Journey with Creativity

Journey with Creativity

Growing up, we were often told, “Use your imagination.” When hearing those words, I immediately think of being creative – writing a story, painting a picture or creating some other piece of art, playing a game or so on.

I recently used my own creative talents by creating my daughter’s floral arrangements for her wedding. Caitlin’s vision was a vintage theme for her wedding, so she borrowed numerous coffee pots and tea pots from her grandmother Sylvia. Purchasing bulk flowers from Sam’s Club, we (Caitlin, my mom and myself) arranged all of the flowers, and we had an immense amount of fun while doing so.

We didn’t have a game plan; we simply opted to use our imagination and see what evolved. I was reminded of a talk I presented at Unity of Fayetteville on Beholding the Power of Imagination. Here is a short excerpt along with a couple of tips to increase your imagination for better creative thinking:

The ability to imagine enables us to experience a whole world inside our mind, and it is the ultimate creative power. A developed and strong imagination can strengthen your creative abilities and is a great tool for creating consciously to achieve our heart’s desires. What we imagine with faith and feelings comes into being. This involves incorporating aspects of creative visualization, positive thinking and affirmations. George Bernard Shaw suggests “Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.”

One way to increase your imagination is to expand your interests. Creativity is fueled by passion. Expand your interests by shifting your focus to include other interests that you may be passionate about. Another way is to read more. Creativity and imagination are sparked by learning.

What are some ways you use your imagination and creative talents?

About the Author

Shelly Wilson is an author, intuitive medium and conscious creator who is passionate about helping people wake up to their greatness. She supports others as they navigate their own journey into consciousness to experience aliveness.

Even This I Got to Experience

Even This I Got to Experience

sedona 2As I mentioned in a previous blog, “Take a Vacation with a Purpose,” I was delighted to have the opportunity to interview Glenn Scarpelli and Jerry Gilden for an issue of OMTimes magazine. Engaging in conversation prior to going live on-air for the radio show, I immediately connected with these two wonderful men and knew that I needed to attend their event, Sedona World Wisdom Days.

This was my first visit to Sedona although I’ve visited Tucson and several other cities in Arizona as well as the Grand Canyon. The red rocks are a site to behold and the energy vortexes are palpable. As part of the VIP ticket, I had tickets to the movie screenings of The Redwood Highway and The Power of the Heart. Both of these movies are transforming and heart-opening.

The event opened Friday night, January 16 with musical guest Rickie Byars Beckwith and conscious comedy with Geri Jewell. Then, Glenn and Mackenzie Phillips shared a conversation with television icon Norman Lear, who recently wrote his memoir, Even This I get to Experience. An engaging and delightful man, Norman shared stories from his life and television shows, including All in the Family, One Day at a Time and Maude.

norman galleryAt one point during the evening, he stated as he pointed to the audience, “You are here for me.” The room filled with cheers and clapping hands. He paused and stated, “And I am here for you.” He conveyed, “I’ve spent the last 92 years to be here to experience this moment with you. And you’ve spent however many years to experience this moment with me.”

The weekend continued with numerous speakers sharing their own personal journey into consciousness, empowerment and living in the heart space. Conscious comedian Kyle Cease had me laughing throughout his presentation of “Life is a Playground.” Some of my favorite presentations included Arielle Ford’s “Manifest Your Heart’s Desire,” Claire Zammit’s “How to Awaken Your Feminine Power,” Dr. Sue Morter’s “What’s Next is NOW and Charlie Lustman’s “Made me Nuclear – A Story of Hope.” In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed James Twyman’s “Are YOU a Soul Manifester?” and Barbara Marx Hubbard’s “The Emergence of the Feminine & Masculine Co-Creators – Signs of the Emerging Species.”

norman learSaturday night, Goldenstein Gallery hosted a “Sweet and Greet” VIP book party with Norman Lear. Norman shared excerpts from his book. One of my favorite moments was when someone sneezed and many people said, “Bless you.” The individual sneezed again and the bless you’s were forthcoming. Norman stated very matter of factly “Okay, enough of that” in an Archie Bunker character tone to which everyone erupted in laughter.

The weekend culminated in a songversation with India.Arie. She shared her journey through words and song. The weekend was transformative, healing, empowering and energized with love. Even Sedona I got to experience!


Shining your Light on this Journey into Consciousness

Shining your Light on this Journey into Consciousness

Honor your LightThis little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine…let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

I remember singing these beautiful words in Sunday school when I was a child. As I am sitting here reflecting, I don’t believe that I really knew at the time the poignant meaning behind these simple words. I remember that I definitely didn’t feel like I was shining my light bright. I just happened to be singing the song.

As I have mentioned before, I was conditioned as a child to mind my manners, keep my opinions to myself, and do as I was told. I lacked both confidence and self-esteem, and I was painfully shy. My light definitely was not shining very bright, and I am not sure that it was even shining at all.

Fast forward many years, I read Marianne Williamson’s powerful quote, “A Deepest Fear,” and discovered the significance of shining my light bright. Marianne’s words had an enormous impact on my life the first time I read them. Actually, every time I read this quote, I have that same feeling of empowerment wash over me. It is the perfect reminder for me to shine my own light bright, and I encourage you to do the same. 

You may be asking, “What light are you referring to?” This light is your soul; the very essence of your being. Each one of us has the Divine spark within us. It is our right to be all that we are intended to be and so much more. As Marianne says, “We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

Are you capable of doing this? Is it possible for you to shine your light bright? Don’t hold back now. This is your life, you are creating it, and you have the power to choose how bright you want to shine. You are in control of your light. No one else is nor should they have the ability to control it. Do not allow anyone to dim your light under any circumstances for any reason whatsoever.

The important thing is to recognize that this will happen and then acknowledge when it happens so we can move through these feelings rather than allowing them to manifest further.  As I honor my own light, I also honor everyone else’s light.  I honor and respect the emotions that I feel so that I can continue to grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I understand that I need to honor the light within me so that it can continue to shine bright.

With that said, I am paying attention to the guidance that I am receiving. I know and trust that all is happening exactly as it should in this moment and in every moment. What I have come to realize is that life is truly all about making choices and then choosing to take action on the choices that we make. When we align our thoughts, words, and actions with our beliefs and come from a place of love, amazing things will and do happen. We attract those people into our life who are a reflection of us. To connect with our inner light, we must connect with our heart and open our heart to love.

About Shelly ~
Intuitive Medium, Reiki Master and Spiritual Teacher Shelly Wilson would love to assist you on your spiritual journey. With respect, truth, integrity and love, Shelly honors your free will and recognizes that you are co-creating your reality with the Universe. She offers private readings, intuitive coaching, Reiki sessions, and teaches workshops. Shelly’s books, 28 Days to a New YOU, Connect to the YOU Within and Journey into Consciousness, are available in paperback and eBook.