The Artistry of Being: The Relationship Between Spirituality and Creativity

The Artistry of Being: The Relationship Between Spirituality and Creativity

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We are creative beings that create with every breath of our existence. Too often people tell me they aren’t creative, conflating the words creative and artistic. But spirituality and creativity are inextricably linked. Every thought, emotion, and action is imbued with creative life force. When consciously and intentionally woven together we have a profound tool (and way of being) to expand our consciousness, heal our wounds, and express the deepest part of ourselves. Because of this creativity is an integral part of our spiritual growth and development. 

The Relationship between Creativity & Spirituality

The connection between spirituality and creativity is symbiotic—a dynamic interplay between the inner and outer realms of human experience. If we define spirituality as an exploration of what is meaningful and that meaning is derived from something larger than ourselves. Then creativity is a way to explore that meaning. But not to just explore it, embody it. Play with it, express and experience it. 

 At its core, creativity is a manifestation of consciousness’ innate desire to express and know itself. Artists, writers, musicians, and creators of all types often speak of being inspired by a muse—compelling them to channel their thoughts, emotions, and inspirations into tangible forms. But this creative impulse doesn’t just beckon ‘artists’ in the traditional sense. It calls to all of us, in every moment. And in fact, we use it’s creative power in every decision and action we take.

What would happen if we harnessed it more intentionally? Or looked at creativity more as a way of being rather than just an artistic pursuit?

Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.

~ Julia Cameron

 

Transcendence, Transformation & Transmutation

The prefix ‘trans’ means to move beyond, across or go through. Creativity is the bridge that can take us from one place to another. It allows us to break free from the constraints of ordinary perception, shift our energy and awareness allowing us to explore and envision new possibilities and move through difficult emotions and challenges. 

Creativity can be seen as a way to tap into our collective consciousness, channeling ideas, and inspiration from a source beyond the individual self. In this sacred dance of creation, we discover the depths of our own beings and the boundless expanse of the universe itself. This entanglement with unity allows us to transcend the limitations of the ego and tap into a deeper, more profound understanding of reality.

Creativity as Soul Language

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have a window into our soul? Or to understand what lies below the surface of our conscious mind? Too often spirituality is only an intellectual pursuit. We read and learn from ancient wisdom teachings and our current thought leaders. But a big part of our spiritual development should be experiential. 

Often we are unable to unlock and decipher what’s going on beneath our conscious awareness. Creativity gives us tools to explore and experience some deeper parts of ourselves. Speaking the language of our soul through colors, symbols and archetypes. Helping us to translate and express the abstraction, emotions, and intuitions that are often hard to verbalize.

Watch: Soul Langauge:How the Essence Speaks on The Golden Flower

 

Creativity and Healing

Healing is a multi-faceted and multi-dimensional process. Having worked with cancer survivors for over a decade, I learned that part of the process is finding meaning in your experience and finding ways to deal with difficult thoughts and emotions that arise. Creativity once again offers us the opportunity for both of these things. And not just as art therapy in the traditional sense. 

One of the most important lessons I learned from this time was to find beauty and gratitude wherever you can. The color of the flower, the sleeping cat in the stream of light on the floor, or a good hug from a close friend. To find the meaning and appreciation for these small moments is also a creative act. How we choose to engage in a moment, the way we choose to experience something or where we choose to put our attention is fundamentally creative. 

“Without the spiritual component, the artist works with a crucial disadvantage. The spiritual world provides a sense of wonder and a degree of open-mindedness not always found within the confines of science. The world of reason can be narrow and filled with dead ends, while a spiritual viewpoint is limitless and invites fantastic possibilities. The unseen world is boundless.”
Rick Rubin, The Creative Act: A Way of Being

 

Creativity as a State of Being

We have the opportunity for creative expression in what we wear, how we eat, and the words we choose. How we move, what we love, and the lens from which we see the world. Many ancient teachings talk about ‘the dream’ or ‘the story’ that we tell ourselves collectively or individually. All of these things are our creations. With every breath, there is a choice, and every choice is a creative act. Can you bring more color, sound, feel, imagination, and vision into the moment? Can you explore the world with new eyes, from new levels, without preconceived notions? Can you write a new story or dream a new dream?

The connection between creativity and spirituality offers opportunities for healing, growth, exploration, meaning, and overcoming obstacles. It allows us to cultivate a deeper sense of connection to ourselves and the world around us. In a perfect world, everyone would have one or many creative outlets in the more traditional sense. And they would also harness the power of choice as a creative act. In a world that begs us to create a new collective dream, developing our creative muscles is not only important for our own evolution but humanity’s as well. 

 

 

READY TO BRING MORE CREATIVITY INTO YOUR LIFE?

Join the hosts of The Golden Flower Podcast, Gemma & Angela for this free workshop as we connect to our intuitive insights through a mini-creative journey. No artistic experience is necessary.

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 April 14th 10am MT (~75 mins)
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Workshop: Developing Intuition For Your Creative Journey

Workshop: Developing Intuition For Your Creative Journey

What is a Creative Journey?

A creative journey is the process of exploring, discovering, and expressing one’s oneself through creativity. It is a series of events or experiences that in some way disrupts a pattern or builds on something already there. 

It often involves experimentation, taking risks, facing our shadow, and learning from both successes and failures. A creative journey may also include periods of introspection, inspiration, collaboration with others, and continuous growth and evolution. It is deeply personal and is not just about what we make/create but how think, feel and live..and change…

It is about the process of exploration, self-discovery, and self-expression that unfolds along the way.

Join the hosts of The Golden Flower Podcast, Gemma & Angela for this free workshop as we connect to our intuitive insights through a mini-creative journey. No artistic experience is necessary.

Remember we are ALL creative and creators.

What to Expect:

  •  A guided meditation to open up and expand your intuitive centers
  • A short presentation on the value of creativity for self-discovery
  • A fun and easy creative exercise/tool to connect you to your inner landscape
  • As a group, we will share, distill, and integrate our insights

What to Bring:

  • No artistic skills necessary- just an openness and curiosity
  • A pen or pencil
  • Notepad or sketchbook

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 April 14th 10am MT (~75 mins)
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A recording will be made available for those who register but are unable to attend live.

About the Presenters:

Gemma Kauffman
Intensely intuitive, introspective, former wild child Gemma credits her recent decade of ‘wrestling with complexity’ (aka abstract painting) for connecting her with her deepest desires and for making it through the initiation of maiden to mother. She loves deep conversation and pondering the mysteries of self-expression; which she experiences as a portal or cosmic mirror.

Since a spiritual awakening on a volcanic island, Gemma has been following the golden threads of art life and encouraging others to do the same. Future self? It used to be Kate Bush, cloudbusting on a hillside, cocooned in brightly painted silk- these days… tbc! A creative coach and meditation teacher, she enjoys family life, off-grid, in Portugal.

You can see Gemma’s paintings at:
www.gemmakauffman.com/
www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GemmaKauffmanArt

Angela Levesque
As a prolific wordsmith, transformational guide and digital wizard, Angela Levesque spends a lot of her time listening to the whispers of the Universe. Translating those whispers into stories, classes, art, insights, and meditations has been her life’s work.

She is a lover of problem-solving and thinking on her feet. And is always willing to dive off the cliff and learn how to fly on the way down if the creative force beckons. The latest incarnation of her life’s work can be found at chaosandlight.com or read her Substack at https://substack.com/@chaosandlight/

Virginia Oman on the Power of Sound, Hope & Mind

Virginia Oman on the Power of Sound, Hope & Mind

 

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Why is hope so important for realizing our human potential? How does Positive Psychology differ from traditional talk therapy? How do our thoughts influence our bodies, and our bodies influence our thoughts? In this episode, Virginia Oman shares her powerful message of hope that led her to dive deep into the mind/body relationship. She also shares with us tools and techniques to shift our thinking and tap into our limitless potential. We also explore the magic of movement, transforming our cultural view of death, and the healing power of sound.

About the Guest

Virginia Oman goes by her nickname “Gin” has been described as the physical form of the mythological symbol of the Phoenix. Rising out of the ashes of death and into a life of freedom, joy and exhilaration. After the devastation of the progressive neurological disease ( MS) took her physical functioning away and robbed her of hope for having a meaningful future she seriously considered opting out of life. It was at that moment that she took matters in her own hands to bring back her body. Listening to her own intuition she developed a specific path to transform her body, mind and soul and is now happier, with more energy and love for life than ever before. She decided to dedicate her life to helping others who for whatever reason have lost hope and feel trapped in despair. Through implementing the tools she has developed, anyone can get out of a place of darkness and into the light of a life full of great health and happiness.

 

 

Links

Virginia Oman’s Website https://virginiaoman.com

chaosandlight.com

 

Dr. Alison J Kay on Chakras, Choices and Human Potential

Dr. Alison J Kay on Chakras, Choices and Human Potential

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What can we do to affect the most change? How can we apply energy medicine to our conscious and unconscious blocks? How does shifting our own field change our interactions with others? In this episode, Angela Levesque speaks with Dr. Alison J Kay on ways we can be more self-contained so that we are less affected by the collective consciousness.  Dr. Alison explains that 85% of our choices come from our ‘back of the house’ consciousness so integrating energy work with behavioral change is the best way to shift our own experience. We also explore spirituality and politics, moving past either/or thinking and how to look at the chakras as an integrative system for our own inner work.

About the Guest

For more than 25 years, Dr. Alison J Kay has practiced as a mind-body energy healer, founding the Vibrational UPgradeTM System, and working in yoga, meditation, chi gong, energy medicine, mind-body fitness, longevity, and holistic health with a specialization in the chakra system. Considered one of the leading experts in her field, she has taught around the world and has written three books: the award- winning “What if There’s Nothing Wrong?”, Vibrational UPgrade: A Conspiracy For Your Bliss: Easing Humanity’s Evolutionary Transition”, “Reasonable Dragons: How to Activate the Field of Possibilities Where Logical Magic Is the New Normal” and her latest masterpiece, “The Dragon Master Creatrix: Conversations with a Female Spiritual Teacher for these New Times”

 

 

Links

Dr. Alison J. Kay’s Website https://www.alisonjkay.com

www.chaosandlight.com

 

The Importance of Practicing Gratitude By Marla Goldberrg


The Importance of Practicing Gratitude By Marla Goldberrg


If you would like to know more about gratitude, self acceptance and forgiveness, check out this Chaos & Light Podcast with Marla Goldbergg.

 

I am often asked, “what’s the most important thing that you practice daily?” My number one, most important practice, is gratitude. I began this practice twelve years ago. I started stating what I was grateful for each morning as I walked my dog. My initial list was pretty short in comparison to what I declare in my practice today.

What began to happen to me as my gratitude practice grew was amazing. I realized that by the time I was done with my declarations, I was bursting with joy. I could barely contain my happiness. I would find myself singing and dancing around my kitchen.

No matter how I may roll out of bed, or how busy my morning is, I always say thank you to Spirit for all my abundance. I end my day the same way. When I close my eyes to go to sleep, I thank the Universe for a minimum of three positive experiences I had that day.

I use the word practice, for when you practice something, you perform an action over and over again until you gain proficiency over the item practiced. Practicing gratitude is no different than a golfer practicing their swing, or a yogi practicing the asanas. By doing something over and over again, you gain insight, appreciation, understanding, and proficiency of the universal law of attraction. The more you acknowledge your blessings and gifts, the more blessings and gifts you’ll receive.

When you begin your path of gratitude, you will soon feel your frequency shift. Your life will reflect your plentitude back to you, bringing a more positive impact into your life. Think of it like a boomerang; the more thanks you send out into the universe, the more abundance will come back to you. In addition, you will begin to see and feel the changes that come to you, you will increase your joy, happiness, positivity, optimism, improved health, heightened brain function, and an overall enhanced view of your life. It can be an absolute game-changer for you and your life’s circumstances.

Developing your practice of gratitude is one of the easiest skills to attain. As the Nike tagline states, “Just do it!” and If you’re not sure what to be thankful for, start with the easiest items such as being happy that you have your health, a roof over your head, food to eat, etc. As you develop your routine, you will find yourself appreciating everything positive you have and experience, and what might be perceived as negative. Each experience you encounter is another stepping-stone to your growth.

How do you start your practice, you might ask? You begin by purchasing a small notebook and journaling what you’re grateful for. You can state your thanks aloud while walking or driving.  Anywhere you feel like saying thanks, you can say it, whether aloud or silently. You can stand in front of the mirror as you’re getting ready for the day and look yourself in the eye and state all you’re thankful for. There is no right or wrong way to do it.

What’s more important than how you state your gratitude is the fact that you state them.  When you do, the universe will hear you and respond accordingly. It’s okay if you’re skeptical of this exercise, for once you start to make it part of your daily routine, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to incorporate this practice into your day.

 

About the Author

Marla is an Energy Healer, Intuitive, Speaker, Teacher, International Best Selling Author, and Host of Guided Spirit Conversations podcast.

Marla Goldberrg Head Shot

Her mission and purpose in life is to inspire, motivate and educate her clients and all that she connects with through her books and podcast, through the use of her tools and techniques to help them enhance or shift their life circumstances.

Marla began her spiritual journey during a very difficult time in her life she was forced to evaluate her choices and what direction her life was taking. During this time of evaluation, she serendipitously met her first teacher at a women’s conference.  As Marla sat through her presentation, she resonated with everything that she said. By the time her talk was completed Marla knew that she would be attending her school.

During her three years of attendance at Inner Focus Mystery School, she was trained in 14 different healing techniques.  Following my graduation of Inner Focus, she continued her education by learning additional techniques.  To date, Marla has been trained in over 20 healing modalities.

In addition to her practice with clients, Marla is a contributing author in 2 best-selling books, one becoming an International bestseller.  She has also authored her first solo writing endeavor: My F*cking Long Journey to Loving Myself: A Guide to a Shorter Path.  Marla also host a podcast, Guided Spirit Conversations.

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Website: www.marlagoldberrg.com
Instagram: www.instagram.com/marlagoldberrg/
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Twitter: www.twitter.com/MarlaGoldberrg

Spirit Whispers from Echo Rock

Spirit Whispers from Echo Rock

 The Sound of my own wheels making me Crazy

In my travels across North America I’ve experienced a great deal of solitude. I’ve driven countless hours, gazing upon the Natural wonders and ever changing landscapes. The endless pursuit of a beautiful, yet elusive horizons. My internal dialogue as haunting as the sound of my own wheels making me crazy. It was on an open stretch of road in Wisconsin that I was overcome with loneliness, my spirit longing for companionship. There was an aching within my heart, as my vision began to blur with tears.

It became difficult to see the road, so I pulled over and relinquished to this rise of emotions. The sense of despair so pervasive, I found myself turning to prayer. My prayer was to our world, to Spirit and to the heavens beyond. My wish was for relief of this intense sadness and to not feel so alone. The unrelenting sense of loneliness had overwhelmed and demoralized me. I wish for a sign, some kind of message from Spirit. After some time had passed, I began to regain my composure, taking solace in the beautiful scenery before me. High above the land rose sandstone formations that seemed to touch the sky. These formations appeared as ancient guardians of a valley that stretched to the horizon.

A sign drew my attention as though it were a beacon, “Mirror Lake”

My Campsite at Mirror Lake, Wisconsin I’d grown weary of driving, and of this despair. Rest is on my mind as I sought a place of respite for the night. Just ahead, a sign drew my attention as though it were a beacon, “Mirror Lake” it read. Such a profound name I thought, a synchronicity that I must not ignore. So I charted my course toward the campgrounds at Mirror Lake Park, there I will rest for the evening. Upon arriving I stopped at the rangers station, and secured my site. As I drove towards the campsite, I became immersed in a beautiful forest. I retreated into nature which gives me a great sense of peace. It was as though I traveled back in time, to when life was much more simple.

Once settled in, I shared my location on social media to let friends and family know of my day’s progress. A message came from my sister with a link to a hiking trail leading to a place called Echo Rock. What a mysterious name I thought, maybe this is exactly where I’m supposed to be? That evening I made a campfire, and held a small ceremony around it. The forest became very active under a star filled sky. In the nearby woods I heard cracking and stepping sounds that were approaching my site. I became a bit spooked, and retreated to the relative safety of my camper for the remainder of that night.

Searching for the mysterious Echo Rock

I awoke the next morning to beautiful sunshine, a warm summers day. The first thought on my mind was to search for the mysterious Echo Rock. Maybe there will be an experience waiting for me, if I follow my intuition? I began walking along the forest road and it wasn’t long before I came upon a trailhead sign pointing the way. Echo rock was only a short distance along a forest trail which follows the shoreline of mirror Lake.

I walked along the path taking in the sights and sounds of this scenic trail. Ahead, the land rises in a high mound with trees along its peak. I took the lower trail which took me along the waters edge, and ancient sandstone formation to my right. Here it was, rising from the forest floor, I had found Echo Rock.

The Rock’s surface was unusual, the elements have sculpted its façade over the eons. I contemplated all the earth changes that this rock has witnessed. I noticed names and inscriptions carved into the stone of the many visitors who have gravitated here. Some of the carvings date back well over a century. I felt my way a long its walls, wanting so much to learn from its wisdom. As I searched over the stone for anything that would provide me with some kind of profound knowledge, but there was only silence. I felt disappointment, as I began thinking that my intuition was wrong. Maybe there was nothing here for me to discover?

I made my way around Echo Rock until I finally had come full circle

Echo Rock I made my way around Echo Rock until I finally had come full circle. There I noticed a slight trail leading up to the mounds summit. Drawn to it and I began making my way along the gently rising path. The area above felt playful, happy and in every way an enchanted forest.

I closed my eyes and began to hear the whisper of Spirits Area above Echo Rock, at Mirror Lake Once I arrive at the very top, I turned to face all the directions, admiring the beautiful scenery and views of Mirror Lake. I gazed up at the forest’s canopy and the earth seemed to spin a bit. A slight dizziness came over me, and I felt compelled to place the small of my back firmly against one of the trees. Feeling ungrounded, I began to take some deep meditative breaths. I closed my eyes and began to hear the whisper of Spirits all around me. Confused, I opened my eyes to scan the area and could see that I was completely alone. I settled back into the tree, and it was then that I experienced a wave of messages.

It began as whispers, that were nearby and yet all around me

It began as whispers, that were nearby and yet all around me. I heard many different male and female voices. At times one voice would complete another’s sentence, just as twins often do. In other moments the voices all spoke in unison. Theses spirits have a collective consciousness and were speaking as One.

Their first message was to reassure me that I was never alone. No matter the situation, they are always present, and always supporting me. I was overcome with emotion, and my heart expanded. This was a direct response to my desperate prayers on the previous day, when I had felt so alone! I am loved unconditionally by the spirits and my life matters to them. I would define their voices as belonging to a Collective Council of Divine Spirits who are the Creators of our Natural world.

Humanity is unaware of Earth’s true constructs

The subject shifted as they began to share information and concepts that I found difficult to understand. Their first revelation was that the Natural world is essentially a three dimensional Hologram. All life on Earth has been intelligently designed. The evidence is not only found within an organism’s DNA but also in the fact that this blueprint actually exists. The literal progression of divine creativity manifested in the physical world, the evidence found within all of Creation. Natural selection, is actually the result of a divine intelligence’s experimentations that lead to manifesting conscious selections. Variations within species are sometimes a product of aesthetics, beauty and preferences not solely based on functionality.

The holographic program provides humanity with limitless information and continual guidance. Within the natural world, animals serve an integral roles within this wonderous design and functionality of this holographic ecosystem. Furthermore, animals will respond to us in a positive way and recognize our true divinity, once we are fully conscious. The divine council’s preferred method of communications with humanity is through the Natural World. This has enlightened me as to why Nature has always served as man’s earliest and foremost teacher.

A war is being waged over humanity’s future

The physical world was created with such perfection that humanity is unaware of Earth’s true construct. The hologram is like a dream world that we are unable to recognize. In essence our world is similar to the Matrix theory, but never with the intention of keeping humanity under its control. However the potential for abuses and subversions are real and present. The divine creators did not intend for such interference but antagonistic forces have permeated the hologram’s construct.

The Divine beings are engaged in a war that is being waged over humanity’s future. A war that is consequently coming to a conclusion, perhaps even within our lifetime. A message followed that some human beings are not what they appear to be. The explanation is, while human beings are all the same species, aside from certain genetic manipulations, we vary in our soul origins. The souls or spirits of humans come from a multitude of star nations and dimensions. All these energies have assembled here on Mother Earth for a multitude of Divine purposes.

The outcome of this Global conflict is of Critical Importance

There are human beings who are influenced and manipulated by antagonistic energies. The intentions of these forces or energies, are to subvert humanity for their own interests. Since Nature is central to divine communications, adversaries seek to destroy as much of the natural world as possible. The greater purpose is to diminish the influence of the collective council of Divine beings. The Antagonist energies are responsible for many of humanity’s imbalances and the ongoing assault waged upon our Mother Earth.

I accept that there is a higher purpose for this war, because I trust in the divine Collective beings. Admittedly though, I don’t understand the complexities or why it’s necessary for this to play out. The conflict over our world has occurred on other planets throughout time. The outcome and higher purpose of this conflict is of great importance to All. I was assured that my contributions, along with those of countless fellow Human Star Seeds, matters greatly. The Collective Council of Divine Beings Love humanity unconditionally, as we are integral to their creation design and plan. They are working continuously to assist us. Consequently, for reasons I don’t fully understand, our destinies are mutually interconnected with our divine Creators.

A Collective Council for Mankind

Envision with me, a society that builds consensus, operates from Love, respects Natural Law and holds the Natural world sacred. Its been several years now since this life changing experience occurred at Echo Rock on Mirror Lake. I am very grateful for the love and profound messages that the Divine Beings bestowed on me. As a result, my views on religion and the constructs of our society are forever changed. My understanding of our Creator or (GOD), has diverged from the popular monotheistic views. I now recognize a Collective Council of Divine Creators, who speak as One.

In reflecting upon this single distinction, I ponder the countless profound implications of this view.  Consequently, could this knowledge eventually free humanity from the monotheistic, patriarchal paradigms and systems that have imprisoned us all? Can we raise our collective consciousness in this pivotal period, and in time to avoid our current global trajectory of destruction?

Imagine our world breaking free from all the controls and limitations of existing World governments.  These systems of control abandoned for individual enlightenment and a shared Collective Consciousness. A conscious evolution of humanity, striving for a tangible relationship with our Creators. A relationship based on active listening, respect, Cocreation, gratitude and Love. We are at a pivotal time in our evolution, which will determine our future survival. We have the opportunity to Mirror our Creators, adopting the wisdom of the Collective Council of Divine Creators. We have the potential to evolve into a society that builds consensus, operates from Love, respects Natural Law and holds the Natural world sacred.  Ah-Ho