Creating Light from the Darkness (Winter Solstice)

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Life is full of contrasts. Change is the one thing we can count on in life. Everything changes, sometimes dramatically as if in an instant. What was light is suddenly dark, or what is dark is suddenly brought to light. Other times change happens so slowly, with such small increments, that our human perception can hardly conceive it at all. Like a glacier, the ice appears static and still, but underneath there are currents of icy water, moving the frozen mountains above. They tumble forward, in a dance that only the songs of epics could inspire. Huge monoliths of ice will transform in the dark of night, so slowly, it’s hard to perceive. This too, can be the pattern your energetic movements from dark to light, or from light to dark.

December 22 is the Winter Solstice. On Tuesday we will experience the longest night of the year. It is a special moment in the annual cycle and has been celebrated and revered across cultures spanning all of human existence. From Machu Picchu to Stonehenge, the evidence of a history of human connection to the winter solstice marks our ancient earth with carefully constructed monuments.

Even our modern world responds to this energetic shift. Do you think it is a coincidence that the new Star Wars movie is opening around the time of the Winter Solstice? Continue reading

Creating Energetic Time Travel

Creating Energetic Time Travel

Your thoughts are real. They have energy attached them, energy that manifests in all ways. Your thoughts can pull you into a downward spiral, or they can spiral you upwards into elated ecstasy. It’s all about your present perspective and which direction your thoughts are pushing the energy. Shifting from one direction to the other can sometimes feel profound and at other times feel hardly noticeable. The smallest things can create the shift.

For example, say you are having a great day, you are looking forward to an important meeting and you are eager to make a good impression on the group of people you will be talking to. You start heading for the door and you suddenly realize your keys are not where you thought they were. You have misplaced your car keys. You start scrambling to find them, and with every minute that goes by, you are risking your chances of arriving to your meeting on time. Now you are late and you are focused only on the possible negative consequences of the present moment. All of that good energy you were feeling a few minutes ago is suddenly beginning to move in an unexpected direction… if you allow it to. Continue reading

It’s All About the Gratitude!

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Does it seem as strange to you as it does to me that we only celebrate Thanksgiving once a year? I mean there are so many things to be thankful for every day, all day long…

The Thanksgiving Day holiday is a time to acknowledge all that you are thankful for. The tradition is to gather together with friends and family to share some words of thanks together as a group. How have your Thanksgiving Days been lately? Have you gathered for a feast? Has anyone spoken up about what they are most thankful for? Has it become just another day to eat a lot of food and watch football?

As your Creativity Coach, I urge you to celebrate the holiday this year with the intention of expressing Continue reading

One Fail-Proof Way To Expand Your Creative Thoughts

One Fail proof wau to exand your creative thoughts... take a hike!

One of the best ways to revitalize your creative life is to reconnect to nature. Spending some quiet reflective time in a natural setting can expand your creative thoughts almost instantaneously. I am so fortunate to live in a place where that wide-open nature is so easily accessible. Hiking was never really a part of my life growing up, but I discovered it as an adult and once I did, I knew that something significant had shifted inside of me. I found a way to connect to my spirit through nature.

Today is National Take A Hike Day! To help celebrate it, your challenge for today is to make a date with nature. If you can’t run outside right now, set a time when you can and keep the date! No cancelling, no postponing… this is really important! Getting connected to nature is the best way to clear your thoughts of the man-made clutter that we are constantly bombarding ourselves with. Once you get out there, here are three tips to make your experience worth the trip. Continue reading

How Do Your Heroes Shape Who You Are?

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When you think of heroes, who comes to your mind? Is your hero a fictional character like Superman? Is your hero a leader in your profession? Is your hero a religious icon?

Or, is your hero, someone you have had more personal access to? Is your hero someone who you know well and in several different contexts? Perhaps your hero is a multi-faceted human being who is adored by many and only truly understood by few. This is the kind of hero that I want to tell you about today. This is a family story, one of my Dad’s stories about the bond between him and his Uncle.

Today is Veterans Day. Today is when we honor, recognize, and celebrate all the heroes (sung and unsung) who have served in our Armed Forces. I know that my Dad always thinks of one person in particular on this day, his Uncle Glen. Glen E. Baker started his military career as a private in the Army during World War II. He served in Europe, he was present at Normandy on D-Day. He returned from the War with a chest full of medals that he never liked to look at. His extraordinary military career spanned his lifetime and he retired a Brigadier General. As a young boy, my father worshiped him. Later in life they would become good friends. Continue reading

Thinking Freely About Your Most Creative Beliefs

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Today is the unofficial national holiday: National Freethought Day. No offense to the scientifically minded Freethinkers out there, but I just had a thought that came to me freely through my intuition. I’m going to give you a Creating Exercise today.

“What makes a freethinker is not his beliefs but the way in which he holds them. If he holds them because his elders told him they were true when he was young, or if he holds them because if he did not he would be unhappy, his thought is not free; but if he holds them because, after careful thought he finds a balance of evidence in their favor, then his thought is free, however odd his conclusions may seem.”

– Bertrand Russell, Philosopher

For your Creating Exercise I would like for you to consider a belief. Choose one that you had when you were very young. Pick a good one. The more unbelievable it is, the better. It may even border on the magical… for example:

When I was eight years old, I believed that I could hold my breath underwater for as long as I wanted to without struggle. I would lie in bed at night in my room and practice this talent. I would sometimes count when I did it, then eventually just get bored and stop counting because I could hold my breath forever. I would pretend my room was sealed like a fish tank and full of water. I would imagine myself swimming through my room. Continue reading

Do You Want to Hear a Story?

“Y’all come around here, and listen to a story!” This I have heard. This I have said. I spent my early childhood from age 4 – 8 living in a small town in the Appalachian Mountains. When I look at my young kids, I realize how important those years are for developing your imagination. I often make up stories on the fly with my kids, too, much in the same tradition as I was raised. They love it. They love throwing in parts of the story as we go and totally changing the direction of it. It is my responsibility, as the storyteller, to somehow bring it all together at the end AND deliver a moral of some sort.

This weekend is National Storytelling Weekend. It’s always on the first weekend in October. It all started in 1973 with a highschool journalism teacher named Jimmy Neil Smith. The event began modestly in the small town of Jonesborough, Tennessee with a few dozen people sitting around on hay bales telling stories. Well, it started a storytelling revival of sorts and is now a national event drawing over Continue reading

Creating Exercise: Check In On Your Intentions

©Bonnie Kelso & Creating Your Experience

… (a.k.a. Gemini Moon & Solstice Perspective Quantum Shift)

Today is June 16th and the New Moon in Gemini is very present for me. I’m feeling a surge of energy propelling me to take action in the realm of communication. I feel intuitively that over these next few days (before the Summer Solstice is upon us) we are being presented with a unique opportunity to reflect, reassess, and put our intentions for the 2015 calendar year back on a productive course. I’m just going to throw this out at you all as it is happening to me, and if you are feeling something interesting stirring inside of you as you read, I invite you to join me in this simple creative exercise I’m calling the Gemini Moon & Solstice Perspective Quantum Shift or “The UNSEEN.”

Some transformations can occur over a great length of time, while others can take place within a matter of days, maybe even hours, minutes, or seconds! It’s all about suddenly recognizing what has been unseen before, and taking a leap and opening your eyes and really seeing, what has been right in front of you all along. This is an opportunity I see being presented right now, today, tomorrow, this week as we honor Continue reading