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Autumn New Moon Wishes and a Decade of Kisses

meaning and magicI adore the story of how I met my husband.  As it happens, today marks a decade since that fateful night.  Time is such a strange way to measure things because in some ways it means something and in other ways it means nothing at all!

time mattersI feel like we only met yesterday, our relationship still feels so new….and yet, I feel like I have known him forever.  We just click that way.  He is my family, my dearest friend, my creative go-to-guy, my biggest fan, my truest critic, and the love of my life.

I met my artist husband under a full moon while camping  out at a wild life preserve.  The evening, like the one below, was magical.

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This Polyvore set, created by my artist hubby, depicts the night we met.

We were in costume…. I, as a gypsy, and Eric….a Renaissance artisan. I was on stage, drum in hand.  I spun out a story that talked of following the heart,  falling in love, and wishing on stars.

Up, he walked after my performance.  He seemed more confident than I have ever known him to be since.  In the distance we could see the wildlife moving in the shadows.  The tents for the medieval reenactment group transported us to someplace far away, even though we were not far from our Texas roots.

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We sat, visiting and clumsily falling over our words.  I had a hedgehog in my pocket (see it in the corner of the picture he created?) and a little girl named Grace came to play with it…sitting right between us.  I couldn’t help but think her name might mean something.  I imagined myself someday telling someone that when we met, Grace sat between us.  (I have said it at least two dozen times since.)  And I think in that moment I let my heart wish for something MORE in my life and wonder if he might not just be IT.

Later that night he drummed and I danced under the moon and stars with the lake glistening in the background. I could feel the air thick with the stuff dreams are made of…that fairytales are spun from.  That began a short long-distance romance followed by marriage within the year.  We have been making beautiful music together ever since.  (Sounds pretty sappy, but it is every bit true. )

Let the air be thick with possibility for you during this Autumnal New Moon.  What do you wish for?  Begin forming your wish in the comments below and let us all energize those dream seeds together! I have been crafting my life in the manner for some time now, letting the moon take me close to my dreams and letting my dreams spill out into my life.  It is power… simple…. and energizing.  Dig in with hope…. and who knows what dreams may come!

Eric and Rachel 10 years together

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

 

Dear Grandmother Moon: Creativity Prompt

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Dear Grandmother Moon

Your light in the sky surprised me tonight.  I have been so focused on what was just in front of me, so focused on what greedily grabs my attention, that I forgot to look up and out.  Yet, even in my self-absorption, you show me how to glow in the darkness of night.

Dear Grandmother Moon

Sometimes when I gaze into your face against the velvet cloth of night, I can feel you like the shining light of a thousand loves beckoning me to remember who I am.

Dear Grandmother Moon

I recall a night so many years ago when I leaned back, cradled by the Earth, and traced you with my finger tips.  You were so far away but felt as close as a dear friend.

Dear Grandmother Moon

I know that tomorrow your light will wane.  As you shrink in size, help me not forget that the process of your coming back is a mirror to all the waxing and waning of my own bright self.

Starla in the Dark 500I am Illuminated.

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Message to Grandmother Moon:  Begin your correspondence with the archetype of Grandmother Moon by sitting quietly, allowing yourself to dream on what you might say to her and what she in turn may share with you.  Allow yourself to sit for awhile with floating thoughts until you feel the impulse to go to the page.  That may mean moving from the outdoors to the indoors or turning on a light to help you capture your message.  Let the message come as a sentence, a full letter or a drawing.  There is no right or wrong with creativity.  I would love for you to share your message with us.  You can share a link to a post in the comments or share directly in the comments below.  The Moon inspires….let her inspire you!

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

New Moon Mystery

Marvel Us Moon

In the dark of the Moon, Mystery blooms.  It invites you to let go of all those yearnings and all the drives that move you forward.  It calls you to slow down and just be.  Be with.  Be in unknowing.  Be nothing.  Let go of the striving.  Let go of yesterday and tomorrow.  And sit in the silence of all that you are and all that you are not.

Be prepared there may be anxiety in this space.  We aren’t used to the empty.  We try so desperately to fill it up so we don’t have to feel, don’t have to face simple existence.  Make friends with this Mystery sisters and know She has wisdom to share if you simply let go and make room for her nothingness.

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Womb-Moon Wisdom Meditation

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I sat with the Moon last night.  It was full and wrapped in the clouds that brought a quenching rain the morning before.  I tuned in to my body.  It is changing as women’s bodies do.  For the last 6 months or so during the Wednesday night meditation group I attend with Rev. Shar Schwengler of the Lucid Waking Radio Show on A2Zen.fm, my body has been talking to me.  I began with exploring the stories that lived in various parts of my body.

There is the old hitch in my giddy up (my lower back) that flares up occasionally that reminds me of a bad fall I had in my late twenties that led to years of physical and emotional discomfort, the scar tissue on my right arm from getting it caught in an elevator when I was in kindergarten (sounds much worse than it was), the swelling that sometimes happens in my right ankle.  They all have stories to go with them….stories about what happened, what I think happened, and what the injury makes me think of.

Shar has been encouraging us to let go of the story and to work with the pains that come up emotionally and physically in a more energetic way.  It has taken me a long time to understand what she means, but I am catching on.  Sometimes I can let the story float away and imagine a glowing light attending to the area of focus.  The less I try to make something happen, the more profound the release.

Sitting with the Full Moon tonight, I sent my attention to the stories that float around in my Womb.  They probably aren’t much different than the stories that other women find there.  Themes of fertility and abundance, creativity and safety, of connecting with others and with the Divine Feminine.

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This has been the seat of most of my body work this Summer.  It has been difficult work, deeply personal, but so valuable.  The Moonlight flooded my Womb and illuminated areas that needed a bit of love and understanding.  Stephen Levine in his book Guided Meditations, Explorations, and Healings suggests that healing consists of inviting mercy and understanding into the mind and body.

And so, I invited the Moon to hold that space for me tonight. I drew its light into my body and asked it to illuminate that great sacred center of creativity.  As I did, I felt my body and heart give into its sense of support and deep understanding of the rhythmic wisdoms I have played out over the course of my life and will continue to explore until the end of my days.  I allowed its light to bless my little girl Womb of the past, the Womb that wished for children, the Womb that decided not to conceive of human life in the end but revels in a deeper form of creating ( a creative of life….made of ideas, relationships, new beginnings, and exquisite possibilities), and finally the wise Womb that is more than a physical uterus and more like the energetic home for all I hold sacred of being a Womb-in (woman).

Each layer of my life as a female drenched in lunar lusciousness until every cell, every thought, every nuance glowed.

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While the Moon is in its fullness, set some time aside to do your own Womb-Moon Wisdom Meditation.  If you are a male, consider the value of imagining a symbolic Womb….a home, a vessel for your creativity.  Simply connect with its light, either in the openness of the night’s sky or in the comfort of your home (perhaps you might like to connect outside and do the meditation inside.)  Once you are comfortable, draw the Moon’s light into your Womb and listen for the Womb and the Moon to guide a journey together.  Know that whatever happens is just right.  This is your meditation, your body, and your healing.

 Creatively yours…

Rachel Payne Life Coach

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Body Wisdom Project

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Each New Moon for this year, I join with my friend (and sometimes workshop partner) Jessica to explore our relationship with the body by choosing a focal word for lunar cycle.  We have been focusing on February’s Believing Moon, exploring what it means to believe in the wisdom of the body.  As is often the way with intuitive journeys like the one we are creating together, each level can unfold with a certain balance of mystery and synchronicity.

The mystery comes out of traversing the unknown.  This is especially true when you give yourself up to the guidance of a collaborative experience.  Having Jessica’s input makes my experience more rich, but it also takes me to places I would never have gone on my own.  There is a degree of fear that accompanies a shared journey, but I find that the results feel almost divinely inspired.  Is that the wisdom of the body leading us to a richer more meaningful experience?  Is it the spirit of friendship that is crafting a course of healing for us both individually and as a unit?  Or perhaps it is just the nature of creativity….that something bigger than the parts will find its way into existence. 

Whatever it is, the Believing Moon has reminded me that something guides my path and that when I listen to my body and what it has to offer, I am made more whole.

Reflection Moon

March’s Moon….

After a bit of discussion, Jessica and I are delighted to name the focus for the next lunar cycle…Reflection Moon.  We have both signed up for Oprah and Deepak’s 21 Days of Mediation Challenge (would love for you to join us!…starts today!) and will be stretching that out to fill the entire Moonth.

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The Reflection Moon will be about

  • looking into the self,
  • sitting and reflecting on what it,
  • encouraging the self not to strive for more but to simply be willing to admire what is reflected of the self,
  • falling in love with the wonder and authenticity of what IS before reaching for something more.

Join Jessica and I as we explore the relationship with body. We will update our blogs on the New and Full Moons and will post to our Facebook pages as inspiration strikes.

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Once a month I host a free call that explore some aspect of living life with a  touch of creativity. I share a few tips, answer questions, and then open the call for a bit of micro-coaching. The call last about an hour, and if you happen to miss it you can catch the replay.

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Full Moon Mindfulness

Body Wisdom Project

A few weeks ago, at the dark of the moon to be exact, I began a personal exploration of my relationship with my body.  I am approaching this journey with my friend, Jessica.  We call it the Body Wisdom Project.  Our intention during this moon cycle is to LISTEN.

It seems like a no brainer; LISTEN to the body.  But how often do we do it?  How often do we get quiet enough to tune out the world and  its messages and messiness, and tune into the body’s subtle whispers.  How often do we follow the body’s advice?  How often do we honor the wisdom it offers?

The Body Wisdom Project puts LISTENING at the center of what I value during the day.

Full Moon in Trees

Connecting the Body Wisdom Project with the cycle of the moon has helped me connect more deeply with my body.  Towards the end of 2012 I offered a moon wisdoms e-course called Touch the Moon.  The course helped me amplify my awareness of the moon, its rhythms, and meanings.  As I have watched the moon these past couple of weeks since the Body Wisdom Project began, the connection with my body has grown more intense.  Something has shifted.

I began at the dark of the moon, when the moon was void of all light, and have continued to allow my connection to grow as the light of the moon has.  The moon has become an outward reminder of an inward journey.

Where the journey has taken me…

In the first couple of days as I listened, I became aware of some of the aches and pains in my body.  The most prevalent one being a pain I have had in my neck for nearly 6 months.  I asked what the neck needed. I discovered that it is very tense. I often tighten it for no reason. And so as I listened more and became aware of the tension, I would send my breath to the muscle and invite it to release.  This has been very helpful and has brought me some relief.

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I also heard my body telling me it was thirsty and starving.  These surprised me to some degree.  When I asked what it was starving for, I discovered that I need more greens and root vegetables.  That is how I fell in love with brussel sprouts.

This week, I began hearing that my body wanted to move….more specifically, to dance. I reached out to a friend and on Friday we met at my house to dance to Gabrielle Roth’s Inner Wave.  Gabrielle’s dance is spiritual, mindful, meditative. It didn’t take long for me to find myself in a sort of communion with my body, tenderly moving it to its own rhythms, taking on the shapes that gave meaning to what it needed to express.  Expressions like….relief that I was willing to honor it with this delicate movement, grief over the messages it receives from the world, delight at the memories of dances past, hope from more dancing in the future, dreams of bringing moving meditation to others.  All that wrapped up in the nuance of a flit of the hip, a carefully placed step, breath pulled in and guided out, heat across the brow, a growing joy in my spirit.

With the arrival of the full moon on Saturday, I payed special attention to the body.  I LISTENED.  And heard….rest.  And so these last couple of days, I have given myself rest as the body has needed it, letting go of any notions that I need to get more done.  The body says rest.  And I am trusting that the rest will be just what I need.

Join Jessica and me in LISTENING.  Let’s start a movement.  A gentle, loving movement.

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