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The Artist's Way: Basic Principles of Creativity

Last week, I began rereading The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron to unblock my creative energy. It is a fantastic guide to getting back in to the groove. I thought I'd share these basic principles of creativity. 

1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy. 

2. There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life-including ourselves. 

3. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator's creativity within us and our lives. 

4. We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves. 

5. Creativity is God's gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God. 

6. The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature. 

7. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God: good orderly direction. 

8. As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected. 

9. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity. 

10. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move towards our divinity. 



Spring into Creativity! 




"The Science of Mind" Affirmative Prayer by Ernest Holmes


The Spirit within me is God, that Spirit is perfect. That Spirit is divine, whole, happy, complete. Spirit of Infinite Peace is within me, and that Peace-poised in perfect life, complete in perfect happiness-that Spirit within me is God and is Whole. That Wholeness is perfect now.

God is an immediate Presence and an immediate Experience in my mind and soul, and I am conscious of this Perfect Presence, this Divine Wisdom, this Eternal Wholeness. Now I recognize that the Principle of LIfe is in me and around me and operates through me; that It has no want, has no fear, has no doubt, has no limitation. There is that within me which guides me into opulence, into success, into harmony and love and beauty and friendship, and It does this in peace, in joy and in certainty. I let that Divine within me-using whatever method It may-restore me to perfect health, perfect happiness and harmony and bring into my experience everything that is good, that is perfect, that true and successful. 

I am not only one within Spirit, but this is all that I am. It is my whole being, and this Divine Wisdom is in my thought, causing me to act and move intelligently, to make right choices to follow right pursuits. There are no problems in this Divine Wisdom. Therefore, the road is made straight before me; every obstacle is removed and I am led-irresistibly led-the Absolute, certain goal of Good, of accomplishment, of success.  


Daily Inspiration

I've been thinking a lot about all the opportunities that have presented themselves for the this year. New company, new businesses, new partnerships. I'm going to need daily inspiration to keep pace so I've decided to start a kind of daily devotional.

Day 1
People who succeed at reaching their goals use the power of inspiration to get there. When you are inspired, your motivation comes from within. You see the purpose behind your goals and that purpose fuels perseverance and passion.

Thought for the Day:
What's your BIG goal? Ask yourself WHY? What will it give you to change jobs or start a new business? Why is it worth the effort?

-Valorie Burton, Author of Successful Women Think Differently

What to do with FEAR?

What to do with FEAR? 


Forget
Everything
And
Rejoice 


**Gratitude is the antidote to fear!**

Spring Has Sprung!

Spring is Here!

Thank God we are unthawing from our winter hibernation and a burst of activity has blossomed. Stay tuned for more insight, art and creative expression coming soon!

A Discussion on Miracles

An Interview with Gabrielle Bernstein

I loved this interview by Latham Thomas on Huffingtonpost.com with 'Spirit Junkie' author Gabrielle Bernstein.

Ever wonder what a miracle was, well guess no more:

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"If you're wondering what I mean by "miracle," it's simple: a miracle is a shift in perspective from fear to love. A miracle can be the moment you choose to forgive your ex-lover and let go of decades of resentment, or the moment you recognize that losing your job was not a tragedy but an opportunity to follow your true calling. Simply put, each moment you choose love over fear is a miracle. And the more miracles you add up, the less likely you are to perceive life through dark-colored lenses. When you choose to perceive love over fear, life begins to flow. You feel peaceful and you see love in all situations. Your hang-ups subside and your life feels guided." Gabrielle Bernstien

What miracles have you experienced lately? Don't just wait for them to happen, consciously choose to allow miracles into your life. Choose love over fear.

Click here to read more of the article.

Passion and Happiness

A couple of weeks ago I was discussing career choices and financial goals with a high school student I mentor. She said, "I really love make-up and was thinking of going to school for that but I don't think I'll make a lot of money doing that. Maybe I should study psychology." I gently told her that money comes from being really good at what you do and that it can be anything. In order to be good, you have to have the passion to keep practicing your craft. I reminded her that make-up artists get to travel the world and can build very lucrative businesses around products & services. I encouraged her to pursue her passion and to expand her perception of what success is. 

"Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally." David Frost

Our discussion reminded me of how important it is to do what you love.  In order to live your dreams, you must first find what you are most passionate about. A lot of people deny their true passions, thinking that it's silly or won't bring them success. These thoughts are based from a place of limited perception.

It took me a long time to accept my passions, I thought pursing them would be too arduous but I realized that it's better to make sacrifices for our dreams than to sacrifice our dreams for insignificant gains.  

While it is easier to follow your dreams when you're just graduating high school it's never too late to change directions. It will take more maneuvering but once you've made the decision, half the battle is won. 


6 questions to discover your passion: 


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Photo courtesy of Nina Matthews
1. What makes you happy? Do you get giddy just thinking about rock climbing or do you feel euphoric when you sing? Strong emotional responses are one key indicator of passion. 

2. What would you do for free? If you find yourself spending all your free time organizing your friend's closets, that's another clue. 

3. What do you love talking about? Can you talk about fashion 24/7. Can you share your enthusiam with others? 

4. What would you regret not trying? This was a big one for me. I knew I loved singing and acting and had to at least take a few classes to see if it was worth pursuing in my free time...so far I have no regrets.  

5. What sparks your creativity? Are you always finding fresh ways to decorate your home or are you constantly coming up with delicious versions of classic recipes?

6. What do you naturally gravitate towards? When you're in a book store browsing, what section do you find yourself in? What topic can you read about for hours? 

Once you discover your passion, design a plan to integrate it into your life and pursue it with all your heart. Even if the road is challenging you will be happy knowing you're pursuing what you love.   

"Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it." - Buddha

Forgive And Let Go


“There is no love without forgiveness, and there is no forgiveness without love.” - Bryant H. McGill

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I’ve been thinking a lot about forgiveness this week. It’s one of the lessons on my spiritual journey that I had the most trouble with.  I just didn’t get the concept. How could I truly forgive someone who hurt me deeply?  I finally started to understand forgiveness when my dear friend and spiritual guide, Danielle Vachon, introduced me to Radical Forgiveness. Although the process of Radical Forgiveness is simple, I had major resistance with it. But after going through it a couple of times, I began to see the benefit of it. I started to release a lot of old energy I was hanging onto. Initially, I used it with little situations that bothered me. I gradually worked my way into the deeper issues. Grudges and pain I’d held onto for years were finally released. To my surprise, I discovered that I had a lot of grievances towards myself. It took many sessions but once I forgave myself for perceived mistakes I thought I’d made, I started to love myself more. I accepted myself and began to enjoy the person I was. I pretty much became my own best friend.

Forgiveness also restores our sense of personal power. When we refuse to forgive, we create for ourselves the role of the victim. Powerlessness, hurt, pain and confusion overcome our true nature. But once we forgive, we let go of that role and we reclaim our ability to create our lives. Victims react to circumstances but our higher selves use innate power to create and transform our lives.  

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” -Ghandi


For more information or to download the work sheet go to RadicalForgiveness.com