United Nations CSW video* arts and culture + Livestream Saturday + Free Workshop in NY

We cannot turn from suffering. We just need to find new ways to be with it, creative ways, in which we can nurture ourselves while we nurture others.

 

Dear Creative Being,

I am writing you from snowy New York and wanted to share from the Red Thread Cafe here….

In the photo here you can see I wore my classic Muse clothes – sequined cowgirl hat, roses and faux fur lol. Gotta keep it fresh and fun especially when working with such intense topics, as the status of women. Being myself is KEY for me to BE WITH what is there.

Someone asked me if what I was wearing was in the traditional dress of my country ūüôā We had a good laugh and I told them yes, Cosmic Cowgirls land. I LOVE seeing the women in traditional attire from around the world – the women from Africa are dressed in so many shimmering garments – the most beautiful attire I have ever seen – and yes, with sooooo many sequins and embroidered roses. They often comment on my hat, and I say – we have to keep shining and sparkling while we do this work – they usually laugh and it is a sweet woman to woman moment across the chasm between us that usually exists. There is an unspoken connection here – as most of the women and men you see in this neighborhood of the UN are HERE on behalf of women – something sacred passes between us as the streets and cafe’s fill with those who serve others with their life work. A smiling into healing between all of us. For this two weeks of the year, those who serve women and girls are here and it feels SO AMAZING like being held in a cosmic colorful embrace.

Since I am here I have events you can join – you and your Muse would like to join me via livestream from New York for events inspired by my visit to the United Nations for the Commission on the Status of Women, including Frida Kahlo Stream & or The Frida Adventure Weekend with Emily Grieves (open to men and women) + free Intentional Creativity workshop Re-Visioning at the UN on the 21st working with your business from the heart of the feminine. You can check them all out here http://events.intentionalcreativityfoundation.org/newyork2017/

For years, tending to suffering has been a part of my work in the world – how to nurture others while nurturing myself. Coming here is a part of that for me – being a space and a place where I can bring creativity to those who serve others. Hence why the red thread – instead of talking about my work and service in the world, which I am truly so proud of – I shared something they can share with their communities, the red thread. This kind of offering both nurtures those I long to serve, as well as my own community of red thread, AND myself. When we have that braid of self, immediate community and those we serve that we do not even know – then there is a vitality that comes through that so many can feel.

I was so grateful to the handful of Cosmic Cowgirls and Red Thread Cafe women that showed up to support in person – how happy this makes me to know we are truly connected. We are also here recording interviews with Season Two of Power Creatives TV – very exciting to know such potent voices and minds.

You can watch a video of Monday’s panel that I had the gift of moderating with WUNRN on Arts and Culture with a amazing women creatives, Lois Herman of WUNRN with distinguished speakers, Lys Anzia of WNN, Noorjahan Akbar of Free Women Writers from Afganistan, Shiela Katzman of Ten Lanterns and Rosjke Hasseldin. Jonathan recorded thankfully- the lighting and quality isn’t awesome but it is here and you can tune in.Go to my FB page UNCSW here for video – we did a red thread circle with 50 people passing a basket of red thread…

May your day be blessed. May you feel the spirit of connection flowing between all of us and earth. May remember your own unique piece of the red thread truly, deeply, matters.

p.s. The poem I wrote is at the bottom of this email. Also if you are inspired to share the video you can do that right from the FB page – and we would love that.


Upcoming East Coast Adventures

March 21: United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in NYC
~ free Intentional Creativity workshop Re-Visioning Public Welcome!

March 16: Book Signings/Poetry Readings in Connecticut and NY ~ request the details

Saturday March 18 – Book signing in NY – LOCATION TBA 7:30pm(changed from Friday)

March 18/19: Frida Painting & Adventure Weekend NYC ~ Join in person at The Art Studio NY

March 18 WATCH and PAINT livestream/watch later


UNITED NATIONS CSW +
Poetry Readings & Book Signings

 

 SEE THE EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS 


FRIDA ~ In Studio or Livestream!

March 18 & 19 at The Art Studio New York

INSPIRED NARRATIVE PAINTING WEEKEND

Create a narrative self portrait inspired by the style of Frida Kahlo

Painting & Adventures in NYC, visit the Museum of Modern Art, Empire State Building + lunch out together and sketching. See Frida Kahlo’s paintings in the flesh!

RSVP HERE (space is limited)

Can’t join in person? Paint with us via LIVESTREAM on March 18!


Visionary Work

 

The work of a visionary is

to know the past, dream the future

and take action in the present.

 

We create a path where there are no paths

lay groundwork where no ground lay.

We see behind the veil of impossible/possible

and we do not let our fear stop us.

 

We do not follow the agenda

or the status quo or those ‚Äúin the know‚ÄĚ. No.

Our way is uncharted territory

At the gateway where the worlds meet

 

The work of a visionary is

to know the past, dream the future

and take powerful action in the present.

 

May LOVE be at the CENTER of all CHOICES

Intentional Creativity at Burning Man

I had the honor of leading an Intentional Creativity activity at the Burning Man art festival in fall of 2016. I don‚Äôt know how many of you have been to Burning Man ‚Äď I myself had only learned of its existence a few years ago, as I ogled stunning photographs of large-scale art installations in an extremely isolated, expansive desert landscape.

For those of you who may not be familiar with Burning Man, it began in 1986 as a gathering around a bonfire on Baker Beach in San Francisco, and has now become a MUCH larger gathering ‚Äď more than 80,000 people come together in the ‚Äúpop-up‚ÄĚ Black Rock City location in the Nevada desert 110 miles north of Reno, Nevada.

Radical self-acceptance, Radical Inclusion, and Leave No Trace

are the three of several major principles of Burning Man: accept yourself completely, accept the way others are, and leave no trace of your presence once the festival is over. The focus is on art primarily with tons of music. There is lots of partying and very little sleep, while camping in a VERY harsh desert environment: blistering heat during the day, near freezing temperatures at night, with dust storms occurring briefly nearly every day, coating everything you own ‚Äď everything! with a fine layer of white dust.

The activity I lead was called ‚ÄúCosmic Cowgirl Affirmation Cards‚ÄĚ, and took place in a room at the base of the Man ‚Äď the effigy that is the symbol of the entire festival. The focus of the session was on transforming the negative stories we‚Äôre told from childhood ‚Äď you‚Äôre disorganized, you‚Äôre bossy, you‚Äôre too talkative ‚Äď into positive affirmations, such as you can focus on many different things at once, you know how to take command & get things done, you have the gift of eloquence.

By realizing these stories are projected onto us by other people,
we begin to understand that these stories are not who we are.

And what better venue to focus on self-acceptance than here, at the foot of the Man in the heart of the Burning Man festival, where radical self-acceptance is one of the key elements of the entire Burning Man experience?

I was impressed how a few pieces of paper, some sharpies, a table, and the Intentional Creativity approach was enough to create a mind-opening, sacred experience for at least one participant: a very well-dressed, dapper gentleman somewhat older than the average age range of the typical Burner, as the participants of Burning Man are called.

After a Red Thread ceremony in which we remind each other how we’re all connected by a common link, a red thread bringing us to this moment where we are destined to meet each other, the activity begins by listing all the negative statements, the stories we are told over and over again: you are so impatient, you’re too slow….etc. The well-dressed gentleman had quite a long list, taking a bit more time than the other participants to write them all down.

The next step in the activity is to take each negative story and rephrase it in a positive light on a card kept for future use. The negative statements were then taken to one of the fire pits scattered around Black Rock City and ritually burnt. As the dapper gentleman ticked off each negative story on his list and replaced it with a positive statement, it was like watching a small crack in a cloudy sky growing bigger and bigger, letting more and more sunlight pour through the opening…. which demonstrates how Intentional Creativity can be done with a very simple process and only a small amount of materials and still bring very powerful insights.

I‚Äôm grateful to the teachings of Shiloh Sophia McCloud Lewis and the support of her husband Jonathan Lewis which resulted in my offering of this beautiful gift and process during Burning Man. The festival‚Äôs credo is Leave No Trace ‚Äď and indeed, no physical trace remains of the city of more than 80,000 people and its art installations. But the invisible impact of attending Burning Man can be profound, and I‚Äôm honored to have contributed my small grain of sand, thanks to Intentional Creativity and its Cosmic Cowgirls.

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Lorraine TilburyDr. Lorraine Tilbury is a visionary artist, horsewoman and teacher, helping gifted youth, women and professionals connect to their true calling. She had many wild childhood dreams and is fulfilling them now: she’s a multilingual veterinarian, living in a 16th-century renovated priory in the beautiful Loire Valley region, surrounded by her family and her animal companions.

Lorraine works with a herd of horses who are guides in her workshop experiences. She is a regular contributor to BBC Capital’s online magazine, with speaking engagements from India to Arizona, with Paris in between. Lorraine is developing a body or art work while working with the method of Intentional Creativity¬©, a powerful way to focus projects and life plans through creative expression.

Lorraine works with journal techniques like sketching, collage, scrapbook, and painting to guide you on your way to personal & professional success. The horses may whisper in your ear to guide you as well!

Lorraine’s art has been described as inspirational and whimsical – a reflection of the way she lives her life, by connecting to her Inner Self through her creations. She brings into form the wisdom of her Soul in a way that showcases the fertility of her imagination.

Multimedia is Lorraine’s playground to translate into symbol the information she receives. She loves to add bits of mixed media to her creations: string, feathers, cardboard, paper, yarn….and glitter! It took Lorraine 45 years to figure out that she could really live her dreams – now she’s helping others learn to do the same.¬† www.lorrainetilbury.com

 

Red Threads of Self Compassion

Kate Langlois
San Francisco, CA

I’m on the edge. I‚Äôm on the edge of becoming more of my real¬†self. Maybe you are too? That place where parts of us, the truest parts tugs at us, nudges us,¬† with such persistence, that we can no longer ignore it. A time when the resonance of our higher calling is no longer content to sit on the sidelines waiting to be called into the game of life.

Mindfulness helps our mind turn to what has often been hidden in plain sight.¬†So I‚Äôve been slowing down and listening, really listening with full presence to this energy.¬† As I get closer, my ‚Äėaha!‚Äô moment is truly, that it is more of a returning. That my essence of who I am here to be has always been within. This is not to say that all of my external endeavors and searching is in vain, or without it‚Äôs own purpose. Rather that at my center, this full potential seed so to speak already contains all of the necessary information.

The Gift Within

The Gift Within

Is the True Essence of YOU hidden?

What if this full expression of ourselves, our true frequency, our soul vibration,  has been with you all along, just hidden? Our energy  field can easily become littered with old and daily resonances from a myriad of life events, expectations from others, traumas and health issues. Similar to gunky stuff clogging up plumbing pipes, if not cleared can affect the full stream potential flow of our light. Some of us may have been shut down to a mere trickle!

We don’t always enter into this world with all of the conditions that allow us to thrive. As children, too often our parents, teachers or peers were critical, or judgmental of us. Or perhaps we felt we had to dim our light of our uniqueness to to be safe or to fit in. Our true frequency, the expansive vibration of our essence began to contract. But that was then and this is now. Now we get to choose to stay small or re-member who we are here to be!

What if  YOU could take one step towards embodying more of your true ESSENCE right now?

Intentional Creativity‚ĄĘ is a tool that enables you¬†to take that step. The adaptability of Intentional Creativity is that it lends itself to any part of your life needed. It is a powerful method that self-empowers, helping you¬†identify our destination and gain the momentum to cross¬†over from the old to the new, from the past to the future. It is about attuning to mindfulness, listening to your intuition,¬†creating powerful image that holds the space for intention and allows space to receive new information.

As our conscious mind is preoccupied with the creative process, our subconscious is freed up to provide us with information otherwise inaccessible. Shiloh Sophia McCloud

What if you treated your own Self as your most beloved person? Together with Self Compassion, this method is a gentle healing salve bringing shifts to old patterns where your inner critic has been stuck in patterns of self-bullying, criticisms, self judgements.

The Edge of Becoming

The Edge of Becoming

Loving yourself is healing the world~Jaymie Gerard

Instead of waiting until things settle down, it‚Äôs helpful to use the Intentional Creativity‚ĄĘ method in the midst of the chaos. This process supports and informs us as we move through our painting providing insight into our life situations. Inviting love and acceptance to replace disappointment or¬†judgement about ourselves.

Just as the Red Thread is a symbol of our connection to one another, we can similarly use the red thread as a tool to re-weave connection and compassion within our own selves. Using these virtual red threads of self compassion, each part of us that we beat ourselves up about, is allowed to be witnessed, held and then released as we awaken to them. One visual I use to help shift from self-bullying to self-compassion, is to imagine wrapping up each of those parts in red thread. Maybe you even mentally rock them, sing them a lullaby or a feel good song!  This sort of attention allows each part to shift the vibration from pain towards joy, melding our Inner Critic back into our Muse, allowing our true essence to SHINE!

Want to learn more? I invite you to take a 15 minute dose of Intentional Creativity and play along in my video.

 

Article originally published in Red Thread Nation.

FullSizeRenderKate Langlois~At the heart of¬†my images¬†I’m investigating¬†our interconnectedness, compassion and the expansiveness of Love. ¬†I am listening deeply for the beauty¬†of our¬†world, to my dreams and adventures. ¬†The canvas holds¬†these stories gathered, explored and reimagined with all my senses co-conspirators for what wants to show up. ¬†I consider myself a¬†Visionary Artist¬†and part of the Contemporary Symbolism movement,¬†a Storyteller.

Compelled to express stories with a social conscience, and explorations of the heart. My paintings are created as a meditation and connection to the sufferings of the world while envisioning healing and beauty.  Paint becoming the threads that weave these together, rising up from the unknown realms into form.

I began creating art in Vermont in the 1980‚Äôs and have been an artist in San Francisco, CA for over 25¬†years. I am honored to have studied with renowned artists Shiloh Sophia McCloud and Sue Hoya Sellars in Healdsburg, CA. I am a Certified Color of Woman Teacher, ¬†using the Intentional Creativity ‚ĄĘ painting method for teaching self-empowerment, healing and transformation through creativity. Learn more about Kate & ¬†upcoming Course information at¬†www.katelangloisart.com

Holding onto Hope-Kate Langlois

Prayer Knots

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

beauty

excerpt- Feeling too much

Kate Langlois 2014

Tonight I‚Äôm 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.

Singing Mother-Earth's Healing

Singing Mother-Earth’s Healing

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‚Äôt that be great instead of falling down and staying down? A-Me-2013_edited-1 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‚Äôs 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

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