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Coaching, General, Inspiration

Give Up Figuring Out How to Be the Artist You Want to Be

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

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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

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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:

  • How is this related to my discomfort? Or What about my discomfort is related to what has been showing up?
  • How does this relate to my desire to express more of myself through my art?

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’ve also posted this at Creative Core.

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Access Consciousness®, Coaching, General, Poetry

August Already! What Magic Awaits?

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?

 

Below are lots of updates and announcements. Please check it out as you are lead.
 
PSYCHIC FAIR READINGS – Saturday, August 5 from 10am to 6pm
Bernette at Big Psychic Fair-png smallerI just had an amazing day of 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. Please make sure you subscribe to my regular mailing list to find out in advance when I’ll be there.
ACCESS CONSCIOUSNESS® AND ACCESS BARS® (FREE SESSIONS FOR 10 PEOPLE)
 
My mother, Rebecca, and I are offering our newest tool for transformation. If you haven’t heard of Access Consciousness® or Access Bars® please check out the video here. It bypasses our normal resistance to shift us at a subconscious level and a session will continue to work on us internally for a few weeks. I was exposed to this in early July and was so amazed by the experience I had to learn it and so mom, myself, and my daughter all went through training in July to become Access Consciousness Bars Practitioners.

 

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.

 


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Access Bars® along with the other tools in my toolbox have given me a magical summer in which ideas became real, opportunities and doors have opened, I’ve shifted ideals about what was supposed to happen to allow space for what could happen. Things I asked for earlier in the year and even last year became real and sometimes gave me a chuckle at the Universe’s sense of humor. I have also been reminded to be careful of what you ask for.If you are a creative artist or desire a higher level of performance and are interested in truly shifting and creating that kind of magic in your life consider Star Steps Coaching. This isn’t your normal coaching – because I’m not the normal coach.
BLOG TALK RADIO INTERVIEW WITH THE VIBERARIAN

Did you miss my Blog Talk Radio interview? It’s okay. You can find it right here. I even gave several live on-air mini-readings. It was great fun. Go to:
http://bit.ly/2sl5Fqd
 
FREE DISTANCE GROUP REIKI – ACT QUICKLY

reiki-crystal pngI 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.

 

Also, you can still get a free Attachments Check through August. See my last newsletter on 7/12/17 for details.
 
goldilocks paperback mktDo you like magic? Adventure? Seeing the Universal Laws at work in an action-packed book? Out of the Woods is now available in paperback as well as in ebook. If you have KindleUnlimited you can read it for free. However, because you actually read this far in my newsletter, I would like to give this book to you as an ebook. Just send me an email with the email address you would like to receive it. Seven lucky people can get this for free. Request by September 1. Please only request if you sincerely would like to read this novella. Of course, it’s still less than a latte when not free. And it’s worth more and lasts longer! If you miss the free offer you can still order yours here.  I definitely appreciate your support and your reviews.
Resist persist book cover kindle sizeI am excited to have been invited to join the Southern Collective Experience and have a couple pieces of work included in the upcoming Blue Mountain Review, an international journal published by SCE. Even more, I’ve been asked to publish my next book of poetry through associated press. Have you gotten a copy of Resist Persist yet?

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.

 

 

Love, Light, and Peace,
Bernette
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General, Inspiration

Creating and the Sacral Chakra

Creating and the Sacral Chakra

 

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.

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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.

Getting Your Creative Center – That Sacral Chakra Going

How can you get this chakra spinning for creativity? Try these simple ideas, but remember the most important thing is holding intention.

Using Prayer or Mediation

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.

Prayer/Meditation for Sacral Chakra

Know and speak or think these things for yourself

  1. I am a creative person by nature
  2. I create easily and effortlessly because it is my nature
  3. I am grateful for the flow of creativity in my life and through my artistic craft

Thank you (always say thank you, it’s polite.)

 

Using Crystals

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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

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I Wasn’t a Good Wife and I’m Glad

For all the women who ever thought themselves unworthy, I share this.

I am a good wife because

 

I am not a worthy or good wife because I am not the Christian I should be. I don’t follow the biblical example. I don’t give my husband the respect he deserve at all times. I don’t make enough money for him to not feel like he’s got to carry me or that I’m not a financial burden…

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And it goes on for a couple more paragraphs. I berate myself as both a woman and a wife. I had not one thing to list under the “I am a good wife because” section, because at the time I really didn’t think there was anything about me that made me a good wife.

I came across several writings from when I was barely 25 and in the span of just a few pages I can see the broken person I once was alongside the dreamer I will always be. Even when no one else knows your pain or how you feel remember that time passes, new choices can be made, and if you take risks on your behalf your dreams can become real.

It was in August of this same year that I left traditional Christianity (that’s another story) and began the journey to wholeness where being broken, unworthy, and undeserving were no longer the standard of existence. I struggled for years in that marriage trying to do something impossible – please my husband. Just a matter of weeks after leaving my religion we were expecting our first child. I stayed in the marriage for nearly three more years but in that time, I never did become a good wife, despite trying. And you know what? I’m glad. Had I been successful in being what he wanted me to be at the detriment of my mental and emotional health, I would have never had the courage to be who I needed to be or who my daughter needed me to be.

Just a couple pages away in this little notebook from fifteen years ago, I also found this short writing dated one month after my 25th birthday.

 

The Artist to be Born

I believe that there is an artist inside of each and every one of us – a writer, painter, sculptor, actor, dancer musician. She is pregnant with anticipation at the birth of a new child. She is overdue and burdened by the extra load she bears, desiring to bring forth the artist who must be born. Her other children await with hope, happiness, fear, and anticipation of the newest arrival into the family. Will she be a great one? Will he change the way the world perceives us?

I often wonder, about myself and what expression of art I am to conceive. What is longing to be born from me? Longing for me to grow so something new can be discovered. She, like a mother, wants to be proud of me. She expects great things. I know that it is my challenge and I cannot let her down. She has born great ones. She has born those who’ve revolutionized the world. She’s even bore the ones who you nor I will ever know for their achievements weren’t marked in the great pages of history. She bore the starving artist, that we may never forget the dream or the effort. She bore the stand-in and the extras that we would retain humility. She bore the backup singer that we would never forget the contribution of another in our lives.

What will my experience be? How will I affect the world? What is my expression? Am I willing and ready to see it born? Will I allow myself to be challenged, that I might rise to it and perhaps be that great one? Will I allow myself to be one who changes the perception of the world?

 

I share this now, as a forty-year old mother of two, happily remarried, and finally embracing the artist within as a writer of fiction and non-fiction. The young woman who wrote both of these things is now free. There was an artist wanting to be born from me, wanting to contribute to the world, and little did I know fifteen years ago when I wrote this that I would find it the same year that I finally gave birth.

Are you still waiting to give birth to your inner artist? What will your experience be? How will you affect the world? What is your expression? Are you willing and ready to see it born? Will you allow yourself to be challenged, that you might rise to it and perhaps be that great one? Will you allow yourself to be one who changes the perception of the world?

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Interested in my story of leaving traditional religion? Read The Fall and Rise of Faith: Leaving Religion and Finding God.

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