What does anger feel like?

Red hot? Lava-like? Thorny, like a ball covered in spikes?

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I’ve been asking this question a lot lately, trying to get to the root of it. Anger is like a star. It sits in your tummy and when everything is going okay, you don’t even notice it. But as soon as you perceive a threat, the star begins to change. The shifts may begin in a subtle way. A strange poking here and there caused by the points of the star. If it is not addressed, it will begin to dig harder, like a thorn in the skin. Everything you do, every interaction you have, it’s there, just under the surface, waiting to Continue reading

Creating Choices: Fluid and Finite

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Every day you make choices. Sometimes these choices are temporary and fluid in nature. They don’t have the same weight of a choice that is finite. You may not even realize how finite a choice is until you begin to see the consequences of it arrive on your doorstep.

One after another, these consequences will show themselves and remind you of your Continue reading

Finding A Mentor That Empowers You

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This sounds like the perfect solution, doesn’t it? Just connect with the right person and all your problems will disappear. I mean look at all the people who have won the jackpot by getting the ear of Oprah for a moment or two. There is a catch, though, there always is. Do not be misled into believing that someone else can ever truly empower you.

The kind of empowerment that we are all really seeking, that which has the fortitude to change the world for the better, can only come from within.

Yes, there are people in the world who are incredibly influential. A person like Oprah has the power to make you suddenly be seen by a large number of people. Think of that for a moment. What would it be like to be seen this publicly? Is there anything you are not prepared to share? What is the value you place on your own privacy? What about the privacy of your loved ones? Continue reading

Is Your Creative Life Worth Fighting For?

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How much time do you spend watching TV? This image appears on page 27 of my book Vitalize Your Creative Life. I stand by this graphic and the message it conveys. I also freely admit that I am a TV binger and lifelong TV addict. By the word “TV” I mean the effortless preoccupation of my brain by programmed sounds and videos on a screen (of any size) while the remainder of my body remains relatively inactive. In part I had no choice. I grew up with TV. I am the product of an early generation exposed to a now common type of addiction. Continue reading

3 Good Reasons For Selling Your Creations

Some people have been asking me why I have been purging my original artwork on eBay for ridiculously low starting bids. Well, I thought I would write about three good reasons why, just as I list another lovely piece of original art from my collection. World, meet “Bean.”

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Reason #1: Letting Go

I created this painting in 2008, so it’s been in my possession for nine years now. A lot has happened in nine years, and frankly, I’m ready to move forward. So, part of my purging has to do with Continue reading

3 Creative Ways to Bring Yourself Back To Gratitude Now

Gratitude is where the heart isGratitude is not just for the month of November anymore. Gratitude is a way of living life. If I choose to embrace gratitude every day and every moment, it will transform my experience of life. Gratitude is my number one focus for this next nine-year cycle. That’s right! I’m committing to feeling gratitude for whatever may come my way through 2025. Whew! I said it out loud. I wrote it down. I shared it on my blog! It has already begun to take effect.

If you choose to embrace gratitude every day and every moment, it will transform your experience of life.

When it comes to gratitude, there is no better time than the present to start implementing its power. Here are three quick and easy ways to get started. Continue reading

Mapping Your Next Nine-Year Cycle

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Happy New Moon! This is a special New Moon, because it is the last one in 2016, ever! This means we are given an opportunity to set a powerful new intention for not only the next lunar cycle, but also the next year and the next nine-year cycle. No pressure, right?

Recently, I’ve been exploring my past nine-year cycles. I put it in writing, too. There is an undeniable spiritual shift that occurs when you write stuff down. Suddenly thoughts will begin to creep their way into the real world. I started this exercise by writing each year 2008 – 2016. Then I wrote as much as I could remember of what happened in each year—places I went, adventures I had, people who I relied on for support, and feelings I felt. After I wrote a few sentences for each entry, I chose a theme that summed up the feeling of the year for me. For example, in 2009 I struggled with infertility issues. I themed that year Continue reading

The Moon and Your Creativity

I get very excited about the Moon. I always have. Not that I don’t also love the Sun, because I worship the Sun. Tonight, Sunday, September 27th, is the superest of the Supermoons! This is the second of three consecutive Supermoons we get to see this season, and the largest of the three. The last Supermoon triad like this was in 1982 and the next one won’t be until 2033. The reason it is called a Supermoon, is because the Moon is at the closest possible distance from the earth in its oval orbital journey, appearing 14% bigger in the sky. What could be better than that? Well, tonight there is also going to be a lunar eclipse! This means the Earth’s shadow will pass over the Moon turning it reddish in color, which is why it is sometimes called a Blood Moon. Tonight’s Supermoon will be blushing! Here in Las Vegas (PST) it will be visible and I’m planning on doing some Moongazing with my kids from a local park. The Moon will rise at 6:27 pm. At 7:47 pm it will be fully eclipsed. And it will all be over around 9:30 pm. If you saw last month’s Supermoon rising on the horizon, you know what it’s all about! It looked enormous! I can’t wait to see this one combined with the eclipse.

So, what does the Supermoon have to do with your creativity? Let’s start with symbols, because my work is all about signs and symbols. Continue reading