Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Animate Your Fear and Your Curiosity

Anxious Annie
I've been listening to the wonderful podcast series Magic Lessons with Elizabeth Gilbert in which Elizabeth coaches people to overcome their creative blocks.

In Episode #9 entitled "Dear Creativity and Fear" Elizabeth suggests to Casey that she personify her fear and her curiosity, and then have Fear and Curiosity write a letter to her telling her what they want! She suggests Casey read their letters very carefully and respectfully and then, as "Manager of the Corporation who is you," write a letter back to them.

I was so excited to hear Elizabeth suggest this as this is so similar to the SoulCollage® process, and I know that it works. As Elizabeth says, instead of battling our fear, if we give it respect, kindness and even gratitude, it will slowly quiet down. I have found this is absolutely true with all those parts of myself that I used to think as "less than perfect".

In SoulCollage® instead of writing a letter, we ask our cards questions. For example, a dialogue with my SoulCollage® card Anxious Annie using the SoulCollage® questions might go something like this:

Who are you? I am one who is easily overwhelmed when faced by decisions. I am one who sits and looks in dismay and can't move forward.
What do you want from me? I want you to see how difficult this is. All these fish! Which one do I choose first? They are all so slippery. How can I rescue all of them? What will I do? I can't do anything!
What do you have to give me? I give you the reminder that things can be overwhelming, that you don't have all the answers, and that you don't have to have all the answers. Sometimes you need to ask for help.
What else do you have to tell me? Maybe I'm over-reacting. Maybe I can start with the fish right in front of me.

Curious Child of Wonder
On the other hand, a conversation with my Curious Child of Wonder card might look something like this:

Who are you? I am one who sees possibility and beauty and excitement everywhere I go. I am one who wants to know everything about the world, who wants to touch and feel everything I see.
What do you want from me? I want you to recognize that you live in a beautiful world. I want you to stop and look at the magic that is all around you. I want you to let wonder and awe be your guides.
What do you have to give me? I give you a reminder that life is too short to focus on the problems. Focus on the beauty. Know that you hold the world in the palm of your hand..
What else do you have to tell me? Don't see the abundance of possibility as too much. The world is made up of abundance, and that includes the choices you have to make each day on where to focus your energy. Ask yourself: "What is important right now" and focus there. You will know what is important when you stop and look deeply.

There is absolutely something magical that happens when you personify your Fear and your Curiosity. We are all made up of different parts and being able to see them and dialogue with them allows them to be seen and heard. Until we do that, they can be like demanding children. That is why SoulCollage® has made such a difference to the quality of my life. It gives me a place and a process I can turn to, no matter what emotions are holding me back or overwhelming me. It allows me to access my own inner wisdom through the images on the cards as they speak to me.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Media Remix

I've just finished creating a new online course called Media Remix. If you've ever wanted to get into art journaling but struggle with where to start and what supplies to buy, this workshop will help you with both. The only supplies you need are old magazines and some inexpensive acrylic paints. You don't even need a journal as I show you how to make your own painted journal.

And even better, Media Remix is part of 21 Secrets, a collaborative abundance of creative workshops from 21 different teachers for $98, that is about $5 per workshop full of inspiration for your art journaling practice. All the workshops will be delivered via pdf into your mailbox on September 28th, 2015. You have unlimited access to them and can do them at your own pace.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Joy of Making Things

This was sunrise at John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC last year. I leave in the morning for a week of Seeing with Quiet Eyes: Photography as Mediation at the  Folk School. I love teaching at there. The beautiful mountain scenery, the vegetable garden and the beauty around the campus provide us with rich inspiration for our photography. Last year my daughter came along with me and took a class in felting and natural dyeing. Her comment was that it was like summer camp for adults (but more comfortable with amazing food)!

Friday, June 5, 2015

Returning Home

I'm home from my travels to Italy and France, and slowly settling back into the rhythms of everyday life and making time to remember and reflect on my experiences. I plan to share more as the insights reveal themselves to me.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Slow Photography: Seeing with Your Senses and Your Soul

I'm busy packing for Italy where I will be teaching "Slow Photography: Seeing with Your Senses and Your Soul" in Orvieto with workshop hosts Bill and Kristi Steiner of Adventures in Italy. It really is a week of slowing down and opening our senses to a different way of life, and I always come home refreshed and inspired with new ideas. I'm looking forward to the "trip taking me."!