Each season has it’s own magic, ignoring it, we induce stress. Winter magic means silence, longer sleep and getting closer to each other by the fireplace and warm drinks. It’s time of the wise and calm.
Comes wintering, the wisdom of the Earth and the wisdom of People blend together. It is a journey, a project of awakening both the old and the new potentials within us. Dance, embroidery, painting with natural colors like henna, walking along the geomantic spots, working with masters of of old crafts. Living history in the contemporary way. Intelligence, networking and opening up.
We open this wintering with a conversation about deeply symbolic subjects with Sara Jurcic. Painting the human body with the natural color of henna and about human hair.
MIHOVIL: Sara, your art of bodypainting has nothing to do with cosmetics but rather with a forgotten skill whose function and significance, it seems, remain on the sidelines.
SARA:Everything we do, everything we are has its own purpose and ‘works out’ for us when we give importance to it. It happens all the time and with everything. The difference is only whether we are aware of the purpose or we pretend there is none. Bodypainting is a “record” that arises from the moment we yield. There are no projected motifs, stencils and no defined areas of the body where the drawing will land. The sample is driven by pure creation and impulse of the individual – also the biggest benefit at that point. Aesthetics is merely an impression, the true beauty lies in the uniqueness, authenticity.
M: In short, what is the difference in approach between tattoeing and this way of painting?
SARA: A tattoo is a permanent record, and this way is temporary. The key word is “record”. A record emits its energy – purpose while it is present, ie. visible on the skin.
M: That work carried out on the body, gives another very interesting dimension. May henna be refused by the body? Resistance?
SARA: SARA: Of course, it is a choice of the individual.
M: What would all this disagreement, resistance depend on? Can it show ones’ character traits?
SARAAs in all things, the process and the outcome is determined by our free will – by what we allow. However, sometimes the conscious and the subconscious come into discord, so it may occur that, although agreeing consciously, a person is unlikely to accept the opportunity for transformation, fears the change or something else. These are patterns that everyone had the opportunity to gather during life.
M: How do you paint? Can you describe the process in words?
SARA: The painting begins with the very preparation of the mixture of henna. It is always “dedicated” to the recipient. Before I start with painting, I ask for guidance for each person. So I know it will get only what is for its best at that moment – be it healing, support, protection, blessing. What a person “receives” is actually a record of her soul, the picture drawn from the inside. The person isn’t given anything beyond the capability of receiving or not already containing in itself – what happens is just that some neglected segment gets drawn to surface.
M: Officially, this approach can be called body art therapy. One gets the impression that we are all permanently sick, while some probably do not feel that way. All is therapy. What do you understand under therapy?
SARA: Good question. The term “therapeutic” is actually the result from the ways in which painting works for most. I believe it is with other methods too. The therapy is, in this case, something that helps us to integrate, to re-look in ourselves and perceive the true nature of our existence. Because the most of us are confused by own existence and unaware of own true nature. This “therapy” makes the separation from the ideas that we diligently adopted both as individuals and as a society easier. Therapy is a part of one’s path. When it stops being a therapy it turns into a celebration, a way of expression. Some are painted to in order to help them get back into balance, some to express the beauty of their existence in another creative way. As well as the spa. For someone it’s therapy, for someone it is fun.
M: Which parts of the body do you work on?
SARA: Various parts.. Most frequently hands and feet, and the palms and soles. Not only is the color on them the most intense and longest lasting, but the palms and soles are also best spots to receive ie. pick the “record”. A pregnant belly may be painted too. It is a specific ritual that honors both the mother and the child. I also like to paint the forehead. That connects nicely with our higher perspective, keeps us awake somehow.
M: How long does one painting session last?
SARA: The painting alone does not take long ie. it lasts as long as the person allows or needs. When I feel that it no longer receives, I bring the drawing to the end. As a rule it is about 15 minutes, but can be longer.
M: You called your company The Colors Tribe. What is color for you? What is its symbolism?
SARA: The colors are what we are woven from. All there is an overflow of colors, sound, vibrations … We are colors!
M: And what is a tribe?
SARA: The tribe is a natural people community on Earth living in harmony with all there is. In the absence of such a way of life, today we reach gladly for the wisdom of former members of various tribes and admire their lyrical lessons. They did not have any philosophy – they just lived in a way they were created to live. That’s the beauty which constantly pulls us, humans. That’s the eternal call of nature, the imbedded tendency to be what we are and nothing less. “The Colors Tribe” represents what I see in the population of the Earth, and I want to contribute to the enhancement of the awareness.
M: Sara, what is the most important you would say about hair, and is not so common?
SARA: SARA: The hair is our consisting part of us, our crown, a lively part of the whole. Its purpose is forgotten today and replaced by succumbing to trends and heavy chemical processes. If people would just know how vital it actually is, they would not neglect its messages, but rather percieve it as another tool for a harmonious life.
M: A couple of interesting details. Overview of the human history and the human experience of hair?
SARA: Our culture teaches people to believe that the hairstyle is a matter of personal preference, a matter of fashion or convenience, and that the role of hair is of purely aesthetic nature. The history evidences tell us otherwise. The hair has always symbolized power and sensuality. There is a well known Biblical story about of Samson and his hair which contains his superhuman strength, typical hairstyle of sumo fighters, as well as long hair of the American Indians. There is even a study carried out on American Indians which considers the hair as an extension of the nervous system. And it is correct to view strands of hair as extrasensory nerves, some kind of highly developed “antennas” that transfer an enormous amount of information to the brain system, the lymphatic system and the neocortex. Not only hair, but also the beard or a mustache also emit energy from the brain in the environment. A haircut is a contributing factor to the balance disturbances in the local eco-system. Long time ago, the hair was allowed to grow to its full length and then to serve as stock for minerals and vitamins for the body, but also as a potential spiritual sense – for those who knew how to use it as such.
M: We use colors for the face. We use colors for the hair. Then we also make sure to be in the present moment. We see that we are well dressed. What’s your secret? How to avoid that a lot does not become too much?
SARA: A lot becomes too much only when we take from the outer world something that does not come naturally to us, when what we do has no purpose deep within us. We are all full of various modes of expression, and if it’s all naturally given, it makes you happy and leaves a feeling of lightness, and can not be too much.
M: And how do you see the approach that says: “Without effort.”“
SARA: This happens when you are what you are, when luck leads you.
M: Who would be the therapist then?
SARA: Life itself.
M: Where can we find you?
SARA: Mail – firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook -Pleme boja
M: Thank you Sara, it was a pleasure …