Fierce, Fabulous and Feminine

 

NEWS RELEASE: Osceola Arts – Art in Public Places at Kissimmee City Hall presents Central Florida artist Phyllis “Pannet” Taylor. Ms.Taylor loves to draw the human face and believes that a story lies behind the eyes of every person. A facilitator of Intentional Creativity, Ms. Taylor introduces drawing and painting as an alternative method of creative expression for teens and women who have experienced various types of abuse.

Phyllis “Pannet” Taylor’s artwork
February 1st – 28th at Kissimmee City Hall, Florida

Phyllis’ words:
Various life experiences gave me a yearning to teach art where creativity was integral to the self- healing process. We are innately creative beings though many came to believe they were not creative. During a traumatic & abusive period in my life I could not create as my internal critic was so severe little survived. I felt as if I was no longer a creative being.

I began drawing, even writing, with my non dominant hand to create art as it freed me from my internal critic allowing me to express my anger, rage and sometimes my hopelessness. I experimented, discovered and learned new methods and mediums to use. I had fun, I played and I created again! The more I was able to express myself creatively the freer I became emotionally and artistically, incorporating portraits into my abstracted paintings. My life crisis was the catalyst for transforming my chaos into bliss whereby creating art became the energy for my moving into healing and better emotional health.

I volunteered with an organization that helped abused women get a Fresh Start and I was asked to teach art workshops. Through my Xpress YourSELF workshops I found I could help others in their healing process by teaching them to focus their intentions on what they wanted to let go and begin to grow in their lives at that moment. By acknowledging, accepting and activating their innate creativity the women expressed their emotions visually rather than continue to hold them inside.

These past several years I have been intentionally allowing myself to focus on creating art that comes from deep within my heart and as I move into the third quarter of my life I am dedicated and determined to teaching Intentional Creativity® classes and workshops, in person and online, to reach as many people as I can to encourage them to develop their innate creativity. I want to share this feeling of freedom and wholeness with others, women in particular, many who’ve been abused, hurt or wounded and may still be holding the pain inside themselves. Visually channeling the pain is just one way of helping to heal the hurts and close the wounds.

Creating art is always good – but whether or not it is truly healing depends on you choosing to engage your brain and body in the healing process. It is your choice to engage yourself in the conscious act of creating. Some people don’t experience their art as healing although they may call it cathartic or life-saving. However,the capacity to use art as a tool to know oneself is dependent on one’s intention to do so. This is Intentional Creativity®. Through the teaching of Intentional Creativity® I intend to share my past, with it’s pain and it’s healing journey, with others by showing them how they can release their hurts visually and use image to change their stories. Acknowledgment and acceptance of their creativity and actively putting their feelings as marks onto paper or canvas is another way to authentically express their stories and to re-imagine themselves.

 

Visit Phyllis at Pannet Art Studios.

 

Pulling Stories out of our Bones

I just finished a 9 month dive into myself – a Vision Quest really – using color, story and dance (and lots of tears, self doubt and all out tantrums).

I am proud to announce that I am now a Certified Intentional Creativity Teacher. I joyously join a long lineage of amazing women who teach and heal using creativity as our chosen method to heal the self, community, and the world.

I know there are many ways to do this good healing work, but to do it with paint and creativity is pretty mind blowing!

Intentional Creativity is a way to heal and transform ourselves and old stories using creativity. We intentionally go within and mine for gold and release that which no longer serves us. I personally have let go of some long held beliefs and stories that have held me back for years.

I believed I was broken inside, because of abuse that happened when I was a child. I have carried that with me all my life. I called it that “yucky” feeling. The one that awakened me in the middle of the night and filled me with shame and fear. The one holding me back from flying like I knew I could fly.

Using Intentional Creativity, I intentionally went inside, looked at the old fear and painted it onto the canvas in front of me. I pulled that old story and belief from my cells, my bones. I literally painted that crap out of my body. I transformed it on the canvas and made space in my body for a new story to emerge.

I changed my story!

In gratitude to a beautiful lineage of teachers.

~ ~ ~

 

Terre Cerridwyn Busse: I am a teacher, an artist, a mother of teenagers and a woman who fell in love with a river (ask me about the South Fork of the Yuba).

I paint, I dance, I make up stories. Sometimes I do them all at the same time and truth be told, my best work is when I am doing them all at the same time.

I paint with intention. I believe that painting with intention, we can heal and move stuck hurts and energy out of our body. I believe we can change our lives on the canvas. We can create space in our hearts and souls to attain the dreams we desire through paint, intention, story, color and symbol. Come visist me at Cerridwynstudio.com

VISIONARY WOMAN: Global Gallery Show 2017

Congratulations to our Graduates & Teachers of Intentional Creativity

Photos taken from Graduation & Guild Gathering ~ January 2018  

 

Color of Woman 2017 Graduates

Alice Rhyslynn
Anne Barlow
Barbara Daughter

Caroline Miskenack
Cassielle Bull
Corinna Jaeger
Debra Hanes
Denise Jakob
Diane S. Merpaw
Dina VanDecker- Tibbs
Donna Bodnar Papenhausen
Beth Blakesley
Ellison James
Elmari Van Der Westhuizen
Erica Holmes Starks
Ginnette Walden
Ginny Parker
Gisela Pineiro
Holly Beall
Ilona Lantos
Irene Rimay Ahlberg
Jacky Fowler
Janis ColokathisVinuya
Jaryn Warren
Jennifer Thompson
Jennifer Hamlett Herrick
Jo Laurie
Jolynn Van Asten
Juniper M Mainelis
Karen Sue Maunder
Katherine Torrini
Kathleen Marie Kathy Smith
Katie Witteman
Leisl M. Bryant
Lori Dobberstein
Lori Skoumal Reeves
Luna Baron
Michaelanne Gephart
Nancy A. Bruns
Phyllis Anne Taylor
Rien Cassidy
Star RhiAnnon
Suzette Murray
Svetlana Pritzker
Tammra Harrison
Tanya Kristina Machnick
Teri McGrath
Terre Cerridwyn Busse
Wendy Hartley

Color of Woman Students from Past Years who completed their Certification in 2017

Bella Stolz
Caryn McLaine
Christine McDevitt
Cornelia Wendt
Danna Clare
Erika Nelson
Jenny Kiely
Karen Murphy
Kate Gold
Louis Reed
Paulina Clark
Sharron Cuthbertson
Tania Magennis
Tara Hookano

To receive updates & announcements for Color of Woman 2019 enrollment, go here.
Our 2018 Class is currently full.

A Brave Calling: Will you dare to answer YES when it comes knocking?

I can’t believe the day is here where I get to teach my very first 13 Step playshop. I am filled with fear, some anxiousness as well as excitement and joy. Teaching a painting process is totally new to me and it’s pretty intimidating when your teacher/leader makes it looks so seamless and easy. I had to remind myself, a few times, that I have something here to offer that is uniquely mine and to not compare myself to our brilliant teacher Shiloh Sophia or some of my very talented artist sisters that I traveled alongside with on this quest called Color of Woman.

My 2 day creativity retreat sold out weeks before the actual unfolding. I was so excited and this excitement continued to fuel me until well after the retreat. I personally invited a handful of people with whom I wanted to share this inaugural voyage with. A few of them extended invites to their friends. I was blessed to share the weekend ten wild brave women.

This teaching experience is critical and pivotal in this quest as it invites you to the edge and I believe we grow when we play with our edges. Teaching the 13 step process is very different than painting as an initiate who is unfolding and blossoming in her quest. You are invited to be present for your Beloved as well as letting go of attachment and judgements. I recommend creating a framework to guide your retreat and to keep you on track but please don’t get attached to it because the energy of the group may direct you in a different way. This requires deep self trust in you, in your abilities, and deep listening to your Beloveds and to the voice of your Muse.

Trusting your Muse in this unfolding is critical for she is mighty, brilliant and very resourceful.

Over and over again, I was in awe of what unfolded throughout the weekend. Each and everyone of my Beloveds blossomed throughout the weekend. I watched them come in with trepidation and leave with their painting of newly found Succulent Wild Selves accompanied by huge smiles on their faces. Some of the miracles unfolding during the weekend included: the releasing of 5 years of intense grief and sadness, a stronger connection to their inner voice, a rekindling with their inner child, and a re-connection with their artist self. It brought them tremendous joy to be witnessed by their beautiful sisters and myself.

Dear Ones, please, please DO NOT underestimate the power of the red thread ceremony!

We began with this beautiful ritual and ended our retreat in ceremony. As a result, my Beloveds dove in deep right from the beginning and each experienced some form of transformation throughout the weekend, including me. I had no idea what they would happen, but what they experienced blew the doors wide open in my heart. The weekend left me feeling like I was high! It took a few days to come down from the planet of sacred painting and transformation.

This creative retreat confirmed in unsuspected ways my gifts as a teacher. I have known forever in my heart I am a teacher. What I didn’t realize I’d be asked to let go of what I thought I was so I could open up to a new way of being in the world and teaching. To be honest, it takes time to adjust. Up until this quest, I had never imagined myself as teacher of creativity but now I can only imagine teaching Intentional Creativity®.

I stood in my courage and bravery and answered the call when it came knocking on my door. What will you choose to do when it comes knocking on your door? This potent magical, transformational process breathes new life into you and your life as well as that of your Beloveds. It all begins with a YES and a deep desire to serve love in all of it shapes and colours.

~~~

Diane Merpaw: Intentional Creativity Teacher, Goddess Coach extraordinaire with a deep love and desire to inspire and empower women to heal and transform their heart wounds into the most succulent and delicious love affair of their life; that with themselves.

Visit Diane at www.dianemerpaw.com.

 

10 Minute Intentional Creativity Process

Dear Ones,

I send you greetings and invite you into presence and community.

There is a lot going on the world right now. Whether you are a sensitive or not – you can feel some part of it and it could be causing fear, concern, restlessness, betrayal, anger and the list goes on.

Let’s create resilience through creativity – which is what called us into this circle in the first place. Creativity.

As you know, it is important to let ourselves feel what we feel, see what we see and know what we know – YET – it is also important to move it ‘out’ of our physical body so it doesn’t get trapped and create the resulting other experiences which could range from anxiety to irritation to depression. You can move it out or dissolve it by choice. If it can move, it will.

As this world unfolds, each of us has our part, our piece of the red thread, and so we want to be ‘fit’ enough to manage that. Self care for the mind and heart involves some language usage because we are currently experiencing what we are experiencing in the realm of story. So story can help us move it.

I wanted to just create an opening here – since we do consider ourselves a global circle woven with red threads, to acknowledge the happening that is happening. (This is not intended as therapy.) Here is a simple Intentional Creativity Process you can do to move some energy and become conscious about your co-creative capacity.

Clearing Stuck Feelings

Materials: 3 Pieces of Paper and Pens 

1. Intention (to move energy, get clear, tend the self, etc.)
Write your intention. Doodle a bit to get the energy flowing.

2. Discover what is causing the most angst or discomfort through journaling with big looping words. Might need more pages! ‘Draw’ the feeling inside you. What is the shape of that feeling. By drawing it, intend to MOVE it or free it.

3. Clear: Request out loud, of yourself, to create a clearing in your consciousness, to be an open space you personally are in charge of tending. Write a letter ‘from’ that clarity to yourself. Draw an open shape representing this feeling and image. This open shape will a reference poin you can return to in your mind.

Moving story is more potent when image is used, as well as process. Let’s be at cause for creating our own internal spaces and tending them.

The images above is not my image, but this is a good one that can be used if you want to take it further. If you want to comment on some or any of this process please do so here.

Big love, and lots of pens and paper from the Red Thread Cafe,

For more Resiliency Resources go HERE.

Avatar, Master of Inquiry

Avatar by Svetlana (Lana) Pritzker, 2017

The Master of Inquiry, Hexagram 63


Destined to live in the infinite quest,

She is a present day Avicenna.

Expanding throughout the multi-realm,

Her mind is an inquiring antenna.

She follows the guidance of her inner authority.

High standard in all matters is her priority.

When under pressure, she is not pushing beyond,

Allowing her guts to sense and respond.

She lives in synergy with her surroundings.

Her feet don’t wander but follow her heart.

She  paints a big picture without doubting,

Thoroughly enjoying her boundless art.

Choosing integrity in each moment,

Not judging, but learning what’s best while assessing.

She is inventive, proficient, cogent,

Truthful and generous as she gives you her blessing.

 

~ Svetlana Pritzker,

~~~

Svetlana (Lana) Pritzker, Founder of New Human Energetics, Author, Visionary Artist, Medical Intuitive, Human Design Coach

Svetlana is member of the Intentional Creativity Guild, an international organization that promotes creativity as a sacred practice and a path of personal development and contribution. Incorporating ancient metaphysical wisdom, Taoist energy cultivation and modern discoveries, Svetlana’s current work represents an alchemical blend of transmissions and Intentional Creativity processes that intensify your ability to access and harness the primordial energy of creation and channel your life force energy for material manifestation of your biggest ideas and dreams. Visit Svetlana at www.facebook.com/LanaPritzker

Leaning into Tragedy – Learning Loving Resilience when Social Media is the Messenger

What do we do when tragedy strikes?
How do we not become over-whelmed and numb?
Is there anything we can do?
Do you have a process for navigating?

Yesterday after hearing the news about the Texas church massacre I was of course devastated. Since the time of Standing Rock I feel there has barely been a moment where I haven’t felt like I was tracking disaster using online media as my news source. It can be exhausting. I am sharing some of the things I do to help me not turn away from suffering, and yet protect myself so I can stay strong. I wanted to post – praying for you – thinking of you – but it felt like I had done that so many times. What else could I do. So I wrote this post.

Yesterday, right before the news hit, I thought: What would my life look like without being connected to social media? I would find things out eventually but it would be later – and I wouldn’t be able to respond quickly to those I have been called to serve at least at this time. Responding is part of my work. We are the antidote. And where I can, teaching how to navigate the tough terrain of being awake during such challenging times.

Let’s let one another have our own experience, shall we? Sometimes when I share these posts about ways to respond, people write me back and tell me I should focus on gun laws and petitions and other aspects of the work at hand. Let me be clear here – it is not that I don’t take action in the world. Rather, I don’t expect my community to do what I am doing – so my choices are personal. Not everything I do personally is a teaching or offering for my community. One of the things I have to do is to stay focused on how I can support and empower the circles I have called. My sacred assignment is clear. Each of us must choose what each of us must do. What is right for me may not be what is right for you.

Resiliency actions are just as needed as activist actions. To be a peacemaker I must first have peace within myself. From there, I can take informed action.

I hope you will take the action of sharing this – it IS helping as people are already using it to open hearts and set boundaries. You can either share the post, OR you can copy and paste – feel free to also download the images.

Yours in loving kindness and presence,

~ Shiloh Sophia

 

Please feel free to share the Facebook post and image.

This practice is an exploration in how to not turn away from suffering happening ‘to others’ in ‘other locations’. Clearly if it is in our family and town, that is a whole other thing and responses and actions are different. This is for things where we may not be near in proximity but we have learned the hard news and are often feeling helpless.

In time, if we can choose not to be helpless but helpful, we will actually experience greater resilience, but first we must feel. From the space of being able to ‘be with’ what is, we can then discover how to show up without either being numb or a savior. This is an invitation to choose to consciously engage with how we lean into tragedy. This is not intended to simplify grief, but rather give us a chance to practice and learn as we continue in this great unfolding.

All of us process information differently and each of us has to choose how to moderate the news of what is happening in our sweet world. It is hard to avoid while on Social Media – so this post is focused on that aspect of the unavoidable.

Note – This post is not about lobbying or contacting your government for change – that comes AFTER you process your initial shock. By managing your experience consciously – you *may* then have more space and information to take informed action. Use what is useful for you or modify. (We will continue to edit as more useful information comes forward)

Feel free to share.

1. Awareness: You see the thing announced – Allow yourself to feel what you feel – knowing there is more to come. Following that first wave of what is natural to you to feel, consider pausing and breathing – before doing a full search online. Just get the headline confirmed so you have the information available. Be with what happened in your awareness.

2. Self Care #1: Pray how you pray, meditate or breathe – do your thing that you do to get grounded. Connect with your own source, strengthen up your own connection, move slowly. It will all still be there in a few minutes so you don’t need to rush. Get yourself as ready as you can to know more. Remember the only appropriate action is the one that is right for you right now.

Then read what you need to read to be informed – but don’t read tons of things if you can help it. Find your own trusted news source for these kinds of happenings and go there as opposed to frantically searching. This may not be on social media.

3. Community: Reach out to loved ones you know are close to what has happened, gently, and without a need for immediate response since they are likely being bombarded right now with inquiries. Be present without being invasive. And whatever you do – try your hardest not to tell anyone in that proximity what they should do – example – hurricane: you should leave etc. Let the person make their own decision – if you have a story to tell that might help, tell it.

4. Connect: Connect through your heart with those who are harmed or in harms way. Perhaps in this connection with those hurting, allow in more space to feel what you are feeling. Shock moves into grief. Compassion is powerful. Let tears come. Don’t fight the anger or sorrow for a time – let your experience be your experience. Feeling something that didn’t happen to you directly is an experience of LOVE.

Send your love – as if you can see it going right to the location and those impacted. Keep that love flowing as long as you feel you can. Put it on your altar in some way. Those of us who paint, write, dance etc. – include it in our work.

5. Self Care #2: Just because others are in worse shape doesn’t mean you don’t have your own experience. You do – and if you don’t let yourself have it because you are comparing, you will have to deal with it more later.

Intentional Creativity® through journaling and or drawing could help here in any part of this process to move energy and receive insight into how you really feel.

Gently, choose, if you are called, to not to let this experience ‘stay’ in your body but rather move through you – even see it ‘moving’ through. Choose consciously to try to not let this experience trigger and then compound existing trauma. This will not always be possible. That’s why this is a practice. Keep your mindful attention on your breathe. Following, your self management in how you relate with this, you may be more prepared to take empowered actions.

6. Mindful Posting: MOST important following your self care is how you can contribute. This part is up to you and your posting patterns and ways and spiritual tradition. Connect with your intelligent heart so you are coming from the most helpful compassionate place for you and others. Think how what you post will impact others, out of respect.

If you are called, post a prayer or action or insight or inquiry on social media or the best online link to the information. Saying what you feel is part of your own story of connection to others. Following the initial news, if you are strong enough to provide support, do that. If you need support, ask for it and be specific with your needs.

Many also use common trending hashtags to show solidarity and to be able to find the others who are working with the same thing.

We are the antidote when we choose.
Imagine if those of us who are the love senders stopped
because we thought it wouldn’t work?

7. Gratitude and Sharing: Count your own blessings. Go find someone near to you and give them some love. Let yourself feel love and keep the energy flowing.

 

Artist Shiloh Sophia
with supportive ideas from the collective.
Intentional Creativity Foundation

Sparked by Texas Church Massacre

 

Intentional Creativity 7 Step Process for use during natural disaster recovery

Let’s stay connected to what matters the most.

 

This process is here to use and adapt for those recovery or crisis from natural disasters. It can be done personally, yet is written from the perspective of someone guiding the experience.


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If desired you can print out a PDF HERE and share as many as you would like.

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We invite you to share the process with others using this link: Share The Elements HERE.


THE ELEMENTS

An Intentional Creativity 7 Step Process for those impacted by natural disasters related to Fire, Water, Earth, Air

This Intentional Creativity® process is designed to support individuals in coping with losses from natural disasters, such as wildfires, hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and floods. Our hope is that this tool will help those impacted by such events enter into recovery, integrate the trauma and transform their experience and also provide a tool of service for those who desire to support. This process can also be modified for personal use.

We are focusing on the power of imagination to help change energy and move out of survival and into an experience of their participation and co-creative capacity to know how they feel and to do something about it.

We wanted to offer a process that was simple and effective that used a small quantity of materials. In our community of Intentional Creativity we use red thread, but you can use ribbon, string or fabric of any color.  If you can afford to, provide a journal and pens that you can leave with them at the end. If you have a table, great, if not, make sure you have a hard surface for them to work on like a clip board or journal. You will go through the process with them, working at the same time. You can also do it one-on-one or in a group. Some parts of it could be over a phone or video stream.

Remember that everyone processes trauma in their own way, in their own time. When doing any healing processes, meet the individuals where they are. They may not yet be able to write about their feelings or experiences, there may be some things that feel overwhelming. Be present with them, holding space and witnessing but not probing. Be gentle with eye contact. Let them participate according to what feels safe to them and adjust as needed. You can do this at a shelter, café, home, office, street side, park and some parts of it can be done over a phone or online streaming like zoom/skype.

Please note that creativity, because it is often uncomfortable, can cause more discomfort at first, but stay with it, and this anxiety is like a crucible that can transform into calm. We send you all blessings for the journey ahead and for those you choose to gather.

Shiloh Sophia
Co-Founder of Intentional Creativity

 



Introduction to the Elements

7 Step Intentional Creativity Process

 

Provide an overview of the process and agree with your guest/s how long this process is going to take. A half hour to several hours depending on what space you have. You can also just do one part of the process.

Introduce the overall idea as if it is a prayer or blessing on the energy you are carrying. Something like: “This is an invitation to become present and embodied during difficult times, and to integrate what has happened.” Based on what you are dealing with, this invitation can change to what feels appropriate. After each process, invite them to share if they want to, or not. *You demonstrate sharing and vulnerability, but with strength. You are the place of compassion.

Materials:  red thread, 4 pieces of paper, pens (not sharpies), scissors

Set the materials out in a sacred manner. As if it is a small simple altar. For each exercise, use both sides of the paper. For the free-write side, consider drawing a simple border of containment: one line going all the way around, choose a different style of border for each page.

1. INTENTION: Have everyone state their intention for the experience as they receive the Red Thread. The intention for you as the leader can be something like: To hold space and witness for [the element you are working with]. Your guest may be uncomfortable with sharing in the beginning, so you can just ask them to share what they are noticing or present to. Each person shares their intention and receives a part of the thread to keep with them or put on their wrist. Tie it on for them with tenderness.

2. ACKNOWLEDGE: Invite your guest to free write on the first piece of paper about the part of the experience that feels most impacting for them right now. Loss, fear, anxiety, stress, unknown, anger, isolation, panic, etc. You can provide a few choices if they seem to be drawing a blank.

3. ACTIVATE: Invite in the element connected with the situation. Free doodle drawing that includes elemental event (ie. fire, flood, earthquake, etc.) on the other side of the paper. Give a demo so they can see what that element looks like.

Share about the element in such a way to diffuse the fear around it, so that we come to a space where fire is not evil, the earth is not punishing us, the water is not raging against us. Be mindful of your thoughts on how you contextualize this idea. You don’t want to negate their experience but guide them into their own empowered ideas about it.

If appropriate, this can be a good time to share about the healing aspects of the element being worked with – and/or to bring in any/all of the other elements. OR you can ask them what each element represents for them inviting a positive representation. As the leader, you are making an effort to help neutralize the element and activate the positive energy of it.

Possible interpretation: Fire: Transformation, Will and Change ~ Earth: Home and Grounding ~ Water: Renewal and Cleansing ~ Air: Breathe and Communication.

4. SAFETY: Acknowledge current situation on the second piece of paper, this is done with some gravity from you and perhaps a contextualization of the current environment.

Ask a few questions about where they are experiencing now: Are you safe? Are you with loved ones? Do you have what you need for the next day? Focus on right now and put these inquiries into context with where you are during the process. Of course, if they are at a shelter be sensitive to that, distinct from if they are in an office, or a home.  Free write on this topic and acknowledge what feels true. Grief and gratitude do dance together and work better in tandem when acknowledged.  i.e. glad to be alive, yet filled with fear. Acknowledge that the paradox is normal. People often have a hard time reconciling the two things, but they can exist side by side and can be healing.

Turn the paper over and draw a feeling of safety, even if that safety is temporary (give demo if guiding), perhaps with circles or tracing their hands or a symbol of their choosing. Circles that intersect are good here. The act of asking them to draw a feeling stretches the imagination to a new place, and while uncomfortable, is often calming.

If you are called, use body movement to integrate drawing/painting and accompanying feeling of safety into physical body – ie sweeping motions, swinging arms, big wide movements, embody the elements.

5. CONNECTIONS: Create blessings and prayers for the community on the third piece of paper. Rip or cut the paper into smaller pieces, and write prayers or blessings or wishes for others. This step acknowledges that others are having the same experience and is a move towards broader consciousness and compassion. Getting out of our own story and moving our gaze towards others is necessary for healing. Service can be one of the most transformational aspects of working within a tragedy.

One idea is to tie them together on red thread like a prayer rope or string. If in community, this can be a group process OR have them wrap red threads around the messages and hand them to others. Depending on the location you are in, the messages can be hung up/showcased in the space and more messages can be added. That way the person you are guiding has a job to invite others. These prayers, blessings, messages can also be gathered in a bowl with strips of paper instead of tied.

 6. AFFIRMATION: On the fourth piece of paper, invite them to write an affirmation of how they will choose to show up and stay centered during this time.  Although it may be too soon on their path for a true claiming – practicing this gives a sense of power. Invite them to keep this piece in their pocket, in their bra, in your purse, and remember it when they get scared – to read it.  On the other sides they could create a connection from their past to their future – with them being in the present moment – like a bridge, or a journey.

7. SHARING: Consider inviting them to share a variation of this project with another person in need. You can guide it, change it and use it to work with others who are experiencing trauma. You can even give them a handout with this process and empower them to move into being the guide.

With the paper they have, they can tie it into a scroll with thread, and or fold it up and keep or, or let it go.

Blessings for the journey ahead. Thank you for being willing to hold space for those in need.

NOTE: Working with trauma can be very sensitive and complex. If you don’t feel experienced or comfortable, keep the process more general and just enough for them to receive some comfort and empowerment. A little love through Intentional Creativity goes a long way.  People can and will be triggered but we cannot let that keep us from sharing.


Basic process created by Shiloh Sophia, with input and ideas and editing from members of the Intentional Creativity Guild.

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The Great Question: Intentional Creativity and Personal Inquiry

Art spans human history, from prelinguistic cave dweller to postmodern city dweller, and stands as witness to an ongoing creative process, an evolution of worldviews, a historic unfolding vision of nature, humanity, cosmos, and consciousness itself.  Every work of art embodies the vision of its creator and self. Every work of art embodies the vision of its creator and reveals a facet of the collective mind. Artists offer the world the pain and beauty of their soul as a gift to open the eyes and heal the collective. (Alex Grey, 1998)

As I continue down the winding path of creative inquiry which is constantly opening doors and provoking lines of questioning all demanding my attention I have a flashback from my master’s program in Women’s Spirituality to courses titled Organic Inquiry taught by Dianne Jenett, Ph.D, and Art as Sacred Practice taught by the Reverend Shiloh McCloud and I can suddenly see that seeds were planted some time ago bringing me to the exact right space at the exact right time. 

The mysteries of creativity and a connection to the earth and all of Her inhabitants, all that deserve reverence and awe, is for me, the foundation of Intentional Creativity and I see that creative inquiry is perhaps one of the many beautiful branches that have flowered in my own process of knowing who I am over time. It resonates in me and feels like a sense of synchronicity. Research, inquiry, learning, and knowing that is actually about wonder, passion, hope and conviviality, and of the sacred is of utmost interest and perhaps these missing components from so many aspects of our lives for so many of us are more remarkable than we can truly understand. 

In the process of engaging in deep inquiry and using art as another way of knowing, it is helpful to recognize the impact of the cycle of life on our creative endeavors.  Alphonso Montuori, a college professor specializing in creativity, discusses the need for an incubation period that may very well be uncomfortable. This reminds me of a similar discussion initiated by the esteemed author and teacher, Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes who compares this incubation time with what she calls the time needed for regeneration and that perhaps an author doesn’t really experience “writer’s block” but really is in need of time to recover, regenerate or incubate.  Dr. Estes refers to this cycle as the Abuende – like the cycle of life.  Personally, the synchronicities are attention worthy as I often feel the pressure to ‘get things done’. I have found this incubation period to be absolutely critical and I now make space to let things ‘percolate’ before I come to a plan of action.

Over the years, using the colorful and multi-faceted threads of the sacred, threads of Intentional Creativity, and threads of deep personal and academic inquiry (as if they were different) to weave a tapestry sprinkled with the sparkles of women’s circles and wonderful friends has been deeply gratifying and healing. 

In my experience, the inquiry approach to art making
cultivates intuition by creating a relationship with one’s muse,
one’s inner and true voice,
and helps the artist to acknowledge feelings
that may be difficult to articulate. 

I have found that a relationship with the Divine is nurtured, aside, inside or outside of religious parameters, and the canvas itself become an enchanted gateway with the brush as a magic wand allowing one’s pain  to be transferred so she doesn’t have to bear the weight any longer.

The whirlwind of these experiences are thought provoking, incredibly interesting, and are laying the groundwork for a complete replacement of the current lens in which I am working. The impact on my ability to deal with the incredible stressors of my profession is positive and the opportunity for personal growth is limitless. 

I’m finding my understanding of what it means to be creative has changed so much and I’m focused on putting all pieces into place even though I know it is much more important to access women’s wisdom and let things unfold in due time. Of course, I also know this will never happen as my inquiry about creativity is going to continue to unfold generating more lines of questioning, more subject areas, and many more observations to inquire about. 

Painting: Taliswoman: Symbols of Synchronicity by Jessica Bowman

References

Montuori, A. (2008). The joy of inquiry. Journal of Transformative Education, 6 (1), 8 -27

Montuori, A. (2012). Creative inquiry: Confronting the challenges of scholarship in the 21st century.  Futures, 44 (2012) 64070.

Clements, J., Ettling, D., Jenett, D., Shields, L. (1999) Organic Inquiry: If Research Were Sacred. Self Published.

McCloud, S. ShilohSophiaStudios.com

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Jessica Bowman holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology, a Master’s Degree in Women’s Spirituality and Creative Expression as well as California Single Subject Teaching Credentials in Social Science and English and Administrative Service Credentials.  She is an Associate Superintendent for a rural high school district focusing on support for underrepresented students. Jessica is also an artist, healer, and seeker.  She is a doctoral student at the California Institute of Integral Studies researching Social Justice and the application of Goddess Consciousness as a Women’s Leadership Model. For more information on some of her work please see www.creativityandthedivinefeminine.com and www.magicalapothecary.com


Cantos of Reclamation

The Making of a Painting

 

Cantos of Reclamation

She is the quickening

Standing at the threshold of now

She doesn’t perform alchemy

She is the embodied alchemical process

She doesn’t need to create legacy by design

She IS the legacy, as it reveals itself

She certainly isn’t waiting to be discovered

The Lady has already discovered herself!

She is not persuaded by readings of the almost future

That hold prophecies of prescribed delivery or doom

She carries the codes of the tree of life in her blood

She prays to be ready to receive the fullness of the teachings

She need not constantly seek to heal what is wounded

She carries holy wholeness in her unbroken soul

With supple shimmer, she slips out of stories worn old

Gliding from hidden worlds into the joy of pure presence

She is woven of the ‘matter’ of mysterious darkness

A daughter of Wisdom, whose radiance never ceases

She is at the intersection where light enters the prism

Surrendering unnecessary struggle, heralding an age of beauty

Her true lover is not her opposite, nor her reflection,

What they are, who they are, is still being in-formed

She is one of the many messengers of the ancient future

First re-membering, and then creating with intention

She is a shelter for the sacred, a call to action for the lost

The revealing of an archetype from the celestial eclipse

Her creativity, marks out the atlas of possibility

Dissolving duality, tending to reclamation and refuge

Where paths meet she takes her stand, a vesica piscis view

weaving technology and biology as stardust methodology

She knows from whence the gifts come, from the Creator,

She chooses the narrow path of the one called The Way

The lineage she carries is carried by all people

Yet often lays hidden under suppression of consciousness

She calls a council to gather, Mystics, Poets, Painters, Cantors,

Scientists, Dancers, Wisdom Keepers and Christos Seekers

As an initiation they reclaim language, image, code, seed and sound

A new mythos is revealed, already carried in the codex of the soul

Together they explore the intersections that have divided us

Offering up a view of generosity, prosperity and justice

She shrugs off continual apology for self and projections from others

With acceptance and forgiveness for self and others, she emerges

She steps out of systems of any kind that do not support life

Simultaneously stepping into structures of divine design

She is the scribe and curator of her own becoming

Guided by her call to the ministry of refuge and reclamation

She accepts with gravity, her responsibility to the great unfolding

Nurturing herself, she discovers the nurturing for those she serves

Her unreasonable prayer is a song for the wellness of all

An offering of love, comfort and an invitation to the quickening

She hopes that this reading may be a Blessing for you,

as it has been for Her, in the writing and the revelation.

The writing of one’s own Cantos of Reclamation

can be a ritual towards the awakening.

Join me at the council of the sacred?

We will be there, waiting and ready to dance!

Shiloh Sophia

Cantos of Reclamation by Shiloh Sophia, 2017

Inspired to share this image and writing, go here

This painting is what I have been working on during this Eclipse cycle, completed just now. And the writing, got me up out of bed after a rough night of not very much sleep. When I did finally sleep, dreamed I was writing a letter to the Intentional Creativity Guild – as we had a big gathering at Terra Sophia and we were arriving at night by caravan.

This painting, Cantos of Reclamation, will be a book cover. It was created to honor the feminine evolution – creating an image of the ancient and the future of our work. The image was sparked in response to the inquiry – what is the new feminine evolutionary? Inspired by the book by that title, featuring many women writers by Flower of Life Press. There is still a bit to do to get the painting and writing just right, but she wanted to be revealed today. So here she is.

Another time I will tell you about more of the symbolism of light and dark – of honeycomb and binary computer code – and my reasons. The two colored eyes are to represent women of many colors. Light and Dark and in between and the integration. Embracing the paradox. Suffice to say I prayed during the entire painting for our planet and for women everywhere to wake up and stand up and speak up. Thank you for witnessing it.

And yes, people are already asking, prints will be available in the Fall with the release of the book, more on that soon….

yours in red thread,
Shiloh Sophia

Founder of the Intentional Creativity Movement

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