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On this side of the planet, spring has finally sprung. One of my favorite parts of each day now is when little Kai sees the sunshine and says “sunny sunny day!” with such exuberance, his 22-month-old smile fresh as a tulip opening its petal-wings to blow a kiss to the sun.
I especially love the season of spring because of its inherent built-in energy! It is such a wonderful time to bounce into action. If you have a project, business, or idea that you're ready to take from DREAMing to DOing, you might be interested to know that bestselling author and artist SARK has just announced her very first live teleclass series, called Dream Boogie with SARK.
There are 8 live teleclasses and she is teaching 7 of them while I am guest teaching the other called, "Passion and Productivity: A New Vision for Action and Commitment". We’re going to have a real blast! There are also so many fun and really neat additional features to program in addition to the live classes and that give participants a chance to connect directly with SARK herself and make the experience amazing and so much more personal. It begins Wednesday, April 14, 2010 and materials will be distributed this Tuesday, April 13.
You can view the full course schedule (SARK calls it her "Succulent Sillybus") here. And you can enjoy some fun “Dream Boogie” samples, including inspiring audio snippets of me interviewing some of SARK's favorite "Dream DOers", colorful SARK videos, and other funky little downloads for your dream, on this page. So juicy and fun! This is a truly unique opportunity for you to work directly with SARK, and, under her live guidance, move from dreaming to DOing. Here’s a fun little video of SARK, which is a tea party for your dream:
Have a wonderful “sunny sunny” weekend!
You may have heard about Artella's new ARTbundance™ Coach Training Certification Program, which began with its inaugural group last summer, and the second training is now in progress. For today's "In the Studio" Interview, I'm delighted to present an interview with Certified ARTbundance™ Coach Wendy Fedan.
Wendy Fedan is a freelance Illustrator, ARTbundance™ Coach, and has been facilitating Creative Women's Retreats since 2008 in Ohio, North Carolina, and West Virginia. Upcoming retreats include 2010 West Virginia Retreat (near Pipestem), May 21-23, and 2010 Ohio Retreat (near Sandusky), Sept. 24-26.
Enjoy getting to know Wendy!
Artella: You have a very interesting background in art, including being an artist in a corporate setting. Tell us a bit about it.
Wendy: I graduated from The Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA in Illustration, and minored in Creative Writing. I started out doing caricatures for various amusement parks, then finally caught a break getting hired at American Greetings where I designed Christmas Ornaments. While working there, I discovered after only a few years that I needed to find personal creative fulfillment without depending on my job to supply that for me (you can only be so creative working in a cubicle). After ten and a half years, my secret dream to be laid off came true (God gave me the ol’ cosmic boot in the rear to follow my dreams). You hear stories like this all the time, but when you see the magic happen in your own life, it is truly amazing. I’m working now as a freelance commercial illustrator, and have my hands in so many miscellaneous projects, I can barely count them all – including being a mother of two toddlers. My corporate job prepared me for this kind of multi-tasking. Now I feel I am finally free to seek my true potential – now God is my boss.
Artella: In your mind, how are creativity and spirituality related?
Wendy: Creativity and spirituality are linked, no doubt about it. The act of creating anything is a spiritual process, whether you are writing, painting, or knitting. You begin the process most likely with a vision of what you want your piece to look like – but most likely you will undergo a series of joyous and sometimes frustrating discoveries along the way. Creation ultimately becomes an act of faith. In the end we need to let go of certain aspects of our vision to allow the synchronicity of creation to come through – as much as we allow. Creativity can be an act of letting go – and that is one aspect where healing comes in.
You can read the rest of Wendy's interview, here
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SARK says, "Creative dreams have a kind of power and energy that ask you to follow along. You'll notice this by serendipity and synchronicity." In one of my e-courses, From Here to ARTernity, I share an art project for creating a "Synchronicity Watch", which is a journal to help you become more aware of synchronicity in your life.
Creating a "Synchronicity Watch" allows us to use a different kind of watch to tell time. Observing synchronicity allows us to get out of sequential time, and allow a sense of enchantment and new possibility into our lives. By their very nature, synchronicities involve patterns that transcend the usual limits of space and time. They allow us to get a glimpse of something beyond our normal rationality and our normal understanding of how space and time works. No matter what your beliefs are, I think that a curiosity about how the world works is inherent in just about any creative person, and nurturing that curiosity will stimulate that creativity further.
Use these Journal Questions as a launching point for the kinds of things that you may want to "watch", and track in your Synchronicity Watch Journal.
Here are some journal questions to answer in your Synchronicity Watch in the morning:
Synchronotes are especially effective when you write them down soon after waking up. Write the very first thing you think of, for each of the following prompts. Don't think at all; just write the FIRST thing that comes to mind. If nothing comes to mind, just make something up!
- Were there any meaningful elements in last night's dream?
- Do you have any "hunches" for today - just feelings of actions you should take, things you should do?
- Jot down a few synchronotes – that's my made-up word for things that you notice are dancing on your brain, and you don't know why. They often turn out to have significance as you continue to cultivate a synchronicity habit.
- An image
- Something that catches your eye in your immediate environment
- A person
- A place
- A smell
Anything else that is dancing in your mind
Here's a spread of Synchronotes from my Synchronicity Watch:
Then, here are some good journal questions to answer at night:
- Look at your synchronotes from this morning. Did any of those images or items find their way into your life today?
- Any hunches that you followed up on today?
- Any hunches that you haven't followed up on?
- Are you noticing any change in the clarity or frequency of synchronicity?
- Are you noticing any change in your overall feeling, mood, energy, perception?
Continue to make entries in your Synchronicity Watch regularly. You'll probably see the biggest changes if you make a brief entry each morning and each night, but you can also try different configurations to see how this playful activity can best fit in your life.
This Quotz Crystal is a high-resolution jpeg image, suitable for printing. Print it out and hang it up to remind you of the power of your dreams:
~Celebrating all of's sunny dreams,
Artella Founder, Mango Lover, Hula Dancer
Artella Land ~ the creative isles of words, art, and spirit
Artella PO Box 6211 Kamuela HI 96743
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