An Eye On Intentional Creativity:: Rien Cassidy

Rien Cassidy: Bahrain

I was contacted by Farah Alaradi, a fifteen year old Art Student, about interning with me for her work-study assignment. Farah said that she had always been told how to create art in school, and was curious about Intentional Creativity. She was pleased with the opportunity to work with me, learning to create in a more intentional way and think differently about art.

My Medicine Basket Workshop was held prior to the Work study with Farah. I invited her to join to experience the Intentional Creativity process first hand and get a feel for the sort of work I do. 

I’m starting to offer Red Thread Circles here in Bahrain- for sharing Intentional Creativity and creating community. While interning for the week, Farah helped me create ads and organize materials for my upcoming Gratitude workshop.

She also spent some time researching IC and doing a Q&A with me in the end. Farah got a taste of creating an intentional workshop by planning out a class for teens who are getting ready to go off to university. She said she never thought art could be used like this, to heal and work through school stress. I told her she may want to consider becoming an IC teacher one day!

Come find Rien’s workshops, art and more : www.riencassidy.com


An Eye on Intentional Creativity:: Maria Do Rosario Souza

Intentional Creativity has its first Red Thread Circle in Brazil!

 

 

Maria Do Rosario Souza gathered with a small wonderful group of friends for an afternoon workshop, Painting the Future.  Colorful flags were created following the steps of Intentional Creativity, and inspired by the prayer flags of Buddhism.

“Our intention while creating was to create a container for our highest aspirations, helping us focus on co-creating the future. It inspired me very much, because it’s something that anyone can do in a couple of hours  I enjoyed every minute and had great feedback from our group. Thank you Shiloh for supporting my dreams!”

 

 

 

 

I had the access to the Red Thread Circle some years ago, through the Red Thread Cafe Classroom Facebook group and had the idea of sharing it, and finally had this opportunity now. A group of friends had been curious about my painting process. Submitting my application for the 2019 Color of Woman Teacher program was the push that I was waiting for! It all came together, to put out the invitation to do this workshop.

 


I’m an educator, researcher of Brazilian culture, especially Native groups and Brazilian Popular Culture. I have a degree on Graphic Design and started to paint canvases in 2002, but Intentional Creativity gave me the right tools to progress. Find me and my art on my Facebook page, Maria Flor

 

 

Colorful Scars : Free Intentional Creativity Class

We have long worn our scars
on the inside, hidden within ourselves

Doing our best to hide, to not allow
them show up on the outside

We didn’t want to be exposed,
judged, blamed and not believed

Our souls bear the marks
of re-membering what was lost

We have been shaped, girdled, silenced,
fragmented and shamed into looking good

It may be hard to speak out in a culture
where it is popular to believe you caused your own harm

If you have carried the thought that you,
Dear precious soul, have caused your own harm…

This is an invitation to lay it down for good
and to release your grip on self blame

Self blame cloaked as responsibility
has done more damage then we can imagine

Do you see how believing that you called it upon yourself,
can keep you from speaking?

The dominant culture keeps this idea in place
we know better, and can release ourselves

We have already turned our wounds
into teachings for ourselves and others

Are you ready to let go of this part
of the wounding you carry? Is it time?

When scars are only on the inside
they can take a long time to heal

We can choose to integrate, be witnessed,
be informed and take action

The colorful side of all of these stories
is that the scars are no longer only on the inside

Witness by compassionate hearts
brings color to the shadows which house the wounds

The light emitting from our colorful scars
illuminates the path for those coming after us

A warrior mark, a reminder, a tattoo
of teachings and stories to tell

We won’t forget, yet neither will we
be jailed by the past any longer

To those who would harm, we pray this colorful light
Reaches them too, so they may think again and heal

The freedom to self express is a basic
human right, and we claim this right for ourselves

We won’t proclaim the bright side
We will not dwell in the shadow side either

We see, claim and are authors of the colorful side
We have become She of the Colorful Scar

Signed with a hope for
re-membering our wholeness,

Shiloh Sophia, October 2018

 

 

FREE COMMUNITY CLASS & RED THREAD CIRCLE ONLINE

SHARE & COMMENT ON ARTIST SHILOH SOPHIA FB PAGE

You are invited to join the Intentional Creativity Community for a free online class and Red Thread Circle on October 21. Can’t join us that day? The videos are yours to keep and download so you can do it in your own time. We will have a completing call in November so you have time to do the process. You will be supported by Intentional Creativity Guild members.

Let’s gather together in solidarity across the world to cause our own healing to move to the next level…bringing healing into our own hands…

How much power do we really have to set ourselves free?

More than we think, I feel. Yet there is often a process if the feeling is to really create a change. It is more than just thinking about it. You have do actually do something more than in the mind. Ritual, creativity, movement, a circle….something to mark the change.

 

 

 

Dear Ones, 

I have been thinking of you, and of all of us – and especially right now my sisters in the US who have been so impacted by the recent happenings. I don’t think I need to spell it out – regardless of what you think about it – it was traumatizing for most of us it seems. I could feel it and see it in ways I haven’t for a while. Like wow – where do we live? I looked at the images of the people involved ands sent them love – all of them. All of them. And I felt I had to DO SOMETHING to serve – hence Colorful Scars – a class for us as a community. I asked what I could do? I had already painted the painting above – and so it was clear – colorful scars it would be. Claiming our wounds and bringing beauty to them. Covering them in grace – not hiding – but lifting up.

I try to be mindful of sharing spiritual beliefs without assumptive behaviours which are so often rampant. Even just – ‘everything happens for a reason’ is a rampant spiritual belief gone unchecked that a lot of us don’t agree with. Including me. So in this cycle I am writing to you with permission to set yourself free from the way you have been carrying what has happened to you.

I share this writing and class for those who still think they are to blame for their abuse. This is FOR YOU. For us to heal.

With respect to those in the sisterhood that truly believe they agreed to their own harm at the level of soul, I hear you. And. What is true for you might be true for you. Yet I might add, do not assume it is also true for everyone else. This teaching is too common and in my view, assumptive and often unconscious.

Now, having worked with so many women I am a stand for freedom from self blame – and the idea that we caused our own harm as part of our path or soul agreement. Not that there aren’t times we have put ourselves in danger and harm’s way. Each story has it’s own arc of blame and shame.

I stand for a story where no woman blames herself for being harmed in ANY scenario.

I woke up this morning with the collective grief pouring through me. I thought, is there a bright side? And of course, the bright side is that the stories are being told and that hopefully those who do the harming will think again instead of become even more aggressive, which is often the case. Yet, bright side, felt too optimistic. Shadow side is obviously playing itself out before our eyes in the US and many other places. But the colorful side, is also here. Finding our freedom from suppression and silence – finding self expression. Why is this important – because if we are self expressed, we won’t bottle up the energy and turn it on ourselves.

Expressing it lets it out – and in that, changes it as it moves from within to the page/canvas/dance floor. We will talk more about this in the Colorful Scarsclass. Consider calling women together to gather with in person for this event in your home, studios or office. Consider hosting a red thread circle. The videos will be yours to keep and download but it woudl be wonderful to spend the day together on October 21 doing the work.

Thinking of you and however you process what you are feeling. Let us walk this road together in the best way we can. I am about to lead a Red Thread Circle in the morning mist and will be thinking of you and including you with us.

 

 

 

Colorful Scars: Free Intentional Creativity Class

Hosted by the Intentional Creativity Foundation

Taught by Shiloh Sophia
with support from the IC Guild

Free class for women to express

and begin to heal hidden stories

Sunday October 21st or watch later

RSVP FOR FREE

 

Announcing Red Thread Guide Graduates 2018

 

What would it feel like to be held in a sacred container
for and with a circle of wild and soulful women?

The Intentional Creativity Foundation is pleased to announce the graduates from our 2018 Red Thread guide Global Certification Program. These women have together learned the way of the red thread, how to hold space for circles and rites OF PASSAGE, to lead with intention, and to be guides for those who cross their path.

Red Thread guide 2018 GRADUATES

Amber Samaya Gould
Clarity Henderson

Eileen Dyer

Feather Redfox

Jessica Bowman

Johanna Rivera

Julie O’Glee

Lexanne Leonard

Lisa R. Cohen

Liz Ferguson

Monika Reis

Nancy Deane-
Loranger
Robyn Taranto

Stella St. Rose

Photo by Jessica Bowman


W
e all walk a sacred path. Some of us don’t know it. 
The power comes when we consciously choose to walk in a beautiful way.
And how wonderful to find others there on the path with us…

 

Painting by Nancy Dean-Loranger

 

 

 

Join us for a series of Free Global Red Thread Circles!

 

..:: SIGN UP HERE ::..

 

~ Dear One ~

You are invited to join the Intentional Creativity community for a series of free calls designed to support women right where they are on their path. We will create a container with Red Thread connecting us from across the miles. Bring your stories, your ideas, your challenges, your prayer requests, your love for yourself and others in need and let’s gather ourselves together.

Sign up to receive more information about how to join our circles.
We will include poetry and creative process with each conversation, so bring your journal! These calls will not be recorded at this time to respect the privacy of the women.

We feel called at this time, to call you! Resiliency can be created when we together choose to stand side by side.

When women are in conversation, healing happens.

This project is made possible by the Intentional Creativity Foundation Inc.

A 501(c)3 Corporation as registered with the IRS and the State of California.

When Intentional Creativity Spills Over and Colors Your Life Happy

I am a Color of Woman graduate of 2012. My process of unfolding within Intentional Creativity® has been profound and spellbinding, and of course, absolutely unexpected.

I thought I would start teaching and designing websites for myself; instead what has emerged is a design for my dream life so much better than what I could ever have thought up myself. Let’s start at the beginning:

I had seen Shiloh’s paintings in the backdrop of my mind’s eye for many years and greatly admired them. Two years before starting my Color of Woman training, a friend invited me to a fundraiser for African girls presented by Alice Walker. Shiloh had donated a gorgeous painting and her flyers were on display. I brought one back with me to Mexico promising myself that if I ever moved back to the states I would do everything to take a course with Shiloh.

It was a “heart-deep” wish, but I couldn’t see how I would be able to do it. I kept checking in on her website and one day I saw a message about Color of Woman training and the possibility of a scholarship. I stretched out my hand and started writing on the first thing at hand, a torn-off restaurant paper tablecloth. I got accepted and was awarded a scholarship. This was clearly meant to be!

My Phone interview with Shiloh was mesmerizing. At the time we were living in southern Mexico in one of the most violent states of the country. We were what the media likes to refer to as “victims” of the war on drugs and related violence.( I strongly reject this term, on the grounds that NOBODY should triumph over the spirit of families shouldering the pain of a nation, by labeling them as victims.) Between going to marches, searching for missing persons and living in an atmosphere surrounded by the images of unimaginable human degradation, I started Color of Woman training.

It went surprisingly well on my first painting, Queen of my own heart, once I stopped over-thinking the process. On the second or third painting the feelings changed. I was stuck and the more I painted, the more I had symbols come up which I didn’t want to look at. The pivotal point came when I had to look at the fact that “my Lady” was crying big unstoppable tears into a river. I was also reading more and more of the forum discussions and one day it hit me: almost every one of the ladies in the group were facing pain, loss, sadness and challenge, and they were FEARLESS in confronting and painting their way through it with grace.

Somehow it brought home to me, that my sadness, my pain was not of greater value, than anybody else’s. Many people have been through incredible challenge and shoulder it with such grace and strength it illuminates you to observe them. I found the Color of Woman group to be filled with many such strong and inspiring women. Being able to follow the journeys and inquires of these strong and fearless souls in such a supportive and intimate setting was priceless.

At the time I was working as a language arts and yoga teacher and continued my studies and inquiries into how to use IC in that kind of setting. Our living situation during the time was very stressful as I became more and more concerned with the physical integrity of my family.

At this time I signed up for Red Madonna and went into a year long in-depth inquiry around my faith, beliefs and it’s place in the world. This was not always a smooth ride as I am a Sikh by religion and Red Madonna is geared towards a more Christian out look. The year I participated, we were also being instructed by Havi Brysk Mandell, a wonderful teacher, painter and therapist who shares the mysteries of the Jewish faith splendidly.

My COW and best friend, Gurukiren, and I had long discussions on points of faith and worship all through the Madonna year. I was often surprised myself, at the strength of my feelings around my faith. It was a year of painting and redefining the points of religion. The last painting of the cycle is the painting of mine with which I have most resonated.

Our living situation was becoming more and more unsustainable. The daily level of violence coupled with growing social unrest was taking a heavy toll. One day I had one of those thunderbolt realizations: This was no longer acceptable. Here comes the miracle: shortly after this we got a phone call out of the blue offering us a job in India at an international boarding school. It is located in Amritsar which is the holiest place of pilgrimage for the Sikh Religion. Something like the Vatican for Sikhs!

I usually teach a visioning workshop once a year around New Year’s. We are a small school with students from twenty different countries. My daughter is now fully bilingual and both my husband and I have challenging and deeply satisfying jobs. We get long summer holidays which we have been blessed to spend in Sweden and Greece, both places where I grew up as a child. I feel convinced that it’s our blessing to be here living this life, and it’s the work of intentional creativity, which has deepened and refined my process to give place to the magic, which allows us to live a life even better than the one I could ever have dreamed up for myself!

I am ready and excited to continue working in the red thread circle which why I am in IMAGINE this year. Can’t wait to see what magic will be unleashed through this process!

What I learned through being in circle with the IC sisterhood:

  • Everybody suffers
  • My pain is not of a higher importance than other people’s pain
  • Joy is an act of conscious resistance
  • Seek silent witnesses in other dimensions
  • Examine your faith inside and out and sculpt it into an offering for your soul
  • Trust the process

~ Gurukirin Khalsa, Color of Woman Teacher

 

[NEWS RELEASE] Untamed Heart: An Exploration of Intentional Creativity

[NEWS RELEASE] NEW Book featuring
Intentional Creativity Artists:
UNTAMED HEART

Untamed Heart introduces the concept of Intentional Creativity®; a movement in which all creative acts begin with intention. Intentional Creativity is about transforming old stories into new stories that fill us with passion and joy. It is the collaborative creation of fifteen Intentional Creativity Teachers including the founder of the Intentional Creativity movement, Shiloh Sophia. Each teacher shares their own story, paintings and a practice or exercise for the reader to work with as a way of exploring the realm of Intentional Creativity for themselves.

55 pages – full color in book form, PDF or e-book. Created by Cosmic Cowgirls, Ink.

All proceeds go towards the creation of the book. Let’s support women artists in print!

Authors include Sofia Dalbasa, Annette Wagner, Jessica Bowman, Sumaiyah Dymonz Yates, Kate Langlois, Susan Rossi, Jacqueline Hiew, Mai-Lan Thi Pham, Havi Brysk Mandell, Jennifer Mayol, Wendy Ward, Gurukiren Khalsa, Kendall Sarah Scott, Olyvya (Foussier) Van Eeden and Shiloh Sophia.

  PURCHASE HERE 

The Witness Tree at TEDX Berkeley 2017

The theme of TEDX Berkeley this year was Constellate and they had an amazing group of speakers. (Check out this post about the conference.) Part of our Intentional Creativity tribe participated in the event on Saturday, April 15th by bringing the Witness Tree to TEDX. Kerry Lee, Tina Greene, Annette Wagner, and Andrea Christiansen were there to lead people through the process and witness them placing their leaves on the tree.

The Witness Tree

What is the Witness Tree?

The Witness Tree Project is an invitation to engage
in collaborate Intentional Creativity.

Attendees at the event were invited to engage in Intentional Creativity with the inquiry of: What are you here to cause and create? and then asked to articulate their unique piece, their wishes, dreams or ideas in a few words. They declared this intention by writing it on a paper leaf and gluing it onto the Witness Tree.

Annette and Andrea at our table.

Annette and Tina witnessing folks stating what they are here to cause and create.

After each leaf was firmly in place on the tree a Guild member, a colorfully dressed artist representing the global Intentional Creativity Guild of teachers, asked the participant one at a time, without the pomp and circumstance of a large crowd or line of people, to state their declaration out loud.

For many this was unexpected. We saw eyes grow large, big gulps of air swallowed, and slow smiles emerge as the participant recognized a part of declaring was giving their voice to their wish, idea or dream. Some were quick and ready, and some wanted to come back later after thinking about it.

Some were there searching for exactly what they are here on earth to cause and create, and some were focused, sure and on a mission. For many, tears welled in their eyes and courage had to be summoned before being able to speak their truths out loud. All felt something had shifted after being witnessed, and many told a story to go with their part. Hugs and gratitude came easily.

Kerry Lee with composer Darrin Cching

We encouraged each participant to remember that if we each held our own piece, simply what they had written on their leaf, all the meaningful declarations would amount to something much greater. Especially as action followed in the coming hours, days, weeks and months. Many came back to “visit” or share their leaves with others as the event progressed.

As so many teachers say, we learned from this event too. What stood out for me was:

  • Everyone has a cause even if they don’t know exactly what it is yet. And those who are willing to step outside of their comfort zone will find it.

  • Everyone wants to be heard, to be witnessed, and to have an authentic moment of human-to-human connection. With a stranger seems even more powerful. And to know they make a difference just being who they are.

  • Creativity can be simple, and with intention it’s power still surprises and inspires me even after years of witnessing this.
  • Attendees were a broad cross-section of students, Berkeley-ites, companies, musicians, activists and more. It was very special to see how many folks were willing to join in with us and declare their cause out loud.

Creativity at work indeed. Claim. Declare. Witness. Simple yet so very powerful. Imagine if – everyone held their piece, their leaf and then acted upon with intention.
What would happen for the greater good of all?

If you are having an event and would like to have the Witness Tree there, contact Kerry Lee for more details.

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Kerry Lee uses her gifts as an intuitive artist to create custom celebrations and ceremony, including The Witness Tree and The Wish Tree for weddings, anniversaries, birthday, retirement and life celebrations. She is a Certified Intentional Creativity Teacher® and a transformational catalyst guiding her clients and students through a sacred process of self discovery, connection and bonding. She teaches how intention can enhance intuition, wisdom, communication, community and joy. You’ll find Kerry Lee at KerryLeeArt.com

 

 

Annette Wagner is a working artist, creativity coach and Intentional Creativity teacher. She creates Earth Prayers, a form of Intentional Sketching, which she sends out into the world on an almost daily basis. Her intention is to heal our connection to the earth and to share that with others so they can experience that healing connection for themselves. You can follow her on Facebook or Tumblr or visit her at AnnetteWagnerArt.com to purchase an earth prayer of your very own.

Power of the Red Thread

Jassy Watson
Queensland, Australia

 

I invite participants at all of my workshops to join in Red Thread Ceremony as I not only believe, but know deeply, that it is a most profound way to connect the group and prompt them to think sincerely about their purpose and intention. There have been many powerful moments, but one that stands out is a Paint Your Muse workshop I held for a group of teenage girls aged between 12 & 15. I had not committed fully to including it in this particular workshop, as I wanted to ‘feel’ into the energy of the group. We were all brand new to each other, most of the girls had never met and it was the first time meeting me in the studio. After our introductions and a discussion about the day I decided that YES! We were going to NEED the RED THREAD. I could sense anxiety and knew that calling a circle was going to help alleviate that. Inviting them into ceremony would act as a connector. If it went how I envisioned, the girls would see that they were all feeling the same – a little anxious, nervous and self-conscious.

Jassy Watson-Red Thread Circle

None of them had ever participated in a circle discussion, let alone a Red Thread Ceremony. I explained some of the myths and legends behind it, why I do it at all my classes and how it would work for us in the context of the work we were doing that day. I did receive a few uncertain looks, especially when I mentioned how great it would be if everyone could share a word or a line about their intention for the day. With each passing of the thread from one girl to the next, I could see and feel each of them relax. Smiles lit up faces, postures altered, shoulders dropped and all were brave enough to speak up. Through this shared experience a bond was formed. A space of safety was created and they intuitively knew that they were going to be able to express themselves freely in the group under my gentle guidance.

Jassy Watson Red Thread Circle

I told the girls that they too could share this experience with others: With friends at school or with family. I told them a Red Thread Circle could be called at any time, for any reason. Many of the girls have returned for more classes at the studio and I always smile when I see them still wearing their piece of the Red Thread.

What I have come to know through all the Red Thread Ceremonies I have called, is that there is a profound awakening and a deep re-membering of what it feels like and what it means to be in a sacred circle of women.

 

Jassy Watson

Jassy Watson

 

Jassy Watson, who lives on the sub-tropical coast of Queensland Australia, is a Mother of four, passionate organic gardener, Intuitive/Visionary & Community Artist, Teacher, Intentional Creativity Coach and a student of Ancient History and Religion at Macquarie University, Sydney. She is the Creatress of Goddesses Garden, Studio & Gallery; a school for the Sacred Creative Arts. Jassy teaches regular painting workshops in person, nationally and internationally, and online based around themes that explore myth, history, earth connection and the Goddess. Regular creative events and presentations are also held that have included visits from international scholars, artists and musicians.

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