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Art Journal: Summer Solstice

Art Journal

At the first of the year I discovered Galia Alena, a New Zealand based mixed media artist with a deep understanding of the creative spirit.  She and I were in the Fly Tribe Word Hop, sharing our words for the year.  Her offering was mesmerizing.  It was a video chronicling her journal process for exploring her word.  I loved it especially for its invitation to let intuition guide the process.  This is how my art usually evolves and I could appreciate witnessing that on her video.

So when I got an invitation to participate as an instructor in Angels In My Studio 2013 and saw she is part of the gathering of teachers with me, I was thrilled!

This weekend, she posted her Journal as Sacred Vessel Summer Solstice video.  It is lovely. I watched it Friday and have been letting it percolate.  Tonight I visited my journal as time would allow.  Here is where I am…

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I see a woman emerging.

What the journaling brought up for me….

I have had a weekend filled with introspection.  I feel very connected to the world inside, and somehow to the world of symbols, metaphor, and stories that exist in the reality where imagination, intuition, creativity, and spirituality bloom.

Summer Solstice in South Texas is the beginning of a very intense time.  I think we often associate the Winter with a time to go inward, but I believe that is completely subjective.  We wrestle with extreme degrees in the heat of Summer that send us looking for shade.  It has already begun.

That going inward has made Grandmother Bear show up in some of my sketches.  For me the bear in an introspective creature, extremely fertile, birthing, feeding, nurturing….all while in a slumber.  She creates in a dream-like state.

The words I wrote beneath the painting helped remind me that I should balance movement and rest and that the movement should be gentle and flowing.  This mirrors the insight I felt about Bear.  She is active in an inactive way. I also got in touch with the importance of water (birth water and the consumption of water) to help relieve the fiery nature of the season.  I even felt like the foods I would pick should be more water based….fruits and veggies, light soups, smoothies, fresh juice, lighter proteins.

I still have several layers to add to my journal entry for the Summer Solstice.  I don’t mind not getting it done in one sitting.  This will be a great project to let simmer on a slow burner.

Special thanks to Galia Alena for her seasonal journal offering. I will leave some links below, including a guest post she wrote for The Amulet Magazine that I enjoyed finding when I was looking for links.  It is a jewel for sure!

Journal as Sacred Vessel Summer Solstice Video

Galia Alena Blog

Amulet Magazine Guest Post

Angels In My Studio 2013…. where you will find us BOTH!

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Hello Summer

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For the last several months, I have been attending a local Wednesday night meditation group that is exploring the use of cacao as a partner in our personal work.  The group is hosted by Rev. Shar of Lucid Waking, a show on A2Zen.fm.  Cacao is the plant that chocolate comes from.  Yep, I indulge in the yumminess of chocolate every week.  You know that feel-good thing that happens when you have a piece of chocolate?  Well, the kind of chocolate we use is very pure and has the qualities you would find in chocolate from heritage breed plants.  Even taking a little makes you feel a lot good.

We also practice taking that feeling the comes from smiling…that little glow you can detect all over….and amplifying it.  So we will be gathering on this first day after Summer Solstice to have some chocolate while we grow our smiles…. or perhaps I should say GLOW our smiles.

I have made a video to explore the light and the dark.  Let it be an invitation to you to connect more with the light that lives within you.

(Note: The images used in this video are taken using kinetic photography at night. They are of the Harbor Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas. It is lit with lights that put on a show every night.  Enjoy!)

Curious About Cacao?
For more information about Ceremonial Cacao and Going to Glow, please visit Keith….lovingly known as the Chocolate Shaman.  His site has lots of great information…. and while you are there, make sure to check out the quality of his smile.  When you look at someone and can sense the peace in their heart the way I believe I can with Keith, you know they have something worth listening to.

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Rachel Payne Life Coach

Crafting Time

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I like to break life up into time chunks.  I suppose all of humanity does that.  We measure it in minutes, days, weeks, months, seasons, years, etc.  As a creative, I use these time bits as a medium for crafting life.  The year begins and I am thinking back on what I loved, what I want to improve, and how to make the year to come fit the dreams I have for myself.  Each night, I envision the day to come, working through the rough places to help me think through what might be a tripping spot.

Time Tower

Mondays are my days for Weekly Wishes, that place where I decide general themes for the week, where I will put my energy, and what the landscape of the next 7 days will be.  I use various tools to plan it out.  Sometimes there are lists made on Sunday night.  My calendar holds the appointments with hints of what is flexible enough to allow for extras.  Some appointments are in stone, others are penciled in.  Some weeks feel monumental, while others are transitional weeks that help me recover from or prepare for the more intense parts.

Three Big Projects

The week in front of me is going to be about balancing care of myself while giving attention to others.  I am starting a new half-day camp that blends drama and art.  I am the drama teacher.  We are focusing on improvisation and experimental movement.  Drama, Drama, Drama! Can you say FUN?!

Summer Solstice is this weekend.  I have signed up for Galia Alena’s Summer Solstice Sacred Vessel Journaling Ritual. I am teaching Angels In My Studio with her and can’t wait for a first hand glimpse into her teaching style.  I discovered her at the beginning of the year when we were both choosing our One Little Word for the year. (Mine was Gift and hers, Generosity.)  Celebrating the seasons is a great way to craft life with time as a medium.

I am also gearing up for a large mediation gathering that will take place this weekend. I will be on the team working with newcomers. We will be drinking ceremonial cacao. Some of my attention will be going to getting my head and heart in the right space for giving during the event.

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As for the Self-care

In between commitments to others, I am continuing to support my healing knee.  I find long soaks in the tub to be the best medicine so far.  I am also playing house, getting my studio in shape and organizing a space that I hope will be just right for shooting more videos.  I have also been doing a lot of drawing and want to continue exploring some of the work I am doing there.

Brilliant Idea….How about I share my Summer Solstice Journal next week in a video?!  Score!

How About You?

What tricks do you have for crafting time?  What wishes have you cast for the weeks  or seasons to come?  Where are you working on balance in your life?  Do you have any Summer Solstice plans? I would love to know.

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Before you leave:  Check Out Angels In My Studio

Angels in My Studio 2013

Starts soon….would love to take it with you!

Rachel Payne Life Coach

 

 

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