Creativity

Everyone is creative. All of life is a creative activity.
Studies are proving every day that creative expression makes every aspect of life dynamically better.
Here are the best in curated feng shui tips, creativity exercises, inspiration, science and even some actual art projects to cultivate your genius in gorgeous ways!

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I have no judgement on marijuana. There are legitimate medicinal uses for it.  It’s proving to be a revolution in many ways to heal bodies and minds.  That said, different parts of the plant, different extracts, different ways… For example, there’s oil supplements for animals with only tiny amounts of THC (the part that gets you high) and mostly CBD, a non-psychoactive substance with great medicinal properties.

That said, not everyone who smokes it has a medicine that they need.  It’s also fun, an escape and for some it’s a super “creative” substance.  It’s true that smoking pot can shut down parts of your brain that allow you to be more creative than you may no how to access right now  (more on this HERE) but also, in the short and long run, the same habit dulls, blocks and completely stifles creativity…

Depending on your constitution and history and life, smoking weed can also open up your energy in a somewhat alluring way toward more drugs. It’s that famed “gateway drug” that we were shown in afterschool TV specials to be the first step to a life a a drug addict.  While I find that example extreme, I do understand that this DOES happen. I’ve watched it happen.  I’ve suffered to see it happen to others.

Again, no judgement.  The medicine of this plant is very real.

I recently came upon  this amazing and spiritual/ energetic viewpoint about marijuana that I was instantly dying to share because I’ve seen more than my share of stuck, idle, stunted and even somewhat checked-out people who were lost in a love affair with weed for a mutitude of reasons that weren’t medicinal, per say.

It’s a great read and so truly mind expanding!     Continue Reading…

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Magic-Making 101 for the day is all about shifting into a space where magic is allowed, welcomed and much more usual than unusual. 

Here are some of the big ideas that have thrwarted the best attempts I’ve seen to make big art, big life changes and big prosperity happen… and they’re surprisingly easy to unravel, even if they take some time to accomplish.

A gorgeous life is worth the time, care and patience.

The decision to have a life that you create is the most powerful decision there is.  As Julia Cameron says, “I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something. Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.”

Ready to make more magic? Continue Reading…

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Bob (my dog) and I play a game together when we go for walks every day.  We take new roads, literally following his little nose, and look for wild things.

There’s not enough wildness in the city, but we find these wild patches of succulents, wild birds that somehow made it into the city (like a giant crow, a hge owl) and wild flowers sort of bursting from the cement pavement.  It’s not elaborately wild, but it’s something fun to find.

I just finished reading a book I didn’t know would change my perspective as much as it has.  “Finding Your Way in a Wild New World” by Martha Beck.  I’d somewhat accidentally purchased it a way long time ago it seems, as I admire her writing but I was looking for books on history at the time.  Somehow I clicked in my Amazon searches, it arrived, it lingered because I didn’t really know what it was about… and I finally pulled it off the shelf.

Who knew she spent so much time in the wilds of Africa?! Who knew she was so clued into the paths of ancient magic?!  Who knew I would read this whole book in three days, stopping only once because I wanted to prove that I could indeed bend metal with my mind (I have a fork beside me, I am still working on that one) as she had done.

I’m not going to ruin your experience of this book that I hope you buy, but I am going to share today one of the themes of my own life that’s been a huge shift, something echoed profoundly in this book, something that pulled me in so deeply.

Oneness. Continue Reading…

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When’s the last time you decided to just play around?

Play is extra.  Not for kids.  It’s pretty universally agreed on some level or another than kids are allowed to play… but once you’re old enough to be adult on some level, play is reserved for many to a non-thing.

I know. I stopped playing and it was a crazy place to be in… where everything waas serious.  That was noble, responsible, “the right thing to do.”

After all, adult play in Los Angeles to the casual observer seems to be commonly partying, oblivions of drinking and sometimes drugs and messy nights and every version of debauchery…or obsessive video games and other obsessive escapes that were also numbing.   And for those I saw who quit that life, they did it and turned… serious.  It was a misery sentence, either way.

Serious is a lot of things, and none of them are beneficial to a creative life.  Serious implies penalties.  Serious implies gravity.  Serious implies that fun is frivolous.  Serious sucks the life out of life…

But… what would happen if you could actually play again…and have it be a part of life that’s indispensable?

I’ve found that surfers have figured out a lot about play in Los Angeles.  Athletes, too.  And artists.  There were pockets of people who hiked for fun (not for a brutal workout) and explored art-making (I couldn’t even get a spot at the local pottery place to try making some pottery on a wheel!) and went to sober raves in the mornings to dance around before work at sunrise.  There were all kinds of ways to play… in Nature, in art, in imagination, in life…

Once you get into play, it’s indespensible.

And today, the power of play lights things up!  Continue Reading…

believe in yourself

Do you believe in yourself? 

Do you believe you can be/do/ have whatever you want and need to in life? 

I came to the stunning conclusion while reading Jason Wachob’s new book “Wellth” that a lot of what doesn’t happen or hasn’t happened for me, for friends, for clients… all stemmed from one simple thing: not truly feeling (viscerally feeling) that whatever it is was actually possible.

It’s one thing to say… ” I want… ” Or “I need…” or to repeat it as an affirmation.

You might even be in the “doing” of stuff… actually dating like mad to find your “soulmate”, applying like crazy for your dream jobs, making your art that you dream of seeing in galleries…

But if you don’t believe in the soulmate, the dream job, the art worthy and able to make it to galleries… how could it come?

I went on my own “belief quest” of 2016, researching the most cutting edge science in how we believe things on a brain level, demon-hunting trauma and all kinds of elusive blocks in life with EFT (Tapping) and advanced therapy, wildly cracking my own codes of limiting beliefs with brain-rewiring modalities that are insanely cool… And out of all this, I came to one big conclusion…and it’s revolutionized my life.   Continue Reading…

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Negative stuff helps no one at all.

In fact, the more you play around with negative ideas – from jealousy to self-destruction to revenge to replaying scenes where you were hurt, to thinking bad thoughts about people to criticizing yourself and others- the more you’re broadcasting bad vibes even if you aren’t aware of it.  I’ve left many rooms when I felt the bad vibes coming from people who greeted me with smiles and left me feeling a chill inside.

What you feel is real.

You can’t control the energy or happiness of other people, but you can contribute immensely to the world in massive ways by staying in a space of “good vibes”!  Plus, you’re likely to be healthier, wealthier, happier and more in love than you’ve ever been before.

Good vibes are life-giving energy.  Good vibes actually bring life to life.  And that’s reason enough to tune yourself out of negative juju and into as much love as you can imagine is possible…and more! Continue Reading…

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I’m always a big fan of intuition.  Next level, tapped in, wildly-unlimited intuition.

That’s not a mental process, per say.

In fact, science has proven that to do things like create great art, it’s vital to bypass or shut down certain mental processes to open up to the mysterious flow of art-electricity.  Scarily enough, it’s why many great artists have been prone to great substance abuse problems in my mind- it’s an artificial way to shut down the mind and open up to this creative wildness.  Unfortunately, it’s also a downspiral into oblivion, an invitation to mental, physical and spiritual breakdowns and not at all worth the sacrifice of self for art.

All that said, it’s not a “mental skill” to make great art or live intuitively. It’s an energetic state of being.  Think too hard and you’ll get stuck.

We tend to rely on our mind a lot in life, but it’s a limited thing when you’re trying to tap into genius, to open up to art electricity or get really intuitively tuned in.

Think about it: our conscious “mind” only really knows what it’s experienced and processed and the subconscious “mind” seems to know all kinds of statements absorbed from life as commands that run on their own. Both are limited.

And, while there is definintely such thing as a “gut feeling” (and a whole secondary “brain” in the gut itself!) that guides us all, when you’re feeling off-center and really need your intuition the most, it seems it can be the hardest to tap into.

So, if you need to tap into your own intuitive truth to find your way through situations and come up with answers and tap into your own genius… these hard-won ideas may help you to move beyond your mind and into a more unlimited field of intuition.  Continue Reading…

expect amazing things

Are you expecting amazing things to happen?

Just think about today… and what do you expect to happen? Do you expect to have to deal with bad thoughts, worries… Or maybe,  the same stuff you’re used to and nothing new?

Science supports the fact that we get what we expect. 

And the more you can expand your expectations to encompass new stuff, the more you’ll have.  Continue Reading…