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Art Heals

I have been a busy little Creative lately.  The studio is a royal mess… I say royal because I think it reflect a bit of Queen of Creativity vibe to it which I take in stride.  All that creativity is coming out of a desire to express the big journey my life is taking as I live with cancer until my upcoming surgery.  I know I mention it often in my posts, but my life really revolves around that deep self-care these days and I want to share that part of my journey with you.

I feel like we all have something that drives us closer to care for yourselves.  Mine is cancer right now, yours may be stress or self-doubt, desires for more serenity, who know…. the list potentially could be very long.  But I know self-care in the midst of life itself isn’t just a means of making life more bearable, I believe it is one of THE reasons we come to the Earth School.  To learn to love ourselves and care for ourselves.

Art in the Name of Self-Care

In yesterday’s post about Gifts from the Universe, I gave a peek at one of the pieces I have been working on.  It is about love of my body, radiating an exuberance for life, and looking inward for wisdom and guidance.  I did her with a series of other paintings in a very intuitive process that starts out with mark making on the canvas then look to the canvas and the self to collaborate on what wants to be expressed.  I will share the other pieces some other time.  For today, I would like to feature the Queen of my Secret Garden.  I just adore her!

Queen of My Secret Garden

My Morning Meditation in the Studio

Body Wisdom Check-in

Sitting with eyes closed, focusing on my heart and on the seat of knowing that sometimes gives me a gut intuition , pull my attention out from behind my eyes and try to be aware of every cell in my body… aware of the wholeness of me.  I invite in a steady peace and confidence into the space that is me and then expand it into my day. Breathing into that I let go of trying to control and lean into the Mystery of not-knowing.  I stay with this until I intuitively know I am done.  Then a deep breath, a good stretch and the day begins!

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Body Wisdom Art Cards

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I am excited about all the potential October is bringing.  I have put together a loose schedule of subjects I want to explore that I think will give us some opportunity to visit some of my favorite ways to insure life is meaningful with just a touch of magic.  Here is my Blogtoberfest plan…. keep in mind I will have a few surprises blended in to keep it FRESH!

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  • Tuesdays…. This SENSE-sational Life:  Using the senses to cultivate a sensation life
  • Wednesdays… Body Wisdom Wednesday: An intuitive, creative check in with the physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies
  • Thursdays… Surprise Gift from the Universe: Cultivating a mindset of possibility that encourages the Universe to shower us with gifts
  • Fridays… Inside Creativity Tribe Studio:  A peek at my latest works of art
  • Saturdays… Dear Creative Spirit:  Prompts to help you infuse your life with creativity and your creativity with life
  • Sundays..Seeking Sanctuary:  Going inward for the journey to being and becoming

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A beautiful symphony of self-care practices is coming together for me right now.  Looking at having surgery sometime in the not so distant future, I have been checking in with what the physical, emotional, and spiritual bodies need.  So often they are intertwined.  Our physical body has aches and pains that call attention to emotional wounds which point the way to spiritual shifts.

Part of my treatment for all three (physical, emotional, spiritual) is to check in with the physical body first and allow it to point the way to the needs of the emotional, finally, letting the spiritual do the work.  For me, creativity and intuition are a huge part of my spiritual life.  They open the door to deeper awareness…inevitably offering deeper healing.  For the month of October, I will be sharing some of my Body Wisdom Cards with you for Body Wisdom Wednesday.  You may find that they tap into any of the three bodies mentioned above or into a combination of them.

Today’s cards were inspired by my interview on Become Soulfully Connected Telesummit.  The interview is up for about 24 more hours.  There is a free gift called the Creativity Booster Pack that I hope you will check out!

It was also inspired by Jon Gabriel’s 21 Day  Meditation for Weight Loss Challenge.  Now I am not one who is a proponent of diets for myself.  I really believe they have messed up more than they have helped, but Jon Gabriel’s mind-body approach to weight loss is very different and revolutionary as far as I am concerned, so I jumped at the opportunity to take part in the challenge.  And so far it is delightful and inspiring!

My Body Wisdom Cards for Today

I started working with my Body Wisdom Cards by listening to the mediation Jon Gabriel sent out today.  It was centered around the affirmation… “I radiate health and vitality, I naturally release excess weight.”

Next, I checked in with my intuition as to what essential oil I might use to support a deeper understanding of all three levels of the body.

I chose Wild Orange, a happy scent that is both uplifting and calming at the same time.

Art Card Process 1

This is an image I designed for the BSC Telesummit.

Art Card Process 2

I worked on the two cards initially as one piece. The first representing a more structured idea, the second inviting in more of an organic flow.

Art Card Process 3

I eventually separated the two.  The first I embellished with matte and shimmery water colors, Prismacolors, and paint pen.  The second, I repeated some of the themes discovered in the first and began to tell a story about what is going on in my body.  The circle with flowers and a heart is the symbol I have been exploring in my journals as I explore what it means to me to have uterine cancer.  The ovaries have blossomed into flowers.  (I later realized that it also resembles an orange…perhaps a Wild Orange!)  The little snail is a recurring character in my art which I believe to represent curiosity.

Art Card Box

I chose a box I had in my studio to hold my card collection. I intend to continue working with the cards and exploring them during my 21 Day Meditation Challenge.

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

Where Art Meets Mystery

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My journal has become my closest companion this last month.  It all began as I started attending a weekly meditation group and found rich stories pouring out of my inner worlds.  Often the stories were of my own healing or the impressions I felt from those I was close to.  Then, I began working with family members who were ill and a friend who was dying and the images I saw when I closed my eyes and got quiet invited themselves onto the pages of my journal.

I didn’t set out to draw my inner landscapes and the muses that populated them, but as my hand moved across the page to doodle, scribble, and otherwise make a mark, I found them showing up there.  They feel like some of the most personal drawings I have ever done.  They are more raw, more intimate, coming from my intuition. They are an expression of my spirituality.

I want to share them with you because they have felt like medicine to me and that kind of spirit-soothing through creativity what I hope to nurture here in Creativity Tribe Studio.

Today’s Intuitive Drawing came out of an evening spent in hospice with my friend.  As I waited in the silence of her room, I heard a call from within myself to sing a song I sang at the death bed of another friend.  The first time I sang it for the dying friend, I sang it over and over in her last minutes.  It felt like I might be helping to sooth the way for her.

The song says, “Surely the presence of Love is in this place, I can feel it’s mighty power and grace. I can hear the brush of angel’s wings, I see glory on each face. Surely the presence of Love is in this place.”  I think I have changed some of the words over the years, so it may have another version floating out there. But this is what I sing.

I struggled a bit with the urge I had to sing the song.  Others were in the room with me.  So I decided to sing it in my mind and began meditating on the door in front of me. The door to the room was cracked so that only golden light spilled in.  As I stared at the light it changed to a neon lavender…changed as things do when you stare long enough.  And I felt like I could see shadows like people passing in between the room and the door….as if they were in the room but all I saw were the shadows.  I thought perhaps I should stop staring so hard but for some reason I was drawn in.  I wasn’t scared because somehow although I felt like I was actually seeing something, I was seeing nothing.  Now I know that is a strange thing to say, but sometime there just aren’t words for making sense out of the unusual.

A nurse came into the room and asked the family to step out so she could tend to our friend.  As I walked away, I tried to shake the feeling that I had peeked into another world.  I tried to let go because if I was ever to REALLY experience something like that, I wouldn’t want it to be forced.  I wouldn’t want to spin a story from nothing.  And those pulses of light shadows were barely there.  Perhaps I was tricking myself.  Perhaps I wanted something more to happen.

I made it to the end of the hall and sat.  There was a hubbub in the room next to ours.  The family came out to let the nurse know their loved one had passed.  I was stunned.  I couldn’t help but wonder if I was singing the song for him.

Crossing Over

That night, alone in my room, I turned to the journal.  My journal has been one of those things that has been with me through the craziest, most confusing of times and has never let me down. It brings me clarity.  Letting my hand move across the page, I let go of the image above.  The picture is grainy, but I actually prefer that to the crisp lines.  The event was grainy.  It is an in-between life and death, knowing and unknowing, kind of experience. It left my mind curious to see the whole picture, wishing to know if what I sensed was the real deal.

I think  in times like this, in times where something other worldly, super natural, or something of the spirit has happened, you have to make a decision to doubt or just go with it.  Going with it is what I chose to do.  And this is what that means….

I think I sensed the passing of a person from this world into the next.  I think my intuition connected with him and wanted to ferry him to the next part of his journey with that song.  I never knew him….never saw him….but this image feels like it will connect me with him forever. And for that I am grateful.

Do you have a curiosity about spiritual art, intuitive art?  Join me and a host of spiritual creatives for a journey into a place where art means mystery.  Enrollment is open now….Angels In My Studio 2013.  The Magic begins July 22nd. I for one, can’t wait!

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