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I want to recommend Kelley Harrell’s Gift of the Dreamtime, a brave, compassionate, and wonderfully written book about Kelley’s experience of wrestling with childhood sexual abuse.  It takes place over the course of several years, and totally in dreamtime (also known as nonordinary reality or shamanic journeys).  She lets the reader in on her gritty process of working with her helping spirits to unravel her childhood wounding and to move forward in a positive way in her life.  She doesn’t sugarcoat the process, which is one of the gifts of her gutsiness in letting the reader in on her process.  She lets us see her learning process, lets us see her question her helping spirits, lets us see her pain and her healing.  It’s really beautiful, and is a great example of ways to work with your helping spirits.

 

Her journeys are very visual – not just visual, but engaging all the senses – which isn’t everyone’s experience of Dreamtime.  If you feel a bit of jealousy as you read Gift of the Dreamtime, please don’t let it deter you from continuing to read.  Everyone journeys in their own way; some people don’t “see” anything at all.

 

Kelley, I know I’ve already said this to you, but thank you so much for your gift of Gift of the Dreamtime!  I heartily recommend it.

 

Kelley Harrell, a writer and shamanic healer, lives in North Carolina and can be found in cycberspace at http://kelleyharrell.com.

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I heard someone say the other day, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.”  Although it wasn’t the appropriate time, I wanted to tell her how creative a statement that was.  Even on just a physical level, our bones are re-creating themselves minute by minute.  And the fact that she could come up with a statement like that when actually she is a very creative person was a very creative thing to say.  (SPOILER ALERT:  Everyone is creative!)

When most people think of creativity, they think of the fine arts, but our every thought is an act of creation.  Every decision is a creative act.  With every breath, we are creating something that didn’t exist the moment before.  Artistic expression is a wonderful way to strengthen the bridge between your unconscious and conscious, but our very lives are creative acts.  The challenge is to participate consciously in what we are creating – to consciously create.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Mindfulness meditation is a wonderful way to become acquainted with your thoughts, and to appreciate the life you are creating.  Spend at least a few minutes a day paying attention to your thoughts as you take some nice slow deep breaths, releasing your thoughts as they come up – that’s mindfulness meditation in a nutshell.  Books by Jon Kabat-Zinn by Jack Kornfield are good resources to help you develop this practice further.
  • Practice being thankful throughout your day – even if it seems like a crappy day.  Appreciating what you’ve helped to create so far will make it easier to create what you want to create next, as opposed to beating yourself up for decisions you’ve made in the past.  A little gratitude can go a long way.
  • Work with your second chakra, the energy center located around your sexual organs.  This chakra corresponds not just to sexual health, but to creative health as well.  Practice visualizing this area as a bright, vibrant orange, clear of any dark spots or rough edges.
  • If you don’t already have an artistic outlet, experiment until you find something that resonates with you, something that brings you joy and makes time stand still for you.  Try painting, writing, dancing, singing, throwing pottery – then options are endless.    (If you’d like to try a writing exercise, I have one on my website: http://www.lyndaskeen.com/Writing___Creativity.html)

The ripple effects of paying attention to your thoughts and exploring your creativity are extremely empowering.  It will become easier and easier to find yourself acting instead of re-acting in your own life, which will “suddenly” open up with opportunities, and you might just start to notice the beauty of your very own creative bones.

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(You might also like: 12 Ways to Find Your Dream Job http://wp.me/p1FkFN-4w.)

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