Mending with Gold in the broken places.
In many cultures people are encouraged to hide their broken pieces. Put on a smooth and calm front and don't let anyone know you are suffering. Wow does this ever cause a LOT of mental health issues. It is a horrible way to live. People feel disconnected, unloved, and isolated when they are hiding from the inspection of judgemental others. I think one of the reasons I am so fascinated by Kintsugi is it takes broken pieces, binds them with gold and highlights their existence. I was working on a Photo project with film photography called Imperfect beauty. I wanted to show how flaws and imperfections are the parts that are beautiful not that things are beautiful in spite of their imperfections. Too often to feel beautiful, lovable, and accepted people hide their 'bad' flaws, actually with good reason too. When I first started telling people that I was a multiple personality I was either treated like a weird curiosity or with the same horror as a vampire. After I intergrated, people that were multiples stopped accepting me because I 'left' their ranks. I guess the thing I feel I did was have faith in Christ using gold to heal me in my broken places. I am whole through my faith. I worked on to put as much together as I could figure out. The final healing I don't understand how it happened. My faith in Christ tells me He finished what I could not complete myself. He mended me with gold.
I know that some people don't believe in Christ. I know some people look to God differently than I do. That does not change my journey but also does not lessen their journey. We each find our own ways to heal in broken places.