made it to the future.

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Shakti Gawain wrote Creative Visualization, a remarkable little book that gave birth to the whole law of attraction child!

I read it when I was about 28.  My Saturn Returns was simply horrible. During that tunnel through darkness, I wrote poetry on the floor of my Los Angeles apartment trying to forgive myself for living a wandering adult life. 

I deeply felt life was punishing me for being an artist,

accusing me for continually desiring new palates,

shaking a finger at my operation to shape and sculpt new experiences because

monotony bored my senses.

With the right college degrees and wherewithal to manage, train, and supervise, why did I voluntarily seek a life path that promised instability, that guaranteed uncertainty?

 

The tone of my journals keep indicating my unresolved obsession with that same question every 10 years.  Now at 47, I face another internal and external rumbling for change.

I’ll have to create a pathway to a land of dreams using my tools:  faith and art.

I must let myself

be.

Let go of ideals and losses.  Be who I am.

In retrospect of the 47 years of fear and curiosity, life is as life does, meanwhile

I have created a me I like and trust.

This year, I have been helped into a better acceptance of knowing myself with support from these pieces of art.

The War of Art, Steven Pressfield – Confronts the courage to create
#Girlboss, Sophia Amorusa   Tells how she created a lucrative business with only a-being-herself business plan.
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert – Reflects on creating: the acknowledgement and acceptance
re-reading The Artist’s Way – Navigates the way the artist unlocks creation
The Motivation Manifesto, Brandon Burhard – Strong call to action: spend deliberate time and energy interacting with living!

 

plus

30 days to write yourself alive  –  an online writing course with Andrea Balt

and

listening to stories from my courageous girlfriends – not naming them, obviously, but insert your people here…

 

So, to the liberated art (artists) – THANK YOU  for showing me myself

by showing yourself

 

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Stepping into more, here’s to the wild future – 2016.

 

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You: the art.

 

thanks for reading today,

michelle bernard

http://www.sculptedbybernard.com

Nourishing November

Here is my MOvement for November : The Spinal Twist

to re-align the physical and mental energies as we prepare for feasts of food and material.

Movement and breath are gifts worth cherishing every waking day.

They each offer pathways to vibrant health and intuitive expansion.
Dip into this delicious pleasure.

Michelle Bernard

http://www.sculptedbybernard.com

I hear you. I see you. I thank you.

He brought the GREAT message to me.

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The message of REAL MAGIC that I could tap into by believing and acting as if,

then seeing my so-called impossible stuff turn into possible.

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I thank you Dr. Wayne Dyer for that introduction  – listening to the cassette tapes of your voice reading to me while in my Los Angeles apartment in 1995.  The lessons in REAL MAGIC really turned me into a woman with wings.

I studied every text and podcast you breathed out into publication since then.  

I sat in your audience at the Javitts Center in 2009.

I read Anita Moorjani and Immaculee Ilibagiza.  

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Their stories nourished my humanness, taught me another level to love.

I keep thinking of you, Dr. Wayne.

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This movie has been one of my great teachers, as you have called it yours.

Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

{ watch the whole movie for the touch at the end }

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Do you question yourself?

Are you a writer?  Artist?  Choreographer?  Entrepreneur?

You know how it feels to come to the page, surface, floor, computer and make art and business happen.

You know how it feels to make money or not.

You know how it feels to question yourself, devalue your worth, need to create, wish for help.

You know how it feels to have a zillion good ideas.

You know how it feels to finish a project or start a bunch of projects that never fully make it to the END.

You know how it feels to never even START to bring a great idea to form because your queue is backed up with emotion and sabotage.

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I’m writing a book [among other creative things].

Why?

Well, the answer is difficult to explain.  I’m writing a book because there’s no space within me that doesn’t want to write it.

But there is doubt, fear, pause, perfection, terror [bigger than fear], wonder – all exhausting me from tapping out the words.

I’m moving like a snail.

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This helped like a gift from GOD[DESS].

[beware of maybe 5 or 6 S-bombs... cursing!}

Elizabeth Gilbert keeps helping writers and artists make peace with the creative nature.  

And this {JK Rowling} gave me another perspective.  It gave purpose.  

{The good part comes after her opening}

You will be gently stirred by these thoughts on the craft.

Don’t miss it

It’s happening.

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Don’t miss it.

The rising.

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yet enlivening.

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Color. Growth. Expansion.

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Take a breath.

Slow the moment down a bit.

Don’t look back.  

What’s back there,

is back there.

Your life is ahead of you.

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Look forward.

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And re-JOY (ce).

Joy. Say it with me. “Joy.”

In all that you do, find it.

Yep, when you’re eating real, natural foods, and sweating + dancing up to 6 days a week, and flopping out

your $50 yoga mat for some good ole stretching’,

do it with JOY.

Joy soothes the mind, balances the body, and gives life a purpose.

Choosing to live with JOY is the healthiest of ALL your choices.

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Besides eatin’ good and exercising often, what else are you doing that gives you JOY?