Inner Voices
22Mar/100

Random Inspiration Monday

Pour cette fois, je ne m'axe pas sur quelqu'un ou quelque chose en particulier mais je vous montre un peu ce qui allume ma flamme créatrice ces derniers temps. Pas d'ordre précis ;)

ANAHATA KATKIN

I discovered her art thanks to the PapayaArt products (which she is the person behind with her mum).
She's a mixed media artist (paint, collage...) and I find her artworks really inspired and inspiring.

I'd LOVE to take her mixed media mandala workshop, she used to teach it at the ArtFest. I know she's taking a pause from giving workshops, but I still hope I'll attend one of hers one day.

Here is her website and her blog.


POPY

Popy's artwork are really colourful but also dark sometimes. It lights something in me, as if she was reading in my soul and putting my emotions on canvas/paper !

There is always something, wether in words or images, that will talk to your deep self.

Popy is a scrapbooker, she also makes collage, paint, drawing, sewing, crochet... She's multi-talented !
Your really don't want to miss her !

On her blog, she shares her last artworks as well with her favourite discoveries, her travels... and we don't forget her crazy dog Oogie !

Visit her blog and her shop.

SAMANTHA KIRA

I think I discovered Samantha thanks to her YouTube Channel, when I was begin my Creative Journal and looking for videos about Art Journaling techniques and informations (YouTube is really a great place for discovering people).

Samantha is also a mixed-media artist, she keeps and create Art Journal. She brings together collage and paint as if both were always connected.

I attended every of her vlogs since the beginning and I'm kind of sad i won't be able to do it anymore because I'm starting a new job. It's every tuesday at 2pm pacific time (use a calculator to find when it is for you).

Her style is easily recognizable thanks to the colours she often uses and her "grungy" signature (she encourages me getting messy in my art, to really use my hands to apply paint as paintbrushes). I love love love her handwriting (and yes, I have the font she made with her handwriting).

The girls she draws remind me of Manga characters but are very feminine.

You can find her on her YouTube channel, her site, her twitter.

And you, where are you currently finding inspiration ?

19Mar/100

Gratitude Friday, thank you Dr Wayne Dyer

Heya !

Ahlala I got up late today, and also did my daughters -yes, waking up at 8am is late for them- so I'm a little behind to publish my Gratitude Friday, but we're getting used to it, don't we ? ;-)

If you are new to the concept of Gratitude Friday, you can read more about it here.

This past few weeks, I opened my eyes on important discoveries about myself, from where I had to take some decisions.

Thanks to my participation in the Hay House Program, I read Dr Dyer's book The Shift and watched the movie that goes along (you can read my review there).
It reminded me that I own another book he wrote, that my dear friend Sophie gave me a few years ago: The Power of Intention. I am currently reading it again, I take some notes as I read, to not forget what is important to me. I'll come back in another article about one point that bothers me.

A few weeks ago, a revelation popped in my mind: I absolutely do not take care of me, as physically as spiritually. I have to change that, to take care of me to be able to take care of my family and of those who may need me. I want to be a healer, so I need to heal myself first (I don't want the sentence "do what I say, not what I do" be applied to me).

What do you do to take care of you ? To take care as well of your body as your soul ?

I want to thank Dr Wayne Dyer for sharing his discoveries about our purpose, about how to make our life what we want it to be. It's one thing to know, it's another to share and I thank him for having taking the step to write books, to make lectures, movie in order to help people to positively evolve.

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16Mar/100

[Book Review] The Shift, by Dr Wayne Dyer

Today is March 2nd, the day of release for Dr Wayne Dyer's book "The Shift". The book is a companion book to the Movie formerly called "From Ambition To Meaning", that became the undertitle afterward.

This article is the first one I write for Hay House, now that I'm proudly an Advanced Release Reader Reviewer.

This book is a thin one, but is really concentrated in lessons and learning.
The author divided it in four parts (I don't count the introduction): "From" "Ambition" "To" "Meaning" and details how you have the power to take the step forward to live your life with a meaning instead of letting your ego take the control of who you are and what you achieve. You can think this organization is weird but it's absolutely not and makes sense as you read the book.

Here is the product description:

The Shift—a companion book to the movie of the same name—illustrates how and why to make the move from ambition to meaning. Such a shift eliminates our feelings of separateness, illuminates our spiritual connectedness, and involves moving from the ego-directed morning into the afternoon of life where everything is primarily influenced by purpose.
As we contemplate leaving the morning of our life, where ego has played a commanding role, and entering the afternoon (and evening), where meaning and purpose replace ambition and struggle, we may encounter unexpected occurrences that accompany this new direction. It’s almost a universal law that we’ll experience a fall of some kind. Yet these falls or low points provide the energy we need to move away from ego and into a life of meaning and purpose.
The Shift doesn’t mean that we lose our drive and ambition; it signifies that we become ambitious about something new. We make a commitment to living a life based on experiencing meaning and feeling purposeful, rather than never-ending demands and false promises that are the trademark of the ego’s agenda.
As Dr. Wayne W. Dyer so eloquently reveals in these pages, we all have the choice to shift our lives from ambition to meaning . . . and thereby complete our return to the Source that created us.

I remember something one of my aunt told me a few years ago: "You lack ambition, Nolwenn. You are young, you should be more ambitious". It hurted me at that time. I should, yes. Because our actual society is all about ambition, about Shoulds and Woulds regarding your age, your social background, your ethny. And what if ambition was not the key ?! We HAVE TO pursue studies in University and then get a job that pay well, we have to wait until this is done to create a family, get married... A mum has to be like this and a dad like that. There's no end to the "shoulds and woulds".  I didn't fit in this pattern, and I still don't, actually; but sometimes it makes me feel bad whereas it shouldn't because I did what felt true to me.

We don't have to give up on ambition, just to feel and act what is right to not be ruled by it. Find the meaning lying beneath ambition.

In fact, our life is full of shifts, and the majority of them is unconscious (the first shift, for example, is from our spirit to our physical form).
Where are we from ? Who are we ? Why am I on Earth for ? And what about God ?! These questions are the principal ones Wayne Dyer ask himself in the first part of the book, in the "From" chapter. He looked for answers for about his entire life, and light our bulbs with what he found out.

I loved the fact that at the end of each part, Wayne Dyer proposes a sum up and how to act concretely about it.

It's not always easy to have a face-to-face with ourselves, but I still think it something we need to do if we want to evolve in a positive way.

I recommend you to watch the movie if you can. It's really inspiring and paired with the book, you will be accompanied perfectly on you way toward the shifts in your life.
Here is the trailer:

NEWS FLASH: if you purchase the book on Hay House website, you can be entered to a contest for winning a trip for 2 to MAUI for a special week-end workshop with Dr Wayne Dyer !

Links:
Official website
Wayne Dyer's books on Hay House and on Amazon.com
Wayne Dyer's Twitter
Facebook Page
The Shift, the movie

11Mar/100

Never forget who you really are

It was tikleing my fingers for some time now to create an self-portrait (other that a photography one). A real one. I mean real because all the Trollettes (these girls I draw) are a part of me, of my personality, at a precise time of my life. But I wanted to create something that gives an overview of who I am.

Everytime I thought of this self-portrait I wanted to create, Fear came by my side, telling me "and what if what you find inside you is awful ?"; that is why I put this project apart for a while.

YOU know who you are, and only you. People can tell you, describe you, they may be true... or not. You have the power to let these adjective flow by you as they come; you know they're here but it does not touch you deeply.

I was told I am mean, selfish, self-centered, ugly, fat, idiot, that I will finish my life alone without any friend or lover by my side... and it's just a sample of what people could have said to me over the past ten years. For some, it was true at a precise time of my life but it took me years to realize that it was no longer applicable.
Take some time to think about it:  what are this labels that describe you ? Who gave it to you ? Do they express your Truth ?

Everyone has its story. Sometimes, we don't want to face facts, or emotions that lie inside of us. We can chose the way we want to tell this story that is our: concentrate on its positive side, even if you don't forget the rocks on the road you chose to focus on all tha wonders, happy moment and meets that were life-changing; or to tell what went wrong over and over again.

Don't be ashamed of who you know you are. If you don't like one of your characteristic, you can always work on it to make it shift and suit what you would like to be.

We are constantly looking for what people want us to be like, and we are glued to this like a sticky bubblegum stuck to the back of a shoe. We can't deny others' opinion, but we have the power to refuse to take it for absolute truth if we don't feel it's right.

My selfportrait is absolutely non-perfect, especially the face. My husband suggested me to let it in black & white, and I liked it like that so I listened to him; I love the contrast with the colourful background. The eyes are ugly, the shading is bad too (it's my big weak point)... But I love what I created !

Be Proud but in the right way.

Be You.

And I joined the FormSpring craziness... so if you have any question for me , don't be shy and ask it there (you can ask anonymously if you prefer): just click here.

Last but not least, the bonus song: India Arie- Video. I listen to it when I need to be reminded of who I am inside, and that I am perfect as I am.

10Mar/100

Wishcasting Wednesday: What do I wish to say

Today, Jamie suggests us to think about what we want to say "no" to.

Oh Gosh, I know how hard it can be to say "no" to someone we like/love, or just saying "no" because we fear to deceive people, because we have the fear they would think we are selfish or whatever. We have to learn again how to simply say "no" without feeling guilty about it. It is hard, yes.
But knowing how to say "no" is like taking time for yourself, wondering what is really good for you, despite the fact you want to please the others around you. It's not because you say "no" that you are a bad person.

I wish to say "no" to all the excuses I find myself for not achieving things.

I don't have time (the most common excuse people give !).
I don't know how to do.
I'm not good enough.
It's not how I want(ed) it to be (so I stop before I finish it).
Blah
Blah
Blah

There is always a good excuse to not finish something, and sometimes not even start something. I want to stop this negative cycle.

I may find the book "Excuses begone" by Dr Wayne Dyer to help me through that (note: put it on my wishlist) ;-)

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