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Simply Sacred Moments

Simply Sacred

Have you ever had one of those moments when your heart was deeply stirred by something simple?  Like the hummingbird gathering nectar from the flowering tree just outside the front door, or the gratitude that wells up when another really hears you.

We expect greatness to move us.  That is often why we turn to grand events and ceremonies when we need to connect with the sacred.  We also often have a tendency to believe sacred is something others create and we witness.

During my studies of theatre, I discovered that historically performance grew out of religious ceremony.  Song, art, poetry, movement, writing, and drama all have the potential to connect us with something greater than ourselves. That is why those are often components of our big rites….birthdays, baseball games, opening ceremonies, etc.  I enjoyed exploring what that meant for me as an individual by creating sacred moments in my everyday life.

My Simply Sacred journey began with making the space around me feel better.  I arranged the room and the things in it so that it felt inspiring and peaceful.  Then I played with setting up areas in the house that were reminders to me of what was important.  One of my first tablescapes was a collection of things that belonged to my mother, a picture of her, and a small vessel with some of her ashes.

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I found that for some people that kind of arrangement might be called an altar.  The word altar means table.  For me, the altar was not about worship, but more about an expression of what was important to me, what needed attention in my life, what desired change, and at its most simplified, an installation of found objects that when brought together stirred my heart, my imagination, and my inner wisdom.

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Those early installations have grown into a whole aspect of work that I do in my community.  I create simple ceremonies to honor various parts of life….. births, weddings, personal transformation, rites of passage, and even the passing of a loved one.  Sometimes the ceremonies are so simple it feels like people getting together with just another layer of meaning added to it.  Other times the sacred moments are more fleshed out and formal.

This week my family and I came together for a Simply Sacred Moment to honor the passing of our cat, Schatzie.

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 (Schatzie means Sweetheart in German.)  

Schatzie is one of several cats that have made their home with us.  She has the honor of being the first though.  She announced herself the day we took ownership of our home (which happens to be 8 years ago today).  She was a dear part of our home.art cats

She would never drink out of a bowl!

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We honored her by creating a small resting place for her in the back yard under some shade trees.  In her little grave, we placed a painting on paper…because she never let us do art without wanting to be smack-dab in the middle of it.  We added some watermelon pieces….her favorite food, of all things!  Shook out several drops of peppermint essential oil because she was a bit addicted to the smell.  We picked sunflowers and offered them along with our favorite stories of her.  We used items from the garden to create a mandala over her resting place and erected a small impromptu work of art as a marker.

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The ceremony was simple.  It was mindfully thrown together and not planned.  We all gave of ourselves in a creative way, thinking a bit outside the box. And when we were done, our hearts felt lighter and more peaceful.

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I want to encourage you to use your Creative Spirit to create Simply Sacred Moments for yourself.  They are a great way to bring meaning and magic into your life.

Make Your Life Simply Sacred

Rachel Payne life creativity coach

Standing in the Threshold

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At the Threshold of a Journey

Anytime we poise ourselves at the beginning of a journey, either in the outer physical world or from within, we begin with an idea in mind of how we might approach our movement from where we are to where we wish to go.  There are the imagined obstacles we anticipate, various options for the course traveled, milestones we hope to reach, and some desired destination that just might be worth risking disappointment for the joy it could bring.  All of this is the beauty and danger of the In-between.

Should I stay or should I go, now? (You know the song!)

As I prepare for my cross country trip to Wisconsin, I am becoming evermore aware of the bounds within myself that this trek will challenge.  Fears rise up.  Doubts sit in my stomach.  Hurdles appear in my mind.  My spirited imagination can be both the life and death of my dreams.  I suppose the question becomes, then, what will navigate the vehicle my imagination fuels.  Will fear take me into the pitfalls and stall my voyage?  Or will I move through the vulnerability, however clumsily, for the sake of the movement itself. The inclination to abandon ship is sometimes strong.  Such a long journey, so many unanswered questions, so many uncertainties…. and yet! What is life without the occasional odyssey?!

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“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 7: 1966-1974

I am determined to make vulnerability my friend these next three weeks.  I am learning that it is the life partner of courage. I have lots more to say about that, but I am keeping it close to my heart for now as it blooms into a deeper understanding of who I am, what I desire, what stands in my way, and what degree of uncertainty I am willing to withstand for the possibility of reaching the fulfillment I shoot for.

I know some of you have decided to take the Journey of the Inner Wanna Be with me.  I have been so delighted to have other Creatives declare their interest in playing along.  We really are a small but growing band of seekers!  I use the word play here because I feel there is a sense of make-believe we are engaging in when we explore the archetypes that make up the IWB’s, but at the same time, I know that something monumental can come from that examination.  Play has amazing curative properties. So don’t be surprised if you find yourself face to face with opportunities to bring real change to your life as you explore this make-believe aspect of self.  It may live initially in the imagination, but somewhere along the way you may find room for aspects of  it in your real life.  It is this dynamic that makes me call this kind of exploration Creative Sacred Play.

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Are you taking the Journey of the Inner Wanna Be’s?

We are several days into the Journey but still definitely in our preparation phase. I leave this Sunday for my trip.  If you wish to go on the journey and explore your personal Inner Wanna Be’s, here is a quick list of steps to catch you up.

  1. Make a list of your Inner Wanna Be’s.  Follow the link for a full description of this Creative Activity.
  2. Invite your friends and family to do the same.  This is optional but loads of fun.  The video is a great jumping off point for getting a sense of the event.
  3. Choose one IWB from the list you created that you are going to explore for the rest of April.  Place it lovingly in the comments below.
  4. Begin “dreaming on” or contemplating the IWB you chose as the weekend goes on.  Don’t force it, just let it share itself with you.

Now, dive into the vulnerable and list your IWB in the comments. I can’t wait to for you to join us!

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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!

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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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Body Wisdom Project {Believing Moon}

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This moonth’s focus word for the Body Wisdom Project is believe.  The Believing Moon…..as I like to think of it.  There are many ways to interpret that word and even more ways to apply it. My intention is to hold onto what I know of the word and let it be my partner as I investigate the wisdom the body has to offer.

This has brought up a lot of uncertainty for me.  What does it mean to believe in my body?  What does it look like to live in a way which honors the wisdom of my body as if it is real…as if I can believe in it and trust in it?

I think belief in the messages of the body is something that grows stronger with practice. It is like the best friend who is shy at first but who talks more and shares more as they discover that you are willing to listen and hold a space for them.  The body wants to be heard.

Like every body, mine has its fair share of aches and pains, stories and wounds.  The Body Wisdom Project has helped me cultivate a relationship with my body so that I can hear the course towards bringing peace to the storms of the body.  The medicine it needs varies.  Sometimes I have listened and heard that I needed a certain food or supplement, more water, or a certain kind of movement.  Sometimes I needed to place my hand on the wound and bring attention to it…..like a long, embrace.

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Most recently, I have found myself needing a kind of comfort that I don’t know how to give myself…..a kind of comfort that felt like it had to come from something greater than me.  In those moments when my body and spirit have desired deep renewal, I have felt myself remembering my mother and grandmothers, teachers and mentors who have passed.  I remembered what it felt like as a child to have my hair and face stroked by my mother….attentive and loving.  My imagination took me to a place where these Wise Women surrounded me, and as they gathered around, I noticed my body sinking into a profound relaxation.  I sighed.  I took it in.  And then, I made the decision to BELIEVE.

This kind of imagining is what I call Sacred Play.  It has become one of my favorite creative acts. I love that it has shown itself in The Body Wisdom Project.   As the Moon makes her way to darkness again, I will continue to explore, along with Jessica of Hearth Roots, how the word believe relates to the body.

Do you have a bit of Body Wisdom to share?  I would love to hear it!

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Saying YES to a program like this is not saying YES to me….it is an invitation for you to say YES to yourself….YES to your dreams…. YES to that part of yourself that wants to ride the edge of growth into a place of newness, a place of discovery.

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