Your body knows what it knows. Our mind does not always reveal what the body knows, in fact it often masks deep knowing. The key to connecting the wisdom within is hidden in plain sight. Inviting body, mind and tummy (gut) to be in an intentional conversation opens the door…
Today’s Letter from the Red Thread Cafe is number 863, that is a lot of devotion to writing to you! This is an invitation to pause with me and soak into the moment. Finding my own peace and breathe as I write these words and think of you.
Every morning my husband Jonathan and I stop answering emails, put our phones down and have special time together that we call Cafe – to just be and discuss topics that matter to us. This is a ritual I cannot live without, and yes it is every day. Indulgent? Decadent? I hope so. These messages are an extension of our juicy conversations, and some of them become teachings – like yesterday. You can see a cafe topic turned teaching here.
Here at MUSEA we like to shake things up, step out of old patterns and invite new frameworks into your life. We invite empowerment, connection and practices of resiliency so we can navigate the wild journey ahead.
No matter where this finds you today – I am grateful for YOU! I will begin with sharing a photo of a recent cafe, then cool events, then a message about heart, brain and tummy coherence.
~ Shiloh Sophia
Red Thread Letter #863
Clairconsciousness and Heart, Brain, Tummy Coherence
I feel like every time I write to you I want to acknowledge awareness of sorrow and uncertainty, and every time I write to you I want to make us feel better. I can’t just write the good stuff because honestly, there is so much hard stuff going on that would not even be kind or appropriate. So you may hear me continue to just acknowledge, HOLY WOW, what a world we are navigating. Me too. I won’t get into me today – because well – there is a lot and I want to focus on how I make myself feel better and share it with you.
Last week I received some impossible traumatic news (insert shock, sorrow, WTF-ness, anger). I felt myself slipping into an abyss like falling down a slick slope, but I caught myself mid-slip as my heart raced. I had already cried hard before the abyss slip. Crying is powerful – it is what happens in the hour after that often dictates how something lives in me. I asked myself, what is the way forward to process this grief and emotion? Then, I knew what to do…
I created a pattern interrupt in the moment and made a choice. In the practice of Intentional Creativity we are very rigorous about catching ourselves before we go into a loop – this doesn’t mean I don’t feel the pain and grief, it means I am at cause for how my body and field respond. So I made a decision, then checked it out with my girlfriends. My decision was to obsess in a good way about a project instead of being taken down by the emotion I was feeling. I still felt the feeling, but I transformed my angst into action – moving the energy. Then made a plan two days later to take my grief to the next level. Yes, I was active in my choice. I know that we can’t control all emotion, but I wanted to see how I could be with it in a new way – USING creativity as my thing and healing as my focus. I used the computer and my graphics program as my medium – it doesn’t always have to be a canvas. Whatever calls to your creativity at that moment is just right.
Here is one of the images that came through…
For me, that obsession was to finally build the Practitioner Training that I had been planning for 2020 but got delayed due to the pandemic (see it here). It is my 25+ years of research and it is about our approach to healing. Perfect. I could obsess and focus on healing – while I held the impossible sorrow I was also feeling – in essence, transforming it. But before I started, I did something that I have been doing for a whole year – the Intentional Creativity Coherence Meditation. I first started teaching it at VIVID last year – and have been working with it all this time along with hundreds of others in our community. I connected my heart, brain and tummy into a field of coherence – inviting them to all align together. Then, once I felt that I opened my ‘consciousness’ to what wanted to come through, I began to create. I call this state of full presence, where I can hear, see and feel my own information come through, clairconsciousness. I can only do it if I have coherence between my systems.
Here is a graphic I made to give you a visual of what I’m talking about. We originally called the meditation Motherboard, but I’ve changed it to INFINITY because this is the shape you trace with your hands as you go through the different systems. Instructions to try for yourself are on my Artist FB page.
Once I finished the website, which I also punctuated with logistics and with vigorous exercise, I went to navigate three days of challenge regarding the experience. I had already moved through the shock phase, focused my energy, created form, and expressed myself – I self-regulated. Then I could be present with what needed to happen from a place of grace instead of freak out. Yes, I built a website in two days, but, I had been gathering that information all of my life, and was ready for it to COME THROUGH ME onto the portal.
I don’t mean to indicate we can always do this or should. But honestly navigating so much sorrow and death in the past few years has really been a call to action for me in how I am choosing to experience it. I am not a workaholic, I have cafe every day and I don’t work nights or weekends. I do not abuse myself. BUT translating my suffering into art, is my thing. You may remember when I wrote every day when I was with my mother’s transition process, including photos. This is the HOW of staying present. I am at cause in the experience. I am not just letting life happen to me, I am happening to life. What is the alternative? Be dominated by disaster? We each have our own way – but today I wanted to tell you about my way – and share it with you.
Yesterday in the Science of Art livestream, Jonathan taught about the science of this approach – you can watch it here. Then starting this weekend, Jonathan and I along with our Guild will be teaching a painting process called Tapestry inside of VIVID, our Intentional Creativity community gathering of the year focused on heart, brain, tummy (gut), and opening clairconsciousness. I do the meditation before and after decision making, creating a sandwich of good feelings all around doing my work of healing. I have never taught this in painting, and I can’t wait – and it will be LIVE – come join us – last call – you may need to get some materials in place, which is fine as everything is recorded to go at your own pace. Here is a photo of my materials – I can’t wait!
Sharing this way with you feels a little vulnerable because I really truly bring my whole self to my work. It isn’t something separate, trainings and websites like PRISMA are my heart on the page. I want to help. This is how I help. I share what I know and invite others to share what they know.
If you haven’t tried bringing coherence between systems, I cannot recommend it enough. If the brain says something separate than the heart, there can be fragmentation. Doesn’t it just make sense to connect them? To invite them into a space of togetherness? Try it. It feels good, and a channel opens. Some of us who practice it even notice that right after, there are a few minutes of clear pure sweet space. Watch for that space and those thoughts.
I will tell you more about what happened soon – I can’t find the words, or the story to speak of it yet, but in the meantime, I turned my grief into beauty by choice. It isn’t about productivity – it is about self-expression and creativity – not keeping emotion bottled inside. I can think of worse addictions than creativity on behalf of healing.
OH, I have so much to say but I hear these letters are too long as it is.
Sending a heap of love to you right now and this beautiful red rose for your day.