People often ask me this question + Awesome Art Making Events + Poster

 

“Did you set goals to create the life you have?” They also often talk about how I ‘manifested’ my life work. The funny thing is I didn’t know how I did it, until people started asking me and I started answering. That is how it is for me sometimes, until I give it language I haven’t really discovered how I feel about it. And I didn’t set goals, and I didn’t use manifestation in any traditional sense.
My Red Thread Letter today will touch briefly on the way it has worked for me to live out my life work. To leave corporate work and waitress work to do what I love with all of my heart for the past 25 years.

But first! Here are some of the fruits of my labour and those of women in my community. Need some extra juice, come see what we are offering…!


UPCOMING HAPPENINGS!

ONLINE

This FridaySunday: Red Madonna Online Event. Tree of Life Cafe + Painting Class + Lady Church. Watch live or later.

LEGEND: Oracle and Ally: 6 week Painting Course. Learn more + RSVP.

Starts Today! EARTH.MAMA.MAGIC. Free Online Series by Alexis Cohen, with Guest Speakers including, Shiloh Sophia

Come To The Fire: Yearlong IC Workshop for Discovering your Sacred Self with Guild Member, Heidi Sequoia Moondancer & Guest IC Teachers

Coming Soon : Red Madonna 2018 – 2 Years and Imagine 2018 Monthly

IN PERSON

February 2018, Sonoma CA: Lady Cloud Clinic ~ Renewal Retreat & Cleanse ~ with Shiloh Sophia & Guest Practitioners and Healers – 2 spots left

Saturday 12/16, SF Unity Spiritual Center: 12 Powers Workshop with Guild Member Lauren Weatherford and Rev. Maggie Oman Shannon


 

Dear One,

I get asked questions about how I created my life a lot. Students and colleagues ask, I imagine because it looks a little untraditional and perhaps even magical at times. And it is both of those things.

In answering their questions the first thing to say is that I dedicated my life to the DIVINE and asked for clear instructions on next steps. I didn’t plan it out or even name what I wanted. I didn’t have a vision of what it could look like. I did have a desire though – to do my part to end violence against women and children and to change the way the feminine is viewed in my life time. Those two things led me to the next place which I call – Following the requests and deep listening to the in between.

Distinct from planning, I listened. And I had to listen a lot. People began to ask me to do things. People I knew and barely knew kept making requests. Parents would ask me to teach their children – and to be honest – they had to ask a few times for me to get it. For my first book, Color of Woman, a therapist in the mental health system asked me over and over to turn my drawings into a coloring book, until I did. Because she saw how they could be used by women who were abused. Often I don’t see if for myself, I get informed by those around in me in such mighty ways. I guess I was stubborn or just needed it to be really clear but eventually I said yes. Even for Color of Woman School, our Teacher Training, I had to be asked to teach. So what’s my point?

Dreaming doesn’t always come in the form of goals or visions laid out so clear that you are constantly aware that you aren’t meeting that which you think you desire. If you have been trying the ‘ask for what you want’ model of thinking and not getting what you want over and over – perhaps this is an invitation to consider another way. A way in which the universe and the people who live here are listened to by your deepest soul. Mostly I feel I am following instructions and answering with my life. Maybe this is a time for supple surrender.

Consider asking what is wanted of you instead of what you want.

At the heart of it for me is my devotion to the Divine and to follow the thread of suffering, to answer the call to the need and to call the celebrations too! What has been created, Intentional Creativity, is the condensation of my love. The love I have for others, the love I didn’t give to a birth child, the love shown me by my mother Caron and my mentor Sue. And my love of the Creator. I learned it through painting, so that is why I teach painting.

I have a lot more to say on this but let’s start there. I didn’t manifest my life, it manifested me.

Here is a gift from us at the Intentional Creativity Foundation. This is for reading, for downloading, for sharing, for printing to hang in your studio or to pass out to your friends. There is so much more to painting than we may have really known in the past – or had access to.

Download the Color-FULL Poster Here

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I share this with you so you can see that following the thread of my life and sharing it has resulted in so many others getting to experience the gift. My gifts were shaped into an offering of Intentional Creativity

Exploring the impact of creativity in our lives:

Over 500 people responded to a survey conducted by the Intentional Creativity Foundation. We thought you might like to see a few of the results in categories near and dear to many of our hearts.

Over 500 people responded to a survey conducted by the Intentional Creativity Foundation. We thought you might like to see a few of the results in categories near and dear to many of our hearts.

*93% said they experience creativity as a mindfulness practice

*89% said they include creativity in their spiritual practice

*89% felt a sense of connection with the Divine

*86% felt that their creative practice positively impacted those closest to them

*92% feel that creativity influences their self compassion

*90% said they experienced compassion for others near them through practicing intentional creativity

*83% experienced compassion for others they did not know, through stories they heard

*87% consider themselves self expressed as compared to before they were creating

*86% said they have experienced breakthroughs and aha’s during painting specifically

*77% said they choose painting specifically to work through a chosen breakthrough

*90% said they have experienced a shift in their default thinking

*88% Experienced a shift in their personal story through creating with intention

*89% bring insights back into their life that they discovered while painting

*85% said they experienced an expanded sense of self

*79% noticed an ease of physical symptoms while creating

*93% experience creating as a relief that benefits their overall well being

*90% have experienced a shift in recurring emotional pain through creative process

*90% said that creativity helped them maintain a healthy outlook on life


May you find space in your life to paint as a priority. This isn’t a hobby. Isn’t a past time. Isn’t folly. Painting as personal medicine is the real deal.

With love and splash of color,