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 Carrie Hilgert, a photographer, painter, and healer from Northeast Kansas. Carrie is on an evolving journey. In her past, she was affected by chronic physical and mental illnesses, including depression. Photography, especially self-portraiture, was a tool that helped her throughout those challenging times, and allowed her to process her dark feelings. Carrie believes that her experiences with mental illness were a catalyst for her to discover her creative and spiritual gifts. She is now on a positive journey of wonder and change, using those gifts to help others.

About this photo: “when i started this photography project, i never imagined what it would be. i was merely following the prompting of the Muse. she said, “just do it. you’re going to want to see this later.”

i am clinging to that hope tenaciously right now. layer after layer is being peeled off ever so gently, despite the rough circumstances, to reveal a light and a connection to all things around me. i bet it’s been the same for you, too. don’t you feel like all this rain is actually anointing you? that you barely recognize yourself lately? that your heart just keeps getting brighter and brighter with a sacred beating purpose?

and what i love about it all, is that, despite the pain that rises up occasionally, more and more i am seeing the ease of following your curiosity. the ease of just being you. not the small you who is a despot full of fear. the YOU who is just standing under the holy water of love soaking it all in. that makes me breathe so much easier. 

much love. 

this was from day 152.”

Find more from Carrie at her website


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2 responses to “Just Be You”

  1. Liz Gilbert Avatar

    This is truly fantastic. I suffer from chronic pain too and the expression on your face just about sums it up. Every touch is like an electric shock. Like ice water. There’s time where your hair hurts. I’m so glad you shared this intimate photo. Bravo.


  2. desperateramblings Avatar

    Words that describe me spookily. Wise 🙂


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