Give Up Figuring Out How to Be the Artist You Want to Be
You want to express more of yourself as a creative artist, but how? Not knowing the answer may actually be the best thing for you. It invites the question, the exploration, the wonder. If you are a creative artist perhaps you’ve been trying to figure this out for yourself and find that you wind up back where you are. Give it up!
The problem isn’t that you haven’t come up with an answer. The problem is that you actually think that YOU have to be the one to come up with the answer.
Asking for What You Want
Let’s try this instead. Ask this question and don’t try to figure out the answer.
How can I express more of myself through my art?
Now don’t go trying to think hard about exactly what you will do. Rather, open yourself to the possibilities of this vast universe without trying to define what those possibilities are. Trust me, your ideas will pale in comparison to the infinite ideas of the entire universe. So just ask the question and whenever you find yourself trying to answer it and figure it out for yourself – STOP; and then ask the question again.
I know it sounds crazy. I get that. Maybe a little crazy is just what you need. When you stop trying to control what you are creating, how inspiration comes, how you express it in this world, you begin to build a personal box where you put you and all that you have to share inside.
Feeling Versus Figuring
Instead of trying to get an answer with your head, find it with how you feel about various activities and opportunities. Does the thought of a particular audition make you feel good? If so, it may be right for you at this time. If it doesn’t ask yourself, “What about this audition is making me uncomfortable?” Be aware of anything that comes up for you. It might be a song on the radio, something on television, a book, billboard, or maybe a social media post that resonates with something that gives you more insight into why it makes you uncomfortable. You can ask another question (and another and another) when these things start to show up.
Here are a couple handy ones:
Now, don’t do anything to get the answers. That’s right –no trying to figure it out. I will even suggest that you don’t visualize what it looks like. Keep doing what you do, without forcing. See what comes up for you. The answers will reveal themselves in ways you might not even expect. In their time. If you are tempted to work the answer out for yourself, go back to the question with an open mind and heart.
The right answer for you may not be the right answer for anyone else. And this is fine. You are a unique individual with unique dreams, talents, and purpose. Why would the right path or solution for you be what is right for everyone else? (Yes, that was an intentionally completely close-ended rhetorical question.)
Within the next twenty-four hours I invite you to choose to stop figuring it out and start asking questions. Take this post to get you started and ask big open-ended questions with an open heart and open mind. Then, be open to what shows up, even when it doesn’t look like you might have imagined it.
I have had a magical summer of manifestation through allowing and as I move into August and kids return to school I ask myself what else is possible? I want to ask you the same thing. What else is possible for you and how do you open up to the magic in your life?
We would love to share this tool with those who feel ready for change at another level. Are you ready for some magic in your life? We are opening ourselves to receive five volunteers each (a total of 10 people) to receive a free Access Bars mini session of 20 to 30 minutes in Mableton, GA. Come with a friend for a session at the same time. Access Bars® must be given in person. Daytime and weekends are available. This will be first come first served. Read more about what a session is like on my webpage.
I will begin this offering free distance group Reiki next week. Email me the situation you would like Reiki sent to and for whom. Please don’t ask for a specific result as this limits Reiki and the Universal energy. Reiki will be sent continually for 3 to 7 days. Send your names by Monday, August 7th to be included in the Reiki group beginning August 8th. I can have up to twelve individuals/situations in any group. After twelve, you’ll be added to the next session. If it arrives after August 7th, I’ll add you to the next distance group Reiki session.
I will be releasing my first ever music single soon. It will be out in time for International Peace Day on September 21. This song will be one to keep and to share. Look for the release info in a separate message in the coming weeks.
Book 2 of the Chosen Series is being edited and will be released in early Fall, possibly around the same time at my single. Awaken the Chosen will continue the epic saga of a world threatened by earthquakes and a government with too much power and greed. See the book 1 trailer here: https://youtu.be/P-gTn9Hf0KY.
Star Steps Coaching has been around for a few years but never felt at home because it didn’t have an online home. Well, I am thrilled to announce that this has come to an end and Star Steps finally has a home online and it’s time to celebrate because Heaven is Now!
Star Steps Coaching offers an integrative and intuitive approach to coaching that is a fresh and fun approach to transforming your life while keeping you accountable.
I’m accepting new coaching clients and since one of my coaching tools is the book Heaven is Now, I’m offering it on the Kindle Countdown Deal starting at 99 cents beginning Wednesday the 13th and it will increase to the regular Kindle price of $4.99 by the 20th.
The other tools I use include the Stepping Stones game, energy healing, and spiritual guidance.
Coaching is available by phone and video conference. Get your book using the link above or clicking the book image. Learn more about life coaching at StarStepsCoaching.com.
I hope you are enjoying your summer and had a great holiday. I’m keeping busy with all things LIFE related! I just wanted to let you know a few things going on this month that might interest you.
PSYCHIC FAIR READINGS – Saturday, July 8 from 10am to 6pm I will be providing spiritual readings (mediumship, intuitive/clairvoyant, and pet communication) at The Big Psychic Fair in Roswell. The address is 1035 Green Street, Roswell, GA 30075. Readings are $15 or 2/$25. This is Harmony Place Spiritual Center also known as The Blue Barn. Click here to learn more, share, or let me know you’re coming.
BLOG TALK RADIO INTERVIEW – Tuesday, July 11 from 9pm to 11pm I will be the guest interviewee on the Psychic Inside Show. I’m excited to be interviewed by Joelle The Viberarian for this episode. One or two listeners will even get a free mini reading. Make sure you click the link right here: http://bit.ly/2sl5Fqd to the Blog Talk Radio show and listen in. Click here to learn more, share, or let me know you’re coming.
PSYCHIC FAIR READINGS – Sunday, July 16 from 2pm to 6pm I will be providing spiritual readings (mediumship, intuitive/clairvoyant, and pet communication) at the Elevation Station at the Kupcakerie at 2781 Main Street, East Point, Georgia 30344. Readings are $25 for 20 minutes. Click here to learn more, share, or let me know you’re coming.
Some of the new changes include offering Spirit Release and Attachment Healing and Holy Fire Reiki.
As you might imagine, there is the potential for many seeds to be planted in this area and this area is fertile ground for manifesting our creativity and inspiration. It is a place where our ideas and beliefs can take hold and grow. This is true whether those ideas, beliefs, and inspirations are helpful or not. Nothing can grow unless a seed is first placed in the soil and it begins to take root.
Your seeds take root when they are given energy and nourishment. We naturally have a desire to create and see our ideas become reality. What grows must first be planted, and what might be fertile ground for one thing may not be fertile ground for something else.
Think about the ideas you may hold about yourself, your potential, your ability to have what you want. The soil for nurturing positive ideas is going to be different than those that feed the negative ideas.
Our body has seven main chakras. While many discuss twelve important chakras and even more minor chakras, I want to talk about the one that is relevant to our wombs and conception. Our sacral chakra.
Where is it? The sacral chakra is your second chakra and is located in your lower abdomen in the area of the womb or navel. It is accessible from the front or back of the body as it is energetic and passes through.
What it controls and helps with: The sacral chakra is you’re the center for creativity and inspiration. If you want to create life, real or metaphorically, this chakra needs to be balanced and clear. The associated color for this chakra is orange.
How can you get this chakra spinning for creativity? Try these simple ideas, but remember the most important thing is holding intention.
Prayer or meditation are great methods because you don’t need any tools.
Golden Ray Visualization for Sacral Chakra
Sit or kneel or stand (it really doesn’t matter) and imagine a beautiful golden ray of light coming into the top of your head (crown chakra) and flowing down your body to near your naval where your sacral chakra. Let it fill up that area with that golden light. Imagine that golden color deepens to like the sunset to an orange as it moves through your sacral chakra, energizing it. See your creative center expanding.
Know and speak or think these things for yourself
Thank you (always say thank you, it’s polite.)
For this method, you’ll need at least one crystal to help hold the intention.
I suggest either a nice clear quartz crystal (universal crystal) or a natural orange crystal of your choice. Don’t choose a crystal that has been colored or dyed.
Sit or lay or stand, but be relaxed and comfortable. Place the crystal against your sacral chakra and hold it there while you continue. Imagine the energy of the crystal flowing into your body as you follow the golden ray visualization above.
Feel the connection of the energy from the crystal in front of you and the golden ray entering you from above. While feeling this energy flow imagine that chakra opening up like a beautiful flower with countless petals, in hues of orange and deep yellows. Allow this to continue until you are ready to end. You may also continue with the prayer/meditation above.
I always like to end any energy work with gratitude. A simple thank you for the highest good and best outcome can suffice.
Are you a creative artist? How do you get your juices flowing? Read my post on Creative Core – Three Tips for Getting the Heart Flow Going – For Creative Artists
When life takes a turn from the unexpected, what do you do? As a sprinter I ran the 4×100. When not on the last leg, I ran first leg, learning to fall with control from the block and take the curve, leaning in.
Changes you are experiencing now are not random. They are the result of prior thoughts, beliefs, and actions being manifested in the physical.
We have the choice to lean into the curve which speeds you up or resist the changes, slowing you down.
Meditation: I accept changes I experience for my highest good and lean into the life I am consciously creating.
Love, Light, and Peace
I’ve placed the last punctuation mark. The editing is done and after refining as much as reasonably possible, I acquiesce to the reality that the story is over, there’s nothing left to be told. The cover is done and just the finishing touches remain before delivering this baby to the world.
I like the idea of wrapping up a book, a poem, and knowing that the piece is complete. It’s a sense of accomplishment and closure to be able to say, “It’s done.” That work of art, created with energy and time is done, but it only represents a fragment of time, mere moments and chapters of a larger story.
Our stories are much different. I look back on my life and there are many stories, some short, some stand-alone novels, some multi-part series. In between are poems and prose that fill in the gaps between books of our lives. Just as a writer develops a story as they become more intimate with the characters, we develop our lives as we become more intimate with ourselves. We cheer on the protagonist who has an important self-realization three-fourths into the story. We knew it had to come and were waiting to celebrate their personal growth.
In our stories we don’t have just one awakening. We don’t have just one moment of self-realization. Instead these come at us in big and small ways as we progress through the plot of our life story. And like a reader, we don’t necessarily know the full plot, where there will be plot twists, new characters introduced or when and how the story will end.
And this is okay. It’s what makes stories exciting. You are the main character of the most important story you will ever get to experience. What would you tell the main character in one of your favorite books? What would you yell to the screen because you can see what’s coming? Can you take your own advice for your life?
What are you going to do next in your story?
If you are ready to take the next step and write the next chapter of your story, perhaps I can help. It’s easy and fun to get started with the Stepping Stones Game. It can be played with or without ongoing coaching.
NOW THROUGH MAY 31
While you’re there – add it to your list of books to read!
I’ll be reading from this book and my upcoming poetry book Resist Persist on Saturday, April 29th at the Book House in Mableton. If you’re in Atlanta, come by for the reading and signing.
Address: 480 Veterans Memorial Highway, Mableton, GA 30126
I share this as a reminder about how things can be for a woman trying to work. For me, it started at 15. And I will go back and say I have a working spirit. If I could work, I did. I did odd jobs, sold candy, delivered newspapers, and other things until I was 15 and old enough for a work permit.
And yes, I wanted to work. I went to a nearby family restaurant in Waterworks Mall in Pittsburgh to ask about a job as a hostess. I came in and spoke to the manager and was told that I would be great but he couldn’t hire me because I was too pretty and would distract the guys working on the kitchen. At 15 I didn’t even have a response. It wasn’t a compliment but he tried to make me feel like it was.
It would be the following year before I found a job, and only because I met someone who knew the manager at the McDonald’s downtown. My next job in the back of a dry cleaners steaming out clothes and pressing shirts was because of knowing someone as well.
I learned a lot from these experiences but I will never forget that in my first foray in the job market my looks and being a female were a liability (later learned to turn that around) but it stays with you.
As a female coming from a poor family I wanted to work and I was put in the margins not because I couldn’t do the job but because of other people’s inability to manage themselves.
Did I really have that much power? No. What I had was the excuse those who hold power have held over women since the beginning of time. I am not your Eve. I am not the apple you are powerless to resist. Man up and resist the temptation.
Bernette Sherman is an author, speaker, and coach. See my creative works and offerings, including classes, and playshops at www.CreativeCoreHS.com.