In graduate school I took a Jungian class where I explored using Tarot cards in conjunction with art therapy. Archetypal imagery filled my mind’s eye. I would sit with pencils in both hands, sketchpad on lap, and ask a question. Without thinking I would draw. Guidance flowed through in symbolism and metaphors, similar to dreams. After my third painting in this process, “What if”, I knew that I was to go to India.
In May 2014 I went to India by myself for three months. Planning the first three days of my trip there was a task far more difficult than grad school. Once in India I made decisions by responding to the immediacy of my environment. Since carrying paints and canvas and brushes was not an option, and I didn’t know anyone, I began to write. My writings from that experience are included in this website https://www.aminare.com/writings/.