Caryn I. McLaine, Artist & Teacher
Creative Bridge-Building and Transformation
For many years I walked tightropes juggling money, fear, anxiety, responsibility and relationships. I would reach the other side of a tightrope only to find myself standing on another precipice at the beginning of the next tightrope. One day, prior to the next juggling walk, I reflected on the many times I almost fell from the rope. What happened? How did I manage to not fall? Well the answer is complicated. Good fortune, guides, guardians, and ancestors – all of the above. This is when I began to consider my tools and my calling.
I am adept at transforming tightropes into bridges. It’s much easier to walk or run on a bridge rather than a tightrope. I build communication bridges between groups of people, transition bridges from one life event to the next as well as bridges to forgotten selves and passions. On the bridge, I facilitate sacred circles and assist individuals and groups to create visual pathways.
I am inspired by the writings and work of Alice Walker, Toni Cade Bambara, Audre Lorde, and June Jordan. I am further inspired by the art of Carrie Mae Weems, Tamara Natalie Madden, James Van Der Zee, and Gordon Parks. I am fortunate to study the Intentional Creativity Method® of painting with Artist and Maestra Shiloh Sophia McCloud and through her I now belong to a lineage of artists, beginning with Lenora Strauss and Sue Hoya Sellers, who create using contemporary symbolism for healing, transformation, and joy.
I earned a B.A. from Vermont College/Union Institute & University and completed my M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University, formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, where I am currently writing my Ph.D. dissertation on the influence of reading fiction on spiritual development.
My tools include intuition, writing, intuitive painting, and reading fiction. I am a Reiki Master in the Usui School of Healing. I have 30 years of experience in my preferred form of divination – Tarot, and a lifetime of experience in other ways of knowing. As a certified Coach and Teacher of Intentional Creativity®, I am called to awaken people to their possibilities, to remember their true selves, and to transform their lives.