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 Danielle, a woman in her thirties whose diagnoses include Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. Danielle is a freelance writer, photographer, photo editor, and the director of Broken Light Collective.

About this photo: “I’ve been in a very dark place, but I’m ready to do whatever it takes to get better. For my girls. For my husband. For myself. So I’m off again. Off to fight the fight. Off to make a change. We must not be afraid to seek treatment. We must not be afraid to reach out to save our own lives. I’m in a treatment facility and working hard. Please forgive me for the drop in the amount of posts to the Collective. I have limited amount of access to the internet. I encourage all of my Broken Light Collective friends to continue photographing and supporting one another on the site and our social media, and to keep submitting. I promise to post them when possible. I will leave you with this quote from a group I was in this morning. It really touched me and I wanted to share it with our brilliant, talented, fabulous community. I love you all.

Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson

‘Our Deepest Fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not out darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.’

More from Danielle on TwitterInstagramFacebook & her articles/interviews.


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6 responses to “Our Deepest Fear”

  1. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

    I am in tears as i type this. Your words reach so deep. I am touched by your bravery and courage in sharing your own struggles and triumphs with mental illness. You have built an incredible community here. A compassionate, creative, inspirational community. Sending lots of TLC to you Danielle. And i wish you well in this latest chapter of your healing journey. Peace, Love and Light 🙂 ❤

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  2. Jaeda DeWalt Avatar

    I also wanted to express how much i love this photo. It is stark, haunting and whispers of winter and it frames your words so beautifully. Love the Marianne Williamson quote, too! 🙂

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  3. Rayne Avatar

    This is absolutely beautiful.


  4. Moodphototeija Avatar

    Oh Danielle, you are so caring, kind and warm person. Now just focus to yourself and getting well ❤

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  5. bluebrightly Avatar

    It’s a wonderful thing you’ve done, entering treatment, and I wish you hard work and success. Broken Light supports so many people in a respectful way, encouraging self expression, even as so many forces seem to work against that. Something to be very proud of. take care!


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