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PATHWAY 7 OF 7: Embodying Your Creativity

It is time to take it in deeper. This is how transformation happens.

P7 Embodying Your Creativity woman with art in body

WHAT IT WILL TAKE:

It is going to take TENACITY to do this work.

About 15 years ago I had the idea to create my very own print catalog and I thought it was going to be fast and easy. Each day I walked into my office thinking “today is going to be the day I finish the design” and each day I realized that there was so much to do. I wanted it to look just right! It took one solid month working from morning to night including the weekends. I barely even saw daylight and I was so excited to get started in the morning wondering just how far I would be at the end of the day. No matter what I kept going. I immersed myself in the design of my catalog and took my creativity to another level.

The same thing happened the end of 2011 when I had the idea to create my mandala coloring book. I had no idea it was going to take me a month and I just kept taking it one day at a time. I knew that once I finished I would be proud of my accomplishment. And I was and when I think about it right now it still makes me smile!

You must give yourself the time to immerse yourself in your creativity. You must be persistent practically everyday. Give yourself whatever it is going to take to embody your creative gift. Schedule time to create on a regular basis. And do it!

You  may also want to schedule in some rest breaks because once you start creating at deep levels you may forget to eat!

 

ACTION IDEAS TO BEGIN:

Consider what you want to create. You may already have an idea that has been calling out to you!

Perhaps there is a collection of poetry you want to write.
Or maybe a collection of drawings ready to come out of you.
Or maybe you’d like to decorate cakes!!! Or paint. Or sew
If you are a dancer maybe you are ready to practice your moves!

Now is the time!

1. Carve out time in your calendar.

2. Buy the supplies you will need. Paper. Paint. Pencils. Markers. Material. Icing!

3. Create a comfortable, cheery space. I used to share this information with my clients when I was an ergonomics consultant! Clean and clear your space. Repair what is broken. Replace your chair or desk so that you can create in comfort. Open the blinds to let the light in.

4. Make your physical space so inviting you will love going in there everyday. Enhance the space with your works of art. Frame and hang your poetry, drawings, paintings, photography … whatever you have created that will feel good to have around you. Time to go pull all of your artwork out of the closet now! You may also want to decorate with art of others that you feel inspired by. Create a bright and cheery space.

5. Give yourself permission to be inspired by YOU! And please do not let anyone tell you why you cannot do what your heart is pulling you towards.  When I bought my house in 2001 I let my friend and interior designer talk me out of buying a drawing table for my living room. This space was bright and airy and I envisioned creating art in that room. Yet I was so impressionable I let her discourage me. In the 12 years that I was in that house and I never bought that drawing table. Always listen to your heart. Always listen to your intuition antique inspired action.

6. Immerse yourself in your art. Keep going  as far as you can go  and as deep as you can go  and you will know when it is time  to rest  and recharge . The more you allow yourself this creativity time the easier it will become because you will be having so much fun.

PATHWAY 6 OF 7: Celebrating YOU

It is time to celebrate who you are … period. Celebrate the fact that you are alive.

If you are here reading this email you have probably experienced some challenging times and you have made it this far. Be grateful and celebrate this now!

celebrating you

WHAT IT WILL TAKE

It is going to take some GROUNDING to do this work. Yes I know the picture does not indicate grounding but she did jump off the ground! 😉

Have you been riding high for a while and perhaps working long and hard hours? If so, there has probably been very little time to celebrate you because you have been so “on the go.”

Life has a way of slipping through our fingers. Create time for you by scheduling it in your calendar. Then stick to it. That is one way to get grounded.

 

ACTION IDEAS TO BEGIN

1) Get out your journal and keep track of what to celebrate. There is so much around you in this moment to celebrate … in addition to the past.

2) Pay attention to the intricate details of your life experience – capture everything you can – celebrate these. Ask what is here to celebrate that you have not celebrated. What is calling out to you from your past?

3) Share a story about what is happening in your life. Share what you just did.

4) Be authentic and transparent with your community and allow yourself to take some spotlight in the world.

5) Take celebratory action. Jump up in the air, wave your hands, shout YES, plan a dinner party, play.

6) Grab some friends and ask for help with your celebrating. They will help raise your vibe and get the celebratory feeling in your cells. The deeper it is the easier it will be to celebrate you

Your celebration can be private too. In fact it is necessary to practice this because most of our celebration of ourselves is private anyway. You do not have to tell anyone unless you want to and when you do know that they are celebrating with you and raising your vibe.

Now go and Celebrate You!

PATHWAY 5 OF 7: Owning Your Creative Gifts

The processes of Letting Go, Discovering and Releasing takes you to the door of the room where your treasure box resides. After all these years you finally have access to your beautiful God given gems that you have been denying for so long.

You look inside and see the gem and reach in and take it to your heart and reclaim it.

Owning Your Gift Hand and Brush

WHAT IT WILL TAKE

It is going to take WILLINGNESS to reclaim and own this precious, divine part of yourself.

When you have the willingness to look through this open door and look at your gem and you now have a choice. You can say “yes” or “no” to yourself. You have conscious choice.

You have cleared the way for this and now you get to ask “Now what am I going to do?”!

So it will take a willingness to take the actions you wanted so long ago.

There is no more denying the little child inside who has been quietly knocking on the door your entire life to. If someone compliments you on your gift there is no more rolling of the eyes. You get to say a resounding “Thank you!”

You must be willing to acknowledge this beautiful child … YOU … to love and honor this and the adult part of yourself so deeply. Be ready to say …

“OMG! That’s my gem.
I am an ______________! I love to ______________!”

My statement would be “I am an artist and I love to draw!
(Fill in the blanks with your passion!)

And if you are already creating in your type of art perhaps it is time to look deeper and see the new gem that is waiting for you.

Perhaps there is a new type of art ready for you to express. There is always an opportunity to go deeper.

When you are willing to open yourself up to deeper understanding of who you are as a divine being you are helping others to rise up and claim their gem too.

That is how we change the world. We change ourselves first. Then we serve as a model for others. Others can be your children, your parents and friends as well as your clients.

 

ACTION IDEAS TO BEGIN

Use your gift!

If you like to draw then draw.
If you like to write then write.
If you like to sing then sing already!
If you like to dance then do that!

I just found my tap shoes in my storage unit and I’m getting ready to put then on and start tapping. I may even sign up for a class … something I have been wanting to do for a long time.

So if you feel you are ready to own your gift buy some pads of paper and markers and/or paints, buy your tap shoes, get your piano tuned, etc. You get the idea!

If you are not sure how to get started schedule a and inquire about art classes in the art you are interested in from your local adult education guide. Here in Houston we have an organization called Leisure Learning that offers various kinds of creative and art classes. Check out your newspaper and local magazines to see what organizations offer what you are looking for.

Just go for it and change your life!

PATHWAY 4 OF 7: Honoring Your Accomplishments

And today we move into what I like to call the “FUN pathways!!”

Three years ago I stumbled upon a process that created an instant shift for me. And when I say shift I mean that my head turned and I knew something very powerful had changed inside of me.  What followed shortly afterwards was the artist in me emerging and never looking back. I was able to Own the artist in me and it created a connection to my joy that was brand new in this lifetime for me!

Honoring Your Accomplishments

If it can happen for me it can happen for you!

There are accomplishments in your past that you inadvertently placed on a shelf so that you could now take the time to look at and honor them.

Many of your accomplishments were forgotten because life was moving fast and you were already onto the next thing and you were not aware of the importance to honor yourself in this way.

 

WHAT IT WILL TAKE:

It is going to take AWARENESS to do this work.

You must become aware of your past successes that you did not honor. When you take a close look you’ll see a series of successful accomplishments that for whatever reason have been forgotten (or just put on the shelf for a while).

If you are here you have experienced success all along the way and do not let anyone say anything otherwise!

Plain and simple … Honoring that part of yourself equals valuing yourself.

Wondering what you can honor?

… your school work, art projects, student awards and honors, swim team ribbons, track and field wins, performances, report card, keeping your room clean, learning to drive, chores, being kind to a stranger, being creative with dressing yourself … honor anything you desire!

AND be sure to honor what you may not have been proud of because everything is part of who you have become.

Give value to yourself for every step of your journey. Be proud of who you have become because of your life experiences!

 

ACTION IDEAS TO BEGIN:

1) Take a piece paper, scan your life and write down what you remember.

2) Beginning in early childhood and all the way through high school (and beyond if you choose) look closely at your life to remind yourself of a string of accomplishments – (school, work extracurricular activities, sports, projects, lessons, recitals, etc).

3) Make a list of what calls out to you.

You do not have to work hard for this. This is a FUN activity and the actions you take now are going to make you smile and feel good!

Enjoy!

Owning I’m an Artist Video

I produced this video the other day about owning the fact that I am an artist. It has been many levels of owning this truth about myself! If you are an artist and especially if you are in the process of owning this truth about yourself or if you have some inklings it may touch you in some way. And I make no apology about showing a bit of unexpected emotion 🙂

Shifting and Claiming Value

My last post talked about being more authentic and I have been really quiet because I have been processing and allowing myself to hear inspiration. That is pretty much how the entire year has been and as we approach 2011 I am feeling into appreciation for myself and how I have chosen to shift this past year.

It is the holiday time and I am feeling compelled to write a bit about one of the biggest challenges of my adult life. It has centered around the relationship I’ve had with my younger sister. I wrote about this some months back after having reached a new level of clarity and now I realize how much deeper that clarity has become and how it has allowed me to stand in my worthiness at new heights.

I’m just one who will do whatever inner work is necessary to feel good by going back into the sad areas of my life. Last year this time I started to connect with a much younger part of me and was able to get in touch with the sadness that I had felt for my entire life. The sadness was centered around many experiences I always remembered but did not realize had such impact on my life. How I did not realize that I do not know. I guess I was just not ready to do this work.

Close to a year ago I began talking about some of the experiences with others and I found myself reduced to tears almost immediately in the beginning. I did not realize how much I had stuffed my feelings my entire life. So much had been living inside of me and I was releasing. After sharing stories with people that cared I could feel that the pain was slowly diminishing. I did have many energy shifting sessions and hypnosis which were very helpful yet it was my constant focus on healing the sadness that helped me to feel better.

I see how for years I tired myself out trying to understand what happened that created the dynamics of our relationship and I realize how I extended myself in ways that were not loving towards myself. It has been time for me to step into who I came here to be and this was only going to happen with a heightened sense of clarity of this part of my life.

It has taken a good deal of inner strength to stand for myself … to stand for my happiness … even if it was going to appear to rock the boat. My guess is that there will be more work to do in this area and I trust that it will all happen in perfect timing. Yet for now I am feeling much more peaceful than even just a few months ago. And at some point perhaps I will share more about this journey either here or in one of my speaking engagements. I am all about shifting and growing and if my story can help inspire someone then I am happy to share.

I’m so thankful for the relief and the best part is that I’ve been stepping into a bigger me, valuing myself and asking for what I want.

I’m excited about 2011 for many reasons. I’m excited about serving. I’m excited about being. Most of all I am proud of who I continue to become.

Keep standing for yourself no matter what. And if you want I will stand for you too!

Love and Inspiration!

Wendy


Worthiness = Value = Success

In the past year I have been delving deeply into my level of worthiness. There were some painful experiences in my personal life relating to my immediate family that made me stop and think and explore.

It began very innocently when I made some requests, spoke my truth and took some actions with my family over a period of several months. The responses I received shook me at my core.

Without realizing it I was beginning to raise my level of worthiness and saw it was time to let go in every way possible.

First I let go of a material item that I had been trying to get returned to me. It was too painful to ask anymore.

Releasing the material item allowed me to let go of the past.

I was brought back into my childhood where I began remembering choices I made.

There were so many things I was figuring out and in one minute I had an aha and the next minute I was in tears.

I was reliving my childhood and feeling extreme amounts of fear and sadness. After several weeks of this intense emotional upheaval I sought professional help.

After two sessions I was able to fully connect this time of my life with my level of worthiness. I’ve also had several energy healing sessions to let go of this old energy from my body.

At a very young age I took responsibility upon myself to take care of my younger siblings because my intuition told me to. Yet how much can a child know to take care of two younger children … in a sufficient manner?

As mature as I was at that time I lived in fear practically everyday of my childhood (and well into my adult years). I did not have friends at school because I was always busy at home being an “adult” and did not know how to socialize.

When I realized at that young age that I was not doing a very good job taking care of my siblings and that I resented the situation I was put in I took on a tremendous amount of guilt.

I did my best but my best was not good enough … so I thought.

And when I look back on my adult life about 3 decades I can see how much I tried and tried to do enough as an adult. Giving big gifts, hiring family, doing what was expected and never feeling as if it was enough.

This translated into “I am not enough.”

I was attempting to make up for what I was not able to do as a child and much of this was unconscious.

That guilt was locked away until earlier this year. And I believe that my siblings and I have had a unhealthy energetic connection all these years because of this. Who knows what they were thinking about me when we were all so young. Maybe they wished I had done more too and could be holding some resentments towards me that they are not in touch with.

Now when I look back over the past 3 decades I can see that I did all I could. Everything I gave came from my heart. There was nothing more I could have done … as a child or as an adult. I did my absolute best.

I’m human after all!

More appropriately it was not my responsibility to take on the role of a caretaker as a child. It is just the role I was cast in.

As I began realizing this I was removing layers of guilt, sadness, fear and unworthiness.

I had unraveled one of the biggest mysteries of my adult life and I discovered the root of all my deep sadness! I was beginning to cry more tears of joy rather than tears of sadness.

The rewards are immense!

I have been getting much more in touch with my purpose and I have been recognizing my value. I have been standing for myself in expanded ways.

The best part is that I am experiencing a deep sense of inner peace.

If everybody on earth could feel this deep sense of inner peace we would not have wars and we would all be healthy and wealthy in every way imaginable.

I urge you to continue doing your work. I know I am!

If you remember experiences from your life there is a reason for it. I always remembered some specific times of my life but did not realize the power they had over me. Trust that all is unfolding in perfect timing. This way you can let go of any judgments you may be feeling about yourself.

I know that everything I have experienced in my life has been for a reason. It has all been leading me to where I am now and where I am going.

When you begin changing and immersing yourself into finding the truth about yourself you may experience pain. Get the help you need by calling a therapist or an energy worker or coach.

Listen to your intuition about what is right for you. Do not suffer. There has been enough of that. You came here to enjoy your life.

When are you going to fully step into that role?!

Remember change begins at home … it begins deep inside you and me 🙂

Love and Inspiration!

Wendy

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