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: “The universe reciprocates the shaman’s every action and mirrors his intent back to him as the shaman is a mirror to others. The shaman lives in synchronicity with Nature, because the shamanic world mirrors the shaman’s will, intent and actions.” -from Awakening to the Spirit World by Sandra Ingerman and others

I learned last night that what I suspected was true. The sycamore is not only my sacred tree, but the spirit of the sycamore has been my lifelong guardian and I am massively grateful for this connection and direct revelation

Find more from Carrie at her website


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2 responses to “Reciprocity”

  1. faq7231956 Avatar

    Carrie beautiful closeup of nature and yourself!

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  2. autisticaplanet Avatar

    I feel the same way about much of nature, except that it was Jesus who created the universe, including our earth and the wonders both big and small upon it.


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