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Posted by Jonathan McCloud On F j, Y
Posted by Kate Langlois On F j, Y
Lately I feel too much
the mother of all sighs
heaves its weighted breath
outward from my chest
leaving my body
raw and weeping
eluded by solace
I nudge my site inward
in search of
excerpt- Feeling too much
Kate Langlois 2014
Tonight I’m tying prayer knots into red thread for the students in Nigeria who were kidnapped. It is said that an invisible red thread that connects us. That whenever we feel alone, in need connection and support, a tug on our piece of it reaches out to our greater circle in the world. I’m casting out this invisible thread to each of these girls that they keep feeling connected, keep up their hope of rescue.
The girls and their families who in seeking an education and something better, perhaps unwittingly ended up risking their lives. It’s a massive tragedy and one that I hope is not soon to be swept under the media rug and silenced. Marches, protests, petitions, prayers, and yes, even painting is happening as we as a world community attempt to take action and process the horror.
For the past couple of years, using Intentional Creativity, I’ve been pouring my thoughts and prayers into the layers of paint canvases. I feel a yearning to share voices of the unheard and the unseen, bringing a sense of beauty through symbols to their images as a sort of healing salve. Many are women and children, victims of social injustices most of us scarcely can imagine.
Taking Human Rights issues to the canvas is what I care deeply about. My paintings are a prayer for all beings. A reoccurring symbol is the earth and often angels beings pregnant with or holding the earth. I am calling out to them to come and heal us all. My Singing Mother theme is inspired by the painted clay figures of the same name, created by renowned artist Helen Cordero of the Cochiti Pueblo in New Mexico.
I feel all people are part of my greater circle of family, my earth family. Mothers, Sisters, daughters, children, brothers, fathers and sons, all part of this planet all connected. Too often we focus on our differences, the things that separate, the faults. I prefer instead to focus on the wholeness, similarities and connections. As the Hopi elders and others have said, we are dreaming our world into existence. I try and envision the outcome as existing now. This is also a theory in the study of Quantum Physics. That if we can shift our thinking from one of ‘one day’ to one of it already happening in the present, it may be possible to bring about the change more quickly. It’s not easy to do and it’s an ongoing attempt to hold this vision for sure. There’s no guarantee it can or will happen, but I figure it’s worth a shot. I have great hope.
I believe in the unseen energetic connection that flows between us all. That our thoughts and feelings affect one another and our planet in ways we can hardly comprehend. So if this group earth consciousness does exist, what will it take for us to reach a catalytic shift if we all place out intention on healing all beings on our earth? What small step can each of us take? Is it painting our prayers, writing a poem, volunteering with children or at a shelter? Perhaps you place your intention into your knitting or while cooking dinner for your family. Bringing intention into form as we move through our day to day lives, right in the thick of the chaos we strive to keep together. By tuning in to the greater world view and refusing to lay down our piece of the red thread, we become part of the healing foundation, part of the song of healing for our planet and for each other.
I had never heard of musician Jennifer Berezan before going to a production of Song for All Beings, a Celebration of Lovingkindness last fall as part of our first annual Color of Woman Alumni gathering. Her music, a beautiful prayer, was accompanied by an array of singers against video imagery of extinct or endangered animals and nature. Hilarious skits in the midst of the heartbreak where a woman learned about unconditional love from her dog and another where falling down and getting up became one move. You fall down, you get up. One move. Wouldn’t that be great instead of falling down and staying down? I invite you to explore with myself and any one of the Color of Women Teachers, creative pathways to healing, shifting parts of our lives where we are stuck or in need of transformation. Let’s make it one move together to get back up and running towards that which we love. Kate Langlois is a Visionary Artist and Color or Woman Teacher creating paintings using Intentional Creativity. Her the style of the Contemporary Symbolism Movement. Kate’s JOY is in painting with women and girls to spark their own unique creative paths. Kate’s images give voice to her own journey and to women throughout the world in the shadows, without pathways for such expressions. Her paintings are a celebration of all women, and connection to the mystery beyond the physical world we all play in. All artwork © 2014 Kate Langlois
Posted by Kate Langlois On F j, Y
I woke up this morning with a heart full of angst. It feels like a storm blew through and dumped it in my lap like a black, muddy, puddle of glop.
What is the angst about?
Well it goes like this. A friend asked me to visit a dear friend of hers who’s been very ill. This man looks 20 years younger then he is, even being seriously ill. A very unique individual who has traveled the world for years and now he is bedridden and the ills are not healing. The question is why?
I’m a shamanic practitioner and usually I combine my intentional creativity teaching with my shamanic work. In this case, it was a bit more shamanic then creative and yet, it was both.
Here was a person angry at his loss of freedom, oozing crap out of his body and holding grief as a barrier to love, deep in his body. I listened and watched his body tell me what was going on. I offered him threads of joy to hold on to and felt when he grabbed on to the other end. It is deep work only just begun.
I walked away from this visit musing on how we humans in this culture of ours suffer so much from lack of love, from not knowing how to heal ourselves. Not having the tools necessary to unravel, re-weave, and grab back onto the threads of joy in our life. It is always incredibly painful for me to muse on this suffering we experience, and yet I must.
All day I could feel the questioning and the rolling over of stones. The asking of myself: Can I not do more? This opened the door to critic who, of course, decided it was a good time to point out my less than consistent methods of promoting the work I do in the world, and a myriad of other things. Painting instead of writing a newsletter? Who ever heard of such a thing!
That was when the black storm of angst began to blow in and I could feel my body round her shoulders and lean into the wind. Slipping in the mud and muck. Getting chilled to the bone. Angst storms suck.
When I woke up, I dredged myself out of bed and did my mom duties and got the kiddo off to school. Then I took myself and that lovely critic voice along with the load of mucky angst and went off for a walk in the local bay lands. On the drive there, I started unraveling the threads of the angst. This is what my work IS; to walk the patterns recognizing, unraveling, and re-weaving.
It all begins with the critic telling me all the places I am going wrong with my life, the choices leading to spending too much money, the paintings that don’t sell, the time spent on writing articles like this. The critic makes it sound like my choices and what I have built up in my life are all bullshit. That I’ve built a facade of fantasy and it’s time to give up on this and get a real job. About now I feel pretty damn worthless and the angst is much more than ankle deep.
I pull the threads apart as I drive by asking myself these questions. You may want to ask yourself too-
Am I happy right here, right now living and working as an artist?
Do I want to return to a high paying, high stress, no time for creativity job?
Whose life have I impacted positively today?
If I could choose to do anything I want, what would I do?
And so on. Add your own to the list.
Contrary to popular opinion, the bullshit is NOT about me building a fantasy wall around me because I made a life choice to live my life the way I do. It’s about the messages our culture dumps on me for choosing to live my life the way I do.
The messages telling me it is wrong to choose to paint love, create healing and write connection.
The messages saying making money, winning the game, and being famous are the only important things to live for.
And that, my friends, is bullshit.
So many of us get lost here in the darkness of angst, butting our heads up against the cultural facade trying to hem us in on all sides. What the hell do we do?
And, if you think this is simple to do in the face of angst, think again. It is the hardest thing you will ever do. Make no mistake. To continue to walk forward while life dumps rivers of angst on your head is not pleasurable – it is damn necessary.
It is how we change the culture around us. By making choices no one else is making. By not stopping what we are doing. By plowing our way through the bullshit with no looking back.
Today, make one choice that changes your life even if its a very tiny one.
One choice all your own connecting you to a thread of joy. Then sit back and see what happens. It might not be pretty – it might however be awesomely, gloriously freeing.
Annette Wagner is a visionary artist and spirit guide who walks the patterns of connection with you to bring you into a closer connection to source. Her work is devoted to sharing the tools of Pattern Walking, Visioning, and Intentional Creativity to help you live the life your spirit is calling you to live!
Her paintings are portals into visionary realms asking the viewer to shift the way they connect to this world. She paints in the Contemporary Symbolism style and works extensively with symbol and color.
Annette is a certified instructor of the Color of Woman Method developed by Shiloh Sophia McCloud. She has a Masters degree in Women’s Spirituality with a certificate in Creative Expression from Sofia University. Her background includes over 25 years of hi-tech experience including 21 patents.
She invites you to visit her at: www.annettewagnerart.com
Posted by Jonathan McCloud On F j, Y
My story of going to the UN and meeting Marie Claudine
I wandered through the sacred halls of the United Nations in awe. I am beyond tourist, I feel surrounded by sacrament. Like these halls are hallowed. I am here for the once yearly event when women and girls get brought front and center. CSW58 – The 58th Commission on the Status of Women in New York City.
I didn’t come to the UN as a diplomat or delegate, I have come as an artist and a poet. A witness to herstory unfolding at the worldwide level.
At first I don’t know what is I am really doing here only that I was called to come despite my fears and that my name badge says that I am Covering CSW58, thanks to working with the Founder of WNN, Lys Anzia this year to flower into my journalist self. I met Lys last year at the UN, and have been under her wing all year trying to grow my journalist self. I love the idea of journalist, reporting on worldwide women’s issues but when it comes down to it I end up looking at everything from the eyes of an artist.
When I put the two pieces together, to ‘cover’ and to be an ‘artist’ and the status of women my role begins to take form from the inside out. It starts with this ache in my heart to ‘belong’ to the cause of making change, to be a part of the healing. I get it. I am here to witness the UN and the CSW happenings. Just like in Quantum Physics how what you witness is altered by your witnessing of it, I imagine the UN is altered by my observation of both her beauty and how hard her edges.
Thankfully, everything fascinates me, this is my view of life. Einstein says that there are two ways to view life, either as if everything is a miracle or nothing. Having chosen the everything is a miracle I find that just looking at the flags of our countries flying brings tears to my eyes. I am a sentimental activist who, regardless of the issues believes in the goodness held within these walls. There are conversations everywhere about the thing I care about in our world – the status of women.
I attend panels and listen to the hearts and souls of these speakers being poured out before us. I look around at how different the people in the side and parallel events seem to be than the ones in the official CSW58 events. Are there delegates over here too? Are they listening to the women who run the NGOs around the world. Or are the NGO sponsored events preaching to the choir into a room filled with other service based women. Are the policy makers here? At the end of most of the talks, the speakers are rushed, mostly it seems by those who need help themselves, and desire for collaboration around ’causes’. It feels very different over in the UN Chapel – where women are gathered together, and a token group of men, to discuss and educate on what women are facing ‘on the ground’ in the world.
I attended a panel in a topic I am very interested in, which is Empowerment of Women and Girls through Social Media – and I met Marie Claudine Mukamabano who is a survivor from the Rwandan Genocide. She agreed to talk to me and I share that with you above. Our conversation of course started with me asking her about how they heal the trauma of the orphans, how does it work and what is working and if they have art supplies. Of course I want to know – do these survivors have access to art supplies because in my world, art supplies equal access to healing. Our conversation continued for many days and continues now.
As I attend days of panels today on violence against women and other topics so near and dear to my heart, and our cause. I cannot NOT think about the art influence and how it applies to every single trauma based situation. So after interviewing Marie Claudine I invited her to come to our workshop in New York, and to my delight she came and spent the weekend painting with our sisterhood of the Red Thread, pictured here below.
There are a million things I wish I would have done differently, like printed up fliers about the petition, Project Revision, or gotten signatures, asking the UN to change the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to be gender inclusive. I did stand up in a panel on the worldwide status of women’s mental healthy, however and ask the speakers what they thought of the Declaration as it relates to women’s mental health. What do they think women feel like being called man or brother and how does that inform that woman’s vision of herself and her image. I asked them if they thought it was just a historical document, or if they actually thought it still mattered. I am still digesting their response, and may write about that another time.
Next year I will tie red threads on doors and wrists. Each time I come I learn more and I am fascinated by everything, which makes it all so interesting. I am in love with everything United Nations, just being there is like being a part of the great weave of the universe as it moves and shifts and transforms itself into a safer place to be.
Cross your fingers with me that what needs to happen in 2015, will. I only know I am supposed to go back. I keep thinking of this as a research mission. Neither of my human rights mentors are here this time, they were with me last year, so I feel so strange wandering around in my straw cowgirl hat gawking at everything. I just know I am a part of this great unfolding story, here at the United Nations, representing the Red Thread Nation, a tribe of creative beings.
One of the great gifts of my visit was of course, meeting my new friend, who feels like one of those lifelong friends, Marie Claudine. It feels like a miracle but this wonderful woman who is a survivor of the Genocide in Rwanda and I connected our Red Threads, and rumor has it she is going to come out here to see us and even teach a livestream with me, so stay tuned on that front. She wants to teach on, you guessed it, forgiveness.
Posted by Kate Langlois On F j, Y
I embark upon this journey
My body, the vessel of my soul
My first transformation…..birth
My mother cries out
I am born in fire and blood
The birthing waters cool me
I am pure passion and innocence
I sail forth into unknown territory
The wisdom of uncertainty rocks
I am adorned with love
I hear the words you cannot speak
I sense the suffering all around me
The world tries to take me down
I do not let it
My second transformation…..I walk
I give my seeds to Mother Earth
She nourishes my roots
I am pure light and laughter
My veins are filled with joy
I lift my branches to the sky
The clouds of knowing are my pillow
I dream of glory
My third transformation…..first blood
I am the womb of Creation
I join the circle of women
The spiral of life is born within me
I am the kiss of Venus
Sensuality soothes my soul
I am pure beauty and grace
I am the infinite
My fourth transformation…..death
My father is torn from this life
My heart is shattered
I am broken pieces, jagged edges
I am falling, falling into an endless black hole
My spirit is covered with ashes
I am wracked with pain…it holds me captive
Anger bars my way…guilt is my jailer
I yearn for freedom
Prayers are my only anchor as the storm
rages through me
In my burning bed I dream of the phoenix
I am the winged flame
I am the resurrection
My dance is the rites of spring
A child is born within me
My fifth transformation…..I give birth
My body is split in two
A valley opens between my mountains
The tree of life bursts from me
Blossoms bloom upon her branches
From the blood of my womb
From the flames of my passion
I give birth to this child
My blood binds together the broken fragments
of my self
I pledge my body, my heart, my life
to her well-being
Forevermore my heart shall walk
outside my body joined to hers
with the cord of my love
I have walked through the cavern of death
In giving birth to this child I have given birth to
I drink from the chalice of life
I can taste immortality
My vision is the feast of miracles.
Elizabeth Gibbons c2004
Transformation is not about being pretty or neat. Sometimes it involves blood, fire, tears and pain. Actually most times. It can be and often is a messy, chaotic, gooey business. There is a time when the caterpillar is in the cocoon before it emerges as a beautiful butterfly, where it literally liquefies. It is in a state of pure chaos. I call this the “cosmic soup”. This is the phase that I have noticed a lot of people are in right now. The much talked about shift in consciousness of humanity has put us all in a state of re-calibration, reconfiguration and transformation. We are in the womb and we are simultaneously in the birth canal. That is a little tricky to navigate as you might imagine. It is a dance of becoming that requires balance, profound compassion and ALLOWING the pain and the joy to exist side by side without denying either.
Transformation is about digging down to the bones, the foundation of the stories that are running you. It’s about excavating the cemetery of lost dreams. It is a cleaning out of your psychic closet. Which is not so different from cleaning out your actual physical closet. You don’t really know what you’ve got in there until you take it ALL OUT. When you first do, it looks like a way bigger mess than you can even believe. Let me regale you with an amusing example from the legendary life of Glitter W.A.S.P. just so we can get the giggles going. My daughter cleaned out my front hall closet over Thanksgiving. It is the mail slot closet where the mail arrives and also the coat and umbrella and what I call the etcetera closet. Well it’s been awhile since it got cleaned out. Guess what she found? Besides the mail from 2007 that I had never received or opened, there was still old dried mouse poo from 2011 back there. Kind of embarrassing but kind of hilarious too.
As you first look at that pile of STUFF from your “closet” in awe and disbelief, don’t follow your first inclination which is going to be to stuff it back in. You heard me DON’T DO IT!!! Your Muse will not let you rest if you do. And the next time around the mess will have doubled. Instead laugh your a__s off about the mouse poo, shred the bills from 2007 (isn’t it great that you don’t owe them anymore?!!!!) and grab your paintbrushes and pens and RUN as fast as you can for your studio or your writing desk. Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back, on the way, that rather than spending time vacuuming up dried mouse poo you’ve been leaving a legacy for your family and the world by painting or writing into being the glorious wisdom and healing images and messages that arise from your soulful and DIVINE self.. Once you arrive at your studio or writing desk let the fun begin! This is where you get to become the creator and the alchemist of your own existence. All that STUFF that just came tumbling out of your psychic closet, the guilt trips, the broken vows, the shattered dreams….all that is the composting pile for your life. Even before it begins to stink, it is rich with treasures that are worth digging for. Since your “shovel” is a paintbrush or a pen or marker and your fuel is the creative fire that lives in your heart and imagination, you won’t be needing any heavy equipment. Just your intention and your willingness to show up and toss the prima materia, your psychic garbage heap into the alchemical fire of your creativity.
Leave the judgment and the expectations at the door. Open to the magic of this process and the gift that you are giving yourself by being willing to dig for the treasures. It really is true what they say that Art Will Save the World and first it will save you. You are worth it and you are the alchemist of your own existence.
“I believe when we engage intimately with works of art, who we are and how we view our world changes. The creation of art and the viewing of it, allow for us to reconfigure our thoughts, and to make our ideas and abstractions concrete. All art germinates from a need to see, understand and communicate. Like alchemists, great artists distill and transform. For me then, art becomes an experience and a lens through which to view the world. The alchemy in art is that it allows us to see stars where once we saw only dust.” www.alchemy-of-art.com/blog/quotes/
Yes you heard correctly. Stars where there was once only dust. What does that mean? It means that there is sparkle even in the midst of mouse poo. Don’t get me wrong though, it’s not necessarily easy to see that, especially in the moment. Still let’s consider this….that the things that embarrass us the most about ourselves are also part of the ingredients that can be added to our alchemical mixture, our elixir of life, our “prime materia” , and that intentional creativity is the match that sets our souls on fire. The first step towards transformation begins with awareness so yes we need to bring those old stories into our awareness first. We can then CHOOSE consciously what to release. Sometimes even that first step of bringing it into awareness is enough to shift the whole story and move your self into a new way of showing up and being in the world.
The COLOR of WOMAN process that Shiloh Sophia, our fearless and brilliant leader, has developed called “Talisman” is a profound catalyst and process for this alchemical transformation. Our old stories, our mouse poo are literally the lead that can be transformed into the spiritual “gold” of enlightenment through intentional creativity with a nice sprinkling of prayer, visioning, ceremony and community thrown in. Shiloh teaches us that painting is one of the few places that we can be truly scared but never get hurt. Kind of makes you want to become an artist, right? What I would add to that is that it does not matter what your level of artistic skill is, the healing process still occurs, transformation happens and lives are forever altered in ways that are exquisitely, soulfully beautiful. Psyche means butterfly in Greek and it also means soul. The etymology of the word psyche as defined in Wikipedia is, “life in the sense of breath”. It is within this that the divine spark and breath of life, of our very spirit, exists. Yes in our psyche, within our prime material.
‘Psychologically speaking the mysterious prima materia represents, and is to be discovered in, the parts of the psyche that we deny, dis-own and marginalize, the aspects of ourselves that we feel ashamed of, revulsion for and turn away from in disgust. In Jung’s words, this “means that the thing which we think the least of, that part of ourselves which we repress perhaps the most, or which we despise, is just the part that contains the mystery.’ We typically want to get rid of the shadow aspects of our personality, but the alchemists understood that our wounded, inferior and unconscious parts aren’t an accident or an error, but rather, has a value and cosmic perfection to them that is stunning. Our wounds, the base material of the work, are indispensable for the accomplishment of the opus, for without these shadow parts there would be no way to make the alchemical gold.”
The ‘famous secret’, and the basis of the alchemical opus is the unique prima materia, which is the chaos and raw material out of which the refined substance or ‘gold’ is produced. To the alchemists, there was a spirit hidden in the darkness of the prima materia, a divine spark buried in the darkness of matter.”
I want to say this again in case you didn’t hear it the first time. Your wounded, inferior or unconscious parts (that mess in your psychic closet) has a value and a cosmic perfection to it that is STUNNING. As an artist I consider myself to be both creator and alchemist. Art is how I illumine my life, how I make sense of it all. Creating art for me, has become the container that helps me to integrate the whole human experience, the beauty and the ugliness, the light and the shadows, the coexistence of opposites. It allows me to exist in a space in my being-ness that is always expanding. Everything can be thrown into the mixture and as the alchemical process of transformation does it’s magic, even mouse poo turns into cosmic stardust that ripples out on the waves of laughter that shimmer forth from this legendary and wondrous place that I call “The Palace of the Soul Divine School of Glitteracy.”
What places and stories in your psyche are you shoving back into the closet because you are afraid of the mess?
How can your creative process help you to be more compassionate with yourself and more peaceful and expansive in the process of transformation?
What practices and which people support you the most as you work with your “prima mature”?
And how can you bring more of that support and those practices into your life in 2014?
Can you think of instances where a new awareness and insight has shifted your story?
What old stories want to arise now that are willing to be released?
If you are looking for a fun, divine, enchanted inspirational transformational creativity playshop taught by your truly, scroll down to learn more about what is being offered at the Palace of the Soul. To be launched in the very near future a new web-site that will give you all the juicy details. Stay tuned for www.thepalaceofthesoul.com
GLITTER W.A.S.P. is a visionary artist and teacher, and an “Art Critic” who champions women artists. She considers it her own personal mission to spread sparkle around the world by celebrating the delightful, shimmering beauty women offer to the world through their gorgeous, artistic creations.
Elizabeth Gibbons is a visionary artist and teacher, clairvoyant healer, priestess of possibility and prophetess of enchantment also known in the Cosmic Cowgirls community as the Bejeweled Baroness. As a teacher, she encourages us to explore materials that awaken our sense of wonder, joy and playfulness. By playing with the sparkle of glitter, beads and jewels, we reconnect with the language of our soul and ignite the divine spark that Elizabeth calls our SOUL-SHINE. As we raise our vibrations, the alchemy of healing, that is part of our natural capacity, is activated.
Elizabeth, a.k.a. Glitter W.A.S.P. (or the Bejewelled Baroness depending upon the day of the week or who you ask), resides in San Francisco at the Palace of the Soul with her fabulously talented children and her revolving extended family. There she runs “The Divine School of Glitteracy” where she guides women and girls on magical adventures and ceremonies that allow them to reinvent their lives to align with more creativity, joy, enchantment, expansion, beauty and love. She teaches transformational art & embellishment classes at “The Palace of the Soul Divine School of Glitteracy.” She is currently adding “Intuitive & Playful Life Guidance & Clearing Abundance Blocks” to her menu.
To view a complete menu of classes offered go to www.enchantedeye.net/one-on-one-classes or contact her at 415-637-4290 as new classes are often developed and added before they show up on her web-site.
To view Glitter W.A.S.P.’s Daily Glitterations from May and beyond visit Elizabeth’s YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWmqNfLiDTnPC-_UJM2oV2Q
Posted by Susan Rossi On F j, Y
“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
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 and 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
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.
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 we’re 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.
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 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.
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
Posted by Kate Langlois On F j, Y
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – An Inspiring New Intentional Creativity Deck
A Collaboration of 18 Color of Woman Teachers
COSMIC COWGIRLS STUDIO, Healdsburg, California
We are delighted to announce the availability of the Creative Soul Deck, a collaboration of 18 artists and teachers based on the Color of Woman intentional creativity methods.
This deck of brilliant, colorful, and inspiring imagery is an opportunity to engage with your creative self through intention. Each card has a painting on one side with a question of inquiry or a affirmation of wisdom on the other side.
Letting your intuition guide you, choose cards and interact with them to receive messages from your Creative Soul. As you use the deck we encourage you to paint, sketch, and write your responses and the messages you receive. We’ve included context and instructions on using the cards for you.
How did the Creative Soul Deck come into being?
The Creative Soul Deck was created by 18 women in the course of a 9 month intuitive painting journey to become Color of Woman teachers. As amazing paintings and poetry emerged over the course of our training, we kept joking back and forth about how the paintings could be a deck of cards – each one so different and so profound.
As our training drew to a close, we put our hearts together to come up with gifts for our teachers and the idea of deck of cards was raised again. Was it possible? We set intention, circled up in red thread and decided YES we were going to make it happen!
At our graduation, the sense of accomplishment and honor we had illuminated our hearts and souls. Our teachers were overwhelmed with joy and urged us to offer the deck to the world. We once again put our hearts together and asked. The answer we received was YES!
All of the women who contributed to this deck are now trained Color of Woman instructors. Many of the women whose paintings are in this deck did not identify as artists at the beginning of our journey but as we learned to use the practices of intentional creativity and intuitive painting in which we look within for images and words and draw our in spiration from our heart, an intense love for painting blossomed. The process of creating these images was not only a healing journey; the paintings became an icon of what was possible in our lives. They changed our self-image forever.
The artists who paintings are included in the deck are: Annette Wagner, Flora Aube, Mandisa Woods, Jodi Anthony, Wendy Hassel, Christine L. Saba, Katie Ketchum, Crystal Charlotte, Jessica Bowman, Suzanne Grace Michell, Havi Brysk Mandell, Marie Howell, Mary Schilder, Isabella Vickers, Heather Kobrin Moore and our teachers, Shiloh Sophia McCloud, Sue Hoya Sellars, and Mary MacDonald.
This deck is a product that emerged from the first Color of Women cohort trained in the methods of intentional creativity developed by Shiloh Sophia McCloud. For more information on the Color of Woman training please visit the Color of Woman School.
The deck is 4×6 inches in size with rounded corners; 57 cards total. For information on purchasing decks, please visit the Creative Soul Deck.
Posted by Annette Wagner On F j, Y
The Creative Soul Deck can be purchased from the following artists:
Posted by Kate Langlois On F j, Y
It started as a hope in January, written on a piece of paper ‘California July 19th – 22nd 2013 to meet Shiloh and my Color of Woman sisters’. From Santa Rosa airport I was welcomed to the USA by a deep river of a woman; Julie from Virginia. It was the day before our Color of Woman weekend, she took me to rest in a quiet place where we shared bread, cheese, fruit and iced tea. I felt like I’d arrived in Europe!… except for the addition of salsa and corn chips 🙂 Letting my sisters in Color of Woman know in advance that I planned on being a gypsy for some of my time in USA, I opened the door for magic to come in. Sharing a room for two nights with Ti aka ‘Sugar Bitch’ we spoke of rich and juicy things such as desire and how attractive we are when we adore ourselves. (no.. we didn’t bother with light conversations … straight to the heart of things we went).. That first afternoon, I wandered in to town in search of Shiloh’s gallery, to see the paintings I’d watched being created online was such a delight! I longed to visit with them again when the doors were unlocked. … I eagerly awaited my first time as Cosmic Cowgirl University … I arrived absolutely vibrating with joy, to have made it all that way…, this was it, the reason that had pulled me from one side of the planet to the other! This shining example of a brave, empowered, inspired woman, Shiloh Sophia McCloud who from the moment I had first heard her speak I recognized and resonated with her message and soul.
So began three days of community with our much admired delightful teacher. I sneaked a peak when we were all eyes closed, in circle awaiting her arrival… she was glowing! Radiating… and tears of joy sprang to my eyes …. now I know I’m sounding like a bit of a crazed groupie right about now, but I want to emphasize the difference a strong empowered woman can make in a life.. in hundreds, if not thousands of women’s lives… this is what I am seeing happen in real time with the work that Shiloh as been presenting us with, it’s astonishing to me, the generosity and humility and sassiness of her. She’s the real deal, I so love that about her. I soaked up so much information during those three days, I just asked myself to remain open, and take it all in to somewhere in my being, even when my head felt so full, and my mind in wonder of how to absorb all that was flowing towards it. At Shiloh’s gallery on the Friday eve, I was thrilled to bits to stand in front of the paintings, ‘meeting them’ one by one. Shiloh referenced the Contemporary Symbolism movement, and artists who have inspired her – some of whom are my favorites as well. I felt I was with my tribe, so many things didn’t need to be said we all understood the basis for our being there so what was shared was all the richer for the red thread connection we undoubtedly have. After the drawn out farewells, lunch at the brewery with wise one Sue Hoya Sellars I set out the next day to another woman’s home and had two full days in Sebastopol with Trish, who rocked my world in a few directions it hadn’t been rocked in for a long while. We smashbooked at midnight after taking a walk under the full moon, and sipped home brewed cordials of all kinds of magical flavours. What a delight, she had cupboards full of things I felt like I’d only seen in Harry Potter movies, all that was missing was an owl! Only about a month earlier Trish and I had connected via our Color of Woman monthly call and there I was given a safe place to stay and a wild-hearted friend for life.
From Sebastopol to Burlingame, San Francisco over the golden gate bridge, shrouded in fog I couldn’t even see the coastline, I felt like I was living a dream. Three days of magical city touring, delicious foods from all the best places, with my gorgeous hostess Eileen who I’d also met online thanks to my painting ‘Muse of Cut the Crap’ an axe-wielding woman struck a chord with her too. Three San Francisco labyrinths in 3 days, including Grace Cathedral that had a labyrinth on it’s floor and a painting of Mary Magdalene. We ended up calling our shared adventures ‘spirit girl’ time, I loved that so much.
My last three days were spent at The Palace of the Soul where I was thrilled to meet Elizabeth Gibbons… an artist and the owner of a ginormous home filled with the most embellished, jewel encrusted, vibrant and mystical paintings I had ever seen in my life!
Each and every woman I met who is connected to Shiloh’s work was an absolute treasure of a woman. We share a sacred bond of desire for intentional creativity to heal ourselves and in turn reach out and be a blessing to those who are drawn to work with us in our chosen fields and offerings.
This feels like the ‘stuff of legends’… and I intend to keep my commitment to the work I have started inside this container called Color of Woman. I feel honored to have made such a trip and to have received so much love and support every step of the way.
Deep grateful sigh. Denise Daffara Queensland, Australia
Denise Daffara is part of a new breed of contemporary artists living on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Her work brings together a fusion of motherhood, friendship and femininity in the 21st Century.
When it comes to technique, Denise represents what is new and funky about painting and design, with a style that dabbles in both traditional and modern styles. Her work is striking, personal and is easily relatable to the modern woman. It speaks to the woman at home, at play and at work and the woman who seeks the fusion of these three parts of her life.
Like all artists her work is ever evolving but at the core of each piece are the joys of feminine life, with vibrant colour and distinct form. Denise says, “Motherhood and friendship are a constant source of inspiration for me, and my style embraces elegant simplicity”.
To learn more about Denise come visit her at her Website –http://www.denisedaffara.com.au/
Posted by Kate Langlois On F j, Y
The possession of knowledge does not kill the sense of wonder and mystery. There is always more mystery. Anais Nin
My friend Havi spoke recently about ‘learning to trust in the mystery’. This says a lot for me, because even though I do love a good mystery, when one shows up in our own life, we often start demanding answers. We want control over the situation, to be the one taking the wheel and setting the course. Letting go of control can sound scary, yet it doesn’t mean letting go of self-effort or that chaos is going to take over if we relax a little bit. We’re just choosing to look at the mystery from a slightly different angle.
I may not trust Mystery, but I can learn to live with it
Trusting in the mystery means we might just have to sit back for a little while or even a long while and wait to see what’s going to show up. While we’re in this waiting cycle, we may just decide we don’t even need to trust it, so much as learn to live with it.
I often think that Mystery and wonder must walk hand in hand. It’s WONDER that allows me to peer inquisitively into the face of life’s mysteries. Wonder makes the waiting more of an adventure, more of a game. And if it’s a game, it better mean we’re having fun too!
Wonder diffuses fear
Recently I said yes to an invitation to teach at an alumni gathering with our Color of Women Teachers. I said yes before I even knew what I was going to teach. Instant mystery right? AND I brought it upon myself too.
A couple of years ago I most certainly would have shrunk back into the shadows instead. Even if I had said yes, my perfectionist self would me laboring meticulously over every tiny step in preparation. I would rehearse what I would say. For much of my life I had the effects of ‘stage fright’ if I spoke in front of a group of people to give a speech or a talk about something. My throat would constrict and my voice would miter out meekly in shaky mouse-like squeeks and I’d be on the verge of tears, completely forgetting what I was talking about. Though it was seemingly beyond my control, I felt nothing short of pathetic and ridiculous for not being able to come across as a strong and confident speaker.
So how was it I could say yes to teaching to my peers no less? Because through the work of Intentional Creativity I’ve created a new pattern in my response to the situation. The wires have literally been restrung into new pathways in my being. These days more often than not, I can lean into the mystery instead of running from it. Events in our lives whether they be traumatic or blissful, leave a mark on us. Our whole body embodies these events, often showing up in after-affects we may not recognize at first. If we can discover these threads from our past, we can take hold of them in the present and reweave them into beautiful new dreams as we fly boldly ahead into our futures.
The work of a Visionary is to know the past, dream the future and take powerful action in the present. Shiloh Sophia McCloud
The’ taking action’ piece means making a mark on a paper or a canvas without waiting for the right moment to come or inspiration to strike. For example, for me that big old boulder in the road trying to block my way is sometimes appears as whole pile of boulders surrounding me from all sides and reaching far up into the sky. Sound familiar? Well the time is past when we shrug our shoulders giving in, giving up. There is a recipe for change, ingredients of Creativity are our magical tools for clearing the way. Yes it probably will be scary-anything that involves involve facing our self usually is. Isn’t it time you peeled back the layers the world has thrown over you, tried to protect you with? Who would you be if you finally rose up to the challenge of being who you really dreamed of being instead of who others expected you to be? It may seem like a solitary journey, but I can tell you it is not. It’s one of amazing connections, synchronicity and even joy. And maybe, just maybe it’s the only thing that’s going to finally save you.
How to dissolve fear?
You showing up as your Creative Self~an intention~a dream~ ~paint~paintbrush~canvas~pen and paper
Dare yourself to play with Intentional Creativity & invite in more of what you want for your life. Put less attention on what is not working. By engaging in Creative Play with INTENTION and ACTION we literally become the antidote for what ails us and even for each other.
Kate Langlois is a Visionary Artist and Color or Woman Teacher creating paintings using Intentional Creativity. Her the style of the Contemporary Symbolism Movement. Kate’s JOY is in painting with women and girls to spark their own unique creative paths. Kate’s images give voice to her own journey and to women throughout the world in the shadows, without pathways for such expressions. Her paintings are a celebration of all women, and connection to the mystery beyond the physical world we all play in.
All artwork © 2013 Kate Langlois