Facing the Depths
This is a voyage into the modern intersection of masks and sacred rituals, known simply as “masking” or masquerade. The rituals I share with you are a meeting of ancient expressive and healing art forms that can bring genuine renewal to individuals and to culture. It’s certainly been transformational for me and my students and I’m excited to show you what I’ve discovered in terms of working with m More
I explore the mysteries of personal transformation, catalyzed by creating and donning masks within sacred rituals. We’ll dig into the roots and history of masks and see how they’ve been used throughout time periods and cultures. We’ll get to know the change-inducing Trickster archetype and examine theories on psyche’s transformation, as it relates to the art of masking. Then, I give you a peek into my masking laboratory where I share bits and pieces of my records and describe the results and conclusions I’ve reached through conducting creative, investigative studies with masks.
This book is derived from my psychology master’s thesis entitled Masks and the Art of Transformation: A depth-psychological study (2012) and the years of teaching that have followed. The work I describe is a work in progress. I do not claim to be an expert or to have all the answers. If you’re looking for certainty and flawlessness, you’re not going to find it here. What you will find is work that stretches the boundaries and takes leaps into the deep end of the inquiry pool. I encourage you to hold this work with curiosity, kindness and the respect that the art of masking requests of all who wish to dip their toes into this pond.
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