A picture paints a thousand words. This is even more true of children’s art, because their words are more limited, and their mind is more free. I was going through some old artwork of my children’s the other day, and came across some very early ones, at the stage when a person is depicted as a face on 2 stick legs.
One picture had a massive solar plexus, radiating colourfully outwards, like a fully functioning chakra. It also had some swirls around the heart and throat chakras. And this is in a basic depiction of a face on two sticks! Another picture had black scribbles above certain people’s heads, people who I know were in a dark state at that time. Another had hair standing on end, as if connecting to the sky. And another showed stick arms with massive hands and many stretched out fingers, which reminds me of the energy that can be transmitted and received through finger tips.
Kids see things that adults don’t. They have had only a few years of indoctrination, and I like to think that my children had less than average because I allowed them free reign with their expression. We can learn so much from children’s art work if only we want to.
There is a natural progression of art in children, and the stick figures are part of that progression. At a later stage, bodies are drawn in, quite large necks (throat chakra), and eventually the arms and legs flesh out to an adult perceived thickness. Children are depicting people and the world as they see it. Many children see and feel the chakras and auras and colours around people. So they show this in their pictures. Their pictures are not inaccurate or wrong.
From an earlier and earlier age, kids are trained to draw and paint in a certain way. Their natural expression is suppressed by schools, nurseries and parents. We give them things to copy, or predefined shapes to colour in. They are ridiculed or corrected if they get it “wrong”. I have even witnessed someone grab the hand of a child and move the pencil for them. Children in a class are instructed to produce artwork that is 30 copies of the same thing, with slight variation to allow for judgement of which is the best. I would like to see kids allowed more free expression, and for us to learn from their unindoctrinated minds.