Tuesday, September 25, 2012

HeartFire Gateway

Day 26 of the 42-day HeartFire Experience. Very powerful tool for transformation.


"To live in accord with love is to set your heart on fire.
In the crucible of such an inferno all convention burns away.
What's left is an entirely new kind of existence, one full of 
passion, presence and infinite possibility."
                                  - - Raphael Cushnir

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Creative Side of Healing

I have always been fascinated with words … how and where they originate … and how seemingly unrelated words can be derived from the same roots. Case in point, the words heal, whole and holy can all be traced back to the same Anglo-Saxon and Latin origins.

Now take the word diseasedis + ease. Dis - means apart, away, negation, lack, reversal, deprivation. As such, dis-ease literally means the negation, lack, reversal, etc. of the state of ease, wholeness, health.

To heal suggests the opposite of dis-ease … The idea of being whole again … to be restored and be returned to the whole, "holy" aspect of our nature … that part of us that expresses the divine, creative spirit that lives within us all.
"Healing is regaining the memory of what it was to be whole."
- - Deepak Chopra

Creativity, to me, is simply taking that which is within and expressing it outside of ourselves. It is one of the most powerful processes we know of to reduce or even eliminate dis - ease and in so doing, regain our wholeness, health and divinity.

Frida Kahlo, the Mexican Painter (1907-1954) is a perfect example. Not only was she stricken with polio at the age of six, but was later seriously injured in a bus accident at age 18. Her body was almost entirely crushed and she spent the rest of her life in and out of hospitals, undergoing 30 operations, bedridden for long periods and in tremendous pain. Only her strength and will to live (and in my opinion, her painting) allowed her not only to survive, but make a remarkable recovery.

Frida began to paint shortly after her accident because she was bored being in bed. Painting then became her lifelong passion and profession. She expressed all of her emotions on the canvas.

"I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration … 

My painting carries with it the message of pain ... Painting completed my life ... I believe that work is the best thing."

One of the greatest expressions of the healing aspect of creativity was Frida's appearance at her one and only exhibition in Mexico in the spring of 1953. Her health was extremely poor at that point and she was advised not to attend. 

But in her inimitable style, nothing was going to stop Frida, especially from attending a party in her honor. She arrived at the exhibition by ambulance and was then taken by stretcher to her own bed that had been placed in the center of the gallery. True to form, she told jokes, entertained the crowd and sang and drank the entire evening.

She told reporters, "I am not sick. I am broken. But I am happy as long as I can paint."

Monday, September 10, 2012

Creative Chai

Some time ago, I discovered this book quite by accident and fell in Love with it. It reminds me somewhat of my own Play or Pay: 77 Ways to Have FUN or Suffer the Consequencesand End Up Paying the Price But it’s full of color and the design is fantastic!!.

I emailed the author JanSokoloff Harness and she was most enthusiastic about me sharing it. Simply click on the title below and enjoy!!
Creative Chai 

Friday, September 7, 2012

25 Awesome Quotes on Creativity

From my favorite online source for creative stimulation and inspiration!!

Idea Champions

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Elizabeth Gilbert on Your Creative Genius

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love shares her radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a fascinating and thought-provoking presentation.

Maybe [artistry] doesn’t have to be quite so full of anguish if you never happened to believe, in the first place, that the most extraordinary aspects of your being came from you. But maybe if you just believed that they were on loan to you from some unimaginable source for some exquisite portion of your life to be passed along when you’re finished … it starts to change everything.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Gear Shifting

There have been a number of major shifts in my life for the past few months. First, my job of almost two years ended. Then a business I had become involved in ended. Then I felt driven to go through old files and papers ... tossing and reorganizing. 

I feel creative rumblings and have begun to do some work and make some changes. I finally purchased a URL for this blog the other day and just did a complete design makeover.

I don't feel clear yet ... Nothing has really begun to gel but the process has definitely begun ... 

You know how "They" say that if you want different results, then you have to think and act differently? 

Well, without any real conscious intention on my part, I signed up to participate in "HeartFire" a 42 day transformational program online that began on 9.1.12. I attended my very first Meet-up Group for Writers this past Monday (that was a real pattern breaker!) and earlier today I called and spoke with Theresa Burns, the artist that illustrated two of my books. It's definitely several years since we last connected.

I don't know where all this is leading me but one-day-at-a-time, one-step-at-a-time I guess we can watch it unfold together ...