It seems that even Pantone is on board with my 2016 themes this year. Their color picks of the year are Rose Quartz and Serenity, as sampled in my illustration above.
2016 is a NINE year (2+0+1+6=9). This is exciting to me because 9 is MY FAVORITE NUMBER! I am a nine, and my personal intention for this coming “9” year is to experience completeness of self. The 9 in our 1-9 annual numeric calendar system represents the completion of a cycle. For me, this past cycle has been a time of being still with myself. Eight years ago, after years of searching for truth and answers outside of myself, I consciously began the search for truth and answers within. After several years of travel, I chose to settle down here in Las Vegas. It was not an easy adjustment… this becoming still and shifting inward. It revealed to me feelings of restlessness, discomfort, anxiety, and entrapment. At times, I experienced myself at my worst. The inner-strength that I had always relied on throughout my life suddenly seemed to expire and I found myself weak and utterly broken. The amazing part is that this feeling of brokenness took me to a new place, deep inside of myself, a place of complete darkness. A place where there was no way to move forward and all I could do was just sit still with these feelings and experience them. Through this place of acceptance and allowing I discovered that being vulnerable is not a bad thing. Asking for help is not a bad thing. Receiving help is not a bad thing. That no one expected me to perfect except for myself. By releasing previous ideas of strength that I was clinging to, I discovered what true strength is. I was shown the light that shines brightly within each of us.
“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” ― John Donne
As I worked through uncomfortable feelings, not always gracefully I will admit, I began to realize that it is impossible to be alone. There is a piece of each of us that is forever connected to every other soul that has ever lived, that lives now in our time, and who will ever be born. This connection with one another and with every energetic entity in the Universe is the symbiotic core of our very existence. It is undeniable, inescapable, and eternally lovable. As I began to recognize this and see it presented evidentially in my everyday experience of life I began to see the truth of who I was. The truth of who we all are… every one of us. This spark of light began to grow and spread into a flame. It began to warm the darkness that encircled me. As it burned brighter and brighter, it filled all the spaces of insecurity and doubt. It transformed the unbelievable into the believable, it turned the empty spaces in my heart into fertile soil for growth. I could feel my heart opening and expanding in ways I had never known before.
I discovered that I resonated with the symbol of the flying heart and I followed this symbol for years as I looked for every way to nurture my growth. I released huge amounts of fear that I had been holding onto in my heart-space. Through this release and rediscovery, my heart-space healed and became renewed. It showed me a potential for love that I had never seen before. Now as I move into the completion year of the 9, I do so with the intention of embracing this newly found peace, this completeness of self, as I prepare for the next nine-year cycle, whatever that might be. I am no longer afraid of imperfection or criticism from others. I have a newfound capacity to love beyond any experience or condition. My beautifully vulnerable and imperfect heart is soaring high in the clear blue sky, welcoming the gaze of all who care to look upon it.
Now it is time for your New Year Intention Creating Exercise. What are your intentions for this powerful 9 year that will begin tomorrow? What parts of your life are nearing the completion of a cycle? What do you want to create for your life this year? Whatever may be going on for you, I encourage you to spend some time in reflection over the next few days considering these things. Instead of setting a goal or resolution, I encourage you to seek out an intention. Think of it more as a direction in which to point yourself in, backed by your most loving and positive thoughts. Show yourself the love and compassion you deserve as a being of light. Try to simplify your intention into one short and easy to remember phrase. It can even be one single word, if that is what resonates with you. Use this phrase as your mantra. Illustrate it with art. Hang your art in a place of honor where you can see it everyday and reaffirm your intentions.
As the year progresses you will find it incredible how your intention will manifest itself if you give it the nurturing attention it requires. With any manifestation practice, always stay open to possibilities. Never limit yourself by your thoughts. Intentions are only the starting point. There is always room for growth and expansion. As you focus on your mantra, just be sure to end with the thought “… or something better!” The Universe responds to this courageousness and willingness to live without boundaries in the most magical and unforeseen ways. You are the creator of your experience of life. As with all of your creations the best are co-created with help of your creator. Ask for that help. Be grateful for it in advance. Prepare yourself to receive it. Enjoy the flow!
Lastly, in the spirit of the wise words of John Donne, I recognize that I am not an island and I humbly ask for your help so I may continue to create as well. Here are some ways you can support me and my mission of helping to vitalize the creative life of each and every person:
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- Please support me in any way you can so that I may continue to provide Creating Exercises and Creativity Coaching free of charge through this blog.
With great appreciation and gratitude, I thank you.
Loving you, you beautiful creative souls!
Your Creativity Coach,
Bonnie Kelso is the creator of The ABCs of Conscious Creating. She uses energy healing and creating exercises to connect people to their higher “creative” selves. For more information about her services read about her ACCESS! program or to schedule a consultation please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Are you ready to vitalize your creative life?