"Meet me in the Garden"
As most of you know, I'm a big believer in energy flowing. Positive energy is powerful. I am amazed by it's power everyday. It's one of the reasons that I started the Karma giveaway each week. Positive energy is miraculous, healing and inspiring.
But for positive energy to flow and really do it's magic, it relies on our actions, our words and our thoughts. Sounds easy, right? But, it's difficult because our thoughts are constantly playing the roles of "good guy" and "bad guy". How many times have you looked at something you created and thought...."Wow...that's really good." And then two seconds later, you are bombarded with conflicting thoughts of "No, it's not. This is wrong with it and that is wrong with it". It's really easy to get sucked into the bad thoughts. Too many times we end up siding with the "bad guy", and an obstacle blocks the way of the positive energy flowing.
photo by Strength
This past weekend, I decided to tackle my studio. There were physical obstacles that were blocking my creative energy. I've known this for some time, but tried to ignore it. Even though my studio was somewhat efficient. It was filled with things. Art supplies, computer, printer, shipping supplies, jewelry supplies...everything except a kitchen sink. Now, most of these things are essential to run my business. But, there were also heavy weights. Why? Because of my thoughts associated with them. Looking at unused art and jewelry supplies sometimes made me feel guilty. The computer reminded me of emails that I needed to answer, and the shipping supplies caused worry about orders that needed packing. The thoughts, whether conscious or unconscious were interrupting the positive flow of energy, effecting me and my ability to really create.
Luckily, I have a wonderful supportive family. They rearranged the house to accommodate me. I was able to remove things from my studio that sucked away my creativity and positive energy. It was a big job, one I'll probably be working on for a few more days. Being human, I whined a little about if on Facebook and Twitter. Robin from Artisan Arts replied, " Feeeeels so goooood to get re-organized...
Expect Fresh Inspiration!!!!"
When I read that, I expected the fresh inspiration to be painting ideas. I knew she was right. Having a less cluttered space felt great! Yet, I didn't expect my previous nagging thoughts to be quickly replaced with more nagging thoughts. I had cleared everything out. The new nagging thoughts had been buried for some time, and now had room to surface again. There had been something that I wanted to do for a long time, and never did it for one reason or another.
The good guy and bad guy had a whole new internal thought conversation. "You know you need to do that Wyanne". You need to try. You'll never know, unless you try. You know you want it." And then the bad guy would respond, "Forget it...it's too much work. You don't have the time. You'll fail. You'll make a fool of yourself". You are not good enough."
Loaded with this new fresh inspiration, I decided to stop the bad guy in his tracks. I took action on the thoughts immediately. It required a lot work and putting everything else for the day on hold. It was a GIGANTIC leap of faith. I can't tell you what I did yet...because I don't want to jinx it, but I will soon.
It felt really good to face that obstacle immediately instead of trying to bury it deep into my mind again....
For the time being...all physical and mental obstacles are out of the way. The good positive energy is flowing and the light is bright. I'm sure new obstacles will come my way. But, I've learned I don't have to put up with them...at least for very long. I'm going to sweep them out, before they've had time to collect dust.
I hope you'll find inspiration in this post to do a little clearing too. What's stopping you? What's in your way? Get rid of the obstacles, both mental and physical. Life's way too short.
Now for last week's giveaway. The winner is:
Congrats to Beverley. It's the second week in a row that we've had a winner from the UK! How cool is that. I'll be sending her a giclee of "Peacock in the Garden".
For this week's giveaway I was inspired to offer a paper giclee of "Meet Me In the Garden".
I'm always touched by artists who think enough of my work, to be inspired in their own work. It's a great example of positive energy flowing. One of those artists was kind enough to contact me this week. She was inspired by my work, "Meet Me in the Garden". Her name is Jannio, she is a felt artist from France.
The bag is adorable and she has an Etsy shop with all her fabulous creations. I hope you'll stop by and say hello.
To win my giclee print of "Meet Me in the Garden", here's what you need to do:
Leave a comment on this post and your name will be entered. Only one comment per person, please. I'll use the random number generator to pick a winner the following Thursday evening at 11pm EST. I'll announce the winner of the previous week's giveaway, and we will start the next giveaway. Just enter a comment below...and send lots of positive thoughts and prayers my way. That's all you have to do. And if you want to know more about the giveaway and how it came about...click here. But remember....you need to leave a comment on this post to be entered in the current week's contest. :)
Thank you everyone who left comments last week. You guys are the best. I can't say it enough.
Next week, I'll have a new video and painting for you.