My dear friend Jessica with Wild Heart Holistics often talks about “following the impulse.” I remember her talking about it years ago when she was leading dance classes. She wanted us to pay attention to how the impulse wanted us to move. At first I didn’t fully understand what she meant, but over time, I found myself trying to detect the impulse so I could follow it.
The impulse isn’t something that lives somewhere in the body and yet, that is where it comes from…the body…from our being. For me it can come from different places…. a radiating wave of urging from the heart, a subtle knowing in the brain, a quick jump of the gut, a sharp pull on the shoulder blades as if we had wings that wanted to jump into motion or the echoing of many senses that pull the whole self towards a resolution.
Detecting an impulse is a very subtle art. The impulse is often buried under foggy awareness so that it doesn’t occur to me that I have had an impulse for minutes, hours, or even days later. But once it is detected, I know it as if it were a good friend.
Now days I have gotten really good at first detecting and then following the impulse. When I act on it, I am often led to beautiful synchronicities.
A Recent Impulse with Big Rewards
A few months ago, Jessica invited me to offer my art and share about the essential oils I love at the Earth Day Care Fair for her church. I was in the middle of healing from surgery at the time and had no idea what the outcome would be or what my energy level might allow. But, there was this impulse to join in. Finally, I decided to follow it.
I spent a few weeks preparing. I got busy painting, bought a brand new Easy Up (purple!), and gathered the essential oil goodies I wanted to offer. It felt good to work again. Felt healing to dive into the paint. And the nights that I stayed up bottling samples were delightfully aromatic. I was having so much fun. (If you take a long breath, you might even be able to smell the wild orange and peppermint I have going right now in my diffuser!)
A few days before leaving for the EDCF (Did I mention it was out of town ….about a 3 hour drive?), I posted a few pics of my art just to show my friends what I was working on. When I woke up the next morning, I had an offer for my little unicorn (the background art for the unicorn above). I knew then my impulse was taking me on a ride!
My artist hubby, Eric, and I headed out for our trip. We visited Rose Duncan of RoseHeartNSoul Creations & Coaching for her art show at Intermezzo Gallery and Studio in Boerne, Texas. The show was beautiful.
Photo: Alyssa Morgan Gonzales Background Art: D. Ellis Phelps
It was exciting to see so many art lovers doing their thing. As the visit was about to wind down, the impulse took over and made another synchronicity bloom. The manager of Intermezzo, Kathy Cody Gallaway, introduced herself. We got to talking about my art. Rose suggested I share art images from my phone, and before I knew it, I was their newest artist! Intermezzo is representing 12 of my mixed media works.
What is even more exciting is that we started talking about me potentially teaching workshops at Intermezzo. Rose and I are collaborating on one right now that is very near and dear to my heart involving Artist Trading Cards. The other involves a labyrinth walk and processing with art. I can’t wait to see where that all goes.
Did you know I love labyrinths? They often show up in my art… and on the beach when I have a few friends to make them magically appear!
Irene Jaan takes her turn at drawing out the labyrinth’s circuit.
They keep coming….
Later that night, Eric and I ended up at Jessica’s house and began telling her about the exciting news. As we were talking to her a friend wrote me about doing the cover work for an upcoming book and I got a message about a return coaching client wanting to continue our work together. All this before the actual Earth Day Care Fair even began.
The EDCR went well. I shared the oils with lots of folks and did some really fun trades for my paintings. Then, out of the blue got another message that a friend who had seen my paintings online when I post pictures of my booth wanted to buy my owl painting.
And when you get it all….
All that bounty in the course of three days was amazing for me, especially after a year of putting off so much of my passion as I pursued a victorious outcome with the uterine cancer. I found myself that weekend holding up a new realization that I really could have it all. Success with all my passions…. art, workshops, my love of essential oils, and life coaching. And not only could I have it all, the Universe was sending signals for me to get
exactly what I was wishing for. The trick? Follow the impulse.