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Monthly archive for July 2013

This Sense-Sational Life {Nature}

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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 post features guest blogger Amy Putkonen, the heart and soul behind Tao Te Ching Daily.  I am thrilled to know Amy.  She and I are working on the upcoming Soulfully Connected Telesummit that goes live at the end of September!

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A Sense of Nature with Amy Putkonen

In our modern urban lifestyles, there is something missing.

Although we have all of the modern conveniences, we are missing a deep understanding of the natural world. We mostly live indoors. We often don’t know where our food comes from. We forget to look up at the moon, or notice when its full. There’s a void, an emptiness. We have that feeling that something is missing…

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We are lacking a sense of nature.

Developing a sense of nature is important for our spirit. When we go outside, when we breath in the fresh oxygen in a forest, or we browse through the garden and smell the flowers or sit out on the deck and listen to the birds, something is restored inside of us. We breathe deeper. We slow down. Things start to make more sense.

Nature teaches us about life.

In an ancient book called the Tao Te Ching, which is what I write about in my blog, Lao Tzu talks about how the natural cycles of life teach us things. Nature teaches us how to restore our energy, how to be with each other and how to be in the world.

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The Chinese character for moon represents “constancy”.

The moon teaches us about constancy. It has been shining throughout all humankind. The moon is the ultimate sense of nature because the moon has expressed to us the patterns of cycles for our entire lives and for every human being that has walked the planet. The moon represents those cycles. Read more about nature’s cycles in Deng Ming-Dao’s book, Everyday Tao.

Animals teach us too.

Animals represent different aspects of being. A squirrel, for example, is a very fast animal. They work hard and get it done. They store things away for winter. They remind us to work hard and to save, as they gather nuts for the winter. An owl represents wisdom. They are quiet and powerful. They pay close attention to what is important and are very successful hunters.

Plants can help us develop a sense of nature too.

Trees represent stillness. Some trees live thousands of years, the oldest ones living today being between 4,000 and 5,000 years old! Just imagine that. All it can do is just BE. That is all it does and it can live thousands of years. What does that tell us about our lives? The wind goes through its leaves, it flickers and drinks the water out of the soil.

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Stillness is really important!

Stillness is about bringing us back to our spirit, to Tao. We get a sense of this when we are out in nature. It has a way of bringing us back and finding ourselves. Nature has us facing things in ourselves that are sometimes difficult to face. All of this is a dream. Stillness returns us to our reality.

Amy Putkonen

Amy Putkonen writes regularly about the Tao Te Ching at her blog, Tao Te Ching Daily. She challenges you to reflect on Taoist principles in real life situations and see where it takes you. Stop by and say hello!

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Where do Amy’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 Nature?  The Creativity Tribe wants to know. Drop a line in the comments, write a blog post in response and share the link, or head over to the Creativity Tribe Facebook Group and join the conversation!

 

Girl About Town

Art is my Fave

This month I have been all over the place… quite literally!  My art work is showing in four different venues in my hometown, and I couldn’t be more over the moon!  I can’t help but think back to the days when I first began showing my art.  Having one piece in a show was a big struggle for my self-esteem.  I was an artist, tight in the bud.

Fresh out of college, I discovered a local artist co-op, KSpace.  I had taken a few art classes, was doing The Artist’s Way, and decided to follow the impulse of my Creative Spirit.  I took some photos of the little bit of work that I had and applied to be part of the co-op.  To my delight, I was accepted.

Towards the end of my time with KSpace, I attended a Christmas party where the organizers were handing out funny certificates that captured some little bit of each artist’s story.  My award….Most Improved Artist.  I think some might have been taken aback….Are you trying to say my art wasn’t good?! But I knew without question that I was very loved by the group and I listened as they shared their inspiration for the award.  One of the artist shared that when I applied, my art was not yet developed.  Several of the artist weren’t inclined to let me in, not out of meanness, but out of a desire to keep the quality of the work they showed.  But one artist, Day Wheeler, saw something in my art and advocated for me.   They respected her enough to trust her instinct, and after a short time, I began to bloom.

Day Wheeler at the KSpace Contemporary

One of the things I love about the shows I am doing this month is that several are shared with other artists who are stretching their sense of who they are as artists to show their works with me.  I feel like I am giving them the same boost that Day gave me…..and for which I remain grateful.

A Quick Peek at Some of My Work

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I am showing a piece that was originally created for the Apocalypse Show at the KSpace Contemporary December of 2012.  The work is inspired by the Paint Mojo Texas Retreat I attended some months before that with Tracy Verdugo.  Wanna see my process? Check out the blog post about it….My Art was Destroyed!

Art Center of Corpus Christi

My hubby (Eric Payne), room mate (Lisa Fonseca), and I have been making art together for the last 3 years since we all started sharing a home together. We usually create small 4 inch by 4 inch drawings of faces that have a different part of the face drawn each by a different artist, then one of us makes the whole piece come together. Some are whimsical, some creepy, all of them have inspired us to push ourselves as artist and human beings.

Exquisite Corpse Drawings

The collaboration comes from a little drawing game my mom would have me and my brother do when we were very little. I learned years later that it originated as a parlor game called Exquisite Corpse Drawings invented by the Surrealist. Who knew my mom was so darned with-it! Every time I do it I think of her!

Lisa, Eric, and I created three larger pieces to help give the show a bigger presence.  The pieces below, done in the same way as the smaller pieces, are mixed media on cardboard.

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Later this week….
I will share my other two shows later this week along with a guest blog post by Amy Putkonen as part of This Sense-Sational Life Blog Series.

 

Angels & Faeries Week: Creative Spirit Doll

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Welcome to Angels and Faeries Week!  I am celebrating the countdown to the grand opening of Angels In My Studio 2013 by sharing some of my favorite winged, spirited, and energetic artwork. Angels In My Studio 2013 is a 5 month online class that goes to that space where art and mystery, creativity and imagination meet.  As part of the art course, each week you will be invited to explore angelic imagery through art and guided meditations.

Featuring A Creative Spirit Doll

Creative Spirit Doll

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This mixed media piece combines some of my very favorite art process and materials.  First of all it is an art doll.  I don’t know when I fell so deeply in love with dolls (perhaps I never fell out of love with them!), but they have become an important part of my identity as an artist.  So using one to capture the essence of my creative spirit makes total sense.

Some other parts I love include the Shrink Art head and eye dangle ( remember playing with Shrinky Dinks as a child), the use of wire and beads (which connect to the jewelry maker in me), and a totally experimental element that accounts for the organic body.  This is achieved by heating Styrofoam (a process I don’t do anymore because of its potential toxicity.)

This piece is one of my all-time favorite dolls because it is the first doll that so blatantly depicts me.  There is something very powerful about self-portraits.  At times I have quietly felt that it was self-centered to explore my own image in art.  Now I think it is essential! Being able to hold a version of yourself in your hands is emotional.  Creating this piece which attempts to capture my sacredness with the addition of gold encrusting, halos, and little jewels helps me connect with my own hallowed nature.

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Speaking of sacred art, I wanted to give an update on the Summer Solstice Journal entry I did as part of a prompt offered by Galia Alena.  You can find the original post about this HERE.

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Summer Solstice 2013

 

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I love Fridays around here because it is my chance to spin some energy for the folks who have bravely claimed creativity as a way of life on the Faces of Creativity Tribe page (you can put yours in too).  I hope you will head over to their blogs for a bit of inspiration….let them know you are part of the Creativity Tribe.

  •  Creative Clearinghouse is one of the go-to places for creative class listings, class and product reviews.
  •  Easy Scraps is the home of Ursula and her thoughts on scrapbooking, stamping, all things creative.  Some of her latest posts explore Gelli Plates.
  •  Diane Enright Photography is a beautiful blog that explores photography and Photoshop.

 Current Workshop: Angels In My Studio 2013

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Rachel Payne Life Coach

 

Angels & Faeries Week: Power Animals

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Welcome to Angels and Faeries Week!  I am celebrating the countdown to the grand opening of Angels In My Studio 2013 by sharing some of my favorite winged, spirited, and energetic artwork. Angels In My Studio 2013 is a 5 month online class that goes to that space where art and mystery, creativity and imagination meet.  As part of the art course, each week you will be invited to explore angelic imagery through art and guided meditations.

Featuring Power Animal Art

When I was a toddler, my parents gave me a stuffed animal, a small red fox. I didn’t play with baby dolls then, I just wanted my fox. What was it about that little fox that felt so comforting? Was it the bright vital color, the softness of its fur? Was it the sweet face?

Over time, the color faded, the fur got loved off, the nose tore, and only one eye remains (yes, I still have it!) I think it felt alive to me, like a friend and a protector.

Over the course of my life, various animals took places of value for one reason or another. I kept seeing them pop up here or there, perhaps I dreamed of them, felt the need to draw them, or spent time fascinated by them more than others.  As I got older, I began referring to them as my power animals because it felt like I was learning from them, taking comfort in them, and that they helped me stay connected to the wild, uninhibited part of myself.

The idea of a power animal comes from the spiritual traditions of many cultures, especially those that are more nature oriented. We may think of them purely as part of a shamanic belief system, but I would bet that most people can relate to feeling close to a certain animal. Perhaps thinking back, you may find an animal calling out to you which has meaning and connection. Could that be your power animal?

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Grandmother Butterfly invites eyes of transformation.

My power animals often show up as drawings in my art journals with messages of support, guidance, or shared wisdom. Sometimes the drawings arise out of some scribble or doodle that takes on the shape of the animal, sometimes it comes from a meditation or dream. However it comes, I try to explore it and see if it has any applications in my life.

Owl Art

Owl sees that even in the dark there is light.

 

One of the most powerful dreams I have ever had involved a raven. The night before I started graduate school to study counseling, I dreamed I was going to a magical school where I was learning to be a healer and where I would have to learn to fly and protect myself. Beside me was the raven. It was as much my teacher as the wise woman heading the class.  In the dream, we took to the skies. It was invigorating and felt like my inner world was letting me know just how committed I should be to my outer studies. That next morning when I arrived at class, a black bird sat outside the door of the building. It looked at me, and I couldn’t help but wonder if it had dreamed about me the night before.

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A Guide for my Journey

Whether or not we believe in the actual existence of animal spirit guides isn’t necessarily the important lesson to take away with us from this post.  For me, life is full of so much mystery that if I had to verify everything  before I found value it in, I might live a boring, unfulfilled life.  Instead, I choose to let go of believing and hold onto playing with the idea, symbolism and stories that want to unravel in my imagination….and my heart.

 Current Workshop: Angels In My Studio 2013

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Rachel Payne Life Coach

 

Angels & Faeries Week: Faerie Friends

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Welcome to Angels and Faeries Week!  I am celebrating the countdown to the grand opening of Angels In My Studio 2013 by sharing some of my favorite winged, spirited, and energetic artwork. Angels In My Studio 2013 is a 5 month online class that goes to that space where art and mystery, creativity and imagination meet.  As part of the art course, each week you will be invited to explore angelic imagery through art and guided meditations.

Featuring My Faerie Friends

Fairy Friends

 

Faeries, everywhere faeries!  

 I have to admit, I am a sucker for the faerie folk!  I love the lore, the mystique, and the variety of ways they manifest within the Arts.  Some of my favorite movies are fae friendly…..Labyrinth, Dark Crystal, Neverwas, Willow, and, oh goodness…don’t forget Peter Pan!

I began drawing faerie art just as soon as I had the courage to play with drawing.  I found them comforting.  They were fun to draw, felt inviting, and let my mind slip into a world of fantasy and folly.  They provided an integral part of the deep healing journey I took on after my mother passed away.

Decades later, in one of the times of my life that was most physically challenging, I found myself stricken with sciatica from a bulging disk.  No fun!  I was flat on my stomach for a few weeks, unable to stand of sit without excruciating pain.  I had never felt so low in my life.  But the tide began to slightly shift, and one day, I felt good enough to sit in a chair for a few minutes at a time with an ice pack numbing the worst pain.

On the table where I was sitting, I discovered a scrap of paper, a pen, and a magazine.  I tore out a little face and drew a silly body.  I remember thinking when the crude sketch was done that I had been about 2 minutes without severe pain. It felt like a huge breakthrough. In front of me was a wee one (see below).  This little faerie with her tiny broomstick, blossom hat, and witchy heels was the first of many faerie friends to take my pain from me for short periods of time.  They were my distraction, my meditation, and my medication. Who knew a faerie could be such good pain management!

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As time has passed, I go back to my collection like paper dolls and look for wisdom, joy, understanding, and inspiration in them.  Some have been transformed into other works of art or have led the way to understanding some aspect of my being.  They are some of the brightest, most child-like, funky art I have done, and yet, they usually show up when times are the darkest….perhaps to usher me to a new level of light.

They are a joy to share with you.  I hope you might see something in them that feels comforting to you or inspires you to look for your own tribe of faeries.

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 Did you miss some part of Angels & Faeries Week?

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Rachel Payne Life Coach

 

Angels & Faeries Week: Tea Cup Angel

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Welcome to Angels and Faeries Week!  I am celebrating the countdown to the grand opening of Angels In My Studio 2013 by sharing some of my favorite winged, spirited, and energetic artwork. Angels In My Studio 2013 is a 5 month online class that goes to that space where art and mystery, creativity and imagination meet.  As part of the art course, each week you will be invited to explore angelic imagery through art and guided meditations.

Featuring My Tea Cup Angel

Tea Cup Angel

This little angel lives in my studio.  She was done as part of an art challenge hosted by my dear friend and Flying Lessons classmate Kathleen Conrad of A New Creation and Upcycle and Remix.  Kathleen and I roomed together at the Art Retreat in Wisconsin.  She is a sweetheart for sure!

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Kathleen invited us during the challenge to use tea bags in a creative way.  I used mine to honor the anniversary of my mother’s passing.  For more of that story, visit the original post about this project on my previous blog Art of Collecting Yourself.

A Cup Full of Gratitude: Tea Bag Momma

An excerpt from that post in 2011:  This cup forms the base of an art doll I created over the last couple of weeks to honor my mom.  It has a skirt made of 21 red zinger hibiscus tea bags (the pink color comes from the tea, to gold, I added).  The tea bag in the center of the cup is black tea…the kind mom made sun tea out of in the Summer.  The gold and pearls are to help remind me to treasure the present moment as much as I do the past.  The tag of the tea bag has been made into a tiny heart shaped journal.  It is blank to remind me that my future is wide open and not strictly defined by my past…but certainly influenced by it.

 

The doll is constructed of wire (one of my favorite mediums to work with).  Her face is a watch, altered with a drawing.  The drawing looks more like me than it does her, but I am okay with that…reminds me that we are much alike.  Hanging inside her chest is a glass vile filled with garnets and a note that reads love.  And in her hands, she holds a nest with three eggs representing to me the three phases of womanhood.  As I move through each phase, I not only learn about myself, but learn more about my mother.  Kind of magical.

The doll makes me so very happy and helps make this day extra special. My mom was the first artist I ever knew.  She painted oil landscapes and taught me the importance of engaging the creative.  I don’t know who I would be without having had her influence in my life.  Luckily, I don’t have to figure that out.

Look for more angel and faerie art here tomorrow.

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Angels & Faeries Week: Spirit Doll

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Welcome to Angels and Faeries Week!  I am celebrating the countdown to the grand opening of Angels In My Studio 2013 by sharing some of my favorite winged, spirited, and energetic artwork. Angels In My Studio 2013 is a 5 month online class that goes to that space where art and mystery, creativity and imagination meet.  As part of the art course, each week you will be invited to explore angelic imagery through art and guided meditations.

Featuring My Spirit Dolls

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One of my favorite ways to find inspiration is within my own art.  Often I will do a doodle, sketch, drawing, or painting and some element will jump out at me.  That then inspires exploration of the element.  I might take that into a poem, a new drawing, a sculpture, or song.

The doll above is made of cardboard, tissue paper, and mixed media.  She is in-process.  There are a few more elements to be added but I am letting them simmer.  She originally came out of a drawing I was doing after a conversation that I had with my friend Kakali about near death experience.  I love that she is looking within.  When I hold her in my hand, she inspires me to look within myself.

This is a poem that bloomed from looking within.

Gratitude Poem

I absolutely love how one work of art has inspired another which inspired another.  Perfect!

Tomorrow’s featured art: Tea Cup Angel

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My Dirty, Filthy Artsy Life

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I have been getting my hands dirty with paint and marker, glue and glitter almost everyday.  It makes me feel alive!

Spirited Sprite

The drawing above was done during an early morning drawing session with a few little girls I was hanging out with before Art Camp.  They started talking about fairies and asked me to draw one.  This is my little Spirit Sprite.  She was the delight of the little artists and inspired a whole day’s worth of winged one art sketches by them.

This Summer has been filled with Art and Drama Camps, each day offering a chance to dig into my creativity with play and spontaneity.   All that art helped me realize I don’t share enough of my art with you, so I have created a page on the site that features different kinds of my work.  Some formal, some just doodles.  They are all from my heart.  I hope you will take a peek and let them inspire you to live a dirty, filthy artsy life.

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Next Friday I will be sharing the finished Summer Solstice Journal Page.  And more Faces of Creativity Tribe.

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I love Fridays around here because it is my chance to spin some energy for the folks who have bravely claimed creativity as a way of life on the Faces of Creativity Tribe page (you can put yours in too).  I hope you will head over to their blogs for a bit of inspiration….let them know you are part of the Creativity Tribe.

Linda Barutha is a super creative who has her fingers in all kinds of glorious projects.  She hosted the Art Retreat I taught at in Wisconsin…What a to do!  Her most recent endeavor includes a Call for Entries for a Design Team….due today, so hop on over!

Yugen Ro is hands-down one of the most creative people I know.  Musician, Poet, Artist, Lover of Life.  He also happens to be one of my dearest friends and was featured as one of the instructors for my e-course Touch the Moon in Fall 2012.

Jamie Birch is an aspiring author and jewelry designer who is chasing her dreams.  Jamie and I met through Kelly Rae Robert’s Flying Lessons and have supported one another’s creative and personal growth.

Rachel Payne Life Coach

 

 

Where Art Meets Mystery

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My journal has become my closest companion this last month.  It all began as I started attending a weekly meditation group and found rich stories pouring out of my inner worlds.  Often the stories were of my own healing or the impressions I felt from those I was close to.  Then, I began working with family members who were ill and a friend who was dying and the images I saw when I closed my eyes and got quiet invited themselves onto the pages of my journal.

I didn’t set out to draw my inner landscapes and the muses that populated them, but as my hand moved across the page to doodle, scribble, and otherwise make a mark, I found them showing up there.  They feel like some of the most personal drawings I have ever done.  They are more raw, more intimate, coming from my intuition. They are an expression of my spirituality.

I want to share them with you because they have felt like medicine to me and that kind of spirit-soothing through creativity what I hope to nurture here in Creativity Tribe Studio.

Today’s Intuitive Drawing came out of an evening spent in hospice with my friend.  As I waited in the silence of her room, I heard a call from within myself to sing a song I sang at the death bed of another friend.  The first time I sang it for the dying friend, I sang it over and over in her last minutes.  It felt like I might be helping to sooth the way for her.

The song says, “Surely the presence of Love is in this place, I can feel it’s mighty power and grace. I can hear the brush of angel’s wings, I see glory on each face. Surely the presence of Love is in this place.”  I think I have changed some of the words over the years, so it may have another version floating out there. But this is what I sing.

I struggled a bit with the urge I had to sing the song.  Others were in the room with me.  So I decided to sing it in my mind and began meditating on the door in front of me. The door to the room was cracked so that only golden light spilled in.  As I stared at the light it changed to a neon lavender…changed as things do when you stare long enough.  And I felt like I could see shadows like people passing in between the room and the door….as if they were in the room but all I saw were the shadows.  I thought perhaps I should stop staring so hard but for some reason I was drawn in.  I wasn’t scared because somehow although I felt like I was actually seeing something, I was seeing nothing.  Now I know that is a strange thing to say, but sometime there just aren’t words for making sense out of the unusual.

A nurse came into the room and asked the family to step out so she could tend to our friend.  As I walked away, I tried to shake the feeling that I had peeked into another world.  I tried to let go because if I was ever to REALLY experience something like that, I wouldn’t want it to be forced.  I wouldn’t want to spin a story from nothing.  And those pulses of light shadows were barely there.  Perhaps I was tricking myself.  Perhaps I wanted something more to happen.

I made it to the end of the hall and sat.  There was a hubbub in the room next to ours.  The family came out to let the nurse know their loved one had passed.  I was stunned.  I couldn’t help but wonder if I was singing the song for him.

Crossing Over

That night, alone in my room, I turned to the journal.  My journal has been one of those things that has been with me through the craziest, most confusing of times and has never let me down. It brings me clarity.  Letting my hand move across the page, I let go of the image above.  The picture is grainy, but I actually prefer that to the crisp lines.  The event was grainy.  It is an in-between life and death, knowing and unknowing, kind of experience. It left my mind curious to see the whole picture, wishing to know if what I sensed was the real deal.

I think  in times like this, in times where something other worldly, super natural, or something of the spirit has happened, you have to make a decision to doubt or just go with it.  Going with it is what I chose to do.  And this is what that means….

I think I sensed the passing of a person from this world into the next.  I think my intuition connected with him and wanted to ferry him to the next part of his journey with that song.  I never knew him….never saw him….but this image feels like it will connect me with him forever. And for that I am grateful.

Do you have a curiosity about spiritual art, intuitive art?  Join me and a host of spiritual creatives for a journey into a place where art means mystery.  Enrollment is open now….Angels In My Studio 2013.  The Magic begins July 22nd. I for one, can’t wait!

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Secrets to Shifting Out of Difficulty and Into Delight

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When we start talking about seeing life’s difficulties with a positive spin, I know from personal experience there can be a part of the self that wants to throw a hand up in the air and turn its back on the whole conversation.

 Girl friend, these troubles are mine!  I came to them the hard way…with bumps, bruises, and plenty of tears.  And you just want me to push them aside? Sister, puh-leez!

It may sound like I am exaggerating, but I have heard it from friends and clients too.  Something in us needs to hold onto the dramas and traumas of life, and when someone suggests we move away from them ….especially the big, hairy, scary ones….. we stand our ground.

I have shared over the last several months about working through my big stuck-in-place stories, dealing with the illness and death of loved ones, facing personal fears and those the same scary-world scenarios we all see on TV.  The more I practice moving out of the pain and into the possibility, the easier it is getting.  Here are some of my secrets.

Start where you are.  If you feel yourself digging in with both heels, staying close to the pain….for whatever reason….let that be where you start your journey towards healing.  Giving yourself permission to honor the hurt can often be an important step in eventually finding relief.

Invite your creativity in.  Honoring the hurt with creativity helps you take something that feels stuck and brings movement to it without disregarding the part of you that needs the experience recognized.  It also opens a door to a new perspective.  The options are endless for how to bring creativity into a difficulty. They range from journaling to dance, include music, gardening, or just getting quiet and going inward.

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A Favorite Technique. One of my faves right now is to imagine that some thing greater than myself…. that could be a Higher Power, helping spirit, imagined healing hand, angel, saint, or some part of myself more wise… that some Guide  has a gift for me that comes from the situation I am stuck in.  I get quiet, close my eyes, and let my helper hand me a box that will show what the gift is.  I open it and look inside.  Sometimes it takes me awhile, may even takes more than one visit to see and understand what is inside the box.  I am patient.  I try to never force it.  Try to let it come more from my creativity and less from my willful mind. The gifts are often simple and nearly always, if I am willing to receive the gift, I find them comforting and healing.

An Organic, Intuitive Process.  Moving from difficult and into delight is a process.  The most helpful part in my opinion is the decision itself.  Will I choose to be happy?  How long will I stay with all the hard feelings the difficulty brings?  Could I redefine myself as one of those people who bounces back…who feels the feelings, listens to that guiding spirit within myself that knows how to move towards happiness then resets the path to lead me there?  I have decided to be that person.

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The Ultimate Reward.  I have been exploring this for about 8 months, this transforming of those dense feelings into life lessons and morsels of meaningfulness.  The process leads to all kinds of rewards.  I am learning so much about myself and the way life works.  But the ultimate reward is a sense of strength I feel from making my back to peace when life brings situations that feel difficult.  I am discovering that I am resilient and that sometimes what feel like a pickle of a situation was really something beautiful in disguise.  This is the key for me to staying on top of emotional wellness.

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Angels in My Studio 2013

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Rachel Payne Life Coach

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