Following Your Highest Excitement: An Experiment

Following Your Highest Excitement: An Experiment

At the end of 2017, I had a firm conviction to take all  I learned during the year and begin integrating it into my daily practices. It's great to have head knowledge, but it's a whole other level of alignment when we take that information and integrate into our way of being.

 

Part of my integration involved taking what I learned about aligning with my higher self and sharing that information with others.  So many of us are living our lives on auto-pilot that we don't even realize how out of tune we have become.

 

I connected with Rachel Archelaus and began to study Intuitive Art using the Archeleus® method.  I was delighted to see how this modality opens a channel of communication with our higher selves and shows us answers in a way that there is no misunderstanding.  Along the way, I have found one truth that overlays almost  every answer to every question:

 

Following our highest excitement is the fastest path to aligning with our higher self.

 

We can step out of that alignment when we become derailed with the messages of our parents, teachers, media. and more.  I know, that's a hot button, but let me explain.  People present the sum of all their parts to the world.  I'm not saying our parents were terrible to us; I'm saying that a mom who has learned to be afraid of taking chances will naturally influence her children to take the safe route.  A teacher that was emotionally abused and is afraid to speak up for herself will present her students with a way of approaching life that is stifled and fearful.  Children are learning and absorbing everything around them.  These ingrained learnings influence us every day until we learn to break from those former patterns, following us well into our adult years.

 

There is good news.  We can unlearn these habits.  We can break cycles.  We can return to following our greatest excitement.  I do have one disclaimer:  this way of living isn't for wimps.  It requires courage, and it demands faith in our own truth.

 

I'd like to share a real-life example of the integration of this principle. Recently a young woman shared with me that she received an opportunity to do additional work for her employer in an area that she didn’t have a great deal of experience. When she asked my opinion, my first thought was admittedly, my old-school response. I instantly thought, “Well, you need to make more money, so maybe you should just say yes for the time being.” I suggested that she might consider trying the project on a trial basis only. If it didn’t fit well, she had the opportunity to pass. I  shared my first thought with her but also that I needed to replace that knee-jerk response with a suggestion to instead, consider what would bring her the most excitement.

 

Several days later, she shared with me that she decided to pass on the project altogether. It turned out that she, too, had the same initial reaction. She needed to bring in more work and thought about taking on the new job even though she wasn’t confident in her skills. Instead of saying “yes” right away, she sat with the feelings a while longer, asking questions and digging deeper. The more she investigated, she realized it wasn’t her inexperience that held her back, it was her lack of excitement about the project. She would pass on the offer, not because she didn’t believe she could do it, but because the opportunity didn’t align with her highest excitement.

 

Not only did her boss understand and appreciate her honesty, she quickly responded with a different work opportunity that she knew aligned with her assistant’s interests.

 

So, there it is; a real-world, real-time confirmation of a Universal principle.  May we all be able to apply this in our own lives as we have new opportunities to make active choices in our daily decisions.

 

The theories and realities of following our highest excitement are so expansive; we're going to dedicate an entire series to the possibilities that open once we start to align ourselves more consistently in this manner.

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The Gateway To Find Your Glow

The Gateway To Find Your Glow

Why might this be the perfect time to begin working with a transition/creativity coach?  We are about to enter a magical time for self-transformation, and we have six months to enjoy astrological intensification of our efforts.

 

As a woman, you spend most of your adult life in service mode.  You care for others, you care about others, and you do for others.  Most of your time is spent in your head, not in your heart.  Even though you are a feeling, compassionate woman, you are doing, planning, and preparing all day, every day and that keeps your focus much more up in your head than in your heart center.  You spend your time pleasing others and being the person that you believe others want you to be.

 

If you have undergone a major transition in your life such as the death or major illness of someone close, a job loss, divorce or other major life shift you may have come out of that time feeling as if you have no solid foundation.

 

Many of you, in fact, most of you have completely lost sight of what it means to be uniquely YOU.  Who are you at soul level? 

 

Enter the new moon solar eclipse in Aquarius on Thursday.

 

This eclipse opens the portal for six months of power-filled freedom.

 

This is a rare astrological event that leads us all to experience opportunities to be pushed to a greater level of self-expression.  Have you been hiding your light?  Are you a closet freak-flag-flyer?  (Aren’t we all?)  Here’s the time to fly your flag proudly.

 

All the planets are moving direct during this eclipse, providing an urgent call toward breaking free from our old habits and be our true self. 

 

I love the timing of this event.  While on the one hand, we may be having more intense feelings of romance because of the Valentine’s Day holiday, the very next day we all receive a call to be independent, strong and DIFFERENT.

 

What better time to begin a coaching relationship!  If you are reading this and thinking, “But I don’t even know what I want,” transition and creativity coaching is a great next step.  My coaching package is perfect for those that say, “How do I know what to do next, when I don’t know what to do next?”

 

Through learning how to align with your higher self and open a two-way conversation, you will soon know yourself, your TRUE self better than ever before.  Everyone has the answers within, we just need to learn how to access them.

 

In my coaching practice, I have multiple modalities that I keep on “intuitive call.”  No two sessions are alike. I pull from what I feel called to use to help you to your highest and best.  No matter what modality we tap into together, the final goal is always integration.  Learning how to take what is newly learned or experienced and implementing it into your daily walk is bringing it all full circle.

 

Don’t let the term creativity coach put you off.  No artistic talent is required.  We are all creatives.  Now, let's all go fly our freak flag.

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Wall Altars, Intuitive Art, What Does It All  Mean?

Wall Altars, Intuitive Art, What Does It All Mean?

 

When my focus shifted from serving as a death doula to working with intuitive art in my studio and as a modality in coaching geared to women starting a new chapter in their lives, I got a lot of questions from friends and colleagues about some of the terms I use. 

 

I don't think anyone else uses the term wall altar, but it feels like the perfect fit for some of the three-dimensional pieces I have been creating.  When we work with vision boards, in yoga practice, or in meditation, frequently we set an intention for ourselves.  Some people set an intention for their entire year, or choose a word of intention to focus on for the year. 

 

Spiritual rituals centered around the phases of the moon also begin with setting an intention at the new moon to carry through to the next new moon.  As you can see, much of setting ourselves up to match with a higher vibration starts with the setting of intentions.

 

As I began to plan out a series of fluid acrylic paintings for the chakra system, I realized that the components that I use to set the intention for each chakra could also be applied to creating wall altars around a specific intention. 

 

For example in the photo above, Kami Posa was created with the intentions of love and abundance.  In this meditative piece of art, I used rose quartz and clear quartz gem dust as a painting element.  Pieces of nature such as shells and twigs represent the ever-regenerating elements of our earth.  The addition of gems into the painting itself represent the qualities of love in rose quartz and clear quartz, abundance is represented by citrine and amethyst. 

 

My personal process of intention setting begins as I enter the studio every day.  I clear the space with palo santo and white sage.  Pausing for a few moments, I clear my mind and intentionally center into what I will be creating, and who I am creating for when it is a commission piece.  Each and every component goes through a ritual each day.  All my tools, paints and added elements are blessed, cleared and set with the desired intention.  As a piece unfolds, I can feel the energy of the artwork build.  It's a beautiful process to be a part of, and the results are powerful.

 

My intuitive painting process is quite similar.  I utilize other mediums such as fluid acrylics and resin to create works of art that take on a life of their own as I allow what is meant to be, unfold.  It's been an interesting departure from my Type A personality, used to utilizing check-lists and flow charts to plan events for large corporations or manage Inns (just two of my former jobs that required intricate planning.)  Now I understand why there was always a certain friction present in work that was linear in nature.  Who knew I was a free-flowing artist all along?

 

One of my testimonials speaks to how transformative the energy of my artwork can be.  

 

 

 

Here is what I think of, my emotions, what I see, smell and feel when I look at this amazing piece of art you have created. I’m ❤️ so in love! Thank you for your creation!!

Shine and shimmer.
Warmth and beauty.
Sea glass, sparks childhood memories.
Seashells are footprints from Mermaids.
Glitter and Aqua, glistening phosphorescence.
I smell salty air and feel the sun on my skin, fire to my soul.
Deep Blue Love from a Sea Mother.

~~Ashleeann

 

Custom-designed wall altars can be based on a specific intention for an office space (such as creativity,) or perhaps a general intention such as aligning with your higher self for a wall near your meditation cushion. 

 

If you are ready to set up a free 15-minute consultation to discuss the details, please let me know and I will get your call scheduled.  I look forward to creating with you! leslie@thevisionarypassage.com

 

 

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