love something into existence

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Dear Ones,

I have held a seed of a story a secret in my heart for some two years now. I created a few heART-ful images two years ago, that I made into cards and necklaces. Today I colorized a drawing that had remained a black outlined coloring page for all this time.

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For the past 10 days I carried this teeny little book I am attempting to fill with words, beauty, love, humor and whimsy– aspiring to become a bigger book– a gift for my 7-year-old Sonshine. It’s a little story about a special little bird.

Earlier this year I told a group of 1st graders about the story’s main character–Joybird. I told them how our imaginations can make so many things, including books. The children are now 2nd graders, and they continue to remind and ask me if Joybird ready for them yet? (I feel more pressure and anxiety about this than if I was on deadline for a publisher!) Gulp. What did I do?!

Joybird needs to fly, and I’ve run out energy to believe in my excuses.

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And now double gulp, I am sharing my position with YOU right now, in an effort to support and encourage YOU and that special secret something in YOU that also needs to fly. What is it? Do tell!

I read a lot of books about creativity. Most recently I re-read Lewis Hyde’s classic The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World.  I came across this gem, that I want to share with you, in case it can inspire YOU to begin making, writing, illustrating or painting that special something YOU want to love into existence, something that perhaps YOU have carried for a long while.

“An essential portion of any artist’s labor is not creation so much as invocation. Part of the work cannot be made, it must be received; and we cannot have this gift except, perhaps by supplication, by courting, by creating within ourselves that “begging bowl” to which the gift is drawn.”  ~ Lewis Hyde

Yes, dearhearts…. it is time for us to SHINE and take a little time to indulge and express our creativity, and open up our begging bowl to invoke the creative muse to arrive before us. Risk ourselves. And let’s finally do it!

I’m here for you. If you want to bounce ideas off me, phone or skype with me, whatever it is, let’s support each other on a new creative adventure. email me.

I have a lot of gremlins: Voices in my head striving to convince me of my illustrative inadequacies. I don’t want to believe them. It doesn’t matter if my gremlins don’t love what is about to happen. It only matters to trust myself, and allow the space and time to love this gift and let it come into being! A gift for my son. (If he likes it, maybe I’ll share with his school friends too. If he doesn’t, at the very least I will have spent time ignoring and renouncing my gremlins, and loosening their grip on me perhaps freeing me up for yet another new creative venture?!) Roar!

honoring YOUR de-gremlinizer superpowers, together let’s do this!
my love,
❤ becky

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courage

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Hello Dear Ones,

I’ve been thinking–more like feeling, really–so much about the courage it takes to be human… each day: Feeling and honoring the power each of us possesses to choose the beliefs and focuses of our heart, mind and hands.

human being
Ever seeking.
Ever expanding.
Ever exploring.
Ever aging.
Ever becoming.
Finite yet gifted
with infinite possibilities.

Sending you my love and gratitude for miraculous ways you –and all of us humans– enrich this worldly human experience.

❤ becky

you must be the change i wish to see

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Dear Me,

You are worthy of JOY. Joy is your birthright. You have to fight hard for JOY even when you want to give up. There are so many notions and ideas trying to take it away… not only from you, but from everyone. You have to try harder, do not give in. Fighting for joy is hard… sometimes it will feel easier to let the darkness and despair dominate your heart, but don’t. You don’t believe in that. How could you when you know with your entire heart that you are here to be JOY? How could you when you know one of your giveaways (your gifts) is to help remind people around you that they are JOY too?

Shining your candle for JOY may be judged idealism, unrealistic, and naive. But remember, you know in your core that us remarkable humans have something greater possible for us. You know that. You feel it when you look in the eyes of your children and the eyes of your eldest friend, now 95. You know that the very idea of idealism is that human beings have the opportunity to be something greater than we are right now. It is good to be idealistic.. good that YOU are a champion idealist. We have so many opportunities to be more giving, more compassionate and live from a place of greater kindness, humility and service. But you have to do this yourself, first.

Sweet and hurting Me… Don’t give up because this is hard, because you want to cry… or because you have the fear of being seen. Yes, this is hard. And yes, you will have to be seen. Cry! Let it out. It won’t last… like the weather, it has its own flow.

Bravely take the steps you know in your heart that YOU MUST. I promise the fear will transform and your path will become flooded with courage and filled with divine serendipities… auspicious angels to help your vision come to be. (You know it will, because that’s the way life works… for all of us. Remember?!)

Oh, and about being seen, YES… you will be seen: Your being seen will serve as a mirror to those who see you, and as YOU shine the light for JOY trust that your humility will deepen, and that you will humbly learn and grow from everything and everyone, as those with beginner’s hearts do.

You have much to give. You HAVE to give. You are carrying seeds of beauty and truth that you must not and cannot keep to yourself. You must shine your light for JOY and stop criticizing and judging your every decision and word choice. You must lead from your intention and trust that the energy of intention will find and take you to LOVE.

Your heart–your intention– is pure. You have no hidden agendas. You wrangle with taming your wild egoic self, and you won’t let her lead the charge.

You must change the world by changing yourself. You must be the change I wish to see in the world.

Let it be so. Calling my angels to walk beside me … for JOY.

❤ love always ❤

becky (me)

ring the bell that still can ring

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” Ring the bell that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” ~Leonard Cohen

shared especially for those souls who must embrace this way of life–continuing on– this song as personal anthem.
(   R A R    J D C   )

“Anthem”
by Leonard Cohen

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.
Ring the bell that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
We asked for signs
the signs were sent:
the birth betrayed
the marriage spent
Yeah the widowhood
of every government —
signs for all to see.I can’t run no more
with that lawless crowd
while the killers in high places
say their prayers out loud.
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
a thundercloud
and they’re going to hear from me.
Ring the bell that still can ring …
You can add up the parts
but you won’t have the sum
You can strike up the march,
there is no drum
Every heart, every heart
to love will come
but like a refugee.Ring the bell that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

Ring the bell that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.
That’s how the light gets in.

why walk when you can fly?

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A few moments of wonder and beauty to witness a rare South African Blue Crane’s first flight.

A reminder: we all must learn to fly.

love and blessings of 1,000 cranes in flight.
becky

If video is choppy, pause and allow time for it to load and then play. Here is direct linky http://vimeo.com/1808522

(i love this video so much, i reposted it today from 2012)