Wednesday, August 30, 2017

"There but for the grace of God, go I."

Spinning Your Gold Blog: Words that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions

"There but for the grace of God, go I." 
~ John Bradford (1510-1555)

I wanted to share my "9 Ways to Sing September's Songs," a blog post that was written a week ago, to celebrate the start of September. And in these historical and unprecedented weather-challenged times, the message's timing seemed cattywampus--you know not lined up correctly with the Universe's energy.

As someone born in Big Spring, Texas and a Floridian of 34 years, my heart physically twinges every time I see another Facebook post of the suffering in Texas and Lousiana! Tragically, Mother Nature isn't done...yet.

"Thoughts become things...Choose the good ones." 
~ Mike Dooley

This is now my mantra. It is helping me --and maybe it will help you--wade through the ongoing deluge of heart-aching news flooding our lives. 

My intention in writing this is to help shift any energy of despair to delight in seeing how Americans and our neighbors are coming together as ONE FAMILY. They are my heroes! Please find suggestions of places you might consider gifting with your time, talent, or treasure. 

To everyone who's opened their heart and contributed something, you're also my hero! While I don't know you, I do know you. We're Americans and members of the club called Planet Earth.

It's by no means a comprehensive list so if you have other good thought stories or places you would suggest for donations, please add to the comments.


Here are some good thoughts in no particular order:

* The Cajun Navy
Who knew about this group of volunteers? Ride along to see what they're doing.
Heros for unselfish service in the face of great danger.

* "Mattress Mack"
Meet Houstonian Jim McInvingale who opened his two furniture stores as temporary shelters for evacuees.
A hero for leading by example as a heart-centered business person.

* Pawsitivity Service Dogs
Four paws up to this group organizing resources to support the furry, 4-footed ones.
Heroes for reminding us that all living creatures deserve compassionate care and safety. 

* Former St. Petersburg Chef feeds thousands
James Canter and his wife started cooking five days in advance of the hurricane.
Heroes for spreading some Florida sunshine in these dark times.

* Wawa initiates chain-wide campaign
The Wawa Foundation started this crisis support campaign for areas impacted by the hurricane in partnership with the Red Cross; customers can add money to their purchase at checkout.
More heroes of corporate and civic responsibility.

* Brewery stops canning beer to bottle water
The Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Georgia sent 50,000 bottles of water to Baton Rouge.
Heroes for being a heart-centered business founded by two immigrants.

* Mexico offers helping hand
Mexico offered Texas a helping hand "as good neighbors should always do in trying times..." Muchas gracias! 
Heroes for modeling how countries might interact by demonstrating the Golden Rule, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Here are places still seeking help: 

* Peggy Nolan, a writing sister from NH shares:
"I used Amazon Prime to send supplies to the Texas Diaper Bank with free shipping. I didn't realize that most of the disaster relief agencies don't provide diapers.

If anyone is interested in getting involved, here's the info.
The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Rd., Suite 504, San Antonio, TX 78238.
It was also 32 years ago to the day that I was in a shelter with my one-year-old daughter because Hurricane Elena finally decided, after three days of wobbling in the Gulf of Mexico, to hit Biloxi, MS. And of course it was my daughter's first birthday.
And yes...I forgot the diapers. I remembered everything but the diapers."

* Andrea Patten, a writing sister from FL, wrote a blog about places seeking help: 
Her information also includes an aggregated list of Go FundMe projects for Hurricane Harvey-related needs.
* Janet Nestor, a writing sister from NC, shared this Facebook post with suggestions:
"Received this email from the Obama Foundation - ways to help Texas....FYI.
Hello Janet --
All weekend, people in Houston, across the Gulf Coast, and around the country have been pitching in to aid those affected by the devastating flooding in southeastern Texas.
We've been inspired by the acts of citizens aiding their neighbors, the first responders at work on the ground, and the people around the country who have come together to support those in need.
Help is still needed, and there are many ways for you to contribute from anywhere. Here are some of the organizations providing urgent relief and essential services to the people affected by Hurricane Harvey:
Red Cross
The American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is assisting in the care of thousands of displaced Texans, and working to restore homes. Learn more about how to support their efforts here.
Save the Children
Save the Children is delivering family-friendly relief supplies, setting up child-friendly spaces in shelters, providing specially trained staff to help children, and planning for long-term recovery needs. Support their Hurricane Harvey relief efforts here.
Houston Food Bank
The Houston Food Bank is providing immediate food distribution to families most in need. Donate now or learn more about how to volunteer at houstonfoodbank.org.
If you're able, please do what you can to help out. As President Obama said, that's what we do as Americans.
Thank you,
The Obama Foundation"



Friday, August 25, 2017

9 Ways to Sing September's Songs


Spinning Your Gold Blog: Words that Open Hearts & Inspire Actions


"September's song is a two-part harmony, 
as summer's lighthearted serenade ends and a deeper melody begins." 
~ Sarah Ban Breathnach
The art of celebrating September enjoys ancient roots. Summer ended and farmers gratefully gained extra time in the fields to work by the light of the harvest moon--also known as the Corn Moon, Barley Moon, Singing Moon, and Hazel Moon.

You may also be ending months of writing, creating, planning and hopefully playing and vacationing.
It is now a time to assess your crops, gather your friends and family, and celebrate!

Enjoy these nine ways to sing September's songs:

1. Write 300 words on "What I Did and Didn't Do this Summer"
This is a spin on the typical, first back-to-school day assignment from a teacher. Your essay has two parts: writing a Summer Gratitude List and; writing an Always Advance Appreciation List for what can still unfold. Tuck your essay into a place where you'll find it in May 2018 to remind you of that summer's goals. Invite your family to do the same.

2. Plan a Summer Gratitude Picnic
With your Summer Gratitude List and perhaps your family's lists, plan a farewell Summer Gratitude Picnic. Serve everyone's favorite summer drinks and finger foods with a simple setup in the backyard or on the living room floor--no chairs or utensils allowed! The focus of shared conversation and celebration: Let each person read their Summer Gratitude List. What songs might you sing together?

3. Clean out summer
Through the fresh, fall eyes of September, declutter your bookshelves and pantry. Tackle closets of summer clothes; this includes indoor and outdoor spaces from summer's shopping trips, sightseeing, and unfinished projects. Gather three bags or boxes and label them to gift, thrift, or toss. Now there's room to bring out your woolies, flannels, sweaters, boots, and socks. You might want to repeat the same gift, thrift, or toss process before putting them away. Consider the Hurricane Harvey relief programs.

"September, the harvest month...Summer is over, and autumn has arrived." 
~ Cynthia Wickham

4. Go back to school
It's never too late to have a happy childhood! Now's the time to take an online course or join a Meetup to learn something just for fun. Consider volunteering or teaching something you love! 

5. Gather supplies and share
For whatever back-to-school adventure you choose, treat yourself to a Dollar Store visit. Set a budget of  $18.00 and see how many interesting things you can buy.  You can even find my favorite pen there, though not the bold ink pens--that's the Pilot G-2 10. Not only does it write forever, but it's manufactured in Jacksonville, Florida, my home state.

Keep $9.00 of the supplies for yourself, and then gift the other $9.00 to a teacher, church, or woman's shelter in the areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

As a former elementary school teacher in Selma, AL and then 20 years later in Roatan, Honduras, a surprise gift like this would send me over the moon! I recall one summer while visiting the states from Honduras, my friends Annie S. and Ann S. helped me purchase $50-$100 of school supplies. This included basic items and best of all, the FUN STUFF! It was always thrilling to share these gifts with my students who went crazy seeing them unpacked. 

6. Visit places of harvest and share
Schedule Adventure Field trips to a farmer's market, arts & crafts show or museum. Fly solo or invite besties to join you. Take a walk in a park you've never visited. 

Again, in a spirit of generosity and gratitude, take some of the fresh produce to a food pantry. My experience, as both a giver and a recipient, is that fresh produce is always a very welcomed donation.

I'm passing the idea forward because of my parent's big hearts. On weekend trips heading back home from a grandparent's visit, they would always stop at a roadside stand to buy six flats of strawberries. The next stop was the convent at St. Francis de Sales Church and School in Riverside, California. The Dominican sisters happily received the sweet, red treats.
We kept one flat.
(Do you think that's why I always got good grades?)


7. Take Yourself to Market
Take inventory of business materials, i.e., stationary, business cards and brochures; consider something new like pens, bookmarks or postcards to send to clients. It's your harvest time to share all that's been created by planting seed thoughts in the spring and weeding and watering them all summer.

8. Celebrate the Full Moon on September 6
Go outside and walk. Consider walking in silence. Some would call this process a "walking meditation." Soak up the light as you reflect with gratitude on your harvest of many blessings. Talk with Moon. She's sure to answer you back. It is the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox

9. Host a Fall Equinox Feast on September 22 
Make a list of favorite fall foods and drinks. Might some of your favorites be caramel apples; different popcorn flavors; pumpkin spice latte; anything roasted and slow-cooked or; mac and cheese? Plan your menu.

Enjoy creating a fall tablescape with mums, small veggies, soy candles, and vintage linens. Go outside and bring some back inside with leaves, twigs, and rocks. Be sure to ask Mother Nature--the Pachamama-- if it's okay to take these items. Cue up moon songs for a sing-along! Most importantly, write a grace to bless your feast.

P.S. Why not join me and 13 other writing sisters at the Gulfport Writing Retreat: Renew Your Body & Creative Soul, October 29- November 3? And because of Hurricane Harvey taking our focus, energy, and prayers, the early bird prices are extended to September 13.

Today's Favorite Links for You:
* Old Farmer's Almanac, "Full Corn Moon."
* National Geographic, "Full Moons: What's in a Name?"
* Rachel Kieffer, Health Nut Girl, Holistic Health Coach
* Tarah Abram, Juicy Living by Design for holistic health and lifestyle design for busy moms on the go
* Fall Tablescape Ideas
* The Best Songs with Moon in the Title

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Why and How to Celebrate Eclipse Fest!



Spinning Your Gold Blog: Words that Open Hearts & Inspire Actions

“The energies of this ‘focused on America’ solar eclipse 
support personal, accelerated change as well as planetary change.” 
–The Reverend Frances Fayden

Unless you’re participating in a reality TV show like Survivor or Alone, you can’t dodge the constant hailstorm of information about the New Moon Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21. For authors like me, it’s challenging to find new adjectives to describe this super-awesome-OMG-cosmic event happening next week for the first time in 99 years and, one that won’t be seen for another 300 years!

Did you know that this free, four-hour Celestial Light to Darkness Show kicks off other energetic events such as the:

* Biggest meteor showers appearing in years lasting until August 24?
* Mercury Retrograde wrapping up on September 4?
* Full Harvest Moon showing off on September 6?

Why celebrate?Perhaps you’re not a lunatic Moon Girl like me. This wasn’t always the case. My observations and reflections of the moon’s cycles started five years ago; they evolved while developing the monthly editorial calendar of my Facebook page, Women as Visionaries with Lore Raymond. It seemed like a fun idea to include the full and new moon dates to inspire the weekly posts of the magazine's contributors.

Ready to rock it with NASA-approved glasses & t-shirt!
So, consider these reasons...
* Moon’s power is undeniable as entire oceans are impacted as seen through the ebb and flow of tides.

* Up to 60% of the human adult body is water. According to H.H. Mitchell in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, “The brain and heart are composed of 73% of water and the lungs are about 83% water.” It makes sense that you'd feel the same ebbs and flows in your body and emotions.

* There’s nothing subtle about this specific eclipse’s energy which might bring on mega changes and a new wave of energy!

* “Many believe that eclipses open a portal into a new energetic pathway, so it is important to take advantage of them when they do arrive. If Lunar Eclipses are all about endings, Solar Eclipses are all about new beginnings.” ~ExploreDeeply.com


Enjoy these 8 ways to celebrate your Eclipse Fest on 8-21: 

1. Gather your supplies now 
Order your NSA-approved glasses for checking out the solar eclipse. Many locations are sold out—and some are still selling inexpensive ones so be cautious. This is important especially if you have vision challenges like my 85-year old mom with macular generative eye disease. She won’t be looking at the heavens that day. You might want to buy a commemorative tee-shirt. I did!

2. Celebrate with a community 
Like the stars in the Milky Way, pick from the gazillions of choices to celebrate your Eclipse Fest a.k.a. SolFests, SolarFests, or EclipseCons. Go online to check on virtual or MeetUp gatherings. Research local colleges and universities for their offerings Visit: Find a Women's Circle: the divine feminine app 

3. Create a Ceremony 
Since solar eclipses are about new beginnings, it’s important to first clean out your emotional and physical houses of clutter and garbage. Releasing ideas can be found on my blog, “5 Letting Go Rituals for the Woman in Transition.”

4. Clarify your dreams 
In this emotional lightness, you are ready to write your hopes, dreams, and desires for the rest of 2017. Be specific. Dream out of space--and out of the box!
Download the free Abundance Check & fill it out!

5. Fill out an Eclipse Fest  Abundance Check 
This is a magnetic time for attracting more abundance into your life! What emotional and physical resources do you seek to attract to support your hopes, dreams, and desires? 
Download and fill in my free gift, the Eclipse Fest Abundance Check. You don't have to give your email.

6. Write a Letter for Eclipse Fest 
Write a letter of encouragement to yourself about everything you've listed or thought about in Step 5. Reread it often. For fun, put a copy of the letter in a self-addressed envelope to you. Give the envelope to a friend and ask them to surprise you by mailing it sometime before December 31. Did you know that you can buy eclipse stamps?

7) Be inspired and informed. 
Here are my favorite places for fun and helpful Eclipse Fest information:
Time to see, state by state
* See if your glasses are safe
* Caution from an optometrist
Old Farmer's Almanac, since 1818
Plan your party
Activities
Pinterest ideas
Where to celebrate

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” ~Les Brown

8) Reflect. Finally, as you and I along with millions of others celebrate Eclipse Fest, let’s pause to look up to the heavens--hopefully wearing NASA approved solar eclipse glasses--and reflect on these words by Xan Oku:

You have been.
You will be, forever.

Stardust and planets,
Fossils and forests.

You have been so many things, my love.
Don’t you remember?

You are not a stranger here.

~Thank you, Carolyn Riker, bestselling author of Blue Clouds, for sharing this poem on Facebook.

Copyright Lore Raymond, 2017.  No portion of the blog post or information on this site may be reprinted, re-used or copied to another site without prior written permission from the author. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

5 Letting Go Rituals for Women in Transition




“It’s never too late in life to edit or revise.” -Nancy Thayer

It seems that many women believe this if you witness the explosive growth of solo-preneurs, coaches, and authors! My hometown area of Tampa Bay, Florida, boasts the largest number of women entrepreneurs in the state which is one of the most entrepreneurial areas in the nation. The new, bright red cover on my school calendar echoes Nancy’s belief with this quote:

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” -George Eliot

All this is to confirm that if you are not feeling blessed and blissed out with your life then, please…Edit. Revise. Change!

Are any of these a part of your life with: 
* New projects or efforts that disappoint?
* Vampire relationships that drain?
* Expectations that exhaust? 
* Schedules that overwhelm? 
* Work that demeans?
* Unmet dreams that depress?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, there is a solution.
  
Here are the seven most important words you may ever hear:



"When the horse is dead, get off!"

While research credits “Anonymous” with this quote, I first heard it years ago from Rosita Perez, a talented professional speaker. Sadly, she's left her "earthly suit" though her inspiration remains.

So with an open heart, make a conscious assessment of what dead horses you’re trying to still ride and be willing to take inspired actions--all key to your spiritual and emotional growth. 

You can’t start a new journey if you’re carrying heavy baggage or dragging garbage along.  In fact, you can be downright stinky after riding that dead horse—and the possible reason why abundance, happiness, and health are avoiding you!

Once you're off that dead horse, what next? The first step is to engage in letting go rituals. 

Why are rituals important? Francesca Gino and Michael I. Norton in Scientific American explained, “While anthropologists have documented rituals across cultures, this earlier research has been primarily observational. Recently, a series of investigations by psychologists have revealed intriguing new results demonstrating that rituals can have a causal impact on people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Here are 5 Letting Go Rituals for Women in Transition:

1) Alphabet List
This is a good starting place to identify the “names” of the dead horses you’re riding. Find a quiet place free of noises and distractions. Bring your journal and pen. Then ask yourself, “WHAT do I need to let go of that no longer serves me?

Allow the answers to come. Go through the alphabet. Keep your hand moving. Don’t judge what you are writing.  If you get stuck on one letter and can’t think of anything, move on. Then, return to it.

Then repeat, only this time ask, “WHO do I need let go of that no longer serves me?

You may want to repeat this writing process more than one time; it’s guaranteed to identify known and new information. You can then use your Alphabet List with the…


2) Pencil Drop
This is a simple, effective practice that Judy McNutt, a visionary writing sister and healer, used in our coaching session. She invited me to think of the thought I wanted to drop. 

Then she asked me to hold that specific thought in my mind while breathing and holding a pencil in one hand. 

Her next instruction was, “Just drop the pencil! Let it go. Let the thought go.” Repeat as necessary. 

This might be an effective daily ritual while online and reading negative information--or as thoughts of larger issues with your transition surface. If letting go still remains tough, then consider the…

Facing Machu Picchu, "Old Mountain", 2008 -Not behind me!
3) Peruvian with Love, with Release Ritual
Before taking any rock or shell, I follow a sacred ritual, asking the Pachamama or Mother Earth if it is "okay" for me to take the rock or shell with me. Several times the answer was a clear "NO."

This ritual process of first asking was taught to me by Don Jorge Luis Delgado, my shaman co-leader in 2008. He shared that the Andean people believed that we are one with the earth and everything is sacred: the rocks, rivers, animals, birds, plants, trees, and especially the mountains. 


To take something from the earth without thoughtful reflection would have been inappropriate. Happily, the Pachamama said "yes" to a small handful of rocks that did make their way home to Florida for ceremonial use.

Rocks are used for releasing what Don Jorge calls "dark, heavy energies." Try breathing into a special rock three times, saying, "I release all feelings of _____ (name of an emotion) about_____ (name of a person, thing, and event)." Then move or toss the rock to another place. 
You’re encouraged to do this near a body of water.  

Be conscious of your actions. Never underestimate the power of natural treasures you may find and always ask, "Pachamama, is this rock or shell okay for me to take?"



4) Monkey Trap Jar
Do you know how they trap a monkey in the forest? I learned about this method while living in Honduras where many small monkeys are trapped and sold as pets. Trappers place a favorite food in a glass jar with a small neck on the ground. 

So when the monkey tries to pull its hand out, it is stuck! The now large fist clenching the treat makes the withdrawal through the small jar opening impossible.

Rarely does the monkey let go. Sadly, it becomes a prisoner, stuck on the ground that can’t climb the tree to flee when the trapper approaches.

To make a Monkey Trap Jar, find a glass jar with a small neck. (Thrift stores are great places to find one for pennies.) Keep it near your computer or on the kitchen counter. Then on sticky notes or slips of paper, write all the things that you feel are “sweet” in your life as possible entrapments. 

This could include the expectations of appreciation, awards, and rewards that you are holding onto with a tight, clenched fist—a fist that won’t allow you to let go!

You might add to your jar once a day as part of your daily letting go ritual. At the close of a week or month, consider taking all the sticky notes out of the jar and burning them with sage. You might want to do this privately or at a group celebration like below…

5) Letting Go Celebration!  
Gather friends in person.  Light a white candle after saging the circle area. Maybe it's a dining room table. Allow each friend to write and share what or who they are letting go of and why. 

When everyone has spoken, go to another person until everyone has spoken all of their letting go statements. There might be several rounds. You’ll know that everyone is complete when there is silence. (You might want to burn the contents of the Monkey Trap Jar.)

Finally, listen to the Ho'oponopono Prayer. There are many beautiful videos to download. Wrap up by listening to the Ho'Oponopono Prayer together.

Blow out the white candle.

If you are a woman in transition and feel called to take inspired actions, consider making time to embrace these five letting go rituals over the next 18 days. 

These five rituals will better help you remember and reinforce what Rosita Perez suggested,“When the horse is dead, get off!”

P.S. Rituals and ceremonies will be a key part of the Gulfport Writing Retreat: ReCharge Your Body & Creative Soul, October 29-November 3. Are you interested? Early bird prices close on August 29.

Copyright Lore Raymond, 2017.  No portion of the blog post or information on this site may be reprinted, re-used or copied to another site without prior written permission from the author.

Monday, July 31, 2017

8 Slow Joy Offerings for August



Spinning Your Gold Blog: Words that Open Hearts & Inspire Actions

“Let a seasonally sanctioned sojourn of
 slow joys 
refill the authentic reservoir of creative energy.”~Sarah Ban Breathnach

Thank you, July. Hello, August! With daily temps still soaring to triple-digit numbers, rigorous outdoor activities are nearly impossible! Any form of exertion --outside or inside-- poses serious health and emotional challenges. Summer wilts and wears down even the once, freshest spring spirit.

So what’s a body and creative soul to do?
Breathnach suggests her answer above. And for this eighth month, my answer comes as...

8 Slow Joy Offerings for August

1. Relinquish half of what’s on your daily To Do List. Add more to your To Be List. 
You will feel an expanded peace of mind!

2. Declutter one drawer. Maybe it’s the junk drawer. Don’t tackle a closet, room, the entire house or the office! Set the timer for just 18 minutes. You will relish Divine Order!


3. Enjoy a happy childhood again or for the first time. Pause to reread your favorite childhood books. You might include rereading the books you read to your children or grands. Settle on the floor in the children’s section of a library you’ve never visited. Then, pretend you’re all ungrown up! Snuggling in a bean bag with a book does a soul good.
You will cherish old memories while creating new ones!

4. Check out nearby Meetups for a writing circle or book club. Bookstores and libraries can also offer suggestions. Many are free gatherings. And some, like my monthly Divine Dialogue Writing Circle, charge a nominal investment for what’s offered. Can’t find one? Start your own like I did 12 years ago.

While the virtual world is exciting, it can also be an isolating experience –especially if you’re a solopreneur like me. There’s simply no substitute for face-to-face smiles, hugs, and hearing the word spoken out loud. You will enjoy the creative connections!

5. Schedule your V.I.M.D --Very Important Me Date—to luxuriate by reading your stack of magazines or bedside books. 
Find shaded hammock space so you won’t be interrupted or distracted.
You will celebrate your self-worth!

6. Go gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily. Consider a nighttime kayak or canoe trip--maybe one in Florida or Costa Rica where you can experience a natural phenomenon of glowing blue waters alive with an activity called bioluminescence.
You will delight in discovering new worlds!  

7. Explore thrift stores for gently used books. My favorite is the Goodwill Outlet—also called the Goodwill Buy by the Pound Outlet. They sell what the Goodwill Retail Stores can no longer accommodate due to limited shelf space. Books sell for $.99 a pound in Tampa Bay. You will discover new authors and inspiration for pennies!

8. Gift to thrift stores. On this same trip, take books that you haven’t touched in a year and donate them to the thrift store, church/school library or a woman’s shelter. This transforms cluttered, stagnant energy into slow, flowing energy.
You will enjoy seeing open space on your shelves!

Other than the nighttime kayak trip for about $40 and exploring thrift stores to buy books for pennies, 
all other slow joy offerings are 
free
How fun and fabulous is that?


Now that you’ve read this list, what slow joy offerings might you add for August? Please share in the comments.

P.S. Your special invitation awaits you to my Gulfport Writing Retreat: ReNew Your Body & Creative Soul. The first 7 women to register enjoy bonuses of $463-including a coaching session with the dynamic editor, Bryna Rene Hayes! It's a new venue! So new, lower tuition prices are offered. Interested?

Copyright Lore Raymond, 2017. No portion of the blog post or information on this site may be reprinted, re-used or copied to another site without prior written permission from the author.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

5 Ways Whales Inform & Inspire Creativity

"Creativity is a wild mind and a disciplined eye."
~Dorothy Parker

Have you ever seen whales breaching? Stared into their eyes in person or in photos? Who isn’t filled with wonderment seeing them leaping and frolicking like giant ocean puppies? Like the whale, a wild mind and disciplined eye can be yours to create.

My first whale experience came the Summer of 2000 during a VisionQuest in Nova Scotia. After sleeping soundly in my new, L.L. Bean two-man, blue bubble tent, strange sounds gently awakened me. They were not close by. Curiously, I bumbled outside in the pre-sunrise hour to hear the sounds continuing...Oh, my! It was a whale breathing! Later that day, I joined other tourists for a whale watching boat adventure which did not disappoint.

The guide shared that worldwide, Native American peoples worshiped these gentle, intelligent creatures and treated them with great respect. Even Europeans were awe-inspired and considered them symbols of the world because the oceans are their home. Today, whale sightings are considered a good luck sign—and if one is found breached or dead on the shore, it conveys a sad and heavy message.

For your reflection or writing consider…
* Is now the time to dive deeply into your creative projects, writing, business, or perhaps personal relationships?

* What help do you seek to surge ahead and break through the nets of procrastination and overwhelm that hold you under?

* Are you experiencing trouble navigating the small storms or tsunamis of life?

* Do you seek more courage to sing your personal song? What would help?

You have only to look to the whales for answers. 
Symbolic of the free use of creativity, whales serve as global teachers to help your creativity skyrocket!  

Here are five ways that whales inform and inspire creativity:

Practice self-reflection.
Taking time to retreat and to “unplug to plug in” allows for an essential alone time. By doing this, you hear like whale sonar, your inner whispers, and intuitive voice. In time, you will also hear your “Whale’s Song”, the Divine music. Follow it. Trust the lyrics and the melody. Trust your huge and gentle creative genius.

Embrace confidence.
If you are swimming in polluted, contaminated waters, you can’t create. You must change the environmental waters of people, places, and things. Take one step each day to swim beyond these negative influences. Imagine yourself grabbing onto the whale’s tale as you travel to fresh, crystalline waters; now you can see more clearly to create.

Wake Up & Rise Up!
At times, you may feel like you are Jonah in the Bible story being swallowed up and then spit out. While you are in this seemingly dark, impossible place, the whale serves to teach and transform if you patiently allow. During this time, you must awaken and remember that there is more to what you experience in the outer. Then rise up! “Be in the world, but not of this world.” ~ John 15:19 and John 17:14-16.

Breathe to open consciousness & clarity.
Take a deep breath. Hold it.Travel like the whale beneath the waters of your consciousness into a new awareness. See different perspectives. Feel heightened intuition.When you surface again, you take a new breath as though it were your first. Life looks different. Your creative projects now look different, yet the same.

The whale never stays in the deep forever and comes up for air, often skyrocketing! You can also reclaim your inspiration and skyrocket. Remember to breathe.

Enjoy heart-listening.
When you become still to listen to your heart --the first drum in your life --this sacred, creative rhythm is like the “identifying sounds the whale uses to identify their pod in nature.” The whale enjoys strong family ties that are always protected. Through heart-listening, your family, friends, clients, and readers know they can trust your creative projects. Why? They emanate from a place of love.

As you start or continue a creative project this summer, remember to call Whale into your office or studio. Review the five ways that whales inform and inspire your creativity: Practice self-reflection; Embrace confidence; Wake up & Rise Up; Breathe to open consciousness & clarity and; Enjoy heart listening.

What is Whale teaching you? Remember, like the whale, a wild mind and disciplined eye can be yours to create!

Enjoy Whale Sounds, Stress Relief with Theta Isochronic Tones. Playing Theta wave music was one of the ways suggested in “5 Cool Ways to Recharge Your Creativity.

P.S. Your invitation awaits you to my 5-Day Free & Fun Journal Adventures to Recharge Your Creativity: Tell Writer's Block to Take a Vacay! Click on this link and it will appear in your newsfeed for 24 hours. Or share this Journal Adventures invitation and sign up. I hope you will join me as it's going to be lots of fun.
Who knows, we might even spot some breaching whales on our Journal Adventures!

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