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What Does It Look Like?

What Does  "PRAYING IN PICTURES"  Look like?
One workshop participant shares 2 of her photo-journal pages with you!
Thanks, Sheila, for permission.
PS To learn more about Sheila, visit her inspiring website:

From: TheWholeTruthInc.com
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 22:10:43 -0400
Subject: Praying in Pictures I
To: lauralyn@embodysuccess.net

Photo: Sheila K. Smith (c)2009



I’ve always thought of the road less traveled as being dark and lonely. 

I was wrong.

It is bright green and clean summer air.

It is the sound of water and busy bugs.

It is the place where I have found health and peace.

It is the path that has returned me to home.


–Sheila K. Smith 8/16/2009





Photo: Sheila K. Smith (c)2009


What am I trying to understand?


I see quiet in this peaceful place.


How did I forget?


Wherever I am, God is.


Well, here I am and all is well.


Here I am breathing in the beautiful lake.


Taking breath step by step.



–Sheila K. Smith  8/15/2009








“If, Here You Have Found Freedom” mixed chorus & piano

  My Words Have Been Set to Music!!! (C)

By Lauralyn Bellamy

A fact that I only discovered tonight as I sought to update my YouTube site. It runs only 3:46 and is an extraordinary blending of music, imagery and words. I’ve written composer Wally KLEUCKER asking for the name of the producer of the video so we can give public acclaim to this gifted video artist. Please gift an upload of this video to any and all who will find serenity, comfort and/or healing in the listening…

   And in yet another demonstration of SYNCHRONICITY at work, my discovery of the existence of this music video came only after I announced to my fellow life coaches the coming-into-creation of a non-residential retreat center Spirit christenned DREAMHAVEN in which I will provide individual and SMALL group half- and all-day programs in "Praying in Pictures; the Art of Spiritual Development!"

Lovingly sent,




YouTube – "If, Here, You Have Found Freedom,"  mixed chorus and piano

Praying in Pictures; The Art of Spiritual Development (c)

For some it’s a rosary, others click off worry beads or clutch a crucifix…
For me, it’s holding a camera.
Each of these examples illustrate different doorways into the realm of spirituality – that interior place where we register the presence of awe and wonder.
When I hold a camera, I see my world anew; it is breathtaking in its grace, sensuality, complexity, its microscopic details and panoramic vistas. I see my world shifting  back and forth between its impermanent realism and its timeless witness to transient humanity in such rapid frequency as to transport me out of time altogether.
I practice what I call Expressive Theology – the conviction that my lifelong devotion to being in communion with the Absolute Mystery that sourced and sources all that is requires me to express my relationship with and questions for God through art media. As keenly as I cherish language and find joy and comfort in liturgy spoken and sung, there is a deep and abiding other part of me that must let go of language in order to speak in pictures.
My newest photo album on this blog , "Praying in Pictures; The Art of Spiritual Development(c)" has examples of what happens when I meditate with a camera. Go see it now!
Expressive Theology includes all non-verbal language forms of worship and dialogue with the divine, including dance, music, sculpture and art. 
Since 2004, it has been my privilege to conduct "Praying in Pictures(c)" workshops. These can be configured as a series of separate classes, a full weekend event, or a one day sampler. If you have a group of friends, a congregation, or a spiritual study group that would like to bring my workshop to your location, please contact me via email through the link below:
I also take a few souls every so often in private spiritual direction using art media. If you are interested in exploring your spiritual development with me individually through art and poetry, and are able and willing to come to Atlanta, OR have a digital camera capable of downloading your pictures onto your computer, and an online SKYPE #and we can meet on our private SKYPE call.
As a hospital-trained chaplain, I am devoted to multifaith ministry and guiding persons into an authentic spirituality that respects the integrity of their beliefs, from atheist to devout religious practitioner.
I wrote a letter to you about this at: www.yourchaplain.com/yourspirituality.htm
SKYPE is a free download, your personal SKYPE # is also free; and, once acquired, you will be able to call any other SKYPE # ANYWHERE in the world that has internet service FREE!!! I know it sounds too good to be true; but, it’s TRUE! To learn more, visit: http://www.skype.com .
What has spirituality got to do with stopping SELF-SABOTAGE? Ahhh, grasshopper, that’s the next chapter…

My “TRUE CONFESSIONS” are now online!

Actually, the magazine my article is in can be read online!

ORACLE 20-20 May issue can be accessed by clicking:


Next, simply click on the article’s title, "TRUE CONFESSIONS,"

et voila!


PSSST! You Can Read My “TRUE CONFESSIONS” in the May issue…

If you’re in the Southeast, you can pick up your FREE copy of
the May issue of ORACLE 20-20 magazine, now! Beginning on page 7
you’ll find my article, "TRUE CONFESSIONS."
If you can’t get a copy where you live, email me &
I’ll email you a digitized reprint.
Or, you can try going online to:
My June 3rd workshop, Sun. 1:30- 4:30pm, will be in Atlanta and will introduce participants to the secret of overcoming self-sabotage to create a "post-diet life!" For more info, email me at
Have a fantastic Monday, y’all!