21 Days of Tarot Vue

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Join in the observation!  Each day I will post one of the Major Arcana cards from the Rider-Waite Tarot deck.

Take a quick glance and see what object in the card speaks to you.

Share with us on my Facebook Page or on Instagram.  Would love to connect with you and see what shows up as we move through the tarot cards together. #21DaysofTarotVue

 

 

Here are 4 of the sketches I have made showing the images that showed up for me each day with each card.IMG_3287 (1)

 

 

I also have discovered that some of the images/symbols show up in my daily life:

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Come on over and let us know what symbols YOU see!  Click here!

Free E-Course Acappella Affirmations

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Download your six songs here, and click the links underneath each one for the full length song and activity. (Each link opens in a new window or tab.)

Little Pieces – 

http://www.screencast.com/t/oVvT7Pgx

Detaching – 

http://www.screencast.com/t/6eS7l0MGMNU

Letting Go – 

http://www.screencast.com/t/BNIeXZiPA

Sky – 

http://www.screencast.com/t/epkaZxeZIO0

Patiently Waiting – 

http://www.screencast.com/t/taHinoHN

One Simple Thing Each Day – 

http://www.screencast.com/t/lVQVZnpwwCNW

Acappella Affirmations (words and melodies) are the property of Susan Loughrin of Inner Creative Voice. Please be mindful of the downloads, enjoy them and direct others to the Inner Creative Voice website for downloading purposes. Thank you for your consideration.

 

Continuing to Create

I am continuing to create a mandala each day.  I am then adding backgrounds from images that I have taken during the week from nature or of “light”.  I like the mixture of 2D art with a photo of something from “real life”.  Does that make sense?  My art floating on images from my 3D world.

The mandalas I have been creating are the ones that use a compass and create geometric shapes that I then color in.  It is in the “coloring in” that I find I allow for more intuitive thoughts to enter in.  The intuition is where I come up with the colors that I will use.  Basically letting my hand fall on the colors that want to be used for that portion of the created mandala.

This just feels good.  It gives me a focus each AM in my morning routine that energizes me for the day.  I am just letting that “be”.  No real analyzing beyond that.

What are you creating today?

 

Sharing Some Light

The 21 Days of Reflection e-course I am running this month has been delightful.  I have recorded a short meditation with a question to ponder for each of the 21 days of the session.  I have also invited the group members to add a photo of “light” each day after they have listened to the audio.

This has been a wonderful way for me to connect with others through light.

I look forward to the images that are posted each day.  I actually look back over and over as they are so uplifting to me.

Sharing our moments though light.  Would you share a photo of “light” with me on my Inner Creative Voice Facebook page? I would love to connect with you through light…

Taking Time to Create for Myself

I took some time to join in a free 5 day Mandala Magic course with Julie Gibbons.  What a delight!  Learning new things is such a joy to me.  I woke up excited each day to begin to create a mandala.

Taking time to fill my own creative well is so important.  I love that there are so many opportunities to learn on-line while still engaging in community.  I have discovered that I find my own voice learning from others, exploring new creative opportunities and then sharing that learning here with you and in offerings through Inner Creative Voice.

If you have followed my Inner Creative Voice newsletters over these past years, you will see that I enjoy sharing the body of creative/expressive work that I make.  Looking a bit deeper, all of these creative activities have a spiritual connection for me.  Listening within to see what images and metaphors come forward.

The same has happened with these mandalas.  I see the importance of images and motifs that run throughout my life.  I discover inner peace and also the resistance that lies just under the surface.  I am continuing this journey of deep exploration with Julie for this coming year.  I am looking forward to learning what the next stage is as I continue to discover my creative voice.  Going deeper into the symbology of the mandala.

21 Days of Reflection

 

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An e-course to invite you to get quiet, listen and reflect upon your past year.  A daily practice to give you a few moments to enjoy the wonder of time.  A way to allow yourself the beauty of looking within and discovering what you wish to celebrate from this past year.  Time for you to let go.

I hear so often, women especially, sharing that they just do not have time to care for themselves.  With busy schedules, hectic family lives, frazzled work lives and all of those dishes!  who has time?

This 21 day e-course has been designed to bring you 5-10 minutes of peace each day.  A reflective practice to support you in bringing a routine or ritual into your life for quiet introspection.  An invitation to find a few moments to set into your schedule time for you to reflect…and relax.

21 Days of Reflection will begin on December 1, 2015. This e-course invites you to reflect on your past year.  To ponder those things that you wish to celebrate.  These 21 recorded questions will allow the emotions and wonder of this past year to be brought back into your mind. Whether your year was filled with joy or sorrow, taking time to reflect on how you have grown allows you to celebrate. To appreciate all that you have accomplished this year of 2015.

The other aspect of this session will be a private Facebook page where you will be invited to share an image of “light” after you have listened to the recording.  Keeping this simple and allowing you to keep your reflections close to your heart, yet sharing with others the gift of light…putting out light out into the world.

What you will receive:
1. Daily emails for 21 days inviting you visit the private Facebook page where the audio will be posted
2. An invitation to a private Facebook group to share your image of “light” (a candle flame, a sparkly light, the sun)
3. Intentional focus on questions that will allow you time to reflect back on this past year

Reflection.  Introspection. Shining a light.
21 Days for $21.00.
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Journal Seasons: How my writing changes as I change

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Getting back to writing in my journal each day!  Re-creating the ritual of writing that has been missing as my life has shifted and changed.  I spent a few weeks with some serious resistance!  And now, I am settling back into the routine of writing.

Here are some thoughts on my work with journaling. I want to set the intention of bringing morning pages back into my daily practice.  I am ready to capture the thoughts, feelings, dreams and ideas that are swirling around as the season changes again.

In my younger years, I used to write sporadically in my journals.  At that time, I was keeping track of my emotions, where life was taking me, relationships, poetry…a real hodge-podge of thoughts.  Then, that switched to journals about my children, day-to-day ups and downs of motherhood, and my relationship with my husband.  It is now shifting again to thoughts of art and music, how things are integrated in the world and what is important to me in this next phase of my life.

I read Julia Cameron’s book The Artist’s Way a few years ago. This book totally changed my way of journal writing.  I began to write 3 pages (stream of consciousness, Morning Pages) each morning and watched the journals begin to fill and fill and fill with so many thoughts, ideas and images.  This writing was a simpler flow.  Get- up in the morning and just write 3 pages.  Since it was just upon awakening, the words poured out and still do.  No pressure to put “perfect” ideas on the paper, just words that flowed out of my pen.

When I finished each journal, I would leave the last page blank.   I would then reflect back on my writings.  I would go back through each journal and “star” certain ideas that stood out to me as important.  All of those starred ideas were written out on the very last page of each journal.

Wow!  I now had topics from my life! 

I began to use those starred ideas from the end of each journal to create blog posts, which then became the articles that you see in these e-newsletters.

The tool of Morning Pages keeps my journaling “light” when I need just a flow of words.  It is motivating to me to just sit and write with no pressure to “produce” anything other than thoughts on a page.

Are there days I do not want to journal?  Yep….lots of them.  I honor that in my life.  However, I can always go back and re-read what I have written.

 I put journal writing into my morning routine daily.  Do you? 

Here are the steps so that you can try-out this process:

  1.  Get a few blank journals, pens/pencils.  Keep them in the spot you will go to, to write each morning.
  2. Upon waking up, open your journal and write 3 pages-stream of consciousness, no judging.
  3. Just before your journal is filled, leave the last page empty
  4. Re-read all of your entries and “star” the ideas and phrases that stand out to you
  5. Write all of those ideas and phrases in the back of your journal
  6. What do you notice?

Be prepared for thoughts and ideas to emerge that might be difficult and/or upsetting.  This DOES happen and can make us uncomfortable.  This is your journal, so no need for anyone but you to see it.  However, these powerful insights will give you “clues” to your life.  How will you interpret them?

You may want to use your “starred” ideas for articles and blog entries. You may learn new things about yourself that you had buried for a long time.  You might discover beautiful connections that you had not noticed before.  Whatever you discover, it will be connecting you to your own creative journey.

 

Mini-Mastermind: 21 Days of Questions and Collaboration

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  • What if you had a group of like-minded people to collaborate with for 21 days?
  • What if you had time to ponder and focus on your own creative work/job/business?
  • What if you took the time to begin to set your intention to share your work?
  • What if you could ask questions of others in order to grow in your work/job/life?

These are the constant questions that I ask myself on a daily basis.  I have discovered that I enjoy working in collaboration with others to help me to answer questions that come up as I grow my business and work a day-job.  I take time each day to write and answer the questions that arise.  However, sharing these questions and my possible answers with others allows me to get a bigger perspective and clarification.  How about you?

I have had such fun facilitating accountability groups for the past few years.  As these groups have progressed, I have noticed a pattern of questions that arise as individuals begin to look at their own work.   I have compiled these questions into this new venture.  Spending time working through those questions with others allows for expansion.  We discover answers to questions that we may not have otherwise figured out on our own.  Connecting with others and their genius work allows us to deepen our own.

Whether you work full-time, stay at home with your kids, work part-time or are retired, I’ll bet there is something inside of you yearning to share your creative work with others.  Perhaps a side-line business, a blog, a website, a class, a creative endeavor…you are a “maker”; a creative that wants to share with others and bring your creative-self into the forefront!

That is why I am opening this e-course, Mini-Mastermind: 21 Days of Questions and Collaboration on November 11, 2015.  This e-course invites you to ponder questions about your creative work and will allow you to collaborate with others to support your journey.  This course will last 21 days and will have a private Facebook group, so that we can connect with one another to see what we discover as we ponder questions and connect with one another around a common topic.


What you will receive:

1.  Daily emails for 21 days inviting you ponder questions to dig deeper into your creative work/life/business
2.  An invitation to a private Facebook group to share what you discover and to share your ideas with others
3.  Intentional focus on common questions, answers and ideas to grow in our business/work/life (facilitated by Susan Loughrin)

Simple.  Clear.  Mini-Mastermind.
21 Days for $21.00. 
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Mastermind Group: What I am noticing

IMG_0119Working with a mastermind group continues to be a wonderful learning experience for me.

The group I currently work in has been set up with the understanding that we will post our top 3 weekly goals and each of us can ask a question of the group.  The group runs for 3 months at a time and then we can all evaluate to see what value we received and if we wish to continue.

Since the members are from all around the world, we are using a Facebook “secret” group.  This allows us to have a safe environment in which to share ideas…and important requirement when much of this information is private…vulnerable…sharing thoughts with a small group to get more focused answers.

For the past few months following this plan I have noticed these main themes, or ideas coming up our three goals:

  1.  Self-care
  2. De-cluttering
  3. Marketing ideas and strategies

While there are many more, these are the three that have caught my immediate attention.

Reflecting on self-care first, I notice that having a goal or a daily “to do” that involves meditation, walking, being in nature, resting…anything where the soul is nurtured is an important weekly reminder.  Scheduling in time for self-care, noticing the need to nurture ourselves for the rest of the week to run smoothly is essential to honoring ourselves.

Next, de-cluttering!  Taking time to search out our physical world for places where too much “stuff” has accumulated.  Having time each week to focus on a small area of our homes and/or offices to “de-clutter” creates a sense of peace.   We can see in the closet, notice the counter top is clear, and appreciate the work it took to clear a space.  Placing focus on “clearing stuff” from our physical environment and clears it from our “psychic” environment.  Peace of mind.  Clarity of thought and breathing space are being created as we build new dreams in an uncluttered environment.  Noticing that clearing a space is an essential part of our weekly goals.

Marketing for our businesses and planning self-promotion and clear goals to move forward in our work, businesses and home lives.

While not everyone in our mastermind group has her own business, we each can support one-another with marketing ideas whether we are the ones creating the business or may be the participants in others’ businesses or potential “clients” who would benefit from clear marketing goals and systems.

This 3rd focus is gently unfolding in our group.  We are there to lead, guide and support one another as we journey forward on our creative paths.  We congratulate one another for weekly tasks the have been accomplished; notice certain nuances of “titles for presentations, or wordings that sound just right.  We share books on various topics that might enhance learning in certain areas of focus and ask questions of one another.

In our mastermind group we have created a safe and nurturing environment where each of us grows and is challenged to create a “to do” list each week.  I wonder how things will progress…looking forward to the continued journey with these amazing women!

Now, I am taking the “marketing” topic and have begun work on an e-course to support others in reflecting on their own creative work.  What is it you wish to share with the world?  Who is your audience?  How much time do you devote to sharing your work?  What goals/intentions have you set for yourself in your work/business.

Look for this e-course in the coming days!