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Mixed Media Art Guided Meditation Art Card Trade More than an e-course. It's an e-journey!
The moment I discovered art cards, I was in LOVE!  They were small enough to finish in one setting, great for art-on-the-go, and somehow, somehow…… the small canvas could hold big parts of my heart!  I’ve been making these little beauties for a decade now, and in the last few months, I started a creative practice that speaks to me both creatively and spiritually.

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I am delighted to bring you along on this journey of self-discovery with me.  Creativity Tribe is hosting the Templekeeper’s Oracle Journey.  This is a 21 day eJourney…. an on-line class… designed to give you a simple but powerful creative practice in the form of art oracle cards.

Mixed Media Art Oracle Cards
I will share my favorite tips, tricks, tutorials, and inspiration each day.  You will also have the opportunity to experience creating within an inspired community.  The course includes a Facebook Group where we will share our experience, our stories, symbolism, and process.  With that kind of connections, creative juices are promises to flow!!

Templekeeper’s Oracle Journey blends creativity and spirituality….

  • Mixed Media Art Tutorials
  • Create your own Art Oracle using Playing Cards
  • Enjoy a simple, safe meditation that connects you to your heART
  • Join Rachél in Guided Visualizations
  • Facebook Group to share your Art and Experience
  • Plus, BONUS: Art Card Trade the week after the course

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More than an e-course….It’s an e-journey!

21 Days
September 19th – October 9th
with a BONUS Art Card Trade
October 10th.
Investment: $45

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Painting Up a Storm

Art Heals

There is a storm in my body.  I think it has been brewing for a long time, although I didn’t know it.  Recently it made itself known in a big way.  And now, I am sitting on the front porch of my soul watching it pass over me.

In the last several weeks it has felt so big that all I knew to do was sit with it. As luck would have it, I was in my studio the other night, and I began painting while I was doing that sitting.  The painting felt good.  I could tell it was doing something in my body.  Something…a hormone or feel good chemical, perhaps the workings of my creative spirit….something was helping the storm dissipate.

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This isn’t a huge surprise to me….this feeling that comes when we dive into creativity, no holds barred.  That is one of the benefits of art, it is a catalyst to healing.  And so, I am painting up a storm….or should I say OUT a storm.  And my body feels grateful.

storm 2

So grateful for the release that I have just kept painting…..a piece of cardboard, a bigger piece, a small canvas, then larger….then the entire top of my studio table.  The more I paint, the more cleansing.  The more I paint, the less dark the storm.  The more I paint, the better I feel.

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This is how creativity leads to healing, how it helps us understand ourselves, and connect with the world we have spinning inside.


Creativity Prompt:  Invite yourself to sit with simple art supplies….pencil and paper, pen and paper, cardboard and paint.  Nothing fancy, just what is at hand.  Close your eyes and let the supplies give life to what you feel.  You don’t have to paint pain….but you can if you wish.  You don’t have to draw storms, but you can.  Perhaps what wishes to come up is that smile that doesn’t get to glow often enough or bright enough.  Don’t think too much and don’t halt what comes forward.  Make a mess.  Start with silly, ugly, scribbly, doodles, dashes, and wing-a-dings.  It doesn’t have to make  sense or look beautiful.  Think of it as giving your creativity permission to wander around.  When you are done, let it be what it is. Share it or keep it to yourself.  But KNOW….that this kind of self-expression builds bridges to healing us.  It gives us permission to express who we are and love ourselves in the process. 

Creatively yours….

Rachel Payne Life Coach


And the Winner Is…..



When we give, we get….and I feel like this giveaway has been a huge gift for me.  What a lovely pouring out of interest in this course!  Your stories, your desire to connect with your creativity and spirituality is beautiful.  It makes me fall in love with life!

Enough gushing though….here is what you came for!

The winner of the Angels In My Studio 2013 Giveaway is Loz.  Your name and email will be shared with Sheri Ponzi over at Painting Herself Into Being for acceptance into the course.  Congratulations!

Angels In My Studio 2013

If you didn’t win, take heart. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the angel loveliness.  Registration opens June 8th.

 I will be looking for each of you and hope you can make it happen.  It is amazing what the Universe will bring your way when you are open to inviting in the possibility and positivity!

For more details, head over to the AIMS2013 event page.

I will also be keeping folks signed up for the newsletter in the loop as the class develops.


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Plant a Kiss, Too!

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In the spirit of Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s work,18 bloggers set out to “Plant a Kiss” in the world on April 29. We each did something we thought would spread a little extra joy, color, connection, poetry, or magic in the world. Then we watched to see what would happen!

Today all of us are posting about that experience.  

Plant a Kiss Blog Hop Party

This was my second Plant a Kiss celebration.  Last year I met with a few local creatives to make a labyrinth on the beach for others to find. It was one of the highlights of 2012 for me.  This year, I wanted my kiss to keep the same spirit of celebration but knew I would be celebrating on the coat tails of a long journey that took me up the middle of the U.S. and back again over three weeks.  I made self-care a priority for the day, but balanced that with a deep desire to share myself with others in a meaningful way. Since GIFT is my word for the year, I wanted my Kiss to be about giving.

The target for sharing my kiss this year was on the other side of the North Atlantic Ocean in Guinea, West Africa.  If you have looked around on my website, you may have discovered The Benkadi Project page I have dedicated to work being done in the capital city of Conakry and in rural villages there.  I didn’t pick the Benkadi Project out of a book or by running my finger across a map to choose a place. I chose it because I met a man, Fodé Cameron, and a woman, Helen Bond, last Summer who are doing beautiful work there and I wanted to somehow be part of what they were doing.

Helen Bond

On my trip to Wisconsin, I stayed with her….Helen Bond.  As luck would have it, my travels took me to her area on a day when she was hosting an event to help build biosand filter units for families through her non-profit, The Benkadi Project.  The event featured West African drumming and provided education about the work they were doing.  The Benkadi Project was planting major kisses that night by being one shy of reaching their financial goal to build 50 units.  The water treatment will serve 50 families of 10 people for 10 years.  That is 1,825,000 days of clean drinking water.  I adored getting to be part of that!

biosand filter

For Plant a Kiss Day, I celebrated the good will I got to be part of and sent well wishes in the form of a meditation to Helen and the team she will be taking to Guinea later this week.  As part of my celebration, I lit a candle and spent some time playing a drum that was made by Fodé.  I also spent the day drinking water mindfully, being grateful for the easy with which it arrives to me anytime I need it and for the fact that it is safe and satisfying.

This year’s Plant a Kiss was very simple, but I think that is the beauty of giving.  It can be just a thought, a wish, a prayer or can be traveling across an ocean to make a difference.  It is amazing the feeling of love it can bring to your heart when it is based in genuine caring.  I think that is probably why it is called Plant a KISS.

If you found your way to this page or have been hopping along visiting others who are part of the Plant a Kiss party, I would like to encourage you to thing of some way you can Plant a Kiss, too.  Close your eyes right now and invite a simple act of giving to come into your heart.  Let your mind work out an easy way to implement that, then join us!  Let’s make the world a bit love laden today.


If you would like to know more about The Benkadi Project, you can….

Get the Details of the Water Initiative

Follow Benkadi Project on Facebook

Become a Supporter

Read a Past Newsletter

Visit Plant a Kiss 2013 where you can find links to all of the participating bloggers and hop around to see how each woman was uniquely inspired to celebrate Plant a Kiss Day.

Special thanks to Sherry Richert Belul of Simply Celebrate for inviting me to be part of this event, I have felt blessed by it!


Re-story-ing my Life

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I made it up the middle of the country.  I am sitting on beautiful Lake Geneva in Wisconsin, looking out the window at the Abbey Resort.  The sky is light blue with puffy little clouds, the water simmers with a restless kind of calm.  The trees outside my room (which are not a variety I am familiar with) have long strands of gold that hang from the limbs.  At there base on the side where the morning sun has not yet reached, a light layer of snow snuggles around budding stalks of green that looks like it may be the beginnings of blooming bulbs.

I feel like I am blooming.  The journey here has marinated my heart in a mix of stories from my past and about my future all while I live this new story in the present.  I am learning so much about myself.  I am falling so deeply in love with who I am that it scares me.  Why is it that love can frighten us so.

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I turned 44 a few days ago and as I have shared here before, I have been re-story-ing my life.  When I was young, I lost my mother. She died at 45 and although I have tried to let that number mean nothing in my own life, it has some hold on me.  This year I am bound and determined to make it a year I will never forget, so that even if nothing were to happen to me….and I believe on most levels that I will be just fine….I will have NO REGRETS.  I will know I gave myself the callings of my heart whenever I could, that I connected deeply with the ones I loved and with the ones life put in my path. I will know I danced, I wrote, I played, prayed, and embraced joy at ever turn.

My word for the year is GIFT….and that is what I intend to be for others and myself this year.

I have more to share, but the day is so beautiful I just have to go embrace it.

I want to invite you to think about the story you are living in your life.  What of it would you change if you could?  Now, do one small thing to put that into action today.  I am living this year as if it was my last so that I don’t have to be fearful that it might be. I encourage you to lean into life.  If you are like me, you will find some peace in living life a bit more adventurously because you might find yourself taking it in more fully and deeply.  Nothing ventured nothing gained?  I am venuring!!!



The Chocolate Eaters

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Sometimes it pays to walk along the fringe, out on that edge where the lay of the land isn’t quite known to you, where adventure is the word for the day.  That is where I roamed Sunday morning.  My journey there began quite awhile ago, with a whisper from deep inside about a path that might some day be mine.

This card is my AEDM offering for day #9. It is inspired by a phrase I have been hearing a lot recently…. Get out of your own way!

Several years ago I started hearing a rumble in my community, even saw part of a preview, about a movie, Chocolat,  in which a woman used an ancient blend of cacao (the plant chocolate comes from) and chili to bring transformation to those she met on her travels.  Everyone who saw it told me I would love it.  They were right.

I watched the movie and inside, my heart yearned to know that kind of metamorphosis.  My spirit yearned to know something about the elixir the woman in the movie crafted.  Was it just a fairy tale?  The story resonated with me probably more powerfully than any other movie I had ever watched.  What was it about that chocolate?  Was it for real?  Could chocolate transform?

As a woman, I have had a connection with chocolate.  When my moontime comes close, chocolate always seems to be part of the equation for relief.  It is my dessert of choice, and although I don’t cook much, if I do, you can bet there is some chocolate in it.

When I got married, about 7 years ago, I came close to that Chocolat experience.  We received several packages that included special blends of very dark chocolate that was mixed with a variety of other herbs to create an aphrodisiac response.  I thought at first that it must be hype.  But one night, my new honey and I watched our movie and indulged in our own elixir and needless to say, we didn’t quite make it through the movie before the love drug kicked in.  I was impressed with its potency but instead of satisfying my curiosity about the effects of cacao, it only served to pique them.

So when my friends, Irene and Milena, took a trip to Guatemala and began talking about Sacred Cacao Ceremonies with the Chocolate Shaman, I wanted to know more.  They each talked to me about experiencing the cacao together, but the time never seemed right. Then, in the middle of this past Summer, I got a call. The Chocolate Shaman was touring the U.S. and would be stopping to stay here in my hometown for a bit. I couldn’t help but imagine that I had manifested that, brought him to me.  What a grand synchronicity!

Just days later, I went to my first ceremony.  I wondered if there would be in strange feelings, anything happening inside. I wondered if it would change my life like it had done to the people in my movie.  I wondered what a Chocolate Shaman was.  My mind conjured up all kinds of images, all kinds of possibilities.  Then I met him, Keith.

Keith is probably one of the happiest, most gentle people I have ever met.  His heart feels like it has very pure intentions that are based on honoring the path that those in the ceremony want for themselves.  I felt very safe with him.  Some of the words I wondered about like shaman and ceremony were a lot less important in the end.  Keith was, above all, a good-hearted guy sharing a very special herbal drink with us that had the possibility of helping our meditations to have more meaning and who helped us to understand some of workings of the human condition.  It was really as simple as that…..and yet, also that powerful.

After the ceremony that night (the first ceremony I did with him), Keith and his group of helpers (or Band of Gypsies as I call them in the blog post I wrote about that night) came over to my house to stay over until they would be flying out the next day.  As I sat in bed, just before turning in, my mind drifted off.  I was thinking about the movie and how the work Keith was doing just might have the potential Chocolat hinted at.

Over the last several months, I have come back to those thoughts over and over again.  In my work as a life coach, I have found that some of the issues Keith focused on during our sharing were finding their way into conversations with the Creatives I work with.  In particular is the idea of being an Empath, a person who has a strong connection with other people’s feelings and emotions.

The first time I heard the word, I thought maybe they were meaning it in a psychic way. But more and more, I am understanding that it means some of that very natural cluing in that so many of us do.

***How you just know how another person is feeling.
***How you might actually feel another person’s physical pain or sense it.
***How so many of us are sensitive to the hurts of the world and take all of that into us.

Keith teaches a lot about this and then using the cacao walked us through how not to hold onto that hurt, pain, drama, and trauma.

And these last several months, I have earnestly worked on putting those exercises into action.  The more I do that, the stronger my inclination to share about what being an Empath is, how it can be helpful, and especially how it can be helpful for others without hurting the one who is picking up on all the feelings.

This work is especially important to me because I know what it means to love helping others but having to stop because it all becomes too much to handle.  Understanding the work of an Empath and how to manage it feels like a big piece of the puzzle for one of my coaching emphasis.

That brings me back to the fringe.  Keith has just finished his tour of the U.S. and will soon be headed back to Guatemala where he will continue his work with the cacao plant.  Before leaving, he stopped back in town for a farewell Sacred Cacao Ceremony, and that is where I spent a good portion of my day.

I was a lady on a mission.  I wanted to check in once and for all with myself because I am feeling called to work with chocolate and with Empaths.  The ceremony was just what I needed.  I felt like I worked on several issues that I let hold me back and have further locked in some of the tools Keith introduced us to in the original session.  I could feel how my reaction to other’s pain and discomfort was different this time around. I was more at peace and got hooked up in their trauma less often.  I was more grounded and more centered.  All of that would have been enough, but I got something even more satisfying from the ceremony.

In the end, as we were all cleaning up, Keith stopped what he was doing and walked over to me.  He made a point to tell me that he wanted to validate the work I feel called to do with cacao.  I shared with him some of my ideas and explained that they would be different than his work.  And as Keith is apt to do, he smiled his contagious, glowing grin and told me that one of cacao’s gifts is to make itself available in a variety of ways and that all those ways were right, that I just needed to listen for the way that was right for me.

And so, I will be listening, eating more sacred chocolate, and maybe watching my movie.


For more of the story about my first Sacred Cacao Story, make sure to connect with these posts…

Band of Gypsies and Lucid Waking Radio {big dream alert}

Life in All Its Fullness

We all have a sacred path we sit in front of, sacred in the sense that it calls to our very soul. It whispers  in the darkness, twinkles around us in the light of day, makes us feel alive as we move down it or encourages us to wish for some place new when you have forgotten it and lost your way.  The path is like this huge magnet that directs our lives or makes us fight hard to move against it.

We travel the road on our own, but if we are lucky, it runs parallel to the roads of others who are on their own shiny path.  Seeing them live out their passions is contagious. We wish the same for ourselves. We are inspired.

If you found your way here today, maybe you feel the call to travel your own sacred path. I am here on my bliss passage encouraging you on. Close your eyes and let its whispers grow louder and more focused, let it tell you exactly how to get there. Let it describe the path to you. Today you will get a few details, tomorrow more. When you can see some portion of it, take one step in the direction of your dream…..and then another. Let the momentum take over and the fears fall to the wayside. Feel that bright spot? Feel that exhilaration?  Feel that zeal….that’s you on the path….that is life in all its fullness.

You’re doing it.  You are doing it!

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