Showing posts from June, 2013

Force vs. Flow

                “The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses.”                                                                                                 Edith Sodergran                                    There are many times where we think we are being strong and passionate, and yet, we are actually revealing a weakness which gets in the way of our true strength.  The willow tree moves so easily and beautifully with the wind and the natural forces that surround it.  It moves and bends with a great flexibility. Its supposed weakness is also a great strength. I was speaking with a fellow student at our Karate school the other day about the nature of karate. When he does his katas (pre-arranged forms designed as offensive and defensive movements against imaginary multiple opponents) he “muscles through” the movements instead of allowing his natural strength and instinctive movements to flow through him.  When he uses his strength or muscle t

Where Does Creative Fire Come From?

             “Most people see what is, and never see what can be.” -   Albert Einstein I had a client tell me the other day that she doesn’t feel like she is herself. Have you ever felt that way? This woman has felt that way as long as she can remember. When we can’t be our authentic selves, is it even possible to know and embody our creative passions? This woman is a fun and adventurous person. If you met her you would think she was a happy, fun, outgoing person. Yet she doesn’t think she is anymore.  She doesn’t feel authentic.  Which also means she doesn’t feel passionate or creative. In our work together, we decided to take a look at her family history to see where this feeling came from. My client’s grandmother was one of sixteen children. Her grandmother was one of the oldest and therefore helped her mother take care of the children. She had always wanted to be a nurse, and never became one. My client’s grandmother got married and

Fueling the Creative Fire

“There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”                                                                                             - Henri Matisse When we finally get to the root of our issues, there is one main issue that all others connect to like the spokes in a wheel.  This core issue colors everything about us.   Throughout our lives, we keep learning about this core issue in different ways and through different lessons. My core issue has to do with feeling like I am not enough and that I am not valued.  I think this core issue had something to do with my career choice and most everything I have chosen in life until I became aware of it and how it was affecting me. When we become aware of our core issues and work with them in a positive light, we open ourselves to being our passionate selves and fueling our creative fire.  If we are blind to our core issues behind many of our thoughts and actions, we diminish our life force and th