Making My Life Work for Me – Week 2

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Image from flickr

“Never tell a young person that anything cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for someone ignorant enough of the impossible to do that very thing.” ~ G. M. Trevelyan

“Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon.  A happiness weapon.  A beauty bomb.  And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one.  It would explode high in the air – explode softly – and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air.  Floating down to earth – boxes of Crayolas.  And we wouldn’t go cheap, either – not little boxes of eight.  Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in.  With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest.  And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.”  ~ Robert Fulghum

Welcome to Week 2 of our six week Making My Life Work for Me Program. (If you’re just joining us now, pop back and read the very first post so that you can gather the materials we’ll be using today.) This week our focus is on being open to new ideas, new solutions and things that have been lurking in our subconscious that we have been too stressed, tired, wired or defeated to pay any real attention to.  There’s good stuff in that head of yours.  There’s treasure for sure!

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Instructions:

We will be following the same format each week.  Read through this entire post before you get started. You can do the activities all on one day, or spread them put over the week – whatever works best for you.

Meditation:

We’re going to start with a meditation. But today it’s an active meditation. Find a song or piece of music you love and queue it ready to play.  Hold your crystal and drape your scarf or shawl around your shoulders.  Start your song and then close your eyes.  Lose yourself to the music.  Let the music get right inside you. When the song finishes sit for a minute, absorbing the energy, and be open to what comes next. The music will deliver a message to you.  Be open to it, and write it down in your journal. It could be lyrics, an image, an idea.  Trust whatever comes to you. This week, in quiet moments, expand on what this message means to you, and how you can begin to incorporate this energy in your life.

Visualisation:

Do this straight after your meditation, when you are ready and open for receiving! Close your eyes and use your imagination. See yourself the way you want yourself to be in the world.  Feel the emotions that come with this, and have gratitude and expectation of drawing these things into your life.  Really put some energy into this.  You can repeat this step again this week (even daily) if it feels right.  Thoughts are things, and this is how you manifest in the Universe!

Using Your Journal:

Go back and re-read your Pledge.  Think about your commitment to making this new life for yourself: one that fits you much better, one that gives you far better satisfaction and scope for joy. Hold this energy of possibility in your heart as you work with your journal this week.

Feel free to use your paints, coloured pens, glitter and stickers to make your journal visually attractive.  Get involved in the creation process and let your Inner Child rock your world, in the very best of ways!

Card of the Week: 

2013-03-24 16.30.18Let’s get the ball rolling by selecting this week’s Guidance.  Take your deck of positive cards, or your rune bag.  Close you eyes and offer up a prayer for the Highest Good, and then quiet your mind.

Randomly select a card/rune, trusting that it will have a message to guide you this week.  Write down the name of the card/rune and the message.  Feel free to add any additional thoughts or insights you might have.

The card I’ve chosen this week is well aligned with our theme.

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Trust that there is a wise and creative part of you that wants to help you redesign your life.  All the answers are within you – now we simply need to learn how to tune in and find them!

Week 2 Journal Activity:

On a clean page write a stream of consciousness around the question What can I do?  This is a big question, once you get started, so don’t limit yourself.  You may even want to come back to it over several days. Write as little or as much as you need to. Simply ask yourself the question and then answer it, letting the words pour out of you. If you feel blocked get up and go for a walk.  Play your song again, and then write! Draw pictures or mind map if you feel like it. If you cry or have some other emotional release understand that this is a good thing.

And now for some fun…

Collage – Things that inspire me.  Take your pile of old magazines and place them in front of you.  Holding your crystal close your eyes and say out loud “Universe, I am open to all Guidance and my own Higher Wisdom to show me the things inspire me, and show me beneficial direction in my life.”  Take a moment and sit in that energy, really feeling yourself connecting into and opening to that wisdom.

Then when you’re ready, open your eyes and start flicking through the magazines.  If any pictures or words appeal to you, cut or rip them out and place them beside you. When you have enough images cut them up neatly, and then spend some time arranging them on a page or double page of your journal.  If your journal isn’t big enough, feel free to use a sheet of cardboard. Glue your images to the page and leave it open to dry.  Now you have a strong visual reminder of your inspirations, how can you incorporate more of these energies in your daily life?

Were there any surprises?  Did you notice any particular themes?

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Gratitude:

What’s already working in your life?  List five things in your journal each day that you are grateful for in your life.

Nightly Healing :

Get into bed and spend five minutes lying quietly in meditation with your eyes closed.  Call on God, Universal Energy, your Angels, your Guides, your Ancestors, whomever you feel comfortable and safe with.  Ask for their help.  Fill your body with white light, and then draw coloured light (just allow a colour to come to you) through your crown chakra (an energy point on the top of your head) and send it anywhere in your body that needs healing.  Feel the warmth as the energy radiates through your body, uplifting and healing you.  Know that answers will come while you are sleeping.

Give thanks, send this same healing gift from you to anyone or anywhere else if it feels right, and then sleep.  Expect dreams that inspire, heal and inform. Wishing you a wonderful week.

Much love to you, Nicole ♥ xx

Join my 2013 ‘Creative Project’ Challenge!

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Image from www.my-inner-voice.blogspot.com.au

“Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things” ~ Ray Bradbury

It’s the start of a fresh year, and all these days are stretching out in front of us, begging to be filled. And just like last year, they will get filled. With shopping, sleeping, working, couch surfing, housework, coffee, yard work, cooking, worrying and maybe a bit of fun stuff. Whether we plan it or simply let it happen, this time next year, all 2013 will be is a bunch of lived days, and we’ll be looking at the possibilities of 2014.

But what about your art?  What about the creative project that’s always on the back burner? The thing you’d love to do, that you DREAM of doing, but never actually get around to?

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Image from www.anonymousartofrevolution.com

My ‘Creative Project’ Challenge for 2013 is this:

Be bold and brave and take a moment to publicly name the project you’d like to give energy to this year in a comment at the bottom of this page.

Then throughout the year I’ll blog check-ins and little things to help keep you on track.  Your commitment to the project is about making time through out the year to work on your project. And you can all reach out and support each other, no matter what your project might be.

Maybe you want to take art lessons.  Maybe you want to work out how to use that expensive camera you bought. Maybe you want to write a novel, or edit a novel, or illustrate a children’s book.  Maybe you want to build a vegetable garden or knit a matching set of jumpers for the whole family by Christmas.

I have found that by being part of a creative-purposed group, my wonderful writing sisterhood – Sisters of the Pen – my productivity, accountability and sense of connectedness to my writing has improved.  I’ve gone from thinking about being a writer to actually writing!

So how about you? What creative project will it be for you this year?

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Image from www.creativeeducation.co.uk

Let yourself get excited.  Give yourself the gift of a whole year of little windows of creative time.  Imagine what might happen…

Are you in?  Will you join me?

Go ahead, and sign your name below.  Let’s make 2013 a year of Creative Action. That’s the kind of energy I want to see in the world!

I’m off to run a Spagyrics Workshop…

“All you have to do is contemplate a simple grain of sand, and you will see in it all the marvels of creation. Listen to your heart. It knows all things, because it came from the Soul of the World, and it will one day return there.” The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

“Courage is the quality most essential to understanding the Language of the World.” The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

There is a reason my blog is called Cauldrons and Cupcakes…

Today is much more about Cauldrons.

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So this weekend I’ll be teaching an eager bunch of students some Modern Alchemy…

Spagyricsics is the ancient Alchemical art of taking the Essence of Something and turning it into an Elixir. Homeopathy, naturopathy, herbalism, TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) all owe a lot to this ancient art, which created the foundations by which remedies are created.  You can also see Alchemy at work in things like Bach Flower Remedies and Australia’s own Bush Flower Essences.  We’ll be starting with a simple foundation today, and making a few hand-crafted Single Essence Elixirs.

And of course there shall be food. No one can work or think on an empty stomach, so I’ve prepared lots of delicious organic treats and a yummy lunch.

I’m so excited – it’s going to be so much fun. 😀

Wishing you a wonderful weekend too, with just a sprinkle of magic! ♥ xx

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PS. One of my students sent me this pic this morning, and it’s so cute I had to include it.  After all, what’s a good Cauldron without a little Witchy?

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Dr Sketchy – Beautifully Burlesque

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“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it.”

~ Salvador Dali

 

My brain is still in a post-virus muddle.  Clarity comes in fits and starts, and then fog washes over me and my brain disappears entirely.  Trust me, this is not conducive to writing.

So, what should a writer do when they’re in no mind to write?

Draw, of course.

I’m the first to admit that I’m no artist. A couple of years ago, while completing Julia Cameron’s excellent program in her book The Artist’s Way, one of the activities involved drawing for a week instead of writing.  I was horrified.  Did I mention I’m no artist?

Back then, at the suggestion of a friend, I went to a Dynamic Drawing class at the Byron Bay Scout Hall (having NO idea what I was getting into – what was I thinking???).  I thought it would be an ‘art class’ that would teach me ‘art’ principles, and that we would draw fruit bowls and flowers.

Instead I was handed some butchers paper and a stick of charcoal at the door,  a wonderful man named Ron Curran began philosophising about art and emotion and freedom from fear, and then a nude model jumped into the middle of the room, and we were asked to draw in timed poses, starting with one minute per drawing. There was no time for me to freak out, no one was judging me, and in the end I actually enjoyed myself immensely after I got over my initial awkwardness at, well, everything…

Doesn’t every athlete benefit from cross-training?  Surely this must work for creative types too?

All ready to make art!

Last night, in celebration of life and its glorious possibilities, a small group of us – who are grateful for not being dead – went along to Dr Sketchy’s monthly Anti-Art School at Byron Bay.  With their motto of Dames! Drinks! Drawing! and their adults-only burlesque themes, we figured it would at least be entertaining, and it was low-key enough that I could lounge around in my pale and wan state, as comfortably as if I was at home on the couch.

Dr Sketchy’s involves a wonderful host leading the audience through a series of timed drawing exercises of gorgeous burlesque models, as well as music, performance and some witty repartee.  You don’t even have to draw – you can just enjoy the show. And to my relief, there were people of all levels of artistic ability represented.  We pulled out our BYO art materials and away we went…

I’m not giving up my day job any time soon, but it was fun to try something different, and to allow myself the pleasure of creating for the fun of it, with no expectation except to express myself, and satisfy my creative curiosity.

Effort number 2…

By the end of the evening I had evolved from stick figures to the beginning of something a little more shapely. And discovered a new-found appreciation for the skill involved in tassel dancing.

Will drawing, however badly, improve my writing? Who’s to say, but there’s a part of me has a hunch that it will…

Effort number 6…

In Defence of Fairies

The Forest Fairy – Image by Josephine Wall

Nothing can be truer than fairy wisdom.  It is as true as sunbeams.  ~Douglas Jerrold

Those of you who know me will also know that I believe in fairies.  In fact, you’ll know that I count a fairy as one of my dearest friends.

I found myself in an odd position on the weekend. I’m writing a novel with fairies as some of the main characters. And someone I hold in esteem told me that writing about fairies was not only unimaginative, but that children were no longer interested in such things.

Hmmm, I thought to myself.  I know I’m not a child but I’m interested in fairies.  And many of my friends and clients are too.  In fact, whenever I write about fairies I get flooded with enquiries about them, and how people might get to know one or attract one into their garden.

As this learned person talked to me, I felt myself becoming sadder and sadder.  Not only because they were so disparaging of fairies and all things magical (which is of course, the world I live in, although they did not know that), but because I believe fairies deserve to be known, and appreciated, and dare I say it, loved…

Not that fairies care.  They shall go on happily, regardless of us.  But we, we are the poorer for not knowing of them and the work they do in the natural world.

And if there is no room for magic in our lives, and for the ability to believe in things we cannot understand, if there is no room for wonder, well then, what is the point of life?

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