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 contributor Lori Goodwin who has fought a lifelong battle with severe anxiety, depression, OCD, and PTSD. She has had many people in her family also struggle with mental health issues, including a mother with depression; father with anxiety, depression, and OCD; and an uncle with schizophrenia. Three of Lori’s four children also suffer differing combinations of anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, and/or chronic insomnia. Lori is a long-time single mother who’s had very little in the way of resources except courage and resilience. She feels like a sensitive soul trying to find a place in what feels like a loud, angry, cruel world.

About this photo: “I call this photograph, “Under Repair, But Still Guiding.” Through multiple traumas, PTSD, and recurring major depressive episodes, one thing has been my rock, my guiding light: the ability to rely on my intuition to guide me. It was most certainly damaged, and has been under repair for years, but it’s been increasingly functional and reliable. Because of this inner light, I have survived and not taken my own life.

Find more from Lori at her blog.

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9 responses to “My Guiding Light”

  1. Hadel Avatar
    Hadel

    Reblogged this on Hadel.

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  2. Daniel Patrick Avatar

    ” […] one thing has been my rock, my guiding light: the ability to rely on my intuition to guide me. It was most certainly damaged, and has been under repair for years, but it’s been increasingly functional and reliable. Because of this inner light, I have survived and not taken my own life.”

    Kudos Lori

    DannyK x

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  3. Paula McLane Jennings Avatar

    Love your photo and I too rely on my inner light which for me is the guidance of the Holy Spirit leading me thru the darkness and as you said – keeping me from taking my own life.

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    1. autisticaplanet Avatar
      autisticaplanet

      Amen. Jesus is the Guiding Light. I believe the Lord works through others, but they have to be receptive to His will.I, too photograph HIs creations in nature.

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  4. bigbird34 Avatar
    bigbird34

    It is hard to move forward in a world where there is so much failure but my guiding light is my Lord and Savior. At the end of the day I hand everything over to Him.

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    1. autisticaplanet Avatar
      autisticaplanet

      Amen. I try to do it before I get out of bed so that I will be properly prepared for the waking hours ahead. A wonderful photo.

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  5. autisticaplanet Avatar
    autisticaplanet

    I love the smoothness of the sky and the merging of the different shades of blue. The perspective of the lighthouse overlooking the water is strong. In the storms of life or in the calm, the guiding light of the lighthouse (a metaphor for Jesus for me) is the focal point of my life. I hope you will post more photos.

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    1. Lori Goodwin Avatar

      Thank you — and I hope to post more!

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