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Paint Mojo Deja Vu

Art is my Fave

Seems I have been down this road before!

A year ago this weekend, I headed out for the Texas Hill Country for an art retreat with Aussie artist Tracy Verdugo.  The event was beautiful.  I was so moved by her painting style that I have been playing with and tweaking it for the past year.  When I found out she was making her way back to Texas, I jumped at the chance for a reunion.  I am calling it Paint Mojo Deja Vu!

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Paint Mojo {Making Life a Work of Art}


The event in is Austin….my motherland! (That is where I was born…it is a beautifully weird, artsy town.  My kinda place!)  I will be staying with friends while there.   I am especially excited for a Friday night Halloween party with one of my favorite college buddies.

Then, on the way home, I am spending a few days at a hilltop horse ranch.  Sounds like an extended weekend filled with indulging of my creative spirit!  It is my favorite way to live!

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Self-Care Sabbatical

If you were able to watch the video above, you would see that it is about taking removing, covering up, and destroying the big picture in order to get to something more simple and often more pure.   This is something Paint Mojo has brought to me the first time around.  After watching the video (which was made just after my return from the first retreat), I decided to let it inspire me to simplify my life a bit more…. for just a bit.  So I am going to extend my Paint Mojo retreat into a little Sabbatical that will allow me to go deeper into self-care.

Don’t worry, I am not going away.  I am going to be going into my healing process even further and giving myself some downtime.  It is a gift we all need to give ourselves every once in awhile.  I would love for you to leave me some love in the comments below, and then look for me to return in a few weeks.  I will make sure to bring a few pics of the event to share and whatever insight my time off brings me.  I want to encourage you to take a bit of time off in your life too.  If even an afternoon.  Love yourself…in action  by cultivating inaction!

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When Life Gets BuZZy, Make Honey

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Life has recently gotten super busy.  Some of the busy-ness comes from bee-ing ready for more in my life.  More ease.  I feel as if a screen with a pattern on it came down in front of me and is insisting that I fit my life into its shape in order for me to go in the direction I wish.  I could stay where I am or go some other way, but if I want what I want, I must shift into this new way.

So the new way means being better at some of the things I struggle most with.  Left brained kinda stuff.  You know, task oriented activities, organization, numbers, structure.  All those things that just aren’t the way of a supra-creative….or at least not this one…yet.

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But, I can see that getting a few practices in place can lift me to a new level of existence.  There is an underlying anxiousness that buzzes just below the surface that the ordering of life tends to subdue.

And so, I am adjusting my surroundings and my procedures to help quiet the part that needs that.  I have been cleaning out file cabinets, throwing out and recycling the unwanted and unneeded bits, have set up space for my the essential oils in my studio and bedroom, am taking an ecourse (Counting Abundance) to help me fall in love with my bookkeeping.  Already, I can feel great relief.  I feel stronger, more capable, and serene.

Using Essential Oil for Organizing

One of my partners in this overhaul has been a grounding blend of essential oils.  It helps sooth my calm my mood as I work through complicated projects, helps me focus on what is important, calls me towards more balance in my life, and smells delicious!

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Encouraging Creativity

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This is an invitation.  A calling to deepen your connection with a part of yourself that wants access to more of your life.  When we quiet the chatter in our heads enough that our hearts can be heard, we often detect the voice that quietly demands expression.  It wants to take you on a ride that you will never forget.  But fear has squelched it so often that it is threatening to go away.

Where will it take us?  What will others think?  Are we doing it right?  What sacrifices will we have to make?  What will slip out once we open up?

Good questions, all.  I don’t have the answers.  The only way you will find out is by daring to breathe into those spaces that are starving for life.  No other person but you can give you the gift of fully having shared yourself. Tend to your DEAR CREATIVE SPIRIT by encouraging creativity…today.

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In the Studio {Wild Child Art + Chia Seed Yummines}

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Making Art…Making Life

The art below is out of my journal that is chronicling my journey since my uterine cancer diagnosis.  When I first drew her, I wasn’t in love with it.  Her hair was a little big and it just didn’t feel like I wanted to.  But then I decided to keep going, which is a great exercise in trusting the creative process.

I used my Yasutomo shimmer water colors on her with a few strips of collage paper.  The image is edited to help her show up a bit better for the computer.  In real life she is super shimmery and almost glows.

Looking at her now, I especially love the hair.  Isn’t that funny!  I have been growing my hair out and letting some of the gray have its way with me.  I am not loving the grey so I have been dying it purple.  It’s great fun!  And some days when the weather is just right, my curls come out to play.  Makes me feel like a wild child!

For more of my art images check out my Rachél’s Art page.

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Playing with My Food

In the studio with me this morning is also a bowl of chia pudding.  It is my creative food contribution to the day.  I have been playing with chia seeds for the last several months

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The chia seed pudding is so crazy simple.  If you have never had a chia seed, I like to compare them to tapioca or flax.  They have a little gooey-ness to them when they soak a bit in liquid.  They are uber good for you.  Most people I talk to are pleased with chia seeds, but the texture is not for everyone.  I crave it!  And YES, they are the same chia seeds used for chia pets.  Cool, huh?

When I make chia pudding, I use what I have on hand and am very flexible with how it turns out.  The most important ingredients are the chia seeds and the coconut milk.  Some days I just eat it like that.

But this is how I LOVE it…..

I take a can of organic coconut milk (full fat) and add chia seeds.  Some days I like it super thick and some days soupy, so just play with what works for you.  I add to it shredded coconut (again, according to how thick you want it) and a nut I love (pecans today, but almonds, pistachios, walnuts, or cashews all work too.)  Nut butters are also a fabulous addition to bring a little flavor.   A few drops of stevia (an herbal sweetener) helps brighten the taste.  Add a dash of cinnamon and cardamom if you like those and a few berries for color  if you have them.  Let it set up for 15 minutes or put over night depending on your schedule and how you wish.

Sometimes I have this for breakfast, other times it is a snack.  I also often save it for the end of the day when I know I want to feel like I am treating myself to a dessert.  It reminds me a lot of my grandmother’s rice pudding (especially if it has extra cinnamon and a few raisins) and other times it is similar to Indian Rice Pudding (especially when I add cadamom).  It makes enough to share or to have more for the next day.

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Surprise Gift from Universe {Holding Sacred Space}

Surprise Gifts from Universe

I have decided to engage a little experiment with the Universe this month.  I am asking it to open up the field of possibility and shower me with gifts.

Surprise Gifts from the Universe: Everyday a Party!

What abundance of support there is in this life!

Last week I listed the surprise gifts I recognized from the Universe but today that didn’t feel quite right.  Maybe it is the state of mind I am in as I am sitting down to write this.  I feel so grateful for the people in my life.  I have so many rich relationships and many of them are based around personal growth and discovery.

I have had various times in my life when a circle of friends has come together to explore something meaningful.  Those times feel like eras that I am passing through.  Now is one of those times.

This era of my life is so intense…in a good way.  I meet weekly with a meditation group and we do beautiful, deep, expanding, transformative work.  Then I get to come here to Creativity Tribe Studio and spin that personal work into a tapestry of writings for you.

The Universe has placed on my heart to open Creativity Tribe as a circle in and of itself.  I don’t have the in’s and out’s yet, but I can feel it forming.  I wonder if you will be part of it.  That would be a definite surprise gift from the Universe!

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Body Wisdom + Trance-Formation

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Body Wisdom Wednesday is a new series for me.  It invites me into relationship with all my bodies…the physical, spiritual, and emotional.  I invite the bodies to dance with my intuition and creativity, finally capturing something of myself with a small image on a card to add to my growing collection.

I have been cultivating Body Wisdom for decades.  It is amazing what the body knows….what it remembers.  For example, when I was very, very young I had a traumatic event take place.  I never forgot the happening, but I was so young that I didn’t have a sense of exactly where it happened in my hometown.  One day when I was delivering flowers for the florist I designed for, I drove up to the back door of a store.  Finding myself in the alley, I noticed my breathing changed.  I felt vulnerable and my heart raced.  I was having a panic attack, only there was no reason that I could discern that would have triggered it.

I calmed myself, looked at my surroundings with more peaceful eyes and noticed an oleander bush that reminded me of a time long ago.  I called my father and asked him a few questions that helped me confirm that the alley way was part of the traumatic event from decades before.  I would have had no idea, but by body did.  It held the memory.

Now I drive by the alley way all the time.  It doesn’t bother me.  Instead I think of it as a place where I learned of the power of body memories, to honor what the body knows even if the mind thinks otherwise.

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Trance-Formation

The woman in this Body Wisdom Card is a version of myself.  She is full grown but in the fetus position.  She holds a flower in her womb and seems to be attached to a blossom.  The image tells the story of  birth, rebirth, and what we birth.  In her hair hides a heart.  Hair can feel energetic to us, give us strength.  It connects us to our Crown Chakra, the energy center in our body that opens us to a higher Divinity.  The womb connects the Chakra Center at the other end of the body, as well, allowing us to connect with Mother Earth. Overall, the painting feels serene and transformative.  We often think of creativity as an active thing, but in this moment, it seems to unfold with tranquility. The woman has gone inward in a kind of trance that appears to be sparking a growth of self.

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Lessons from Gravity the Movie {spoiler free}

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This Sense-sational Life is a blogging series that came out of my realization that the more I explore life and get a sense of its nuances (including the literal senses and figurative ones) the more my life feels sensational.

A Sense of Gravity

I watched Gravity, the movie, this afternoon with my hubby.  I donned the 3D glasses, munched on some popcorn, sipped from a cup with two straws and held on tight to my man when things in the movie felt a little too close to real life.  I promise not to give anything away, except for the fact that this movie shouldn’t be missed.

It may sound odd for me as a down to Earth artist to claim a movie about an astronaut hits close to home, but Gravity’s metaphoric symbolism grabbed hold of me and took me through the same journey as the main character, played by Sandra Bullock.  One thing the trailer shows, that is enough for me to share, is that this movie is about how we sometimes have an unexpected collision with life that just might send us far enough off our course to force us scrambling for something solid to hold onto.  And sometimes when things turn our world upside down, the only thing we may have to hold onto is ourselves!

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The last several months have been one of those uncharted journeys for me.  Boy, don’t we learn a lot about ourselves when we get untethered from our life as we know it.   A few months ago when I was diagnosed with uterine cancer, I just wouldn’t have had any idea that the lessons that are coming up for me would be the ones to come up.  I thought the challenges would be one thing going into it, and they are totally different.

I am watching how I choose to learn my lessons.  Some lessons are joyfully challenging to wrestle with.  They validate me somehow.  I could easily spend lifetimes wrestling with what it means to be a woman who loses her reproductive organs.  I could write poetry, make art, lead women’s circles, workshops, vision quests, write novels, and create a movement, work for a cause.  Can you feel the energy behind that? It is intoxicating, somehow!

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Instead, the challenge for me is about the mundane.  About paperwork, deadlines, responsibility, and one task after another that all seem overwhelming.  There is nothing intoxicating about that for me.  No energy there that might inspire something. It stings and wears me down some days.  And so I have to motivate myself.

Now, I am good about motivating myself for some things, but wouldn’t you know, this isn’t one of those things!  It is almost funny, a cosmic joke.  And to some people I know it must seem convoluted.  But those are the folks for whom the mundane is energizing.  The people who have certain ducks in a row.  And those folks probably would be overwhelmed by the idea of creating art or writing in response to a loss.   That would be their big lesson.

So luckily, when the student is ready the teacher will share its wisdom.  That is what Gravity has done for me.  It inspired me to get over myself….to get down to business and get focused.  It helped me see I could make a valiant effort to reach for life…my life.

So if you are reading this today, know I am doing just that. Reaching.  Will you sit in your seats holding onto your honey, fearful of what my journey reflects in you?  Do that if you must, but I would prefer that you join me.  Let go.  Throw your arms in the air and reach for something you think you might never get to.  Get over yourself.  And go for it!  What do you have to lose?!

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“Houston….this is Galactic Earth Traveler Rachél Payne, in the blind.  If you copy me, Houston, I am adjusting my trajectory 3 degrees and heading out of range of the blasts that have been knocking me off course. My target is to complete of this mission.  The ride may get bumpy on the way, but I hope to see you on the other side.  Rachél out.”

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Seeking Sanctuary {Building a Self-Love Altar}

Seeking Sanctuary

Seeking Sanctuary in the Self 

Seeking Sanctuary in the Self is a deepening of a practice I have been cultivating for years.  It is about falling deeply in love with who I am and trusting in myself.  Right now it is an organic process that pulls in art, meditation, intuitively working with my essential oils and crafting my relationships with other so that they honor what is important to me.  Selfish?  No, I feel like that is something due each of us.  Including those I am in relationship with.

This month I will be sharing some inkling from my Seeking Sanctuary practice.  I thought Sunday would be a good day to offer it up.

Join Me in Seeking Sanctuary

One of my favorite ways to focus my thoughts is to create a space in an area of my home.  I think of that area as an altar.  I approach the idea of an altar in the same way I would a painting or drawing….as a creative project… like an installation.   I cleanse the space with essential oils.  For example, I like to make a spritzer bottle my favorite lavender and peppermint in a bit of water to spray in the space.  Then I gather a few items that symbolize what I want to invite into my life or a that hold a quality that I wish to cultivate.

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I often include something that I can do.  Light a candle, say a prayer, apply an oil that I associate with self-love, draw a card from a deck, meditate, read or add to a journal that highlights my journey.  An interactive altar makes it feel like you are in relationship with that theme you are exploring.

Other objects might include, a stone that symbolized what you are working on, a figuring, or picture, poem or saying, a candle in a color that makes sense for the intention or that just intuitively feels right, a vision board or art card.

I mindfully place the objects in a little nook or cranny.  A table top or shelf work well too.  I intuitively let the space evolve until they create an arrangement that is please.  That then becomes a focus for mediation or can be a part of my daily routine.

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New Moon Mystery

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In the dark of the Moon, Mystery blooms.  It invites you to let go of all those yearnings and all the drives that move you forward.  It calls you to slow down and just be.  Be with.  Be in unknowing.  Be nothing.  Let go of the striving.  Let go of yesterday and tomorrow.  And sit in the silence of all that you are and all that you are not.

Be prepared there may be anxiety in this space.  We aren’t used to the empty.  We try so desperately to fill it up so we don’t have to feel, don’t have to face simple existence.  Make friends with this Mystery sisters and know She has wisdom to share if you simply let go and make room for her nothingness.

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Inside Creativity Tribe Studio

Art Heals

I have been a busy little Creative lately.  The studio is a royal mess… I say royal because I think it reflect a bit of Queen of Creativity vibe to it which I take in stride.  All that creativity is coming out of a desire to express the big journey my life is taking as I live with cancer until my upcoming surgery.  I know I mention it often in my posts, but my life really revolves around that deep self-care these days and I want to share that part of my journey with you.

I feel like we all have something that drives us closer to care for yourselves.  Mine is cancer right now, yours may be stress or self-doubt, desires for more serenity, who know…. the list potentially could be very long.  But I know self-care in the midst of life itself isn’t just a means of making life more bearable, I believe it is one of THE reasons we come to the Earth School.  To learn to love ourselves and care for ourselves.

Art in the Name of Self-Care

In yesterday’s post about Gifts from the Universe, I gave a peek at one of the pieces I have been working on.  It is about love of my body, radiating an exuberance for life, and looking inward for wisdom and guidance.  I did her with a series of other paintings in a very intuitive process that starts out with mark making on the canvas then look to the canvas and the self to collaborate on what wants to be expressed.  I will share the other pieces some other time.  For today, I would like to feature the Queen of my Secret Garden.  I just adore her!

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My Morning Meditation in the Studio

Body Wisdom Check-in

Sitting with eyes closed, focusing on my heart and on the seat of knowing that sometimes gives me a gut intuition , pull my attention out from behind my eyes and try to be aware of every cell in my body… aware of the wholeness of me.  I invite in a steady peace and confidence into the space that is me and then expand it into my day. Breathing into that I let go of trying to control and lean into the Mystery of not-knowing.  I stay with this until I intuitively know I am done.  Then a deep breath, a good stretch and the day begins!

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