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Monthly archive for March 2013

Full Moon Meditation

Body Wisdom Project

I have been watching the Moon.  That is what I do, I am a Moon Gazer.  She is getting closer to full.  I love watching her wax and wane.  It reminds me of our impermanence, of our ability to change, and that for more years than we know, our ancestors have looked to the skies and felt the movement of Mystery in their lives…just as we do.  The Moon is one of my very favorite parts of this life.

The Moon reaches fullness today.  During the Moon’s course from dark to full and dark again each Moonth in 2013, I have committed to focusing on a word chosen by myself and my dear friend Jessica of WildWood Naturals. We are naming the Moon according to the word we are centering on.  We call this one Reflection Moon.

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Tonight on the way home from a Coaching Session, I stopped the water to sit with the Moon.  The sky was completely cloudless and the water calm.  I felt like I was in a movie. Perfect.

The light of the Moon reflected on the water, reminding me of the Body Wisdom Project word for the month.  I slowed myself down and got comfortable.  Reflection….I went inward.  So much busy-ness bubbled around inside.  I thought of the water and invited myself to get calm.  Looked up at the moon and asked what of myself wished to grow into fullness.

My breath fell into a rhythm, my heart keeping a quiet beat.  A nuance came over me…a feeling.  It seemed to be showing me that my spiritual life wished to grow into fullness.  When I named it…spiritual life…in my mind, my inner knowing-ness responded with a feeling of peace.

The road trip I am taking in April is leading me to a fuller spiritual life.  For me, like with everything, creativity is at the heart of my spiritual life.  I look forward to watching it take shape.

I would love for you to reflect on what wishes to come to fullness in your life. Leave a comment letting us know. When you claim something in writing or out loud, it gives it strength and energy.  If you don’t claim it here, consider giving it voice somewhere in your world.

Are you interested in joining me for the Journey of the Inner Wanna Be’s… an inward exploration of those parts of ourselves we don’t often let out to play?  I will be engaging my Gypsy Wanna Be, but your Inner Wanna Be choice is up to you.   Be sure to keep visiting over the next week, I have some super fun parts of the event planned!

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Art Retreat Giveaway!

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This is your chance!  For all of you who have been interested in the Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat where I am teaching my Passport to Dreams Come True workshop…. Kelly Rae Roberts is hosting a HUGE giveaway that includes our retreat….plus a TON of other super cool goodies.  Hop over and getcher self some!

Kelly Rae’s Giveaway <—–click it!

Hope to see you there….GOOD LUCK!

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Sense of Something More

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A Sense of Something More

For as long as I can remember, my family has told ghost stories. As a child, my father swore some ghost named Oscar inhabited the attic. We knew from Oscar’s outrageous life (the fact that his girlfriend’s name was Petunia and her favorite flower was a cactus) that Oscar was a brilliant, ongoing story my father crafted when he wanted our undivided attention.

We also had little gathering of the cousins when my Aunt Lynne was in town. Aunt Lynne told fortunes, read palms and gave me my first sense of Something More….something mystic….something beyond the veil. To see Aunt Lynne from outside the family, I imagine you might think she was a bit eccentric, but not any more than most Southern women. In fact, most of the women in my family fall into that category, an inheritance I proudly own.

Having watched the movie Ya Ya Sisterhood, we all recognized ourselves. In fact, we now regularly have Ya Ya parties with close friends and extended family.

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I have been thinking a lot about having gotten my palm read as a child and listening to my father’s constructed stories. Somewhere along the way those two things wove together. We grew up and the little kid stories moved closer to the veil.

By the time I was 21, I experienced my first death, and it was a doozie! My mom passed away. She was just 45 (I turn 44 in less than a month….and I still feel like….I still feel too alive to even consider that it could end so early). Losing her made me search for an opening to the veil, made me want to believe that the thread Aunt Lynne traced in our hands could lead across to a connection with my loved one.

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It was about that time that I noticed weird things happening. Sometimes subtle  sometimes apparent  A distinct sound or smell timed in a sychronistic or meaningful way……why, just last month after leading a group visualization something shifted in the next room where no one was only seconds after the intense meditation ended. I could tell story after story. I bet you could too. I often wonder if they are clues that we aren’t alone or perhaps coincidences.

I leave myself open to both possibilities but always follow the thread to the veil just in case.

This curiosity with Something More has strongly influenced my art, and the art has influenced me to consider even more seriously the Something More.

I was working with a counselor while in college. We were doing breathwork, increasing the oxygen level of the body, and I began envisioning my mother over me. She had changed. She seemed to be made of light and took on a kind of crystallized form. I felt comforted and healed.

I took it for an interesting meditation. At home, later in the day, I drew what I saw to share with the counselor the next week. Upon seeing it, she told me she had seen drawings like mine in an old book. She explained the book and the beings, calling them Devas. I was interested, curious, but didn’t take it for Truth per say.

Some months later on a trip to Austin, I found myself in an old bookstore. On a bottom shelf on the second floor, a book documented, with story and drawings, creatures the author called Devas. They looked like the drawing from the meditation. Not angel, not fairy, something elemental and outside my previous experience.

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After that, I did drawing after drawing of Devas, saw what looked like people when I passed trees, mostly women with crowns of branches. I learned to draw by trying to capture what my inner eye was experiencing.

To this day, when other people imagine their loved ones as angels, I tend to broaden it to account for my own visualizations. The thought that Something More is out there and perhaps even close by brings me comfort. I may be completely off, but that doesn’t matter so much to me. If those Something More’s are figments of my imagination, so be it. They are still mine, still as real as a drawing or sculpture, poem or choreographed dance. They are an expression of some part of me….and maybe even Something More.

I am delighted to share my Something More’s with you. I have been invited to join the instructors circle for Sheri Ann Ponzi’s Angels In My Studio this July. It is the second time the course is being offered. Check out the current class and stay tuned for more info about the one I will be part of. (You can subscribe below if you would like to keep in touch about it.)

Wouldn’t it be great to take the class together?

Some of the other instructors  for this Summer’s Angels in My Studio….

Tamera Laporte  from Willowing

Kae Pea with Rubbermoon

Cheryl Irwin

Liz Kettle of Textile Evolution 

Claudia Olivos

Melissa Muirhead

Galia Alena 

Chris Zydel of Creative Juices Arts

Michael Golzmane of Clear and Connect

Nikki Shannon of Energy Painter

Havi Mandel with Soul Blissings

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Reminder: The 30 by 30 times 3 ends soon. 

Make sure coaching with me is the right thing for you, contact me for a free Discovery Session.

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Confessions of a Gypsy Wanna Be

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When I was maybe 5 years old, I dressed as a gypsy for Halloween. It was my mother’s idea, but I loved it.  Somehow it expressed some aspect of my nature…. a little wild, very colorful, a tendency for the dramatic, with a sense of something mystical.  I held onto that gypsy child as I grew into a woman although often she has taken second fiddle to obligations of adulthood.

She emerges from my subconscious in subtle ways… bangle bracelets and dangle earrings, love of various cultures, and the need to shake my hips and tip my tush when I dance. One area of life the Gypsy-self has never really gotten to live out freely is my curiosity for travel.  I stay pretty close to home most of the time and even when I  travel, I am probably more cautious than many people.  But as I said in my last video, I am getting ready to embark on a three week adventure up Middle America and back again from Texas to Wisconsin to teach at Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat.

Setting aside three weeks for one event isn’t really my style, so I have been contemplating how to keep the Creativity Tribe home fires burning while away. I decided to do the trip up in style…gypsy wild woman style, that is!

That’s right, I am giving my Inner Wanna Be (my gypsy) an adventure.

During my trip, I am going to explore what it would be like if I gave license to that Bohemian spirit.  I will ask myself…  What would change from just traveling as plain ol’ Rachél (okay, so I am not that plain to begin with, but I am going to push it even further?  What of the Gypsy Wanna Be wishes to be expressed?  What keeps me from going there?

I am going to stretch myself to be courageous.

Now you may see me as a pretty courageous person. I am here on Creativity Tribe spinning my artsy magic all the time. But the truth is that everyone has room to stretch and grow.  Everyone has someplace they hold back that is just itching to bust out and stretch its big, powerful wings.  This trip crosses that sweet spot for me and it seems the Gypsy Archetype holds the key to moving past the fear. So that is what I am going to share.

But that isn’t the whole picture….and this is where the adventure gets good and juicy.  This is where the Creativity Tribe comes in.  I want to give YOU the same opportunity for growth and adventure that I am creating for myself.  I am inviting you to join me for a Journey of the Inner Wanna Be. Think of it as a creative event with sacred play as its medium.

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What is Journey of the Inner Wanna Be’s?

We all have parts of ourselves that wanna thrive and have the ability to lead our lives, our development of self, our experience of joy to a new level of fulfillment.  Sometimes those parts of ourselves sidetracked, scared, or even buried by a number of things.  But they show up occasionally, tapping us on the shoulder, asking to come out to play and if they are lucky, we have learned how to give them what they need.  Sometimes we need a hand though, a little encouragement, because stretching ourselves by being authentic is not just satisfying, it might be a bit scary.

I want you to take this journey with me.  I will be engaging one of my many Inner Wanna Be’s (that little girl who always dreamed of being a gypsy).  And I would love it if you would look inside and ask which of your Inner Wanna Be’s would like to go on a journey of self-discovery with me.  We have a few weeks to get ready for our adventure, and then, the world is ours!

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Are you interested in joining the Journey of the Inner Wanna Be’s?  Make sure to subscribe (below) to the blog where I will be posting updates on my trip, prompts and invitations to develop and share your own journey. Expect a badge for the event soon.  I can’t wait to get started.  But in the mean time, drop a note in the comment box letting us know what some of YOUR Inner Wanna Be’s are!  Let’s get this party started!

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Passport to Dreams Come True

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April is going to be a gloriously wild ride.  I am jumping in my Ford Element and traveling up Middle America from Texas to Wisconsin and back again. I am going on one of the most amazing journeys of my life.  How do I know?  Because I am choosing to make it so.  And I am taking you with me along the way (more about that on Monday, so make sure to drop back by….I promise this will really get your creative juices flowing!!!)

Oh, but back to trip….

My Wisconsin destination takes me to the Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat at Lake Geneva where I am presenting a workshop that is near and dear to my heart, Passport to Dreams Come True.

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Passport to Dreams Come True with Rachél Payne

Within each of us is a space where dreams take seed.
Art is the perfect medium for accessing
the symbols, stories, and inspirations
to help those dreams become a reality.

Join life coach and creativity mentor Rachél Payne as she introduces journaling techniques for exploring your inner landscape and blends them with bookmaking and other mixed media approaches for a dynamic and transformative creative adventure. You will walk away with a process for accessing your heart’s desires and a work of art which documents your own personal journey to its discovery.

For more information about Creative Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat and to explore the other art workshops being offered, head over to Live, Laugh, Love Retreats.

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This Sense-sational Life {Self}

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This Sense-sational Life is a blogging series that explores the senses as a way of cultivating a more mindful, connected life.  This week’s post features guest blogger SuziCate, otherwise known as the Water Witch’s Daughter. She encourages us to consider the Sense of Self. 

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Sense of Self

I consider myself a creative gypsy. I have drifted my way through writing, beading, quilting, collage, photography, crochet, felting, painting, and embroidery. My soul communicates through my art, and my art nourishes my soul. While I have wandered I never settled into a single form. It took years for me to realize what I lacked was a sense of self.

Finding my sense of self came down to knowing myself on an intimate level. I had to let go of my fears. I had to stifle the voices that said I was too sensitive and needed to control my emotions. I had to allow myself to feel without limitations. All the while I kept roaming. Then I stumbled upon art quilting. This allowed me to incorporate all these arts and develop my own style. After all, I am a storyteller at heart, why not visually through fiber?

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Nature inspires me, and hiking defines my sense of self. I feel freedom among the elements. The mountains and sea speak riddles and draw me into their mysteries. The taste of salt air and wild berries intoxicate me.  I bend and soar with the wind as it whistles through the tall pines. The river sings the stresses of my life away, and I settle into my bones. Pungent aromas of cedar and bayberry transport me to other worlds. The tones and expanse of earth and sky blend until I don’t know where one begins and the other ends. My heart holds this secret, a truth hidden in time.

When I’m not throwing my restless energy into creative outlets or able to answer the call to climb mountains or swim the sea, how do I nourish my sense of self? I allow myself to own my feelings.  I light candles. I listen to music. I practice mindfulness. I notice the beauty of life’s simple pleasures. Being grateful open my heart.

I pamper myself. Essential oils offer me a fresh system of self-care. I reap the benefits of detoxing baths and massages. I scent my living space with sandalwood; the oil I feel empowers and completes my sense of self. Sandalwood soothes the soul of the wounded child I sometimes am and transforms me into the sensual woman who’s strong enough to own her emotions. These spiritual experiences ground me to the earth and connect me to the heavens.

These days I take time to care for my creative soul.  I no longer hush her but welcome her voice. When I nurture my sense of self my soul comes out to play…and everybody loves a play date!

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SuziCate 

SuziCate is a weaver of words, a spinner of tales, and a dabbler of art. She spends her free time hiking and canoeing, simply enjoying the gifts of nature. She enjoys researching genealogy, especially family lore. She has published short stories, memoirs, and poetry. She is currently working on a novel and can be found at www.suzicate.wordpress.com or  www.suzicatepoetry.wordpress.com.

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Where do SuziCate’s thoughts take you? How do they inspire or guide you to experience life through the senses? Do you have ways you connect with your Sense of Self?  The Creativity Tribe wants to know. Drop a line in the comments or write a blog post in response and share the link.

Reflection Moon & Creativity Boosters

Body Wisdom Project

Body Wisdom Project

Each New Moon for this year, I join with my friend (and sometimes workshop partner) Jessica to explore our relationship with the body by choosing a focal word for lunar cycle.  We have been focusing on February’s Believing Moon, exploring what it means to believe in the wisdom of the body.  As is often the way with intuitive journeys like the one we are creating together, each level can unfold with a certain balance of mystery and synchronicity.

The mystery comes out of traversing the unknown.  This is especially true when you give yourself up to the guidance of a collaborative experience.  Having Jessica’s input makes my experience more rich, but it also takes me to places I would never have gone on my own.  There is a degree of fear that accompanies a shared journey, but I find that the results feel almost divinely inspired.  Is that the wisdom of the body leading us to a richer more meaningful experience?  Is it the spirit of friendship that is crafting a course of healing for us both individually and as a unit?  Or perhaps it is just the nature of creativity….that something bigger than the parts will find its way into existence. 

Whatever it is, the Believing Moon has reminded me that something guides my path and that when I listen to my body and what it has to offer, I am made more whole.

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March’s Moon….

After a bit of discussion, Jessica and I are delighted to name the focus for the next lunar cycle…Reflection Moon.  We have both signed up for Oprah and Deepak’s 21 Days of Mediation Challenge (would love for you to join us!…starts today!) and will be stretching that out to fill the entire Moonth.

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The Reflection Moon will be about

  • looking into the self,
  • sitting and reflecting on what it,
  • encouraging the self not to strive for more but to simply be willing to admire what is reflected of the self,
  • falling in love with the wonder and authenticity of what IS before reaching for something more.

Join Jessica and I as we explore the relationship with body. We will update our blogs on the New and Full Moons and will post to our Facebook pages as inspiration strikes.

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Events

Creativity Tribe Event: Tomorrow (3/12/13)

5 pm Pacific/ 6 pm Mountain/ 7 pm Central/ 8 pm Eastern

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Did you know the Creativity Tribe has a Party Line?

Once a month I host a free call that explore some aspect of living life with a  touch of creativity. I share a few tips, answer questions, and then open the call for a bit of micro-coaching. The call last about an hour, and if you happen to miss it you can catch the replay.

March’s Party Line….

  • Do you battle the old tapes about owning your truth?
  • Do you doubt yourself so much so that you sometimes can’t share what wants to be expressed?
  • Do you wish you could just relax into your creativity?

Join the Creativity Tribe as we explore

Building your Creative Confidence…Courageously Moving from Fear to Phenomenal

Creativity Tribe Event: Tomorrow (3/12/13)

5 pm Pacific/ 6 pm Mountain/ 7 pm Central/ 8 pm Eastern

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 To join the Party Line and get each month’s call details, subscribe by clicking the button below.

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I hope you can make it….just wouldn’t be the same without you!

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This Sense-sational Life {courage}

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This Sense-sational Life is a blogging series that explores the senses as a way of cultivating a more mindful, connected life.  This week’s post touches on a Sense of Courage and how it can shift over ones lifetime…especially in regards to our courage to be creative.

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It starts with remembering that something of you was forgotten….somehow some essence of the self hidden.

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 And in a shift from hurried to a somewhat slower pace or perhaps found in-between breaths where you wait for the next exhalation, you hear it.

 It calls out from someplace far away, the desire to bring what was lost forth. But it is not so far away that it can’t be heard. Not so far away that it can’t be felt, and certainly not so far away that it can’t be reached.

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That’s when you check yourself….that’s when you sense it….courage.

Yes, it is beckoning you to a cause, to a personal revolution, to a single-focused commitment to something more dear than you will ever commit to….to yourself. Yes, in the course of your life you will commit to others. To child, lover, parent, to the stranger who needs what you have to offer, to a cause that needs a champion…..

but none of these get full value, if you don’t first commit to self. If you never commit, you can never give them the most lovely of gifts… you.  You can not model for them how to fully love, to fully trust, to fully give and receive.

It is all very lofty, this talk of courage and places in the self.  But it is also very real when we feel disconnected from something so vital.  If we are honest, it is dark and dank like the earth because it is a story that we bury inside of us. Often, we put our creativity away sometime in childhood and if we are lucky, we find the courage to stand up for it while it makes its way to the surface.

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The thing about courage is that it can be tricky.  Say for example that we put our creativity away because it was threatened. Perhaps what we expressed was criticized or never given the attention it needed.  Putting it away to protect it is a way of being courageous.  So where in the story does the courage get screwed up?

It happens as we grow up.  When we were young  any power we had was allowed to us by the adults around us. Our lives were tied to their will.  And as sometimes happens with humans, we may have gotten hurt or misunderstood.  Often just as a course of  living. We send our little creative spirits into hiding if they don’t feel safe.  Then, as an adult, if we find the creativity is calling out to be recognized, we have the opportunity to assure its safety.

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What has changed?  We are in charge of our lives. We have the choice to set boundaries and create safety. That is one of the great honors of adulthood….we get to create our lives!

And we are given a Sense of Courage to help us get there.

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The focus for This Sense-sational Life this week is cultivating a Sense of Courage.  Where can you envision yourself stepping more fully into your courage, setting a boundary to make yourself feel safe?  The Creativity Tribe would LOVE to hear from you in the comments. I will keep the conversation going on the Creativity Tribe FB Page.

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