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Following the Heart Home

Heart Journey

In early April I began toying with the idea of Inner Wanna Be’s.  These are the parts of ourselves who wish to find their way out into our extraordinary, animated lives.  I began with the Gypsy Wild Woman Inner Wanna Be, letting her guide me all the way up the middle of the US and back again to my South Texas home.  The ride was spectacular because I let fly a part of myself I had always wished to give wings.

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The Road became my friend during the journey.  It showed me things about myself I never thought I would learn by simply choosing to head out my front door.  The Road, my surprise gift giver.  It revealed my strength, flexibility, resilience, and a core of inner peace.

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The Road also became a healing force.  It invited my wounds to come along for the ride, held them before me, and showed my heart how to cradle them in the rocking rhythm of undulating highways that stretched before me.

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The Wild Woman in me took up caring for the heart that the Road encouraged to heal.  She sung out prayers of forgiveness of self and others that had held me in place for years.  The Gypsy called me forward into a new day and a new way.  Together the Gypsy, the Wild Woman, The Road, and I…..we journeyed along.  And when the trip of a lifetime was over, they integrated into me so that they will be with me forever and always.  Home …..anew.

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On the Edge of the Woods

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I have been visiting some amazing homes with even more amazing people.  Each day that I share with someone, I just delight in the path that life can take us on.  I am in St. Louis today, having just driven in last night from Marseilles, Illinois where I was staying with my artist-friend, Amy Cavaness.

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Amy’s home is tucked away into a little patch of woods out in the country.  Before I left, I made a video (below) in which I shared some of my thoughts about my Inner Gypsy Wild Woman and left an simple way for you to connect with your Inner Wanna Be. I would love to hear more about what wishes to share itself with the world.  I can tell you from personal experience, it is liberating!

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Lessons from the Road

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This week I packed up my world, grabbed my favorite artist man, and left my hometown in South Texas behind.  We have stayed with family and friends along the way.

I am traveling in celebration of my Inner Gypsy Wild Woman, that part of me that has always wished to vagabond around with flowing skirts, bangles up my arms, leaving a trail of creativity behind. Wisconsin is my destination for an Art Retreat I will be teaching.

As I have made my way up to Dallas (where my artist hubby, Eric, and I are staying now) I have made mental notes about how traveling in my Gypsy personae changes the journey.

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My first lesson is about giving and receiving.

Being a guest raises some discomfort for me, no matter how gracious the hostess. I just hate putting people out.  But when I set my fears aside, I know that the offers of help, the free meals, the comfy bed, and invitations to share life for a few days is really what connecting is about.  It is how we tell others we care about them. It is how we bless one another.

Along my journey (up closer to Chicago) I will be staying with Helen Bond of Motherland Rhythm Community and the Benkadi Project, who I met when she was touring the U.S. doing drum workshops.  Helen shared that her travels to West Africa taught her a similar lesson.  She told stories of how the villagers didn’t understand her inclination to spend time along as Westerners are apt to do.  They worried she was ill.  I have other friends whose travels took them out of the country to other cultures where time alone was thought of in the same way.

This lesson of the Gypsy Wild Woman to find blessings in connecting with others and even counting on others along the way feels innately good.  When I can put aside the part that thinks I need to play small and be totally self-sufficient, the giving feels soothing and healing.

This trip has brought out the giving in others as well (and that too can be a blessings….to be the giver).  I have had friends, family, and strangers contribute to my journey.  Sometimes it is with food or money, services, travel tips and personal stories.  Who am I to deny their giving….their opportunity to bless and be blessed.

So I am leaning into the giving.  I am soaking in the spirit of sharing.  I practice standing or sitting solidly in my body, connecting to the Earth, and taking in the goodness offered.

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Journey of the Inner Wanna Be’s

Exploring the Lessons:  If you are curious about your Inner Wanna Be, begin asking it to share its wisdom with you.  Record it in some way, either in your journal, with a video or a blog post. If you feel like sharing, add it to the Inner Wanna Be page (at the bottom where the linky is.)  I would love for you to take an inner journey with me as I make the journey up the middle of the US with my Gypsy Wanna Be.

Interesting in the other activities we are doing to engage the IWB?  Head over to the Creative Activities and Prompts Page for the full list.

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Witnessing Discovery

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I love witnessing discovery! 

The best part of Creativity Tribe is the work I do with Creatives who find their way into the projects I offer.  Sometimes it happens in a coaching session or on one of the Party Line calls, but most recently I have been connecting during preparation for the Journey of the Inner Wanna Be project.

A peek into the project so far…

Below you will find a video.  Before you watch it, I want to share with you the process that went into making it.  The individuals you will see are folks from my hometown.  I consider them (and many others) my local Creativity Tribe.  Some are long-time friends, some new; some are even family.  All are courageously sharing with you and the world little glimpses into their inner world.

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In the video you will see handmade signs much like the ones I held up in my video from yesterday’s creative activity kick-off post. What you don’t see in the video is the conversation that took place as the signs were being put together and after the video was complete.  Imagine a table at a cafe filled with people sharing fond memories of wishes gently tucked aside or screw ball ideas about how life might be lived paired with a true desire to throw caution to the wind and be that wild character they think they should only dream about. Imagine two loved ones revealing to one another aspects of their personality that they had never thought of sharing before and planting the seeds of conversation that supports one another’s deepest becoming.

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Loss for words…

I tell you, I love to write, but moments like the ones I have had in just these beginning explorations of the Journey of the Inner Wanna Be have left me searching for more accurate ways to explain them.  The best I can do is to encourage you to experience what I did for yourself.  Tell your friends and family about this project.  Feel free to say you heard about it from a lady on the internet who is a bit unorthodox, who is doing something (as my father says) that is a bit far fetched.  Then invite them to “go there” with you.

What if you could be anything?  What if you could name the kind of life you would lead if there were no rules?  What would you call that life role?  What archetype would you explore?  No holds barred.

Have them make signs or even index cards to share with you.  Video tape them or just talk about them.  Who knows what discoveries you will witness!

If you do decide to make a video, please feel free to share it on our Inner Wanna Be page.  The more the merrier!

Want more creative activities to inspire your Inner Wanna Be?  I will be updating the IWB Activities and Prompts page as the journey plays out. Feel free to explore all or just the ones that call to you.

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Gathering the Inner Wanna Be’s

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It starts today….prep for the Journey of the Inner Wanna Be’s.  A month’s worth of peering inward to see what wishes to come forth into our lives….what wishes to be played out….what is willing to risk being a little vulnerable for the sake of finally going “there”.  Who knows what will come of our social experiment.  Here we are, a bunch of people in love with the idea of being creative, deciding to play What-If together.

What if I indulged this thing I always wished of being and brought a bit of it into my life?  What if I stopped hiding behind what I should or shouldn’t do and when out on a limb to do what I WISH to do?  What if I did it with other people who were risking just like me?  What if….

The great thing about this journey is that it can be as simple or intense as you would like.  Want to mostly just dream of your Inner Wanna Be’s and claim ONE DAY out of the month to put that into action?  Great!  Want to journal daily and push yourself to see what a month of playing out your fantasy in some way would be like?  Go for it!  Perhaps you just want to watch as other creatives dive in….there is room for you too.  The Creativity Tribe Inner Wanna Be Gypsy Caravan is big enough for all!

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Preparation: Exploring Your IWB’s

We start by going inward and asking what of yourself wishes to be known.

  • You can do that by finding a quiet space free from interruption.
  • Keep pen and a pad of paper or journal (perhaps one you will keep all your IWB journaling in) close by.
  • Close your eyes and get comfortable.
  • Say to yourself something like this…..I am thinking about those parts of myself that never really got a chance in the spot light, parts that I haven’t made space for in my life.  I wish to name them and recognize them now.
  • Let your mind drift around as you remember interests you have had, archetypes you have resonated with, and character types you have dreamed of being.  Let yourself dream on this for a bit.
  • When you feel like your heart and mind have explored your Inner Wanna Be’s, let you hand begin listing them on the page.  Try not to edit the process.  Let the list be impractical, fantastical, and improbable …as well as authentic.
  • Once you have listed your IWB’s, consider sharing them with the group on the IWB page.  You can do so as part of a blog post or as a video response to the video below.

Rachél’s Inner Wanna Be’s

 

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Full Moon Meditation

Body Wisdom Project

I have been watching the Moon.  That is what I do, I am a Moon Gazer.  She is getting closer to full.  I love watching her wax and wane.  It reminds me of our impermanence, of our ability to change, and that for more years than we know, our ancestors have looked to the skies and felt the movement of Mystery in their lives…just as we do.  The Moon is one of my very favorite parts of this life.

The Moon reaches fullness today.  During the Moon’s course from dark to full and dark again each Moonth in 2013, I have committed to focusing on a word chosen by myself and my dear friend Jessica of WildWood Naturals. We are naming the Moon according to the word we are centering on.  We call this one Reflection Moon.

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Tonight on the way home from a Coaching Session, I stopped the water to sit with the Moon.  The sky was completely cloudless and the water calm.  I felt like I was in a movie. Perfect.

The light of the Moon reflected on the water, reminding me of the Body Wisdom Project word for the month.  I slowed myself down and got comfortable.  Reflection….I went inward.  So much busy-ness bubbled around inside.  I thought of the water and invited myself to get calm.  Looked up at the moon and asked what of myself wished to grow into fullness.

My breath fell into a rhythm, my heart keeping a quiet beat.  A nuance came over me…a feeling.  It seemed to be showing me that my spiritual life wished to grow into fullness.  When I named it…spiritual life…in my mind, my inner knowing-ness responded with a feeling of peace.

The road trip I am taking in April is leading me to a fuller spiritual life.  For me, like with everything, creativity is at the heart of my spiritual life.  I look forward to watching it take shape.

I would love for you to reflect on what wishes to come to fullness in your life. Leave a comment letting us know. When you claim something in writing or out loud, it gives it strength and energy.  If you don’t claim it here, consider giving it voice somewhere in your world.

Are you interested in joining me for the Journey of the Inner Wanna Be’s… an inward exploration of those parts of ourselves we don’t often let out to play?  I will be engaging my Gypsy Wanna Be, but your Inner Wanna Be choice is up to you.   Be sure to keep visiting over the next week, I have some super fun parts of the event planned!

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Confessions of a Gypsy Wanna Be

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When I was maybe 5 years old, I dressed as a gypsy for Halloween. It was my mother’s idea, but I loved it.  Somehow it expressed some aspect of my nature…. a little wild, very colorful, a tendency for the dramatic, with a sense of something mystical.  I held onto that gypsy child as I grew into a woman although often she has taken second fiddle to obligations of adulthood.

She emerges from my subconscious in subtle ways… bangle bracelets and dangle earrings, love of various cultures, and the need to shake my hips and tip my tush when I dance. One area of life the Gypsy-self has never really gotten to live out freely is my curiosity for travel.  I stay pretty close to home most of the time and even when I  travel, I am probably more cautious than many people.  But as I said in my last video, I am getting ready to embark on a three week adventure up Middle America and back again from Texas to Wisconsin to teach at Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat.

Setting aside three weeks for one event isn’t really my style, so I have been contemplating how to keep the Creativity Tribe home fires burning while away. I decided to do the trip up in style…gypsy wild woman style, that is!

That’s right, I am giving my Inner Wanna Be (my gypsy) an adventure.

During my trip, I am going to explore what it would be like if I gave license to that Bohemian spirit.  I will ask myself…  What would change from just traveling as plain ol’ Rachél (okay, so I am not that plain to begin with, but I am going to push it even further?  What of the Gypsy Wanna Be wishes to be expressed?  What keeps me from going there?

I am going to stretch myself to be courageous.

Now you may see me as a pretty courageous person. I am here on Creativity Tribe spinning my artsy magic all the time. But the truth is that everyone has room to stretch and grow.  Everyone has someplace they hold back that is just itching to bust out and stretch its big, powerful wings.  This trip crosses that sweet spot for me and it seems the Gypsy Archetype holds the key to moving past the fear. So that is what I am going to share.

But that isn’t the whole picture….and this is where the adventure gets good and juicy.  This is where the Creativity Tribe comes in.  I want to give YOU the same opportunity for growth and adventure that I am creating for myself.  I am inviting you to join me for a Journey of the Inner Wanna Be. Think of it as a creative event with sacred play as its medium.

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What is Journey of the Inner Wanna Be’s?

We all have parts of ourselves that wanna thrive and have the ability to lead our lives, our development of self, our experience of joy to a new level of fulfillment.  Sometimes those parts of ourselves sidetracked, scared, or even buried by a number of things.  But they show up occasionally, tapping us on the shoulder, asking to come out to play and if they are lucky, we have learned how to give them what they need.  Sometimes we need a hand though, a little encouragement, because stretching ourselves by being authentic is not just satisfying, it might be a bit scary.

I want you to take this journey with me.  I will be engaging one of my many Inner Wanna Be’s (that little girl who always dreamed of being a gypsy).  And I would love it if you would look inside and ask which of your Inner Wanna Be’s would like to go on a journey of self-discovery with me.  We have a few weeks to get ready for our adventure, and then, the world is ours!

Journey Home

Are you interested in joining the Journey of the Inner Wanna Be’s?  Make sure to subscribe (below) to the blog where I will be posting updates on my trip, prompts and invitations to develop and share your own journey. Expect a badge for the event soon.  I can’t wait to get started.  But in the mean time, drop a note in the comment box letting us know what some of YOUR Inner Wanna Be’s are!  Let’s get this party started!

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