Journeys of the Spirit® Newsletter July 17th, 2013
WHAT’S NEW? Creating Boldly & Dispelling Your Inner Critic & Judge!
Linda Jacobson, our creative facilitator, has a fabulous artist’s retreat Sept 18-22nd to Abiquiu, New Mexico – better known as Georgia O’Keeffe country. If you’ve wanted to explore and expand your creative juices this is the perfect opportunity as the landscapes and vistas in this part of the USA are simply breathtaking!
You DO NOT have to be a professional artist to attend. If you’re feeling blocked in any creative direction, this trip will loosen you up and help your mojo get free! Do read her article below and let me know how her exercise works for you!
LAST CALL! This summer I’ve been invited to speak at several wonderful telesummits. If you haven’t participated in one before – you’re missing a great opportunity to expand your mind and hear various points of view and perspectives from different teachers and thought leaders today. Sign up information is below.
Blessings and love, Sheri Rosenthal
Ignite the Power Within – FREE Telesummit
- Longing to step off the hamster wheel and into your own authentic power?
- Ever feel like you’re unable to move forward with your dreams?
- Like you’re just going round and round, with nothing ever changing or improving?
I know exactly what that’s like – I’ve been there myself! And during the fabulous (and free!) Ignite the Power Within telesummit, I’ll be explaining how I moved past that feeling of stuck-ness and into my own authentic power. I’ll also be sharing the practical tools and techniques that worked for me.
**Join me (I’ll be speaking on July 22nd!) and 21 other expert speakers for an informative, inspirational, and motivational interview series that runs from June 25 to August 2. Between all of us, we’ll help you to identify and take the actions you need to transform the rest of 2013 into your best year yet!
Be there or be square!
To sign up for our free Ignite the Power Within Telesummit click here.
Raise Your State Summer FREE TeleSummit!
It must be the summer of telesummits! I am participating in several of them and this one I am very excited about because my dear friend Victoria Allen is at the helm of this wonderful event and I’m speaking Monday July 15th at 3PM Pacific (4PM Mountain, 5PM Central, 6PM Eastern).
There’ll be replays and the opportunity to purchase the whole series if you are interested. So definitely sign up! You are in for quite a treat! AND…you’ll receive 13 Free Bonus Gifts at the end of the Summit.
13 Life Teachers Shine Their Light on
…Consciousness, Health, Love and Relationship
You’ll be inspired by the teachers who offer their expertise on relationships, health, dreams, true wisdom, emotions, authenticity, boundary setting, courage, conscious home, peace and happiness.
Creating Boldly & Dispelling Your Inner Critic & Judge!
Every child is oozing with creative spontaneity. Expressing with joy their experience of being alive, they are in their process, without judgment, creating just for the sake of pure expression and fun. Going from one playful experience to the next.
To paint, write, play music, create a beautiful garden or even to make a lovely meal takes us into the realm of the creator. When we are in this creative state, we feel in the flow with the universe, the Tao.
Accessing creativity is accessing our life force energy. We become completely present and alive in the miracle of the “now” moment. In this place we are personally empowered and free. We can let go of anxiety and worry, release the past, heal our wounds, and be present with our authentic feelings – creating our beautiful bright future with intention!
But what happens that shuts down and closes up? How can we re-open ourselves to our birthright of creative freedom? Many of us lose our ability because of belief systems put upon us by family and teachers which limits our freedom and creates our Inner Critic and Judge. It starts off as the voice of a parent, perhaps warning us of danger, domesticating us, or just trying to keep us safe in the status quo.
As we get older we perpetuate this voice within ourselves often blocking us from moving forward. It becomes the voice of the Judge, a negative witness to everything that we feel, perceive or do. It takes this parental voice to an extreme, making our creative efforts unacceptable, not good enough. Wrecking our self-esteem, making us paralyzed to do anything.
As an apprentice for over ten years with author and shaman don Miguel Ruiz, we spent a lot of time working with our Judge, Inner Critic, and Victim. This inner voice can be very destructive to our creativity and our worth. With don Miguel, we kept an ongoing record of the voice of the judge and victim within ourselves. Mine was always the same story and it made me so sick and tired! It was frustrating to realize my mind was going through the same loops and patterns over and over again.
So how do we begin to unwind this all? Honestly facing the Inner Judge is one of the most powerful ways to unblock our inner creativity. When we confront and isolate the critic we become aware of it, we can see it for what it is. With awareness we are able to dis-empower that destructive part of ourselves. Making a visual image of it is a powerful way to create this awareness.
I first tried this process when I was at an artist residency in Southern California. I was there for a month and had a beautiful studio, no obligations – it was a perfect situation. But I felt blocked, didn’t know what to do, wasn’t inspired, and couldn’t get myself to paint.
So, I decided to draw a picture of my judge. It turned out to be an odd little creature, a little gremlin that was actually kind of funny looking, even though it caused me so much pain and frustration. After I drew it, I could perceive my Judge in a new way!
I put it on the wall behind the front door of the studio. Every time I opened the door to the studio I’d slam the door in my Judge’s face – it was really fun and empowering for me! After a while I really began to feel free of that judging voice, I could say “thanks for sharing” and move on to do a new series of works. Making an image of that destructive part of myself took the sting out of it and made me have awareness and objectivity. I wasn’t at its mercy anymore.
Here’s a simple exercise of how you can do this. First have some blank paper and simple art materials: crayons, markers, or oil pastels. Remember, you don’t need to be a “professional artist” – it isn’t about how good the drawing is, it’s about getting in touch with this energy inside of you and giving it a form that will help dispel the darkness and power it has over you.
Put on some soothing music, light a candle and go into a simple meditation of watching your breath for a few moments. Then use your imagination to visualize that you are in a safe and beautiful place in nature. Notice carefully what you see. Imagine the colors of a beautiful blue sky and white puffy clouds, the rainbow colored flowers, the pastel lavenders and purples of the mountains in the distance. Feel the warm sun and soft breeze against your skin, listen to the sound of the wind through the trees and the chirping of the birds. Smell the freshness of the grass and the air.
Then imagine that you see a pathway and walk down it, feeling your bare feet on a velvety path through a meadow, past fields of flowers, through a dappled wooded forest, over a stream until you find a place to sit down, a place that feels very comfortable – a power spot. It could be a big rock, a log or just a nice place on the earth.
At that moment, from deep within a dense grove of trees, allow your inner judge to come forth. Become aware of what it looks like, if it’s male, female, human, animal or just a color or shape. Be aware of how you feel in its presence. Be attentive to what your judge looks like, what it’s wearing, how tall or short, fat or thin it is. Ask it for its name, listen to the sound that of its voice.
You may also have a dialogue with it, ask it why it judges you and in what way does it think it is helping you? You may be surprised at the answer. Sometimes the Judge actually wants to keep you safe or keep you from getting hurt or making a mistake. Of course sometimes they are just nasty. Just remember that this first step in healing, the mastery of awareness is the beginning of reclaiming your creative power.
Witness, rather than judge the product of this exploration because it’s just our authentic expression coming through us. We wouldn’t judge a tree because it was too tall or too short, it just is. The same with our expression, it is what it is. Neither right or wrong, or good or bad. This gives us the freedom to allow ourselves to explore, experiment and play, which is the energy of creativity.
Do give this exercise a go – and post your images below! I would love to see what you come up with!
Blessings, Linda Jacobson
Registration is open for Linda’s: “Embrace Your Creative Vitality in Enchanting Georgia O’Keeffe Country ” – Sept 18-22nd, 2013. It’s going to be amazing – hope you enjoyed the pictures above – the top one is one of Linda’s paintings!
~GLORIOUS JULY JAUNTS~
The Heart Wisdom of Whales & Wild Dolphins
Trip Leader: Anne Gordon de Barrigón
Various 5-day itineraries running from: July 21-Oct 11th, 2013
Crop Circles and Sacred Sites
Trip Leaders: Glenn & Cameron Broughton
July 29-August 4, 2013 & Pre-Tour Conference July 26-29th
~AUDACIOUS AUGUST ADVENTURES~
Ayahuasca & Ayni in the Andes
Peru – TWO SPOTS LEFT!!
Trip Leader: Dennis McKenna
August 1-10th, 2013
Oneness Awakening Wild Dolphin Trip
Bimini, Caribbean – NEW!
Trip Leader: Joe Noonan
August 10-14th + October 21-25th, 2013
The Magic of Celtic Country
Trip Leaders: Glenn & Cameron Broughton
August 17-28, 2013
~SOUL-STIRRING SEPTEMBER SOJOURNS~
Highlands and Mystical Islands
Trip Leaders: Glenn & Cameron Broughton
Sept 15-24th, 2013
Reconnecting to Truth through Horse Wisdom
Tucson, AZ – Half-filled register early!
Trip Leaders: Ezra Marrow, Briana Lorenz-Marrow and Judy Askins
Sept 18-22, 2013
Embrace Your Creative Vitality in Enchanting Georgia O’Keeffe Country
Abiquiu, New Mexico
Trip Leader: Linda Jacobson
Sept 18-22th, 2013
Journey to Machu Picchu – Authentic Spiritual & Cultural Wonders
Trip Leader: Carol Cumes
Sept 26–Oct 5th, 2013
~BOLD OCTOBER EXPEDITIONS~
A Spontaneous Café Real Food Peru Adventure
Peru – NEW!
Trip Leader: Carol Cumes + Chef Mateo
Oct 4-11th, 2013 (please contact Sheri for booking this trip rather than Willka T’ika)
Access your Dreams Retreat
Assisi, Italy NEW!
Trip Leader: Mami Veza
Oct 12-18th + Nov 15–21st, 2013
A Sacred Pilgrimage to India
India – Elaine’s trip is already half filled so register early!
Trip Leaders: Elaine Dodson, Jahnava Devi, and Mahatma Das
October 15-27th, 2013
Kindfulness – a Healing Retreat in the Himalayas
Nepal – NEW!
Trip Leader: Sharee James
October 16-25th, 2013
~NOURISHING NOVEMBER RETREATS~
The Clarity + Heart Elixir
Trip Leaders: Sheri Rosenthal + Rev Frankie Timmers
November 9-16th, 2013
The Dalai Lama & Tibetan Buddhism in Exile
Trip Leaders: Lisa Tully
Nov 16-Dec 6th, 2013
Want to see our whole line-up for the upcoming year?
Visit our Trips at a Glance page.