Living Stress Free is a Choice…

I have been deeply pondering this idea of Living Stress Free as a Choice

Have you noticed that when your attention is on something specific the opportunities show up everywhere to challenge you?  “So, you think you can just choose to be stress free, ok, let’s see how you deal with this situation!”

My first challenge was at the post office, I had received a yellow slip that required me to go to the window. I planned when I would go since I am completely aware that this is the holiday season and our already busy post office will be packed. I allotted enough time to ensure a stress free experience. The atmosphere was exactly as I expected, a long line had already formed many people with numerous packages to mail. I scanned the windows and was pleasantly surprised to see all 4 windows open, which is rare, now I was encouraged that the line had potential to move quickly, yes I was remaining stress free and even had a slight smile. It was not long until I noticed 4 windows were open and yet only 2 had people actually working in them, I was determined not to let it bother me.

Standing at the first window was a mother and her 6-year old, very animated, and energetic daughter who was attempting to use the strings of her knit hat to create a jump rope; the results were poor at best. With each failed attempt, she let her frustration show very loudly. I was looking for every way to be inspired by the youthful exuberance that I was witnessing. Ok, I did have a thought that the mother could acknowledge her daughter’s presence as she was tugging on her sweater screaming, “Mom I want to see what the man is doing!” at least 10 times. Not going to give my well being away, I was determined to stay out of judgment and stress free, so I put the smile back on my face. Now I glanced at the clock and as 20 minutes had passed with only 1 additional person being served, I decided to pay more attention to what was going on; the mother and daughter were both getting passports. It was obvious with the number of questions being asked that this window would be tied up for a lot longer.

I was aware of the grumblings from those in line, “Only two windows open this is ridiculous!” “The post office wants us to do more business with them – well, they better start providing better service!” “What the heck is going on here anyway?”… You get the idea. I took a deep breath and returned to choosing to be stress free. I was feeling pretty darn good with how I was doing, when the man behind decided to engage me directly with his complaints and how this was making him late for his next stop, that he was a working man after all: he was angry. I just nodded my head showing a compassionate smile and kept breathing making sure I did not match his irritation.

Once again I looked at the clock; 35 minutes have passed without any movement.  I noticed that a little annoyance began to creep in, as I started paying attention to what was going on at the one other open window.  A woman had numerous packages that showed no addresses! Now, that is very unusual. She was asking the clerk, “If I mail this to Canada, first class, how much will it be?”  “If I add insurance what will that price be?” “If I send it regular post what will that price be?”  “Oh, I forgot to ask when will the package arrive if it is sent by first class or regular post?” Now, I don’t know why it makes  any difference if you are only asking for information or actually sending the packages, yet for some reason this is where I lost my stress free choice and went into judgment; I decided that this woman was taking too much time and needed to move on so that paying customers could complete their transactions. I caught myself immediately and started to chuckle, right at that moment, I re-chose my stress free experience.

At the same time the passports were completed, the other woman had all the information she needed and the little girl merrily skipped out with her mom. All was well I thought, the line would move quickly now. At that moment a collective groan was heard from those in line and I saw that the first window had put up a closed sign; he had run out of register tape, I could not contain my laughter. Within a few moments the window opened again and the line did move quickly and I was out the door; it took 45 minutes to receive my package and I had a great lesson in the process! I congratulated myself on staying stress free for the majority of the time, and left the post office with a smile.

Many of us hurry through life going from one place to the next, focused on  running the next errand, and believing we will never have enough time to do all the things we need to get done. We allow the circumstances of the day to dictate how we feel.  Being anxious and stressed out does not make anything better or make the line move faster. Yet, you can be calm through it all if you just realize that you are the creator of this life you chose to live and continue to choose to live. Life is lived through a series of choices and being free from stress is one of those choices.

It is my hope that you choose to be stress free so that you may happily live the life that you desire from this day forward.

Love and Blessings,

Learning from Simon and Garfunkel…

”Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feeling groovy”

December is upon us, ushering in the end of 2013, amazing how fast the time has gone. This is the perfect time for completions, an essential component to align your energies for the New Year. I hear you groan, “How can I add one more thing with everything I already have ahead of me to make it through the holidays and this year?”

Just for a moment contemplate what it would be like to actually, thrive and enjoy the month fully, versus focusing on how to get through it!  With the tendency to add more to do’s and pressure to your life, it is more important than ever to slow down and connect within. If you are overextending yourself and just getting through the days, you will miss the opportunity for reflection.

How you began the year was important and how you end it is just as important.

The past year has provided many challenges; no one has been immune, we have experienced energies that have never before been present. Each day became an adventure in learning how to navigate new territory. Along with the challenges came miracles and breakthroughs in relationships, heart openings, in business and every area of life; capturing these moments will show you the richness of this year’s journey.

You know where you started, so here are a number of questions for you to consider as you move toward the finish line of 2013. You may decide to walk with one question at a time, and to jot down the insights that come up during the day allowing your inner guidance to direct you. Or, you may decide to block out some quiet uninterrupted time to deeply reflect. Add any of your own questions that are calling to be answered:

  1. What specific results have you achieved so far this year?
  2. Are you healthier, wealthier, and wiser? Describe in detail.
  3. Are you making progress towards your life’s vision or just holding ground?
  4. What results are you committed to achieve by the end of the year?
  5. How have you grown and what have you learned this year?
  6. Is there any unfinished business that needs to be tended to in your life?
  7. Are you actively pursuing what’s most important on a daily basis? If not what is it?
  8. What habits do you need to change to ensure better results?
  9. What is the key issue that inhibits your ability to perform at your best?

I suggest you give yourself the time to answer and honor these questions, because when it comes to the last days of the year, everyday and everything you do counts.

Happy Holidays!

Love and Blessings,

Love In Action

I am so happy that I have been around long enough now that I am seeing the payoff of gaining some wisdom.

Yes, I claim that I carry wisdom and tons of it, although in the past that wisdom often went out the window when I was with family. Oh you know how it goes; you start out really great, so happy to see each other, happy to be connecting again, and then the old starts leaking in.

You remember how you have always been irritated with this behavior and that behavior; you would think there had been enough years that have gone by that you each would have evolved a bit! So how do you relate lovingly in spite of it all?

The saying, “Words are cheap, action speaks,” is never more true than when applied to family situations and sharing your love. Whether interacting with a romantic partner, your children or other family members, if the actions aren’t there to back up the loving words, it all means nothing. Below are 10 of the best ways to say, “I love you” in your actions. But there are thousands more. See how creative you can get in coming up with your own ideas.

  1. Greet your loved ones with a big smile, a hug and a kiss.
  2. Really listen to what your loved ones are saying; give them your undivided and undistracted attention.
  3. Spend time doing some things they enjoy, you may find you enjoy them also
  4. Do simple (even random) acts of kindness, such as massaging shoulders or feet, cooking a favorite meal, running a bath.
  5. Spend one-on-one time with your loved ones, with no particular agenda.
  6. Commit to truly accepting each other’s faults.
  7. Be kind and respectful no matter what you are sharing, always preserving another’s self-esteem.
  8. Be impeccable with your word. If you say you’ll do something, do it, and by the time you said you’d do it.
  9. Take responsibility for your part in any conflict, and then look at how you can do better next time. Step out of the blame game.
  10. Share yourself and what lives deeply inside of you. This is a precious gift and conveys trust and security.

During my recent trip to visit family #10 played a big role. I have always been seen as different in my family and yes it’s true, not less than, and yet very different. Over the years I was not fully myself attempting to smooth the waters, not this time. I showed up fully being myself and guess what… I was acknowledged, appreciated and valued. Yes, we have all changed over the years and yet what made the change possible is that “I” made the decision to show up differently, I decided to let my light shine, share my insights, ideas and opinions and let their reaction be fine, whatever that reaction was. Much to my delight the reaction I received was very positive.

As you enter into this holiday season, spending time with family, friends and loved ones I invite you let your past stories fall away and step into each moment more present and loving allowing your true light and love to shine through.

Share your experiences and insights at we would love to hear from you!

Love and Blessings,

Following Autumn’s Lead

In autumn parkEach morning I begin my day, sitting in my favorite chair, reading, pondering or writing, all part of my daily spiritual practice. For over 3 years now I have looked out at the house across the street directly in my view. Not much happens at this house, from the outside anyway. Each weekday one of the parents drives their son, high school age, to school. Within a few minutes the driver returns and all is quiet. Rarely do I see activity during the day or in the evening. I am not actually sitting all day just watching this house, so something could be going on that I do not witness.

Recently, all that began to change, as a new roof was added, the house was painted and new windows were installed. I watched as the owners spent more time outside, neighbors soon stopped by to socialize standing out on the lawn, everyone was jovial and interacting. The front curtains that have always been drawn are now open. The facelift and repairs to the house seemed to uplift those that lived inside. I found myself asking what areas of my life would benefit from some attention, a facelift of sorts?

Autumn is here there is a slight nip in the air. The days are starting to get shorter. And just as the squirrels have gotten down to the business of storing nuts for the winter, we find ourselves a little more serious and less carefree than in summer. In autumn, the daylight lasts less than twelve hours.  According to Oriental medicine, the season of autumn is associated with the element of Metal, which governs organization, order, communication, the mind, setting limits, and protecting boundaries, can you feel these areas calling for attention?  This month, the planet Mercury goes retrograde from October 21st – November 10th, which actually supports completions. It’s a good time to finish projects that you began in spring and summer and, of course, it’s also the perfect time to be more introspective, while focusing on indoor projects. The shorter days and cooler temperatures naturally call for slowing down to see what is calling you from within.

Sleep is another important aspect of staying healthy in the fall. The ancients advised that people should retire early at night and rise with the crowing of the rooster during the autumn: “Soul and spirit should be tranquil.”

Here are some suggestions to support your process this autumn:

  • Notice where your environment does not support peace and ease, make a plan to correct it.
  • Make a list of projects by time frame. 10 minutes or less, 30 minutes or less, 1 hour or less, etc. When you have some extra time look at your list and complete just one thing in the time you have allotted. You might clean out a drawer, clear piles of magazines, rearrange furniture, etc.
  • Clear out closets and drawers; donate clothing, books, and toys. Did you know that the average person wears 20% of their clothing 80% of the time?
  • Dedicate time each day/week to tuning into your internal process. What is calling to you for attention?
  • Get more rest. Take a short nap during the day; go to bed ½ hour earlier each night.

Allow the energies of autumn to support you. When you are in alignment with the energies of the present season you will feel more connected while experiencing a heightened sense of ease and joy.

I would enjoy hearing what you are going to do differently at this pivotal time of year:

Love and blessings,

What Are You Attracting?

"There’s a spring in ‘Marissa’s’ step, and she simply radiates positive, upbeat, can-do energy. She’s “in the flow.” Good things continue to happen in her work and personal life with seeming effortlessness. 

Contrast this with ‘Elise,’ who puts in twice as many hours at work—super-long, hard hours every day—yet rarely achieves what she’s striving so hard to create. 

What’s the difference? Hint: It has to do with Marissa’s ability to attract what she wants. However, this kind of attraction has nothing to do with looks.

Rather, it’s about Marissa’s ability to attract abundance by living in a way that’s in tune with her purpose, her passions, her most vital and alive self.

By now you have heard of The Law of Attraction. It’s not just some woo-woo theory, it’s scientific: like matter attracts like. It’s similar to a radio broadcast: when tuned into a particular station, you will only hear (attract) the frequency of radio waves that match that station’s signal. And when that happens, everything seems easy, not a struggle.

“Once you change the way you are inside, the outer world changes,” writes Joe Vitale, author of the best seller, The Attractor Factor. Focusing on What Truly Matters sets you on a path of ease to be creating the life you want to be living, rather than just getting through the day.  Here are the key ingredients for attracting into your life what you want:  

  • Get clear on what you want and why. It’s not enough to know what you don’t want. You can’t get what you want until you know what that is!  Getting crystal clear is where the “magic” of attraction all begins. 
  • Imagine it. See it as happening. “Conscious change is brought about by the two qualities inherent in consciousness: attention and intention,” writes Deepak Chopra. “Attention energizes, and intention transforms. Whatever you put your attention on will grow stronger in your life.”
  • Keep yourself receptive. Exercise, eat healthily, play, and relax. Stress, exhaustion, sluggishness, etc., can all interfere with attraction. In the radio station analogy, they become the “static” that interferes with the “frequencies” of what you wish to attract. Though taking a day off to relax, rather than working frantically, may seem as difficult as stepping off a precipice, it can be just what is needed.    
  • Listen to your intuitive nudges. Attraction isn’t about sitting back and waiting for it all to come to you. Action is always required to meet goals and make dreams come true. Your job is to ask for what you want, and then to act on the inner nudges you get to do things, like make phone calls, write letters, visit a certain person, or whatever. Don’t worry if your “nudges” don’t make immediate sense. The “why” will reveal itself in due time. 
  • Surrender control. Surrender is not a negative word, this means to let go and trust. Let go of the particular way in which things will happen. Let go of fear, doubt, worry and disappointment. Let go of the notion of struggle. Trust that the outcome will be just right. 

When you are focusing on these key areas you automatically put yourself in the flow. So whether it’s a job promotion, landing that huge client, buying a new house, or deciding to take time for yourself, claim your dream. It’s waiting for you right now, you are meant to live fully.

I invite you to share your experience as you focus more fully on your dreams.


Finding Your Way Back To Love…

Little girl with her mother on the sea sideA career, whether it is recently launched, or many years down the path, is filled with high notes and low notes. I know each one of you can bring to mind a special moment that you felt your work made a difference to another, and consequently enhanced your well being; it is the deeper reason we are able to show up day after day. Pause for a moment and allow that situation come to mind, it may surprise you which one shows up. I am blessed to have had many special moments that stand out over the years, all of them different depending on what my career path was at the time. Yet, I have never had an experience more impacting and meaningful that I did last month.

Aimée and I offer a full or half-day “deep dive” sessions for those that are ready to break through old patterns and energies in the fastest and most supportive manner. Usually, individuals book a private session for themselves and the results are tremendous. This time two of our clients, mother and daughter, decided it was time to take their relationship to a new level and booked a full day. This required courage, openness, honesty, love and vulnerability.

Along with the guides, we facilitated a day of open communication, asking the questions that have been underneath the wounding for years, looking at how misperceptions led to one disappointment after another, so you see where the courage came in…  As the day unfolded, years of pain were released layer by layer. We witnessed each person feel and release their emotions, and then relax, begin to trust, and open to the love that was always available, to be seen with fresh eyes and embracing the possibilities that now spread out in front of them.

Knowing that they would be walking a new way of being with each other they made agreements on how they would move forward when disagreements or old patterns showed up. By the end of the day they were softer with each other, bathed in love, as a huge weight had been lifted. They were looking forward to spending time together with this new level of ease and appreciation, a true new beginning, we were all in tears. Their final comments were “Two years of therapy completed in one day, who knew?” and “This has been one of the most important days of my life.”

What was reinforced in me from facilitating and witnessing these two amazing women was the importance of taking the opportunity to clear the old and make way for a brand new beginning, no matter what your age or your grievances. My mother has passed, and yet I pondered what it would have been like if I had had the opportunity to clear the hurt and return to being open and loving with my mother?  I am committed in a new way to be current in all of my relationships; I have seen what happens when you do and I want that in my life!!

Within a few weeks of that session my 22-year old nephew passed. Death of a loved one is a harsh reminder of the impermanence of life; we don’t all make it old age. For the 2 years of his illness, his family surrounded him and bathed him in love, which he received and gave back 10-fold. I felt very complete with this relationship, he knew how important he was to me, and I shared my love fully. I realize that for many, this would be the exception rather than the rule, and I am deeply grateful. When we have held hurts for years, the regret that comes with a death increases the depth of the grief, living in the energy “if only”.

Each day presents many opportunities to be current in your relationships, here are some suggestions you can implement now:

  • Let someone special to you know that you care, send a card, letter or call.
  • Clean up your messes quickly, saying “I’m sorry” goes a long way.
  • Gain clarity on what grievances you are holding and commit to clearing them now. You may need assistance, so get the help you need – this is the easier softer way.
  • Commit to being clear and current at the end of each day by conducting a “daily review.”
    Acknowledge what you did well and also what you could have done better. Forgive yourself for anything you perceive you did poorly, and if necessary make amends.
  • Each day seize the energy of a new beginning and begin afresh.

Please post your comments as this is a very rich topic of conversation.

Call or email for more information about scheduling your own “deep dive,” we would be honored to serve you.


Love and Blessings,


It’s Time to take Your Power Back!

Have you ever felt powerless when dealing with an issue with a financial institution or other large corporate entity? I sure have, finding myself stuck in the loop of “it’s not my job” or getting conflicting information from numerous sources that makes me want to avoid the conversation completely.

Recently I found myself in a situation that went on for months. At the beginning of the year, we changed our business name, I knew it would entail a lot of paperwork and I was ready for that; what I did not expect was issues with Bank of the West. Without bogging you down in the details, the timing of the IRS making the business name change to our EIN, Employer Identification Number, and the bank’s needs did not coincide.

I have always believed that when a change is in process and open clear concise communication is happening, all is well, that turned out to be incorrect in this case. I responded in person at the bank to each inquiry, with all the back-up documentation necessary to show due diligence, I was focused on the same goal as the bank. I researched the IRS requirements (providing copies to the bank), spoke with my accountant, and filed the appropriate paperwork, which was in my control. What was not in my control was the amount of time it took for the IRS to make the final changes.

In spite of all of this we received a letter stating that the account would be closed in 10 days, I went back in to see what we could salvage. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not criticizing the bank for having certain requirements, I thought we were in a process together, moving toward the solution; silly me… After the bank reviewed everything once again, the paperwork was sent to legal.  I was told “don’t worry or do anything until we hear back.”  That was when the climate in the bank changed. Where I was once greeted by smiles and called by name, I now received fleeting glances and the appearance of being very busy with something that they could not look up from. A week or so passed and then I received a call that the bank had information for me and to call at my convenience. When I went in and spoke to the bank manager she was barely civil to me; a fake smile would have been a step up. Bottom line, “We are closing your account.” I did negotiate a short time period to re-group. In the process I found out what they wanted from the IRS was now completed.

Now here is the point of writing about this at all. I watched myself being deeply impacted by this situation:

  • I would wake up thinking about it (there was an impact on my business after all); I kept looking to see if I had missed anything.

  •  I felt powerless to be heard or supported with the bank. (The one person that I had dealt with from the beginning left the branch, now no one knew the complete picture)

  • I began dreading going into the bank and started using the ATM. I do not enjoy using the ATM…I was getting smaller.

  • I wanted to defend myself as if this was a personal attack.

  • I was losing my personal power and experiencing stress.

I decided to vote with my feet and changed banks; it felt really good and yet not enough. Aimée had a running documentation of what went on and sent a letter to the new President of Bank of the West.  Aimée was the head of service quality for Charles Schwab and Citibank for many years, and she knows service inside and out. After two attempts to meet with the manager in person failed, I wrote a letter and closed my account.

I have no expectations of what may come from these two communications, only that I spoke up and said, “No, I will not be treated this way and continue to bank with you.” It was a necessary process for me to reclaim my power.

Where are you playing small or giving your power away? Sometimes this can be very subtle. I did not recognize using the ATM as avoidance immediately… It may be in your job, relationship, your communications and choices. Many years ago I was unable to express which restaurant I would like to go to, for fear of making a wrong choice; not the case anymore!

I invite you to identify one area that you are willing to take your power back in and begin taking steps in that new direction. I guarantee you it will be worth any angst that you hit up against. Freedom is just a few baby steps away. Leave a comment on the BLOG to let me know how you are progressing.

Love and blessings,

Karen & Aimee

Are You Taking Good Care of Yourself?

With our busy lives, taking care of ourselves is more important than ever—yet it’s often the last thing on our minds. We think that we have to meet that deadline, use break time to run errands, accomplish all the items on our list before more gets added to it.

Last week we had our inaugural gathering of Afternoon Retreats: Gatherings for Extraordinary Women, where we discovered a common theme: the challenge of taking time for yourself.

This Afternoon Retreat was 4 hours out of one week of the month, if you are working a full time 40 hour week job (and for many that would be a luxury) that leaves approximately 172 hours, and yet the mind says “I can’t take time out for a retreat, I have work to do.” I know you can relate.

The rewards were great for those that broke through the mind chatter and attended and had the experience of a retreat that left you uplifted and energized.   We all know the negative impact on our lives and health that stress can have—so, let’s find some balance.

Take this self-quiz to see how well you are taking care of yourself.

  1. 1. When I’m upset and/or feeling hopeless, I talk about the situation with a like-minded friend, family member or healer. And if I need help, I ask for it.
  1. I let go of the way things used to be. I accept the way things are.
  1. Every day I do something physical even if it’s just a walk around the block or a 15-minute workout.
  1. I eat healthfully and take the time to enjoy my meals. I set aside work, driving and other activities while I eat.
  1. I think positively. I view problems as opportunities and obstacles as challenges.
  1. I can say no when I need or want to.
  1. I remember to breathe deeply and often.
  1. If I’m experiencing physical symptoms I know my body is attempting to get my attention, I go to the appropriate health care professional. I don’t panic about the symptoms, and I don’t deny them either.
  1. I can be happy with “good enough.” I don’t demand perfection in everything that I do.
  1. I recognize the value of working in different gears. Some tasks require less effort. That saves energy for those times when I need to have a higher level of focus.
  1. I get enough sleep and relaxation daily.
  1. I value my personal relationships and give them the time and energy they need and deserve to thrive.
  1. I choose healthy ways to relieve stress. I don’t rely on crutches, such as drinking, television and overeating.
  1. I recognize the importance of breaks during the day, as well as mini and extended vacations.
  1. I listen to and respect my feelings.

If you answered ‘FALSE’ to several of these, you may want to take an honest look at the impact your choices may be having.

Choose an inspired action step from 1-2 areas that will allow you to begin making changes now; you deserve the very best for yourself!

Please do not hesitate to call if you would like support in taking better care of yourself.


When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Go Dancing!

I have recently had my life turn in a completely unexpected direction; it would have been great if it was a “winning the lottery” direction, this one involved more tears than joy. One of those situations that climbing into bed and pulling the covers over your head for a few days feels like a viable option. I know I can’t be the only one, I imagine many of you are nodding your heads, “yes,” knowing you have been there. Maybe it was heartache or loss a long while back or a disappointment that has been more recent and yet you can when remember life was one way and then it wasn’t. Sometimes it’s a speed bump or jolt and sometimes your world is rocked all the way to the foundation. The plans you were making are no longer possible and everything feels foreign and uncertain.

Last week I was doing errands, pleasantly surprised that I was doing pretty well.  I went into the bank, walked back to the car, greeted my sweet little dog, got back in the car and slumped over the steering wheel sobbing. After a short while I lifted my head to see the blue sky and the buds beginning to blossom on a tree and smiled. Even though I was in deep pain the beauty and joy of life was reaching out to tell me…you can have this too, just stay aware.

As I began this journey of healing I called my guidance in even more closely. I knew I needed their support as my energy was noticeably depleted, I felt very fragile and tender. I immediately felt the presence of love enfolding me, bathed in light. I cannot say enough of about the support that was offered on the physical realm also, I am blessed beyond measure with friends who not only support me; they offer authentic communication that examines all sides of the situation including “my part”; now that is an expression of love.

I have been spending a lot of time in contemplation and in a quiet moment I asked myself “what do you want?” The answer came through clearly,” I want to dance.” Dance has always been a passion of mine, it was about to become a healing spiritual practice.

With my heart heavy and eyes swollen from crying I let my vanity go and attended an afternoon beginner’s ballroom dance class. For the next 2 ½ hours I was transported to a place without heartache and touched on the joy I had prayed was underneath. Now each week I dance, transported just like the first time to a place of joy. I imagine before I enter the ballroom that there is someone else in this group that is experiencing a hard time or heartache. My intention is bring more light and joy to each person I come in contact with; in the end, it is I who benefit the most, I am enriched by their smiles. Aimée and I teach the benefit of feeling whatever is happening fully, in order to move the emotions through. Some days it is easier than others and yet while dancing I realized I could be with both, the sorrow did not overshadow the joy.

We cannot design our lives in a way that eliminates pain; that is simply a fact. What you do with the pain when it does appear is what shapes you. Birds learn to fly never knowing where it will take them; they just know they need to fly. I have yet to see everything that my situation is bringing to me; and yet, dancing is providing me with my wings to fly.

I invite you to find some quiet space and ask yourself, “What do I really want to bring into my life just because it will make me happy?” Make a date with yourself and put it on your calendar; the most important step you can take is to begin!

May the energies of Spring awaken and empower you.

Light and Love,

Creativity is Calling You????

Tree_in_palm_of_hand__iStock_000004633733XSmallThe sound may be faint as the stirring of butterfly wings or as loud as a brass band on Fourth of July. Or you may not hear a sound at all, but feel an urging, an inner pull, a sense of excitement and longing that resonates from within. This is the call to create, and it is universal, bidding each of us to bring something new into being.

“Creativity is the Self searching for itself,” said George Gamez, Ph.D., author of How to Catch Lightning in a Bottle. We create in order to express our unique visions and perceptions. We create to communicate and to form a bond with our fellow human beings. Creative expression helps us feel connected to the world and builds bridges of understanding. It nourishes us and helps us grow, provides insights and deeper understandings. Creativity is fun, exciting and playful. It relieves stress and releases tension. It provides a way of communication when normal channels may be blocked or are insufficient—when we must speak in colors and textures and shimmering visions and music.

Creativity is love expressing itself; it heals and renews. Our creations are mirrors in which others may see themselves and the signature of our lives that says, “This is how I saw it.”

Everyone is Creative; yes, especially YOU!

No matter what you may have been told, every one of us is creative. It is as much a part of us as our voice and breath and fingerprints. Creativity isn’t just about making “art.” Cooking, gardening, handiwork and crafts, keeping a journal and spiritual practice are all creative acts. Arranging flowers or rearranging furniture, painting a picture or painting a room, singing or dancing on stage or singing in the shower—these are responses to the call.

Creativity is a way of living. It is being spontaneous and playful, exercising the imagination, finding solutions, and embracing possibilities and doing it all with passion. Creativity is the moment you are in the flow with yourself.

Yet for all the joy and fulfillment it brings, some resist the call to be creative. In our culture the ideas that “Time is money” and “Art is frivolous” hold certain sway, and old messages such as, “Stay inside the lines” or “You can do better than that” have remarkable staying power. It takes courage to look beneath the surface of what we’ve been told in order to find our heart’s desire.

Creativity requires risk-taking. It asks us to surrender, to lose control and to trust. “Committing to our creativity is an act of faith,” wrote Jan Phillips, in Marry Your Muse. “A promise to believe in ourselves.”

Honoring the creative “Self” means finding time, making space, being patient and taking the chance of looking foolish. You cannot care too much what others may think or say. You must be willing to start over and stay with it; creativity takes stamina. There are no magical secrets or absolute rules. Creativity can’t be taught. You just do it. “Creativity belongs to the artist in each of us,” said Corita Kent.

Like the body’s natural urge for motion and the human need for connection and community, the spirit longs to express itself. So when you hear the call to create, answer, “Yes.” It is your self, searching for your “Self,” a movement toward being whole.

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