The Superhero Unfolding Origin Story
Superhero Unfolding is one of three conceptual art projects conceived while I was being treated for breast cancer. The concept emerged spontaneously during this period. It found ME. For which, I am forever grateful.
“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you,
pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.”
Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson
I was diagnosed with breast cancer in October of 2016. The following year and a half would prove to be the greatest adventure of my life, to this point. And, serve as a catalyst to a deeper understanding of what can happen when one opens one's heart to possibility.
From the beginning, I understood that my body could heal itself, if given the right causes and conditions, care and resources. So, I devoted my time and energy to researching ways to guide it back to a naturally balanced state. I learned as much as I could about the roots of the disease and how to clear it from the body. My intuition was to develop a cohesive plan which addressed the disease on multiple levels. To employ therapies that engaged the mental, emotional, energetic and spiritual aspects of being, while detoxing the body and bolstering the immune system. All the while, listening the inner voice of knowing speaking deeply within me.
The result was an unconventional healing regiment based upon my research and guided by intuition. I allowed this inner voice of knowing, to determine treatment choices, at times confounding both my family and the doctors. Relying on my protocol, which combined a western antibody therapy with a plant-based diet, an herbal detox tea regiment, daily qi-gong practice, acupuncture, exercise, emotional therapy and spiritual practice, I healed.
The most amazing part of this experience was realizing that I had the capacity to heal myself. I saw that once I took responsibility for my own healing, trusting in the messages of my intuition/my heart, I began to heal. I also discovered that I had power inside of me, a resilient courage that chose possibility over despair. Its strength was limitless, and I could share it with others. Then, I noticed how others shared their powers with me, too. Everyday, in endless ways.
Some people were brave, others were kind, some were funny, resourceful, silly, smiley, sensible, bawdy, graceful, strong, elegant, honest, serious, caring, vulnerable, trusting, generous, patient, vivacious, outrageous, diligent, wise, witty and on and on. Each one a unique amalgam and absolutely incredible. And, I wondered if they saw what I saw in them, the inner hero. Or, if their hero was in the process of emerging and unfolding like mine.
Superhero Unfolding is a project of my heart. It is a celebration of the limitless power of the heart to heal. And, it is a thank you to all of you, for making the world vibrant, dynamic and diverse.
The background image was created in Vienna, the artist is unknown to me. Photo: Maria Scholler.