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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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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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My Redonkulous Birthday Bash

Events  I am sort of in LOVE with April.  First of all, it is my birthday month, and I have a tendency to stretch my celebrations out a bit.  But I am going to redonkulous links to make this year’s birthday celebrations stand out!  How am I doing it?  I am bringing to life the dream that I had as a wee lass of being a Gypsy Wild Woman.

It’s kind of silly, I know.  I turn 44 in 14 days and all I care about is playing out my Gypsy Wanna Be.  What’s even sillier though (and I love how delightfully wonderful this is), I am not doing it alone!  I have already been joined by a circle of local creatives who are exploring their Inner Wanna Be’s with me (oh, geez! I can hardly wait to show you the great video we put together!!!) And…. I am hoping as I go along on my nearly 3000 mile road trip that others will join the festivities.  (And I especially have my fingers crossed that one of them will be YOU!)

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I leave on my trip to Wisconsin in 6 days, headed up for the Creatives Celebrating Sisterhood Art Retreat where I will be teaching my Passport to Dreams Come True Class.  I am busy in the studio this week getting supplies together and whipping up a few special giveaways to share once I get there.  I am also beginning to contemplate the Inner Wanna Be I chose to breathe life into during the trip. I have a special video about that coming out tomorrow. (wink)

Being a Gypsy isn’t the ONLY part of myself that hides just beneath the surface.  I have lots of Inner Wanna Be’s (IWB’s).  We all do in fact.  Sometimes we just aren’t in a place to live out some aspect of ourselves.  Perhaps our creativity feels challenged by our environment or some aspect of our culture keeps us from fulling living out what is inside….whatever the reason, that part of ourselves goes underground.

Over the course of the next 4 weeks, I want to invite you to explore your IWB’s, choose one to make a journey with, and invite it to come out to play.  “What’s the payoff?”, you may wonder.   I think at the very least, exploring an aspect of yourself in a creative way can help you grow your Creative Confidence.  And who knows, you may discover a pathway to more heart-felt way of living.

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Staying In Touch

I am planning on keeping in touch during my trip by updating the blog with posts, pictures and videos throughout the month of April and a wrap-up after the trip.  I would love for you to interact with me.  Hey!  It might get lonely out on the road!

I have created a page just for that purpose.  This is how it will work….

  1. I will be sharing my post on the blog page and occasionally offering opportunities for you to explore your own IWB, through a journal prompt, creative activity, or perhaps a suggested video topic. (First one tomorrow!)
  2. I would love for you to create a post with that and leave a link to your post on the IWB’s page. Don’t forget to place a link to my page in your post so others know where to find you.
  3. You can follow highlights from other Creativity Tribe Inner Wanna Be’s by visiting the page and clicking through to the links at the bottom.  Leave a bit of encouragement behind, letting them know you have visited.
  4. I will also have a badge for those of you who want to get serious about playing with their IWB’s and would like their world to know it.  (Coming soon!)

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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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Creativity Tribe Bare Bones

My mind envisions its big dreams with full curves and in living colors.  But in real life, dreams don’t often happen that way. They take shape one bone at a time with bits and parts being brought together in illogical, chaotic bunches.  Sometimes the content in front of us looks like a mess, but the soulful Creative holds fast to the inner vision and carefully manages its assemblage.

This website has had that kind of blind focus to it. I have sat in front of it for weeks pulling this element up to link with that element, wrestled wryly aspects of my dream into the confines of the web world to see what shape it will take. This morning as I look at what I have before me, what is ready to be shared with the world, I do so with a reminder to my eager dream-mind that this bare boned structure is the foundation of the creatura that Creativity Tribe will evolve into.

The lesson of the bare bones is such a valuable one for me. It is actually one of the first wisdoms I took in as a young Creative. I learned it from Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Este’s book Women Who Run With the Wolves.  She told the story of La Loba, the Wolf Woman, who collected the bones of dead animals, which Clarissa suggested were discarded dreams with the potential to be resurrected. La Loba, the ultimate Wild Woman, stored the bones in a cave and when she was ready, she pulled out the bones of the animal she wanted to work with. She would place one bone next to the another until the entire sculpture was in place. Then, she would sit in front of the shape and dream about the song she wanted to sing.

When she was ready, she would open her mouth and sing out her song. As she sang, the bones would begin to flesh out. Sinew, muscle, skin, fur, tooth, and nail. Cell by cell, the wild animal formed. And when the last strand of hair and the last tooth were in place, La Loba would sing even deeper, from the depths of her soul. As she sang, the creatura would begin to move with an inhalation and exhalation, with life. Still, La Loba would sing deeper. And the animal would spring into action, running right out of the cave, into the darkness. Somehow as she ran, it is said that it might have been the way the moonlight shone on her fur, or the way the starlight sparkled in her eye, something changed her. And the animal transformed into a woman, a woman laughing wildly as she ran towards the dark night.

I am La Loba today. Before me sits the beautiful white sculpture that is the foundation of my dream come true. Each bone is a dream I have tended to in the seclusion of my soul, saving them for just the right moment to share with the world. This moment.  This is my wild animal, my own wildness ready to spring to life. I offer her to you, to witness, to join. As I sit in front of her, I listen for the song I will sing and without a doubt know that my song will be an amalgam of many diverse voices from around the world….perhaps to include yours.

I hope you will be listening for your part of the song, that you will sing deep, from the depths of your soul, so that together we can give our wild, Creative Spirits reason to laugh as they run into the beautiful mystery that is life itself.

Welcome to Creativity Tribe, welcome to a sanctuary for your Creative Spirit, and to an evolving opportunity for creativity, community, and celebration.  I invite you consider this your home, a place where you come to be inspired, where you offer your creativity as inspiration for others, a place for gathering those discarded dreams you wish to claim once more, a place for transformation.

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