Heal the Survival Self, Dream With the Thriving Self

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  What part of you wants to create and allows yourself to dream - the survival self or the thriving self?   It’s an important question to ask.   The creative dreams, goals and hopes we hold dear are clearly connected to an aspect within us. So the question becomes, is the impulse to create coming from a place of pure joy (thriving self), or a place of safety (survival self)? Are you willing to hear the answer?   To find out, it helps to get a clearer … [Read more...]

Refine Personal Filters To Access Deeper Self-Awareness and Creativity

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  How we manage our personal filters, or practice discernment, is a pretty important skill. Especially now.   Between political shifts, media overload and a general sense of energetic imbalance in the world, it can be hard to hear our own truth - or hear it loudly enough to focus on it for more than two minutes.   When it comes to times of big change in the external world, we can’t help but change, too. The influence of new triggers or the discovery of fresh … [Read more...]

Common Creative Roadblocks for Empaths

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    Creativity is a natural trait for empaths and HSP’s because we feel and emote so deeply, yet, these same abilities also build up unique creative roadblocks that can be hard to spot and clear.   Between managing our own feelings and navigating the energy of family, friends, relationships and the world at large, an “emotional stew” forms pretty quickly. Soon it’s difficult to clearly sense what we really want to create because our desires are buried deep under so … [Read more...]

How Are You Going To Be More True To Yourself In 2017?

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    Being true to yourself as you transition into the energy of a new year sounds good on paper, but can be a little challenging to put into practice.   January can feel packed with demands, expectations and a call to kick-off something, anything new. Hope and excitement energy feels invigorating, and is a nice shift to help inspire your creative heart. The same energy can also scatter your attention, especially when it’s blended with an underlying sense of urgency … [Read more...]

Appreciation, Creative Inspiration and Seeing With the Heart

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As we all close out 2016 in our own way, it's easy to think about the creative "to-do's" or physical accomplishments that have come to pass. They serve as concrete markers of our efforts and the goals we set out to meet. And let's be honest - who doesn't enjoy seeing a physical path to creative expression and accomplishment? It always inspires a reason to celebrate and connect with a feeling of appreciation!   At the same time, it's also easy to slip into thinking about what me missed … [Read more...]

Opening Up to the True Spirit of Creative Self-Care

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  The spirit or energy around your creative self-care practice is driven by your desire and willingness to listen to what resonates, then act on it.    I think of creativity as a spiritual energy. It’s an impulse that comes from somewhere deep within me that I don’t have to understand. I do have to give it permission to be expressed. When I’m stressed, tired, not taking care of myself or have no room for play or visioning, it’s hard to connect with the spirit of … [Read more...]

Acknowledge and Honor Emotions to Take Creative Self-Care to a New Level

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  Every road leads through emotions and triggers, especially when it comes to creativity.   As an emotionally-fueled experience, creativity guides you towards what you feel, fear or want to understand more clearly about yourself and the world around you. And when it comes to truly practicing creative self-care, emotions are the guiding force.   In a way, you are always dancing between what you acknowledge you feel, are afraid to feel or don’t understand how to feel. … [Read more...]

Listening to the Wisdom of the Body to Guide Creative Self-Care

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  Listening to the wisdom of the body becomes essential when you feel overwhelmed, stressed and exhausted.   Yet, it’s in these situations people force things the most, attempting to meet an unrealistic goal, honor a commitment or live up to an unreasonable expectation.   In a culture where being strong all the time and pushing through is expected, listening to the wisdom of the body can seem a bit “airy fairy” or impractical. Add in deadlines and societal … [Read more...]

Mindfulness and Crafting a Creative Self-Care Practice

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  Mindfulness is a key part of a creative self-care practice. Nourishing your inner spark is a mental act as much as it is an emotional and spiritual one, offering up the opportunity for you to honor, expand and be in the flow of your creative gift moment to moment.   Yet, “minding” the way you talk to yourself and the choices you make, especially during the holiday season, can be a bit challenging to put into action.   Between personal holiday commitments and the need … [Read more...]

View Creative Challenges as Opportunities to Find Intuitive Solutions and Healing

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  It’s inherently human to strive to solve creative challenges. The discomfort, fear, irritation and “not knowing” energy drives you to find answers to what you see as “problems.”   But what if those "problems" are the key to you understanding yourself on a deeper level, as well as the key to unlocking the creative gifts hiding on the other side? In other words, what if they aren’t problems at all, but opportunities to expand into deeper emotional … [Read more...]