“How would you suggest we start to listen, to the voice of our own creativity?” I ask
“Begin by just looking up at the moon, make contact, and then start imagining how to draw it” She said pointing at the moon. I was looking at her hand and how close the moon seemed to her fingertip.
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Red Thread Letter #861
“Everybody has the same amount of creativity, we are all born with it.” She told me looking up at the full moon.
“Then what’s the big deal, why isn’t everyone creating then, and understanding the value?” I asked.
“For access to creativity, you have to actually create. It is a muscle you have to use in order for it to work or it just gets quiet, but it never fully stops communicating with you. Even when you don’t work with it, creativity is always there waiting, working and speaking to you.”
“Does it yell out – ‘what about me’ from time to time?” I said laughing
“It does” she said, not laughing with me, “but most of us don’t hear the call for a long time. And then one day it knocks us over, screaming even, for us to pay attention to all that long for expression. If every bone in your body is a creative bone and you aren’t acting like it, something has gone very wrong along the way.”
“How would you suggest we start to listen, to the voice of our creativity?” I ask
“Begin by just looking up at the moon, make contact, and then start imagining how to draw it” She said pointing at the moon.
I was looking at her hand and how close the moon seemed to her fingertip.
“Then ask, ‘what color would you like to be, Moon?’ Be respectful in your inquiry, something like “Show me how to mix the color… or what message might you have for me? It’s a relationship and you have to engage with it intentionally. Listen for the voice of the moon.”
“Okay I will try it.” I said imagining speaking to the moon and asking questions.
“But, don’t get hung up on the finger pointing at the moon” she said “for then you might lose sight of the moon.”
~ Shiloh Sophia
The idea about the finger pointing at the moon is said by Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon and is something my mom Caron and Sue said all the time.
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I am sending you love and blessings on this big beautiful day of the Full Moon!
With so much change and uncertainty these days, it brings me peace to know we can count on the moon to be a constant reminder of the cycles on earth happening all around us. And today – we had wonderful rain where I live. I am so grateful for mama nature giving our land some much needed nourishment!
Another constant we can always count on in our community is the power of Intentional Creativity. Today I found a letter I wrote on the full moon back in 2019 that said in part:
Intentional Creativity® is a philosophy for approaching what we make. We infuse what we make with intention, through mindfulness and embodiment. This approach to making art can be applied to any medium and any thematic topic. Anyone can use it. Anyone. Everyone uses it, even if they don’t call it that. Our species has always made what we make this way. Good, bad or otherwise, all the stuff we make and bring into form has some level of intention.
Our work as a movement specifically, is to make this approach conscious, practice it in our art forms and the ways we live. We bring awareness to others about the impacts creating this way can have in our lives. Working with this level of awareness can cause awakening at an exponential level, as well as catalyze healing and move stuck energy. The frequency of Intentional Creativity with the power of love is having incredible impact in our communities – many claim that it has been life saving!
These words still ring true today. I invite you to pause – knowing that wherever this finds you today – especially if you are struggling with something or need guidance – that you can turn to Intentional Creativity in any form to bring you solace and calm in your day. Let the pen flow, turn the music on and dance, invite the energy to move as it needs to free your spirit and open your heart!
I am so honored to steward this amazing community and look forward to gathering tonight for our monthly Museum Show to bring you the amazing paintings from our Color of Woman graduates who spent nine-months documenting their soul work through art. I hope you’ll join us!
with love along the red thread,