You can BE the change you wish to see in the world. There has never been a better time than now. Paint, draw, sculpt, dance, sing, write or play the loving world of your heart out into the world around you.
When you explore your creativity and share your vision with others you bring your dreams to life. You can make the world a better place. It’s possible. The more you live from this creative center you are able to inspire others to do the same from their hearts. We can create the world we want to live in. Be inspirational.
You are a unique and beautiful treasure - only you have your specific skills, talents and life experiences. Only you can bring YOUR voice into the world. And the world needs to hear your voice. Let your creative expression serve as the vehicle through which you find your true voice and let it be a way to give your heart a voice in the world.
Your "voice" may sound like flowers in a garden or ingredients in a cake. It may sound like paint on a canvas or chalk on a sidewalk. It may sound like words on a page, a body moving through a room or confetti in the air. It may sound like one of these modes today and entirely different thing tomorrow - or in six minutes. The key is to listen for that voice - your true voice - and learn to recognize it. Get in touch with who you really are, minute to minute - and chart how that truth grows and blooms over time.
Part of this journey involves listening to all the other voices you carry inside of you. As you allow yourself the space and the permission to create freely it is crucial that you commit to loving yourself throughout the whole process. It's not all sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes it can be scary and dark. Sometimes you will set out to dance in your kitchen to a beautiful piece of music and you will begin to wonder, "Is this crazy? Am I being ridiculous? Do I deserve to feel this free and happy?"
Dance through it.
Those thoughts - those voices that make you stop dancing - those are other people's voices.
You have to dance to remember and reconnect to your own voice. The more you do the creative things that connect you to your heart, the more you will learn to recognize what is true (that you are wondrous and creative being) and what is not true (any other voice or thought that keeps you from being your whole self).
You have the power to inspire others to reconnect to their deep and beautiful truth. Each time you choose to dance through life rather than trudge through, you light up the world with your choice. When you show the world that freedom of expression - that living the creative life - is an option, you inspire those around you to choose that path too.
One-by-one we choose love and freedom over fear and oppression. One-by-one, we light up the world. Each time you choose to love yourself and expand into the furthest edges of your creative expression, you are literally seizing the opportunity to bring more love and freedom into the world. You harness incredible and infinite creative potential - right now. You are literally bursting at the seams with inspirational energy. Unleash the beautiful and transformational force of your heart out into the world around you. It can start wherever you are right now, but it can take you into the furthest reaches of the multiverse or deep into the unexplored edges of your soul.
I feel like I've been walking in a dark forest. I've left a trail of breadcrumbs behind me so I can find my way back - to normal, to the life I've known. Every few steps I let the pinch of bread hit the ground like an anchor. Every day, I wake up and walker further and further from all I've come to rely on. It's uncharted and a little scary. I feel unsupported. I feel a little lost.
But I've come to the point in this journey where I've run out of bread. I dropped the last crumb long ago and when I turn to look behind me there is no path back to the old life I used to live. A bird flies overhead with a stale crumb in his beak and I realize that even if I could keep leaving clues back to yesterday, they may not be there for me to find.
I can't go back.
But the woods before me seems darker than they did even just yesterday. It's like stepping into an abyss. It feels like floating - like walking on the dark side of the moon.
"I'd just like a little light," I whisper into the unknown space around me. "Hello?"
There is no reply, but I do feel a flicker. It's like a warm glow igniting in my chest.
"Help!" I try to call out, but the sound is nothing more than a cracked whisper.
The silence is the only response.
But my feet are still moving.
And the warmth in my chest - the light of my heart burns a little brighter.
I'm going to have to do this myself.
I laugh to think it. I look back again to the path I've traveled - back to a time when I looked to others to light the way. All the yesterdays in my memory are crowded with the "should's" and "should not's" pressing against me by others.
"You will be safe if you do things this way."
"We have your best interests at heart."
"Trust us. We will light the way."
Why would I want to go back to that?
Those voices aren't here in the deepest part of the woods. Those rules can't reach me.
And now the floating feeling I have, the unsupported and untethered sensation feels like ... FREEDOM.
Floating is a lot like flying.
Anything is possible in this stretch of woods. I have been given this space to learn how to be free again. I have been given this dark and secret woods to learn how to fly.
Wait ... I haven't been given anything. I found this place on my own. I claimed this space and time. It is here for ME and I am worthy of this dark, new world.
Suddenly, I'm not afraid. I find I love the dark. It is a gift.
For in the darkness, I have a rare and beautiful opportunity. I get to see how brightly I can shine.
Now is the time to find your light. Now is the time to shine in ways you never knew were possible.
We are infinite possibilities wrapped in the miracle of this life.