It’s November now and the beginning of Family Stories Month. Yay! I’m so excited about this… Today is November 1st and National Author’s Day. I’d like to celebrate today with you, by sharing a family story about a very special up and coming author I know.
My five year old son is in Kindergarten and he’s learning to read and write. I don’t remember learning to read until maybe the third grade, but now, everyone seems to be in a real hurry to achieve greatness. Although I am a firm believer that every one of us has greatness resonating inside of us, I also firmly believe that we each run on our own timetable for this greatness to manifest. It’s not something that can be rushed through. It requires patience. It requires the delicate nurturing of your creative life. It can’t be demanded, expected and measured across the board. Despite what some institutions think, there is no educational standard for it. Each person will come to their greatness in their own time and in their own way. There will be a lot of challenges along the way and a lot of lessons to be learned. It will require a strong understanding of and belief in yourself. It will take some hard work, a bit of luck, and a good dose of openness to receiving it. Continue reading
Today is National Dictionary Day. It is celebrated on October 16th in honor of Noah Webster’s birthday. Noah Webster is often considered one of the American Founding Fathers. He was one of the most prolific authors of the new nation. His dictionary, and arguably his greatest life achievement, was published in 1828 when he was 70 years old. He preferred spellings that matched the pronunciations better and his last dictionary basically distinguished American English from British English with changes in spelling of words like center (from centre), color (from colour), and so on. It was considered a pretty radical move in the day. It’s important to realize that he didn’t just make this stuff up either, he was representing the language of a new nation which was trying to separate ideologically from England. He was also a teacher and had many strong opinions about how American children should be educated. He created a guidebook known as the Blue-Backed Speller designed to teach children how to read, spell and pronounce words. It was the most popular American book of its time. The legacy of his dictionary speaks for itself, though he never received much recognition for it before he died.
In honor of Noah Webster, wordsmith extraordinaire and crafter of definitions, I would like to propose a special Creating Exercise for you today. Continue reading
When is your birthday? What is the number of the day you were born on? What does your birthday number tell you about you? Numerology is the belief in mystical relationships between numbers and events. Birth dates are often used to describe personality traits, karma, or the destiny of an individual. Personally, I find it fascinating. I also enjoy reading a good horoscope from time to time as well as indulging in other divination tools. Mostly I rely on my intuition to guide me, but sometimes, when the spirit moves me, I will look for messages in numbers.
This might just be my most self-indulgent post ever. Today is my birthday. I am now 45 years old. That’s a 9. (4+5 = 9). Today is the 9th of October. Another 9. When you add up all the numbers of my birthday… you get 9. It’s the number of my soul. It’s also the number of my life’s purpose. The numerology of my name, again, is a 9. Ever since January, I’ve been in a personal year of, you guessed it: 9. Guess what 2016 is? …9. Even in my CREATE! Program I write about the number 9 and how it relates symbolically to creativity.
9s always seem to pop up for me. Sometimes they arrive without much fanfare, and sometimes they kind of freak me out. Continue reading
New Moon Creating Ritual
Paying attention to the cycles of nature can greatly support your creative life. The monthly orbit of the moon around the earth is one of the most obvious of nature’s cycles. The moon itself has long been held as a symbol of creativity. By respecting and working with the cycles of the moon you can infuse its power into your creating abilities.
The New Moon is the part of the moon’s cycle when the earth is blocking the light from the sun. It is a time of fertility. When you pant a seed, you push it into the earth, where no light can reach it. Here is the place it needs to be in order to germinate and become a living thing. Likewise, when the moon is at its darkest, that is when it is time to plant the seeds of our intentions. By performing this New Moon Ritual, you will be able to clarify your intentions and put the power of the creative moon behind them. Watch as they manifest for you throughout the month. You should take the ritual seriously, but at the same time, have fun with it. Be creative! You can use my suggestions as guidelines, while at the same time finding creative ways to honor your unique creative power.
We will start by lighting a candle. Lighting a fire is a metaphor for initiation. It helps draw your focus and the focus of your guides to this present moment. Sit and reflect for a few minutes about what you are grateful for in your life. Then, reflect on what could make your life better or more enjoyable than it already is. Perhaps you want to start a new project and are seeking a positive result. Perhaps you want to improve on a relationship or address a health concern. Continue reading