Who we are & why we are

Welcome to the gallery site of Broken Light Collective. We are artists of all levels and abilities who are affected by mental illness. We create and we share our work for the therapeutic benefits to us, as well as others who may be struggling and feeling scared and alone. Together we can move from disconnected to collective.

Photo taken by Mira from the midwest; a Registered Art Therapist and Certified Life, Youth & Family Coach. She is 58 years old and struggling with something she calls a “shadow” Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly known as Multiple Personality).
About this photo: I don’t have fully-formed separate personalities, but like the two birch trees in this dark picture, I slip in and out of focus, in and out of the light, the dark. My Others are so much like my main host personality that it’s possible to hide.  I see it in some of my clients, this blurry double.  
My bad days are sloppy and confusing and sometimes terrifying in their shadowy shapes. My good days are filled with creativity and joy as I jump in and out of focus and light.
The bad days.  I wish I could describe the terror of feeling stuck in a blur.  Time travel.  Knowing but not knowing.  Static on TV.  I did this but maybe I didn’t.  I don’t remember writing this.  Why am I in this room?  A vacation that never goes home.  A reflection in water – wavy, slivery. 
Undiagnosed adults are experts at disguising this disorder, and some of us don’t even know how talented we are at pretending.  Pretending that we are one tree, not two.  
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9 responses to “I’m. In. Together.”

    1. Anna Kendall Avatar

      Awesome, thanks! (I’m Mira)


  1. ramshazia Avatar

    Hi there, I believe your blog and your efforts deserve to be applauded. Ive nominated you as one of my pics for the Lovely Blog award. visit my blog for more details… good luck!


  2. quantumphysica Avatar

    Oh my… This… just sounds so… relatable that it’s scaring me.


    1. Anna Kendall Avatar

      I know. Believe me, I know. Be kind to yourself!


      1. quantumphysica Avatar

        I will try to be…
        Thanks, and take care 🙂


  3. jmgoyder Avatar

    This must be terrifying – the picture really shows what you mean.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. stuff I said Avatar

    I’m not sure it you accept awards but I did nominate this blog for the The Versatile Blogger. I truly love this blog and want others to have the opportunity to view these wonderful photos. You can view the nominate here: http://stuffredsaid.wordpress.com/2012/06/16/two-more-awards/

    Thank you and keep on doing what you’re doing, it matters. 😉


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