Tuning In ~by Susan Rossi

 

“When the soul wishes to experience something she throws an image of the experience out before her and enters into her own image.”  ~ Meister Eckhart

Guardian of the Dream Gate

Guardian of the Dream Gate

I have known for 7 months that I would be writing this article for about manifestation for Red Thread Nation.  I filed that knowledge away until a month ago, when I received an email reminding me about the deadlines for submitting a draft, then finalizing the article for publication.  It’s no surprise that I completely forgot that the deadline was looming so close.  So, my attention, still turned elsewhere, invited the idea of authoring this piece into the fringes of my awareness, knowing that soon I would turn my full attention to it. And then everything I picked up to read, every podcast I played in the month of December, contained information about the manifest and the unmanifest.  Manifestation at work!

And it worked even though I had not actively been focusing my energy on calling in information that would help me with this article. I have long believed that the life force, the creative intelligence permeating everything that is, responds to our energy and the manner and direction in which we focus it.  But, I did not sit down and focus on this data, all these opinions, all the guidance that showed up.  I simply had a peripheral awareness that the concept of “manifestation” and I were going to be involved with each other.  Grateful, yes, I was!  But also curious – does our ability to bring into what we need into form include those things we are not fully engaged with in the present time?  Does manifestation work us even when we are not actively working it? Does manifestation work us even when we are not actively working it

Over at the Red Madonna LINK HERE, we are beginning a year-long exploration in poetry Joseph's Wheeland painted image of the Medicine Wheel and the sacred energies that live in each direction. Our teachings are called Matrix of the Red Madonna.” And, and of course, a matrix is something out of which something else is created or emerges. As I started sinking into the cosmology for this Red Madonna journey, what showed up for me was an image of the manifest contained within and emerging from everything that is unmanifest and not yet in form. That infinite formless inchoate chaos containing the pool of all potential possibility is always there, ready to come into form. Like TV channels or radio stations, the waves are always broadcasting and the possibilities are always available, but we don’t hear them until we tune our dials (giving my age away here), our focus, to them specifically. We call a specific wave to us, listen for it, receive it, and experience it reaching us, then see the pictures or forms it creates in the world we inhabit.

“Imagination lays the track for the reality train to follow.” ~ Caroline Casey

 

K-Heart on Your Dial

K-Heart on Your Dial

And here’s the place where we can stumble, as I discovered with the manifestation readings that showed up for me in December: even though I was not consciously tuning to them, they found me anyway. So, what is below the surface of my conscious imagination is also tuning into frequencies, even though I’m not consciously turning the dial. I am also tuning to stations I might not want to listen to. The programs in the old stories that inhabit my unconscious, the way I speak, even in jest, the belief systems I learned from my family, in school, from friends growing up all of these are auto tuning all the time. And the stations that broadcast on these frequencies can limit my ability to tune to new frequencies and to listen with the Ear in the Heart.

 

Listening with the Ear in the Heart

Listening with the Ear in the Heart

Consider that we humans are not solid, even though we certainly feel that way. Under a microscope, we are space and atoms, representing patterns and frequencies. We are energy that has taken a particular form, a specific form dreamed by God, some mystics would say. Our energetic frequencies call in frequencies that resonate with ours we receive the broadcasts from the stations were tuned to. To a certain degree, we can modulate those frequencies by excavating some of the unconscious story patterns we hold, then examining them in the light and shifting them. We change the channel. We also hold resonances of the stories we know about it, but have not successfully shifted yet. Until we shift the frequency of these patterns, we continue to resonate the old energy to tune to the same station and receive those broadcasts we no longer like.

You create by becoming
the person whose life includes

your creations. They shape you
as you shape them.

The relationship between you
is the ecology of creation.

~Hiro Boga

 Changing the channel is not as easy as pushing a button on the remote (or turning the dial, if you are my age). Shifting frequency involves catching the resonance we send out and replacing it with new images, new words, new patterns. This requires work, self examination, looking at what might feel unpleasant or painful or shameful. In our Intentional Creativity work at Red Thread Nation, we stand at our easels or sit at our writing benches and let that mucky stuff release through paint and ink and become compost, rich soil for new growth. This is how we shift frequencies. Our creative work, our canvas and paper, holds the old patterns so we don’t have to anymore.

We can create interference by a focus that is hard, rather than soft.  If there’s static on the station we’ve selected, it doesn’t help to turn up the volume and leave the dial where it is.  All we get for our efforts is louder static.   But if we gently move the dial, fine tuning the reception, allowing it to be at the place where the message is most clear, we are more likely to tune to a bandwidth resonating with the truth of our larger Selves. Just as conditions have to be right for manifestation to occur, allowing what we are seeking to appear in form.

Then we change the channel, tune into the new stations, and shift happens.

Start by asking the question, What am I ready to shift in my life?

Find out more about using Intentional Creativity to help you along your way on Susan’s website www.flyingtotheheart.com

Susan Rossi

Susan Rossi is a Practitioner of Shamanic Arts, Wake-Up Artist and Guide to the Way In at Flying to the Heart. She works with people seeking to creatively travel the sacred path into the Heart of What Matters Most.  Her core belief is that each of us holds inside the seeds of creativity, healing and transformation. Each of us holds a sacred story wanting expression. Her passion is helping clients and students discover how to nurture themselves in the garden of possibilities, to align with their unique purpose and calling, and to shine their own brilliance and beauty in the world.  She uses traditional and contemporary shamanic work and the process of intentional creativity with clients to bring transformation, healing stories and symbols into their lives.

This journey is not for the faint of heart.  It requires the willingness to  look deeply at what can seem impossible or frightening to change. It calls up the courage to paint the images of connection and write the healing stories that reshape lives, relationships, families and communities. Setting out on the journey awakens the ability to author the future we want to create. It is Susan’s privilege to be your creative collaborator and guide.

Susan is a passionate long-time explorer of mystery and metaphor and the relationship between mind, body and spirit.  She has a shamanic practice working with clients, students and apprentices, and has studied with Sandra Ingerman, Betsy Bergstrom, the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and indigenous healers, teachers and mystics for 20 years. She has explored painting, poetry and musecraft with Visionary Artist Shiloh Sophia McCloud and Poet Caron McCloud and is a certified teacher of the Color of Woman Method.  She is a hypnotherapist, Reiki Master, reflexologist and yoga teacher.

Susan can be contacted through her website www.flyingtotheheart.com or at [email protected]

Artwork above © by Susan Rossi-Guardian of the Dream Gate; Tuned to K-Heart on Your Dial; Listening with the Ear in the Heart.  Artwork by Joseph Rael: The Mother of Time. In the collection of Susan Rossi

 

On the Bus for the Mystery Tour by Susan Rossi

 
When I was a child, I knew what I knew – I could literally count the information I held as mine.

Lineage Pollinator

Lineage Pollinator

I knew 15 jokes, and I would tell them, counting to myself, so I wouldn’t forget them. I knew the name of every book I had read. My parents had names and siblings and parents of their own, and I learned our system of family relationship, repeating the names of all my living relatives in my prayers at night, holding them in the pattern. My world was solid, finite, which for a kid growing up in the city, was a good thing. It felt known and safe – if I could name its constituent parts, there would be no surprises, no upsets, no changes. Everything was in its right place, like a filing cabinet where I could put information away until I needed it, then go right to it.  “Mystery” was what my grandmother read in her Agatha Christie books. And mysteries always had solutions. All you had to do was follow  the proper clues to the information you needed and voila – you had the answer!  All the pieces in life fit perfectly, and I didn’t have to live with the tension of uncertainty.

Mystery began speaking to me when I was older, when my life was breaking into pieces. My certainty about how the universe works was in shreds. I was involved in a custody battle over my daughter and in danger of losing my home. Waking up in fear’s cold sweat, heart pounding, happened every night.

Except for one night.  I woke up hearing a voice saying, “We have never yet let you live in your car. Why do you think that will happen now?” This voice, this perspective, was not mine. Oh no, it definitely came from somewhere else. But it wasn’t scary. In fact, I felt  comforted – I had never had a thought like this before! But I knew I wasn’t crazy because of how my body felt – safe, protected. My perspective on was happening in my life radically shifted. And even stranger – what was actually happening in my life also radically shifted. One day, when I was walking to work to save transit money, I found a $20 bill on the sidewalk. No one was in sight! That weekend, I found a pack of transit tokens in an old purse I had put away. REALLY? I began to feel like I was cared for, watched over. And I got that this care and love was being purposefully communicated to me in a way I could understand.  It wasn’t abstract – I could feel its presence.

Present to Mystery

Present to Mystery

I have had other experiences of Mystery speaking to me over the years. And the communications come in forms other than voices. Once, it was a wave of Love like nothing I have ever felt before or since moving through me, assuring me that, no matter what happened, everything would be all right. I realized later that this wave was letting me know that one of my beloveds, given 3 months to live, was cured. But I also knew that even if the cure did not happen, that was also perfect, because this Love was always present with us. Another time, Mystery showed itself when I opened my eyes during a ceremony and saw the lines of light that connected all the life forms in the room, like a true web of life.

These communications are precious gifts. They are glimpses into layers beyond our “form” world. It is as if the flat chessboard on which we are pieces opens up to the 3-dimensional chess played in Star Trek. We become aware of the infinite levels of existence and how intricate the interrelationships are.  There are so many more pieces in play on the 3-D board. On the Mystery Tour, I have a sense of invisible realms working with us, holding us.

                                                “…certainty is the booby prize.” – Caroline Casey

I understand Mystery as the field of all potential possibilities – in other words, Creator.  And when I invite Mystery in, I begin to see the invisible connection between me and everything else that I cannot see when I am looking at the flat chessboard.  I can see patterns of connection to different possibilities, outcomes I had not considered.

True surrender is the Knowing that there are possibilities I cannot see, patterns I don’t understand – and may never understand.  Some things cannot be understood nor explained.  And when I can live with the tension of uncertainty, I know the mystery play is unfolding in ways I cannot begin to imagine.  And then I live in wonder, rather than uncertainty.

69px-RWS_Tarot_00_Fool

In our Color of Woman work, Shiloh speaks of “alchemical consciousness.” For me, alchemical consciousness is the practice of shifting perspective, of knowing that these other layers of consciousness exist and that we can see them and access them, if we shift how we interact with the world of form. Surrendering certainty about how events “should” unfold in the form world is key, in my experience. The need to own information, to count what I know and store it safely because it explains how the world works, gets in the way of dancing with Mystery. It’s only when I surrender information and data, when I inhabit uncertainty, when I have no idea how to move next and am willing to wait, that Mystery – Magic – 68px-RWS_Tarot_01_Magicianinfuses the form world of my life and opens access to the Unseen.  I don’t even know what the question is, just that I don’t know.  Connections become apparent, new possibilities show up, miracles happen. When I surrender my authority and become the Fool of the Tarot, and then invite partnership with the Great Unknown, I move into place of the Magician.

Our Red Thread Nation work with intentional creativity is one way of inviting Mystery to infuse our lives and to bring us its gifts, to open us to the Sacred Dimensions pervading our 3-dimensional world. When we create in sacred space, shifting consciousness to a place of inquiry with the intention to connect to that which is bigger than we are, our work communicates that energy and intention to those who see it.  Our paintings contain and transmit the energy of this dance with Mystery and its gifts to us. The paintings are points, portals, where power and Grace have entered the world of form, where human and Creator have met. To paraphrase Caroline Casey, who reports the Mythic News, as humans, we are myth and image – seeking beings.  To see and understand the depth and multiplicity in patterns is to be able to see in layers of meanings – to understand symbol and metaphor.  The Greek roots of “metaphor” mean “to bear” and “to

Bridging Worlds (in progress)

Bridging Worlds (in progress)

carry across.”   The images, symbols and colors present in our paintings are feeding us and everyone who sees them, at the soul level and bringing through the Unseen in ways that we cannot explain.

” Metaphor is the incarnational garb through which power enters the world.”
– Caroline Casey

I often feel afraid when I stand in front of a blank canvas. I know I am extending the invitation, I know the Dance is about to begin. I certainly don’t know what will happen, what will show up. I do know that at some point the images will become alive and will enter into the Dance with me. Then the fear becomes an ecstatic feeling, a surrender to wherever the Dance wants to go. The ecstatic dance is not always joyful. It can be painful and full of tears, but it is always a Dance of power and grace.  Unlike Agatha Christie’s mysteries, there are often no definite answers, because the Dance goes on as long as I am willing to continue.  I want to see what happens next, how the next act of  the Mystery Play will unfold, where the Mystery Tour will take me.  And no matter how scary or suspenseful,  I know that I am loved and cared for and held tenderly by the Mystery.

Susan Rossi

Susan Rossi is a Practitioner of Shamanic Arts, Wake-Up Artist and Guide to the Way In at Flying to the Heart. She works with people seeking to creatively travel the sacred path into the Heart of What Matters Most.  Her core belief is that each of us holds inside the seeds of creativity, healing and transformation. Each of us holds a sacred story wanting expression. Her passion is helping clients and students discover how to nurture themselves in the garden of possibilities, to align with their unique purpose and calling, and to shine their own brilliance and beauty in the world.  She uses traditional and contemporary shamanic work and the process of intentional creativity with clients to bring transformation, healing stories and symbols into their lives.

This journey is not for the faint of heart.  It requires the willingness to  look deeply at what can seem impossible or frightening to change. It calls up the courage to paint the images of connection and write the healing stories that reshape lives, relationships, families and communities. Setting out on the journey awakens the ability to author the future we want to create. It is Susan’s privilege to be your creative collaborator and guide.

Susan is a passionate long-time explorer of mystery and metaphor and the relationship between mind, body and spirit.  She has a shamanic practice working with clients, students and apprentices, and has studied with Sandra Ingerman, Betsy Bergstrom, the Foundation for Shamanic Studies and indigenous healers, teachers and mystics for 20 years. She has explored painting, poetry and musecraft with Visionary Artist Shiloh Sophia McCloud and Poet Caron McCloud and is a certified teacher of the Color of Woman Method.  She is a hypnotherapist, Reiki Master, reflexologist and yoga teacher.

Susan can be contacted through her website www.flyingtotheheart.com or at [email protected]

Paintings above by Susan Rossi-Lineage Pollinator, Present to Mystery, Bridging the Worlds

 

How does art save lives? A public television interview with Susan Rossi

 

~ Editor’s Note from Shiloh Sophia: I would like to introduce you to Susan Rossi, friend, artist, co-teacher and a leader in the Red Thread Nation. Susan is a graduate of the Color of Woman Method and I so appreciate her approach to the work we are doing. Her experience in the therapeutic arts, as well as her rich history with Shamanism gives her an understanding and a language for what is possible in understanding how to use art to “save lives”. 

I invited Susan to share her recent interview with Cindy O’Connor from East Brunswick public television in this talk, Passion With Purpose. I hope you enjoy this interview with Susan and hearing more about her approach to the methodology and how it has woven with her existing practice. I had the pleasure of painting with Susan this weekend and in each exchange with this powerful healing woman, I felt a surge of gratitude to be understood. That the truly deep and profound messaging that comes through the painting process would even work with someone who is as ‘clued in’, so to speak as Susan Rossi. She knows her stuff. She has been doing this kind of work her whole life, and she herself says that this work can save lives, can offer, Passion with Purpose. When we create with intention – it is indeed, passionate. Meet Susan from Flying to the Heart.

 

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I have been a shamanic practitioner for close to 20 years, working with the BIG questions that people have – how to heal from emotional and physical traumas, how to find meaning in life, and how to be of service. Answering these questions through shamanic ritual and ceremony has shifted my life into a creation that feels full of goodness. Then, in 2011, I walked through a portal into a whole new dimension when I fell down the rabbit hole into Shiloh McCloud’s Leading a Legendary Life on-line painting class.

Through this work, I have become a Revolutionary Woman.  For the most part I am a peace loving, go-with-the-flow sort, let’s just see what happens and let things take their course. Now, I’m all fired-up, heart blazing with a mission to save lives and compost wounds to life-giving seeds with a drums, rattles and a paintbrush. My paintings were part of presentation given by Shiloh Sophia McCloud at the 57th United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Shiloh presented paintings created by women of the Red Thread Nation, a tribe of visionary creatives who believe that Art Saves Lives.

See the images of 42 women artists as seen at the U.N. here

As a teacher and shamanic practitioner, I have been looking for a way to open the door of possibility for clients, of finding a new story to tell. The images in the UN slideshow line the passageway into a new way of working, joining the ancient traditions of image making as a path to soul and the shamanic methods of journeying into places beyond ordinary reality.

In this strange new land, I found that making art is a creative spiritual practice. My shamanic work brought up images, symbols and stories that held transformation, but I had never before birthed these powerful elements in “ordinary” reality. They remained in “non-ordinary” reality, rich with power and meaning, but never took on physical form. By painting them, but giving them presence in ordinary reality, I brought these images – holding my own inner wisdom – into sacred space onto the canvas. Looking at these images shimmering in paint, I feel the power that they hold for me and the teachings they impart. They are my connection with and my entry into the great transcendent wisdom that lives in all of us.

Lineage Pollination - in process

Lineage Pollination – in process

My inner critic had a lot to say about this process when I first started. The Critic nattered on about lack of creative ability, wasting time and all those catchy things that Critics say to hook us into stopping before we enter into the Dangerous Territory where there are no maps to Comfortville and Safety City. The Critic does not hold sway in these places, and NEVER want us to go there. Slowly, a new totem arose – The Muse, she who guides me into exploring what it feels like to bring my soulwork images to life, to bring Beauty (with a capital B) into being. And she doesn’t always mean what’s pretty to look at, because we go into the Dangerous Territory of the Shadow sometimes, where the only way out is through. The Beauty lives in the transformation of the old stories – the ones that trap me into places I don’t want to be – into Healing Stories of Infinite Potential Possibilities held in the container of the images they create themselves.

Amelia Moonlight Muse

Moonlight Muse by Susan Rossi

In this work, we understand that the Muse lives in the Right Brain, the place of imagery, metaphor and poetry – the link to our unconscious, our knowingness, our bright wisdom and radiance, the part of us that is always whole and undamaged. So my passion about the shamanic work I do with clients now includes a new purpose – to guide them on the way into their own brilliance and knowingness, the part of them that knows what needs to happen in order to invite transformation to the dance of Life. When they look at what they create on paper and canvas, the portal swings open to a new way of seeing, of perceiving the richness in their stories. I call this sacred practice of creation Soul Work Lab, the next step in the shamanic guidance they seek. It feels like a leap forward in the work I love – being a Wake-Up Artist and Guide to the Way In.

Susan Rossi

I am a Practitioner of Shamanic Arts, a Wake-Up Artist and a Guide to the Way-In at Flying to the Heart. I work with Soul-full People seeking to creatively travel the sacred path into the Heart of What Matters Most. My core belief is that each of us holds inside the seeds of creativity, healing and transformation. My passion is helping clients and students discover how to nurture roots, fruits and blossoms in the garden of possibilities, to align with their unique purpose and calling, and to shine their own brilliance and beauty in the world. I use traditional shamanic techniques as well as the process of intentional creativity to guide clients to bring healing stories and symbols into form through shamanic journeying and art as a creative spiritual practice.

This journey is not for the faint of heart. It requires the willingness to look deeply at what might seem impossible or frightening to change. It calls up the courage to paint the images of connection and write the healing stories that reshape lives, relationships, families and communities. It is my privilege to be a guide through the portal of creativity on this journey to joy, transformation and healing.

www.flyingtotheheart.com

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