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Heart Wisdom

Heart Notes
Hearts are tender….
They open and close like flowers chasing the sun,
resting quietly in the shadow.
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Hearts are strong, resilient, and re-storing.
Hearts are vessels which hold love, dispense love, receive love.
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They quiver gratefully in the presence of grace and resonate with courage
when witnessing the need of another which is in any degree greater than our own need.
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Tonight my heart is all of this….quivering, blooming, courageous, and profoundly tender.
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For this night’s sleep, I will cradle it in the rocking of my chest as I breathe
and marvel at its ability to be all I need it to be.
Deep peace…..
Rachel Payne Life Coach

Art Journal: Summer Solstice

Art Journal

At the first of the year I discovered Galia Alena, a New Zealand based mixed media artist with a deep understanding of the creative spirit.  She and I were in the Fly Tribe Word Hop, sharing our words for the year.  Her offering was mesmerizing.  It was a video chronicling her journal process for exploring her word.  I loved it especially for its invitation to let intuition guide the process.  This is how my art usually evolves and I could appreciate witnessing that on her video.

So when I got an invitation to participate as an instructor in Angels In My Studio 2013 and saw she is part of the gathering of teachers with me, I was thrilled!

This weekend, she posted her Journal as Sacred Vessel Summer Solstice video.  It is lovely. I watched it Friday and have been letting it percolate.  Tonight I visited my journal as time would allow.  Here is where I am…

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I see a woman emerging.

What the journaling brought up for me….

I have had a weekend filled with introspection.  I feel very connected to the world inside, and somehow to the world of symbols, metaphor, and stories that exist in the reality where imagination, intuition, creativity, and spirituality bloom.

Summer Solstice in South Texas is the beginning of a very intense time.  I think we often associate the Winter with a time to go inward, but I believe that is completely subjective.  We wrestle with extreme degrees in the heat of Summer that send us looking for shade.  It has already begun.

That going inward has made Grandmother Bear show up in some of my sketches.  For me the bear in an introspective creature, extremely fertile, birthing, feeding, nurturing….all while in a slumber.  She creates in a dream-like state.

The words I wrote beneath the painting helped remind me that I should balance movement and rest and that the movement should be gentle and flowing.  This mirrors the insight I felt about Bear.  She is active in an inactive way. I also got in touch with the importance of water (birth water and the consumption of water) to help relieve the fiery nature of the season.  I even felt like the foods I would pick should be more water based….fruits and veggies, light soups, smoothies, fresh juice, lighter proteins.

I still have several layers to add to my journal entry for the Summer Solstice.  I don’t mind not getting it done in one sitting.  This will be a great project to let simmer on a slow burner.

Special thanks to Galia Alena for her seasonal journal offering. I will leave some links below, including a guest post she wrote for The Amulet Magazine that I enjoyed finding when I was looking for links.  It is a jewel for sure!

Journal as Sacred Vessel Summer Solstice Video

Galia Alena Blog

Amulet Magazine Guest Post

Angels In My Studio 2013…. where you will find us BOTH!

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Hello Summer

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For the last several months, I have been attending a local Wednesday night meditation group that is exploring the use of cacao as a partner in our personal work.  The group is hosted by Rev. Shar of Lucid Waking, a show on A2Zen.fm.  Cacao is the plant that chocolate comes from.  Yep, I indulge in the yumminess of chocolate every week.  You know that feel-good thing that happens when you have a piece of chocolate?  Well, the kind of chocolate we use is very pure and has the qualities you would find in chocolate from heritage breed plants.  Even taking a little makes you feel a lot good.

We also practice taking that feeling the comes from smiling…that little glow you can detect all over….and amplifying it.  So we will be gathering on this first day after Summer Solstice to have some chocolate while we grow our smiles…. or perhaps I should say GLOW our smiles.

I have made a video to explore the light and the dark.  Let it be an invitation to you to connect more with the light that lives within you.

(Note: The images used in this video are taken using kinetic photography at night. They are of the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas. It is lit with lights that put on a show every night.  Enjoy!)

Curious About Cacao?
For more information about Ceremonial Cacao and Going to Glow, please visit Keith….lovingly known as the Chocolate Shaman.  His site has lots of great information…. and while you are there, make sure to check out the quality of his smile.  When you look at someone and can sense the peace in their heart the way I believe I can with Keith, you know they have something worth listening to.

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Rachel Payne Life Coach

Creative Organizing Tips

Guide to Life

Keeping myself organized is a task I like to approach with creativity.  I love to blend fun with functional, play with practical.  And when I can, I go DIY on proven practices that help projects pop!

Mind Maps

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For me, organizing my creative projects begins in my sketchbook.  I just couldn’t make it without Mind Maps.  These graphic idea generators are the perfect way to wrangle restless ideas so that they become a static picture.  It is amazing how a HUGE jumble of ideas can settle down into manageable clusters when they are categorized and connected this way.

Favorite Tools

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Another favorite tool of mine is the simple manila folder.  These folders often show up in my art work, so it isn’t surprising that they are a go-to office supply that help keep my wild ideas in check.  I don’t go crazy decorating them for every single subject, but I have been known to make a folder stand out a bit if it is something I think deserves a bit of positive energy or if it is a concept I am excited about.

File Folder Art

I also like to use folders to organize projects.  I have an old file cabinet next to my desk that I use as a magnet board.  I often pair folders with sticky notes to create Action Charts which allow me to physically add and re-arrange ideas.  Sticky notes are also the super stars of my organizer. I love them because they are easy to move from one place to another and the same note can start in one place , like the Action Charts, travel to a Personal Organizer for the day, and end up in a file folder created as an archive.

Archiving for Future Projects

I use sticky notes within folders to help me keep track of actions I need to take or have taken.  For example, if I have a project I am doing that I know I may tweak and do again in the future, I can let the sticky notes help me keep track of the steps involved in the process.  That way I don’t have to reinvent the wheel, and I can use my energy for just making the wheel more awesome.

I also like to use on-line tools to help me stay organized.  I use Google Docs to create spreadsheets for links I often refer coaching clients to and use Trello to help me keep track of links I want to access for certain projects.  For example, with Trello, I had a board for links I needed for my road trip including airbnb, the retreat details, the fundraiser for Africa I attended, and my Google Maps.

Interested in more organizing tips?  

Follow this conversation over to the Creativity Tribe Facebook Group.  Everyday, we are exploring how creativity works in our lives.

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Before you leave:  Check Out Angels In My Studio…the e-course

Angels in My Studio 2013

Starts soon….would love to take it with you!

Rachel Payne Life Coach

Following the Heart Home

Heart Journey

In early April I began toying with the idea of Inner Wanna Be’s.  These are the parts of ourselves who wish to find their way out into our extraordinary, animated lives.  I began with the Gypsy Wild Woman Inner Wanna Be, letting her guide me all the way up the middle of the US and back again to my South Texas home.  The ride was spectacular because I let fly a part of myself I had always wished to give wings.

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The Road became my friend during the journey.  It showed me things about myself I never thought I would learn by simply choosing to head out my front door.  The Road, my surprise gift giver.  It revealed my strength, flexibility, resilience, and a core of inner peace.

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The Road also became a healing force.  It invited my wounds to come along for the ride, held them before me, and showed my heart how to cradle them in the rocking rhythm of undulating highways that stretched before me.

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The Wild Woman in me took up caring for the heart that the Road encouraged to heal.  She sung out prayers of forgiveness of self and others that had held me in place for years.  The Gypsy called me forward into a new day and a new way.  Together the Gypsy, the Wild Woman, The Road, and I…..we journeyed along.  And when the trip of a lifetime was over, they integrated into me so that they will be with me forever and always.  Home …..anew.

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Before you leave:  Check Out Angels In My Studio

Angels in My Studio 2013

Starts soon….would love to take it with you!

Rachel Payne Life Coach

Crafting Time

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I like to break life up into time chunks.  I suppose all of humanity does that.  We measure it in minutes, days, weeks, months, seasons, years, etc.  As a creative, I use these time bits as a medium for crafting life.  The year begins and I am thinking back on what I loved, what I want to improve, and how to make the year to come fit the dreams I have for myself.  Each night, I envision the day to come, working through the rough places to help me think through what might be a tripping spot.

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Mondays are my days for Weekly Wishes, that place where I decide general themes for the week, where I will put my energy, and what the landscape of the next 7 days will be.  I use various tools to plan it out.  Sometimes there are lists made on Sunday night.  My calendar holds the appointments with hints of what is flexible enough to allow for extras.  Some appointments are in stone, others are penciled in.  Some weeks feel monumental, while others are transitional weeks that help me recover from or prepare for the more intense parts.

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The week in front of me is going to be about balancing care of myself while giving attention to others.  I am starting a new half-day camp that blends drama and art.  I am the drama teacher.  We are focusing on improvisation and experimental movement.  Drama, Drama, Drama! Can you say FUN?!

Summer Solstice is this weekend.  I have signed up for Galia Alena’s Summer Solstice Sacred Vessel Journaling Ritual. I am teaching Angels In My Studio with her and can’t wait for a first hand glimpse into her teaching style.  I discovered her at the beginning of the year when we were both choosing our One Little Word for the year. (Mine was Gift and hers, Generosity.)  Celebrating the seasons is a great way to craft life with time as a medium.

I am also gearing up for a large mediation gathering that will take place this weekend. I will be on the team working with newcomers. We will be drinking ceremonial cacao. Some of my attention will be going to getting my head and heart in the right space for giving during the event.

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As for the Self-care

In between commitments to others, I am continuing to support my healing knee.  I find long soaks in the tub to be the best medicine so far.  I am also playing house, getting my studio in shape and organizing a space that I hope will be just right for shooting more videos.  I have also been doing a lot of drawing and want to continue exploring some of the work I am doing there.

Brilliant Idea….How about I share my Summer Solstice Journal next week in a video?!  Score!

How About You?

What tricks do you have for crafting time?  What wishes have you cast for the weeks  or seasons to come?  Where are you working on balance in your life?  Do you have any Summer Solstice plans? I would love to know.

Join the Conversation

You can find more conversations with creatives and wanna-be creatives (those folks who haven’t yet figure out that they ARE creative) in the Creativity Tribe FB Group. Simply click the link and request entry into the group. Would love to see ya there!

Before you leave:  Check Out Angels In My Studio

Angels in My Studio 2013

Starts soon….would love to take it with you!

Rachel Payne Life Coach

 

 

Tweaking the Tribe: Finding Kindred Spirits

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Nine months ago, I took the leap from my WordPress blog to an independent, stand-on-my-own website that I built from scratch without much know-how.   When I first published it, I could clearly see some of the places I wanted to take the website and my business but some of the process and destination were hidden from my view.  The more comfortable I get here, the more it feels like home.  Like a fabulous fixer-upper, there is always something to work on, something to tweak, and some addition that would make it just right!

The Creativity Tribe concept comes from a deep desire to help others get in touch with their instinctual spirit of creativity. I believe that creativity is powerful, healing, and can make our lives rich and meaningful.  Creativity is something that can help us connect to the most authentic places in ourselves while providing the opportunity for us to cultivate support and encouragement in the relationships around us.

Just think about it…. when you see a child expressing themselves through the creative arts…. dance, song, doodling, or make believe…. they are bring out something pure in themselves.  They honor you with their expression.  They invite you into a sacred space.  This is the same invitation I make to you.  Come play with me.  Come into a sanctuary for your creative spirit where others are gathering to share the small ways they are making big strides in life. 

Our New (FREE) Community

I have created a community on Facebook that I have been keeping a big secret, waiting for just the right time to share it with you.  It is my surprise gift to you….gift being my word for the year!  It has a spattering of creative spirits who regularly invest in that part of themselves that brings forth ideas and inklings.  It also holds a space for individuals who wish to bring more creativity into their lives or to live life in a creative way.

I call them the Creativity Tribe.  To qualify to join you need only have a desire to connect with your own creative spirit and be willing to support the kindred spirits who find themselves answering that same call for themselves.  Follow the link below and ask to join the group. Please note respectfully that I will not be accepting personal friendship requests as I am practicing setting boundaries between my personal and professional accounts.  I hope you understand.  That said, I hope you will consider joining the Creativity Tribe Facebook Group and that you find it inspiring!

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Claiming Your Place and Sharing Your Site

For more ways to connect with Creativity Tribe, proudly share the Creativity Tribe badge on your blog with a link back to this website and feel free to leave your creativity-based site on the Faces of Creativity Tribe page.  This helps build community, lets your visitors know you invest in your creativity and support the creative endeavors of others.

I am teaching for Angels In My Studio 2013

Are you curious about the upcoming Angel In My Studio 2013 e-course that I will be teaching in?  Hop over and check out the goodies or click on the AIMS2013 page on this site to watch the video I made sharing about the ANGEL in my studio!

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Click image above to visit AIMS site.

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A Sense of imBalance

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My life has gotten out of balance….literally.  Last week I somehow twisted my knee.  I woke up one day to tightness, mild swelling, and an unstable joint.  When I wanted to walk, I had to hop and stoop to get around.  I am still all bent up.  The pain isn’t bad.  It just doesn’t really work right.  Needless to say, I am jumping into self-care mode to help get my knee what it needs.

This afternoon I am headed to the chiropractor; tomorrow, a massage.  Even with that though, I think the quirk in my knee must be less about something physical and more about something desiring more balance in my life.

That is why during my meditation this weekend I have explored where the imbalance comes from.  You see, I am learning that imbalance is an invitation to a new level of balance.  I don’t think it has to be that something is wrong as much as that there is a new something right trying to make its way into life.

My meditation connected me with a time when I was completely immobilized with severe back pain. Same thing then, no apparent episode to blame it on, just woke with it!  I remember knowing then that if I was ever to have better use of my body that I wanted to dance.  I needed to dance….not for the sake of my body, but for my overall well-being. Dancing celebrates my body.  It is a moving affirmation of a part of me that for much of society doesn’t fit.

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I am a big, curvy girl.  I have been since the third grade.  Something shifted in my existence that year, and I went from a small child to a large child.  I have spent a good portion of my life fighting against the negative spin our society, culture, the media, and even well-meaning loved ones throw out about anyone who doesn’t have the perfect body. Sometimes I am tricked into thinking that only curvy bodies have to contend with this, but I know that there are very few women and even very few men who love their bodies and accept them.  How can that be?

Yesterday my husband made a list of reasons why he thought I should read a book. He said I had a lot in common with the author.  He is so cute. He even made a list.  At the bottom of the list of how I was like her, he wrote that I was an advocate for body acceptance.  I didn’t know he saw me as that.  I am an advocate for many things, but for body acceptance, I think I could up my game.

That is the new balance for me….affirming my body in all its roundness, with all its pudgy places, with its twisted up knee, its little mole on my wrist that grows a single thin hair out of it til it is long enough for me to pluck it away, for the lines that are stretching out along the soft flesh below my eyes, and the small but very present age spots that have found their way to the back of my left hand.

I am celebrating you too.  You, fat…You, thin….You, sagging….You, graying….You, bleeding or not….You, barren or bursting with child….You, tired and goofy or graceful and glowing….You, You, You….in every glory of every realness of You!

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Angels Calling, Creativity Answers

Angels in My Studio 2013

Can you hear the whisper of angels among us?  Or perhaps faeries and sprites are your cup of tea.  Whatever the case, let your Creative Spirit spread its wings and fly!

Register now for Angels In My Studio 2013.

The magic begins on July 22.

Angels In My Studio 2013 is an on-line art course that explores imagery of the winged ones and wee ones while helping you connect with your own deep spiritual self.

What you get….

  • 5-month creative arts journey
  • more than 10 art lessons
  • 8 guided meditations
  • writing prompts
  • a supportive community
  • a deep connection to the angels and other winged ones

Get all the details about registering at the Angels In My Studio homepage.

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And the Winner Is…..

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When we give, we get….and I feel like this giveaway has been a huge gift for me.  What a lovely pouring out of interest in this course!  Your stories, your desire to connect with your creativity and spirituality is beautiful.  It makes me fall in love with life!

Enough gushing though….here is what you came for!

The winner of the Angels In My Studio 2013 Giveaway is Loz.  Your name and email will be shared with Sheri Ponzi over at Painting Herself Into Being for acceptance into the course.  Congratulations!

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If you didn’t win, take heart. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the angel loveliness.  Registration opens June 8th.

 I will be looking for each of you and hope you can make it happen.  It is amazing what the Universe will bring your way when you are open to inviting in the possibility and positivity!

For more details, head over to the AIMS2013 event page.

I will also be keeping folks signed up for the newsletter in the loop as the class develops.

 

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