The experience of permission

The experience of permission

The studio as a safe place represents an ongoing and deeply felt experience of permission.

What is the experience of permission?
What I mean by this is an emotional experience that we are hopefully fortunate to get from a significant other, usually a parent, who sees us as we are, acknowledges us, and accepts us and loves us as we truly are. It is a sincere intention from someone to allow another to just be.

The experience of permission is as significant as the air we breathe in parenting, education, and therapy. It is often the space that enables the moments of deepest development and transformation to occur.

Permission offers a judgment-free experience which does not carry expectations for change and accommodation. On the contrary, permission does not depend on anything expected or pre-determined.
Whoever we are is fine; this is what we should naturally be. Permission opens the broadest potential of the individual in others’ eyes, resonating with their secret hopes and wishes. The feelings that flourish in the light of this acceptance are those of empowerment, hope, well-being, gentleness, empathy, and self-acceptance, while perfectionism and anxiety dwindle.
Thus, more kindness, compassion, and softness toward others are naturally revealed and nurtured. All these will be internalized as an encouraging inner voice, which will reflect the person’s strengths, optimism, and abilities back to them throughout their life.

Life in the open studio, along with the way it is organized and how its materials are presented, are concrete expressions of permission. The natural variety and different qualities present are perceived through all the senses and communicate the permission to be.

In the studio, the therapist is the one who perceives us as we create, act, and talk. She or he is someone else focusing on us, serving as a true reflection of ourselves as we perceive ourselves or as we would like to be perceived. It is a deep experience of acceptance and approval for our very being, as thus we feel loved and present in others’ eyes as well. Just as important is that the therapist grant herself permission, as a teacher and therapist, and learn from the language of materials, allowing herself to not know, to observe, to wonder, to be, and not to control. The therapist learns together with others what is suitable and what works. As a therapist in the open studio, I also give permission to myself to be within the present and evolving life.

Without permission, there is no inspiration; permission opens a path for inspiration

The text is cited from my new book: The Good Enough Studio 

Video by Naama Avihud  

2 thoughts on “The experience of permission”

  • Hi Nona,
    I still think of my visit to your studio and out discussions even though it was some years ago. I look forward to your book which highlights compassion and non intervention rather than more didactic forms of art therapy. It resonates deeply for me and mirrors the way I practice. Congratulations.

    • Thank you so much!
      I hope you will find the book interesting. I hope it will be in the world within a few months.
      I will announce it here as well. And please come and visit again!

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