how some people could boldly step across the boundary lands between the realms of commonplace and the path of their dreams.

After a sudden and unexpected divorce, I went to school to complete a bachelors degree in expressive/therapeutic arts. The entire premise of the degree was to urge each of us, as  students, to trust ourselves enough to open up and share our own unique and precious truths through painting, drawing, dancing, writing, nature exploration, drama, writing and poetry. The idea was to learn how to use the many healing tools so we could help others to heal through self expression and creativity. It was one of the first times since I was at my Grandparent's house as a child that anyone encouraged me to bring my gifts to others more publicly. It was awkward at first, but as I got the ball rolling I realized the blessed importance of suspending self-judgment, setting a positive intention and just playing into creativity.

A whole new journey awaited:

During the expressive and therapeutic art degree, I met and fell in love with an intuitively wise man and he taught me so much about the importance of following our organic callings. He led the charge in creating this amazing art studio called the 'Anunnaki Asylum Studio' in an old casket factory. There in a communal art setting, streaming curtains trailing in the breeze of the open warehouse windows welcomed the other artists and musicians into our space.  Everywhere we turned we had a variety of art materials and we continually enjoyed a vastly eclectic variety of music to fuel our inspiration. We honored our own unique creative callings and yet we also each felt encouraged and nurtured by the warm embrace of the other vagabond artists we ran into gigantic space. It was difficult to live on the fringe of financial poverty, in the frigid cold and occasional creative isolation, but as outsider artists by nature this wisely creative man and I (and our 5 cats) felt utterly free. When the casket factory was closed down, we chose to move our studio to a place formerly called 'The Grotto' which we decided to call 'The Asylum' and there we tried to bring the joys of art making to my new boyfriend's family. It was tough to secure the place and tough to hold onto it financially because it was bigger and costlier than the studios we were used to renting, yet it drew us into it's charm and we fell in love with the giant storefront windows, cream city brick and gorgeous Frank Lloyd Wright glass transom.

During that time I decided to continue my academic journey by completing a masters of science degree in Thanatology, which is the study of death and dying. It felt at times like a liberating spiritual pathway and at other times I felt like I was wrestling with my most fearfully sorrowful 'demons'. Much of the time I used the expressive and therapeutic arts I learned along the way to heal as I came to terms with the many hard truths about death, loss, grief and the unknown.

As I wrapped up the studies, my boyfriend and I both fell tragically into a very dark place in life. Several of our closest loved ones began dying one by one through natural means and we were inconsolably lost to our own darkness for several years each. Though we struggled, we tried to continue to hold onto the threads of our lives and struggled to continue creating even though much of what we did was from a place of deep grief. 

Now that we have come through that dark vortex, I am in the middle of completing a second degree in counseling. I decided if I can bring all of the knowledge and wisdom I learned from a lifetime of journeying through the darkness and back into the light, I would be able to really bless others with my unique gifts. I recognize that every step of this entire journey has helped me to define 'The Beauty Way' for myself moment by moment.

I hope that I have learned to find value in myself and my work and to be able to trust and creatively free fall into having the faith that all that I have learned might inspire, teach, lead, guide and encourage other people toward their own levels of personal freedom while opening myself fearlessly to sharing in the hopes of finding prosperity along the pathways of the journey! 

What I will offer my patrons:

You will be enveloped by the warm fuzzy feeling that you are playing a part in the emergence of an utterly honoring creative healing journey and you will reap the full blossoms as they unfurl. 

As patrons, you will gain exclusive access to all of my creative outpourings including (but not limited to):

* Intuitive art, music and poetry made while embodying expressive/therapeutic art philosophies
* Expressive podcasts, workshops and worksheets which guide you to try the activities at home
* Introspective blog posts illuminating the pathways and the journey
* Exclusive access to art prints, healing decks of cards and other special original creations
* Entertaining and expressive video shorts (including animation, stop motion and puppetry)
* Any other random creative expression as it flows organically!!!)

Thank you:

I feel so utterly honored by all of the support of each and every patron! It fuels my inner light, builds my faith in humanity and affirms my very essence and  being!  If you would like to learn more about me, my art or my expressive journey you can visit my website at: https://mariaweeks.weebly.com/


Tiers
Welcome healers
$1 or more per month
Thank you so much! Patrons who choose this tier will gain access to my Patreon feed which will include blogs posts that provide insights into the process of creating art and healing using the expressive and therapeutic arts, ecopsychology & Indigenous spiritual practices. You will also receive much gratitude!
Art Aficionado
$5 or more per month
I am so grateful to each of you!  Patrons contributing at this tier will receive the 'healers tier' PLUS access to videos discussing the healing practices and fine art techniques used to make the art including expressive and therapeutic art and ecopsychology philosophies as well as Indigenous spiritual practices.
Happy art heroes
$10 or more per month
At this beautifully generous tier you will receive the 'healers tier', the 'art aficionado tier' plus  little monthly surprises and trinkets sent to you in the mail (stickers, art cards, healing activities featuring the art made in the videos and featured in the blogs).
Seeker of art
$30 or more per month
It is so beautiful to feel all of this support! At this level you will receive the 'healers tier', the 'art aficionado' and 'happy art heroes' tiers plus you will receive one 8 1/2" x 11" fine art print of your choice monthly! You can choose from all of my completed works and the art will arrive in the mail monthly! As an added perk, I will make a donation to the National Forest Foundation on your behalf that they will use to plant 25 trees on your behalf & this donation will earn you two issues of the National Forest Magazine!
Heart of a Healer
$50 or more per month
I am truly grateful for all of you who choose this tier! At this level you will receive all of the perks of the lower tiers (the blog, the videos, the stickers/surprises & a monthly art print of your choice), PLUS you will receive one 32 card deck of healing art cards annually. The cards are high gloss full color images on flexible card stock and the back of each card features a healing activity you can try yourself or facilitate to a group. The decks come in a special draw string bag for easy storage. You will see the cards as they are made as you follow the blog and videos. The first deck will arrive the first month when you sign up as a patron!
Mega fan or art collector
$100 or more per month only 2 left
Wow I feel so honored by those of you who chose to support the arts at this tier!  The patrons who are this generous will receive all of the perks of all of the tiers above (including the blog, videos, stickers/surprises, monthly fine art print and deck of healing art cards) plus I will make you one commissioned original 16" x 20" fine art oil painting annually using a photo of your choice to create the painting in the photorealistic style!!! I am limiting this perk to 2 people per year to assure I can complete the work!!!
Goals
$0 of $2,000 per month
When I earn $2000 a month I will be wholly supported financially.This amount of income will cover all of my needs and make me feel secure and actualized and will allow me to feel sure that I can keep my home studio up and running. This level of support will broaden my courage and allow me to focus on finishing my books. One is documenting the journey I went on to define  'The Beauty Way' and another is a book about the memoirs of my time with my recently departed Grandma.  When these books are completed, I will then add them as a reward tiers for my patrons!
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"“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom” By: Anaïs Nin

The Truth is:

The truth is, I am most contentedly creative when I am able to follow the whims of my heart expressively and to pick and choose my projects organically, moment by moment. Yet, when I am seeking ways to earn income, I tend to try and fit into the pre-fabricated boxes that society has provided for me, despite the fact that I run the risk of tragically losing access to an incredible font of creative beauty. This 'beauty way' project is my attempt to embrace my truth rather than trying to continuously bury it. I recently heard the quote "I have to be in agreement with myself" and this is very important tenet of truth for me to remember as I continue this journey toward defining 'The Beauty Way" for myself, one creation and one moment at a time!

Expressive creativity leads the way:

I have a hard time denying that I have been called to honor the unendingly enticing and varied forms of expressive and therapeutic arts. This work often reminds me of the joys of kindergarten-like, expressive play. Yet, I have oftentimes also felt tortured and tangled by the sense that creative people are not practical and therefore unworthy of financial support and prosperity. 

I am finally coming to realize that I find the greatest sense of inner peace when I come to allow myself to explore creativity freely.

What led me to creative freedom:

While experiencing difficult and painful experiences as a child, I found I had a hard time sharing my inner self with other people. I was often forlorn and introverted and sought refuge in books, academia and isolation. I found that I felt safer when I was not seen or heard by many people and this way of being kept me locked within for a long time.

Thankfully, there was one oasis where my tendencies to withdraw fell away as a child. That place was at my Grandparents' home. There, I was allowed to dance to records spinning on the record player in the living room while they clapped and applauded me. My Grandma encouraged me to spill out a box of crayons and draw to my heart's content and she taught me to sew and garden, cook and pray. My Grandpa encouraged me to roller skate and enjoy the outdoors. Both of my Grandparents even swayed back and forth as I sang to them in the car and they made special requests from me. Their peaceable lives and  authentic embrace worked wonders on me, even midst life's inherent difficulties.

Later, as a young and newly-married wife of a musician, I had the chance to immerse myself in the heavy metal music scene.  Though I still hid behind a veil, and obscured myself from publicity to a degree, I enjoyed the edges of fame and had a blast helping propel the musicians I met toward their dreams. I found I liked booking shows, creating and distributing promotional materials and acting as a roadie on tour. I even opened a small record label which saw some minor success, but I mostly liked that I could grow close to living the dream without the fear of getting scalded by my own doubts over my own self worth. During that time, I marveled at the courage other people possessed when they stormed the stage of life and allowed themselves to shine radiantly as musicians. It was stunning to me to see how some people could boldly step across the boundary lands between the realms of commonplace and the path of their dreams.

After a sudden and unexpected divorce, I went to school to complete a bachelors degree in expressive/therapeutic arts. The entire premise of the degree was to urge each of us, as  students, to trust ourselves enough to open up and share our own unique and precious truths through painting, drawing, dancing, writing, nature exploration, drama, writing and poetry. The idea was to learn how to use the many healing tools so we could help others to heal through self expression and creativity. It was one of the first times since I was at my Grandparent's house as a child that anyone encouraged me to bring my gifts to others more publicly. It was awkward at first, but as I got the ball rolling I realized the blessed importance of suspending self-judgment, setting a positive intention and just playing into creativity.

A whole new journey awaited:

During the expressive and therapeutic art degree, I met and fell in love with an intuitively wise man and he taught me so much about the importance of following our organic callings. He led the charge in creating this amazing art studio called the 'Anunnaki Asylum Studio' in an old casket factory. There in a communal art setting, streaming curtains trailing in the breeze of the open warehouse windows welcomed the other artists and musicians into our space.  Everywhere we turned we had a variety of art materials and we continually enjoyed a vastly eclectic variety of music to fuel our inspiration. We honored our own unique creative callings and yet we also each felt encouraged and nurtured by the warm embrace of the other vagabond artists we ran into gigantic space. It was difficult to live on the fringe of financial poverty, in the frigid cold and occasional creative isolation, but as outsider artists by nature this wisely creative man and I (and our 5 cats) felt utterly free. When the casket factory was closed down, we chose to move our studio to a place formerly called 'The Grotto' which we decided to call 'The Asylum' and there we tried to bring the joys of art making to my new boyfriend's family. It was tough to secure the place and tough to hold onto it financially because it was bigger and costlier than the studios we were used to renting, yet it drew us into it's charm and we fell in love with the giant storefront windows, cream city brick and gorgeous Frank Lloyd Wright glass transom.

During that time I decided to continue my academic journey by completing a masters of science degree in Thanatology, which is the study of death and dying. It felt at times like a liberating spiritual pathway and at other times I felt like I was wrestling with my most fearfully sorrowful 'demons'. Much of the time I used the expressive and therapeutic arts I learned along the way to heal as I came to terms with the many hard truths about death, loss, grief and the unknown.

As I wrapped up the studies, my boyfriend and I both fell tragically into a very dark place in life. Several of our closest loved ones began dying one by one through natural means and we were inconsolably lost to our own darkness for several years each. Though we struggled, we tried to continue to hold onto the threads of our lives and struggled to continue creating even though much of what we did was from a place of deep grief. 

Now that we have come through that dark vortex, I am in the middle of completing a second degree in counseling. I decided if I can bring all of the knowledge and wisdom I learned from a lifetime of journeying through the darkness and back into the light, I would be able to really bless others with my unique gifts. I recognize that every step of this entire journey has helped me to define 'The Beauty Way' for myself moment by moment.

I hope that I have learned to find value in myself and my work and to be able to trust and creatively free fall into having the faith that all that I have learned might inspire, teach, lead, guide and encourage other people toward their own levels of personal freedom while opening myself fearlessly to sharing in the hopes of finding prosperity along the pathways of the journey! 

What I will offer my patrons:

You will be enveloped by the warm fuzzy feeling that you are playing a part in the emergence of an utterly honoring creative healing journey and you will reap the full blossoms as they unfurl. 

As patrons, you will gain exclusive access to all of my creative outpourings including (but not limited to):

* Intuitive art, music and poetry made while embodying expressive/therapeutic art philosophies
* Expressive podcasts, workshops and worksheets which guide you to try the activities at home
* Introspective blog posts illuminating the pathways and the journey
* Exclusive access to art prints, healing decks of cards and other special original creations
* Entertaining and expressive video shorts (including animation, stop motion and puppetry)
* Any other random creative expression as it flows organically!!!)

Thank you:

I feel so utterly honored by all of the support of each and every patron! It fuels my inner light, builds my faith in humanity and affirms my very essence and  being!  If you would like to learn more about me, my art or my expressive journey you can visit my website at: https://mariaweeks.weebly.com/


Recent posts by Maria Weeks

Tiers
Welcome healers
$1 or more per month
Thank you so much! Patrons who choose this tier will gain access to my Patreon feed which will include blogs posts that provide insights into the process of creating art and healing using the expressive and therapeutic arts, ecopsychology & Indigenous spiritual practices. You will also receive much gratitude!
Art Aficionado
$5 or more per month
I am so grateful to each of you!  Patrons contributing at this tier will receive the 'healers tier' PLUS access to videos discussing the healing practices and fine art techniques used to make the art including expressive and therapeutic art and ecopsychology philosophies as well as Indigenous spiritual practices.
Happy art heroes
$10 or more per month
At this beautifully generous tier you will receive the 'healers tier', the 'art aficionado tier' plus  little monthly surprises and trinkets sent to you in the mail (stickers, art cards, healing activities featuring the art made in the videos and featured in the blogs).
Seeker of art
$30 or more per month
It is so beautiful to feel all of this support! At this level you will receive the 'healers tier', the 'art aficionado' and 'happy art heroes' tiers plus you will receive one 8 1/2" x 11" fine art print of your choice monthly! You can choose from all of my completed works and the art will arrive in the mail monthly! As an added perk, I will make a donation to the National Forest Foundation on your behalf that they will use to plant 25 trees on your behalf & this donation will earn you two issues of the National Forest Magazine!
Heart of a Healer
$50 or more per month
I am truly grateful for all of you who choose this tier! At this level you will receive all of the perks of the lower tiers (the blog, the videos, the stickers/surprises & a monthly art print of your choice), PLUS you will receive one 32 card deck of healing art cards annually. The cards are high gloss full color images on flexible card stock and the back of each card features a healing activity you can try yourself or facilitate to a group. The decks come in a special draw string bag for easy storage. You will see the cards as they are made as you follow the blog and videos. The first deck will arrive the first month when you sign up as a patron!
Mega fan or art collector
$100 or more per month only 2 left
Wow I feel so honored by those of you who chose to support the arts at this tier!  The patrons who are this generous will receive all of the perks of all of the tiers above (including the blog, videos, stickers/surprises, monthly fine art print and deck of healing art cards) plus I will make you one commissioned original 16" x 20" fine art oil painting annually using a photo of your choice to create the painting in the photorealistic style!!! I am limiting this perk to 2 people per year to assure I can complete the work!!!