Don't you love to dive into your creativity when you have the time?
But you don’t often find the time?
You imagine creativity as something to do when you’re done with work and your tasks around the house. Or maybe when you’re on vacation.
Then those times just seem to float away like a cloud on a summer’s day as your time gets filled with other things that grab your attention.
Let me tell you, I can relate! I get busy working on the creation of The Good&Sharp Studios with my husband, David, and supporting my family members in need. If I’m not careful, the stress and busyness can increase, and I lose sight of fun and creative time for myself.
Which is why I created my "Creativity Bowl"!!!
Find out more how to create your own Creativity Bowl to start using today and every day for a creativity break!
I know that creativity relaxes me and brings me joy! So, I’ve come up with a way to add it into my life on a daily basis. Even in the midst of a busy day. In only 5 minutes!
Yes, in 5 minutes, you can get your creative juices flowing and can completely shift your mood. Consider it a creativity break instead of a coffee break!
You’ll be energized and be ready to return to your day. And it’s fun and playful too - my favorite type of creativity!
In just a few minutes, you’ll be able to step out of the stress of your day and ….
1. Relax your body Slower breathing typically helps to relax the body and quiet the mind. You begin to feel open and spacious. Your body can enter into its natural state of healing itself releasing any stress and toxins. This can set you on path for greater health and happiness in your life.
2. Improve your mood Being creative enhances your energy and invites you to play, have fun and experiment. As a result, more generosity, openness, and positivity blossom within your life.
3. Build your confidence Through creativity, you connect with yourself more deeply. You grow and stretch. You learn to nurture your heart and trust your intuition.
4. Return to your work with a new energy for solving problems In creativity, you explore new possibilities and perspectives. This enhances your ability to be creative in solving problems in your work and your life.
5. Support a longer and healthier life When being creative, you feel more alive and connected to the world. Curious about life and more engaged. This reduces the risk of illness and disease, including conditions such as Alzheimer’s. It increases your healing potential. You live longer and with a healthier, higher quality of life. Now even proven in scientific studies!
Find out more about this simple way of taking a creativity break during your day – maybe once or maybe once every hour. Whatever you need! It just takes a few minutes to put together and then you’re set to go.
I know I look forward to my creativity breaks every day now. They’re so fun and guided by the creative things I love to do! Yours will be too. Find out more about how to create your own Creativity Bowl to start using today and every day.
Many of you are aware of how much inspiration I gain from the life and stories of St. Hildegard of Bingen! And so I am delighted to announce that my next offering of the online course, Master Your Creativity, will begin this November. Discover and join a supportive and creative community on a journey with St. Hildegard and me. Find out more here.
As an abbess in the 12th century, St. Hildegard was truly ahead of her time. Throughout her life’s journey, she became a renowned mystic and healer as well as a scientist, writer, preacher, composer, and even an artist.
Sometimes, I wonder what it was like for her trying to bring her gifts into the world at that time – her music, writings, visions and ideas. Did she ever feel all alone? Like she was different from those around her? That she wanted to give up?
I’m sure she did. Some of her words that we can read today give us a peek into her challenges and resistance. However, we also know that she had a good confidant and friend in her life, the monk Volmar, who supported her in following her divine calling, even when she felt incapable of doing so. She became acquainted with him while living at the St. Disibod Abbey.
At that time, she had kept silent about the unique visions she was experiencing. It was Volmar who was the first person to validate her visions as divine experiences. He soon recognized her rare spiritual gifts and became a good friend and mentor for many years in her life.
St. Hildegard often doubted herself and her abilities. So, at 42, when she felt God commanded her to write down and share what she had seen and heard in her soul, she did not respond joyously nor immediately move into action. She felt insecure and inadequate. She felt fearful and anxious. Women did not write in medieval society. Only men did. So, she resisted this call.
“… a voice from heaven was saying to me: ‘O weak person, you who are both ashes of ashes and decaying of decaying, speak and write what you see and hear. But you are shy about speaking and simple in explaining and unskilled about writing those things. So speak and write those things not according to human speech or human inventiveness but according to the extent that you see and hear those things in the heavens above in the marvelousness of God.
Bring to light those things by way of explanation. Be like a listener who understands the words of his or her own teacher but explains them in one’s own way of speaking, willingly, plainly and instructively.
So, you too a woman, speak those things which you see and hear. Write those things not according to yourself or by the standards of another person, but according to the will of the one knowing, the one who sees and arranges all things in the secrets of His own mysteries.” (Scivias)
Hildegard turned to her teacher and friend, Volmar. She shared her experience and her self-doubt, and he strongly encouraged her to write. And she did, sharing her experiences in the texts that would become her visionary work, Scivias and The Book of Divine Works. Volmar became her secretary, writing down the words she dictated.
We can see the meaningful role Volmar played in her life as she portrays him in her painting, A Self Portrait.
Recognition and validation of her work by the Church was vital to St. Hildegard’s ability to share her work with the world. Her friend and mentor, Volmar actively advised her to have her visions recognized by the Church as a divine message of God.
It’s clear that St. Hildegard greatly valued and appreciated her dear friend Volmar, who supported and encouraged her. She was not alone in navigating the unprecedented path for a woman to share her visions with the public.
Their relationship is an inspiration to us today! We can see how the steps on our journey are a lot easier to follow when we have someone in our community that supports and encourages us. We don’t have to do it alone!
Over the last year and a half, I’ve come to appreciate how important community and friends are in these unsettling times of the pandemic. It’s been incredibly supportive to connect with many online at a time we have had to shelter at home. And then what a joy it has been to be able to go out this summer and greet friends and neighbors, sometimes without masks, in-person!
Recently, one of my students who was in my Master Your Creativity online course, shared her appreciation of the course with me and said, “Thank you for making the worst year of my life the best year of my life”. She felt this way because she was connected to the community in the course and gained inspiration to engage her creative side.
I’m so grateful that I am able to help others in this way!
And so I invite you to explore my next offering of my online course, Master Your Creativity! We will be beginning again this November. If you’re looking for a supportive and creative community to join on a journey with St. Hildegard and me, find out more here. I hope to see you in the course.
When I was a little girl, I loved spending hours at the piano playing song after song as my fingers danced upon the ivory keys. My soul was nourished by the beautiful sound.
When my family vacationed at the Atlantic shore, as my bare toes wiggled around in the cool, wet sand, I sang or hummed songs to my heart’s content letting them drift out onto the gentle waves of the ocean.
I had a dream of being on a stage one day and singing, letting the power of my voice ripple out to those in the audience like waves in the ocean. Although this idea terrified me, I still would dream about it!
Access a song and body prayer to Move out of Fear into Faith in my 3 Keys to Master Your Creativity. This will support you in realizing you have everything you need to manifest the longings of your soul.
As I grew older, I held on to my dreams. But I soon discovered that door after door seemed to be shut to women, even if they were open to men.
Then one day, I learned that in the 12th century, St. Hildegard of Bingen was incredibly courageous for a woman of her time. She persevered in sharing the visions she had with the world. This was unheard of at the time! Women weren’t part of the clergy. Women didn’t preach, speak publicly, or write. Certainly not on controversial topics such as visions from God!
And yet, she persisted, mustering her courage, guided by the Divine.
Then there was a day, one particular moment in a day of my life when I was singing a certain song of St. Hildegard’s with others in a class. That was a turning point for me. It helped me shift my fear of singing alone in front of others to faith. Faith in the Divine.
I felt a deeper knowing that I am whole and I am love. A deeper trust that I have everything I need to manifest the longings of my soul, including my dream of singing on stage alone. You can hear more about this moment in my life in this video where I tell the story in greater detail
In the years that followed, inspired and empowered by St. Hildegard, there was a wave of creativity that flowed, bringing strength, healing, and joy into my life.
Today, I’m not shy about the fact that I’m a singer. And yes, I’ve even sung on stage many times and continue to do so!
What dream do you have that you still long to make happen in your life?
Imagine that you could manifest it right now. What’s standing in your way?
What often stands in our way again and again is FEAR.
Maybe you’re so fearful that you feel frozen and can’t even take the first step towards manifesting your dream. Or you think, “I can’t do that.” or “I don’t have time for that.”
Are you ready to let go of that fear? Do you long for something more?
I know you can move out of fear and into faith! To finally manifest the longing of your soul. Yes, you can!
I invite you to learn a song and body prayer with me that’ll fill you with the deep knowing that you are part of the Divine. You are whole. You are love. You have everything you need to manifest the dream you have.
Come and join me here and discover how to Move out of Fear into Faith, Key #3.
St. Hildegard called this the “spice of life.” That’s how important it was to her! It appears in many of her recipes for healing.
She wrote, “Whoever has pain in the heart area or is suffering weakness due to the heart, should immediately eat enough galangal and he will recover. A person with a burning fever should drink galangal powder in spring water to relieve the burning fever.”
But what is galangal exactly? It’s not a spice that everyone is familiar with.
Lesser galangal, or Alpinia officinarum, is a plant that is in the ginger family and grown in Southeast Asia. It can grow to be about 5 – 6 ½ ft. tall with long leaves and reddish-white flowers.
The rhizomes of the plant are known as galangal which have a sweet, spicy flavor and are used in cooking and healing remedies.
St. Hildegard of Bingen was one of the foremost authorities on the benefits of herbs and spices in her day. She used galangal for treating fever, heart failure, respiratory illnesses and mucus in the nose and throat.
It was the main spice in Hildegard’s cure for heart problems including heart pain. She regarded galangal as a potent aid to digestion and quick reliever of pain, such as the pain associated with angina pectoris, heart attacks, and gall bladder symptoms. Today, galangal continues to be used as a healing remedy worldwide particularly as a heart medicine. Physicians in Germany who use Hildegard Medicine in their practice have reported that galangal is as effective as nitroglycerin, but without the harmful side effects.
Health Benefits of Galangal
Today, we know that galangal has many benefits when used as a healing remedy. Galangal and ginger are closely related, so the health benefits of galangal are very similar to those of ginger. Here are some of the known healing properties of galangal:
CREAMY ZUCCHINI SOUP
(from Saint Hildegard’s Kitchen: Foods of Health, Foods of Joy by Jany Fournier-Rosset)
2 lbs zucchini, unpeeled and thickly sliced
3 tbsps oil
4 cups water
1 tbsp heavy cream
mint leaves for garnish
galangal, salt, pepper to taste
Come and join me for more creative adventures with St. Hildegard. My online course, Master Your Creativity, will begin again this fall. You’ll join a supportive and creative community on a journey with St. Hildegard and me to open the door to explore the longings of your soul. Find out more here. I hope to see you there!
Are you longing to manifest a creative dream that you’ve had for a while but are not sure if you can really do it?
Maybe it’s something that you’ve yearned to do, that’s an expression of your soul’s purpose in the world, but you just don’t seem to be able to find the energy and confidence to get started.
Access a guided meditation to Move out of Limitation into Motivation in my 3 Keys to Master Your Creativity. Through this meditation, you’ll find the confidence and strength to move forward with your creative dreams.
Sometimes we can feel crippled with self-doubt, fear creeping into our minds. You may think, how can I realize this dream I have? It’s unrealistic and impractical. I’m not good enough. No one will be interested in what I want to manifest. I don’t have the time or the money. On and on, the negative thoughts circle in your mind.
There have been moments in my life when I’ve had thoughts like these and haven’t felt fully confident in myself. I’m sure most people feel like this from time to time.
Sometimes, old stories and negative voices from our past sabotage us.
Sometimes, we have fear and anxiety about putting ourselves out there in the world and taking the next steps to manifest our creative dream. We feel vulnerable to being judged or criticized.
Sometimes, we just feel weak and anything but courageous.
If you’re feeling like this and it’s getting in the way of you manifesting your creative dream, take steps to begin believing in yourself again. That’s the key!
The very first step is simply to shift your thinking to believe that what you want to accomplish is actually possible! Your thoughts have great power.
Think back to a time in your life where you did something you thought was really difficult at the time or maybe even impossible. How did you feel when you accomplished it?
It was possible to accomplish, and you did it. It’s happened before in your life and can happen again! Everything you have created or accomplished in your life is a result of your belief in yourself and the belief that it’s possible.
No matter what it is that you’re longing to create now in your life, you can do it!
Whatever your creative dream is, I know you can make it come true. The truth is that there are as many beautiful things to create as there are people on this planet.
Don’t you think it’s time to listen to the quiet voice inside that’s nagging at you, telling you that there’s more for you to create in this world?
It’s time to let go of any sense of limitation or fear that’s standing in the way of what you long to create.
Here are three important steps to help you let go of limitation and cultivate positivity and confidence to manifest your creative dream.
1. Be mindful of those negative voices in your head! If they’re making awful comments about you or your abilities, change that tune. As soon as you notice the negative voices, stop them, fill yourself with compassion for YOU, and shift those voices to positive, kind, compassionate words.
“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” Lao Tzu
2. Spend a few moments sending love to yourself. Imagine warm, golden light in your heart. Feel this light warm and expand your heart. Feel it reach out beyond your heart and encompass your whole being. Speak those compassionate and kind words to yourself in your head. Do this every morning or several times throughout the day, as needed.
3. Seek support from the Divine. The Divine has wonderful ways of supporting us and moving us along our journey in life, as long as we put forth our own effort. So, offer up your creative dream to the Divine for further guidance. Trust that Divine support will come to you and maybe even in unexpected ways!
As you begin to take the first steps forward in realizing your vision, you’ll discover the sweet nectar of the Divine is being birthed upon the Earth through you. And where this divine energy flows, a powerful healing force can arise. For yourself. And for the world.
In the words of St. Hildegard:
I am the one whose praise
Echoes on high.
I adorn all the earth.
I am the breeze
That nurtures all things
I encourage blossoms to flourish with ripening fruits.
I am led by the spirit to feed
The purest streams.
I am the rain
Coming from the dew
That causes the grasses to laugh
With the joy of life.
I call forth tears,
Th aroma of holy work.
I am the yearning for good.
To support you further in this work, I invite you to try a guided mediation that I offer for free to Move out of Limitation into Motivation (key #2) in my 3 Keys to Master Your Creativity. Through this meditation, you’ll come to appreciate who you are as a unique individual, and you’ll find the confidence and strength to move forward with your creative dreams.
This meditation will support you in giving voice to your unique soul’s purpose, helping you to focus on what you’re meant to create and giving you the guidance to move forward with a clear vision. Give it a try!
Are you in the midst of making a change in your life? Maybe you’re trying something new to improve your health and well-being like exercising regularly or eating healthy foods?
Or maybe you’re trying to create a regular meditation practice?
Or longing to realize a creative dream you have?
When I consider making a change in my life, I always remember these words from John Assaraf.
“The first step to getting anywhere is deciding you are not willing to stay where you are.” -John Assaraf
Once I truly decide I’m not willing to stay where I am and I DO want a change, then I often want to jump in full steam ahead and try to do it all at once? Do you do this too?
Speaking from experience, that doesn’t work very well! It can lead to frustration and a sense of failure.
Making a change isn’t easily done. Changing your habits and mindset takes time.
I’ve learned that these 3 essential steps are needed to unlock your inner power to successfully make the changes that you wish to see in your life.
1. Break Your Goals into Smaller Parts
Take that goal that you have to make a change and break it down into smaller parts. Then you can begin to work on one step at a time. You’ll be much more successful in taking these baby steps on the path to accomplishing your goal.
For example, if you want to begin a regular meditation practice, a first step could be to commit to meditating 1 time a week for this month.
Remember making a change takes time. Be patient. Your habits and mindset don’t change overnight. Sometimes it takes days, weeks or even several months.
Be kind to yourself, while still staying committed to keeping yourself on your path to success.
2. Check on Your Progress
Review your goal regularly to check on your progress and keep yourself motivated. Check-in each day and then at the end of the week.
How’s it going? What milestones can you celebrate?
Enjoy the journey of learning and transforming along the way. Celebrate what you’ve accomplished!
It’s tempting to only look at the accomplishment at the end as a sign of your success. But, it’s important to notice your smaller ones on the journey.
.These little moments in time will remind you how much closer you’re getting to your final goal.
Don’t get stuck on any little missteps along the way. Don’t let those negative voices of failure flow into your mind!
Celebrate your accomplishments on the path and adjust a goal or a plan that appears to be unrealistic. Then continue forward with positivity and passion for your goal!
Your desire to change must be greater than your desire to remain the same. -John Assaraf
3. Ask for Spiritual Guidance
Remember you have support available to you! Offer up your goal to your spirit guides and ask for support.
Be open and attentive to receiving in those quiet moments of inner stillness. But, also be open in the middle of your normal day. Support sometimes comes in surprising ways!
Do you have a creative dream that you are longing to manifest? Get support… find out more about my course "Master Your Creativity”.
The Key to Feeling Energized and Fully Alive
When was the last time you engaged your creative side? No pressure, no judgment, just a space and time to explore and get lost in the experience of creating something?
Maybe you garden or cook? Maybe draw or sing? Write or journal?
Have you done so recently? Or has it been too long?
I’d love to have you join me in my upcoming online course Master Your Creativity that starts this coming November. You’ll get a chance to be creative and just PLAY in a supportive community of spiritual creatives led by me, Jeannine Goode-Allen of Dr. of the Soul, and inspired by the incredible wisdom of St. Hildegard of Bingen.
Creativity is a fundamental expression of the human being. An expression of the authentic self engaging in the world. One that can only be unique to you.
Creativity is essential to our health and well being. As long we are creating, we keep growing, developing and evolving, as individuals and as a community.
If we cease to create, then our life energy decreases. Decay and deterioration enter in. Our state of health declines.
Creativity is like a refreshing breath of life for us, helping us to thrive. It feeds us, making us feel invigorated, energized and alive.
When you enter into a space of creativity and play, a vibrant flow of energy flows through your whole body. You can feel that you’re a part of something greater.
Fueled with this breath of inspiration from within, you, the artist, may begin to paint or to sing a song. You may move in dance, write words or use other materials to express what is bubbling up inside of you.
You feel the call from within, and you know it’s time to dive in and play.
What wants to express itself through you? What wants to come to life from your activity?
As you play creatively, you lose track of what’s outside in the world – the news, daily tasks, worries, and fears. Your thoughts of that part of the world dissolve, releasing any stress you were feeling.
This vibrant creative force infuses your whole being. You feel fully alive. And joyfully engaged.
Your creative process may be smooth and flow easily at times. It may be bumpy and chaotic at other times. You get to move through it in a way that speaks to you. It’s not time for judgment.
This is the time for presence in the moment. Surrendering to the process and that which moves you from within.
Such creativity, when focusing on the process and not product, can help us to access a meditative state, tapping into a deeper part of ourselves.
Here we can enter a feeling of flow and freedom, a space for self discovery and expression. An opportunity for healing.
Human beings are naturally creative. It’s part of our nature.
And being creative brings us back to this state – our true nature.
Our true nature that brings us to a place of balance and a place of health.
Through our creativity, we can engage our own gifts while we imagine and create new ideas and new solutions that are needed within our communities, becoming a powerful healing force in the world.
“Everybody has a creative potential and from the moment you can express this creative potential, you can start changing the world.” -Paulo Coelho
Don’t think you are creative?
Guess what? I welcome you to join my upcoming Master Your Creativity online course and you’ll discover you are, even if right now you don’t think so!
In the course, you’ll have a chance to:
Listen to what others who have taken this course with me are saying…
Jack “I got to express my vision…(and) craft an action plan to make my ambitions around writing a reality…
“I was embraced with joy, love and acceptance from this community of like-minded spiritual creatives…..My whole life everyone has always told me I needed to write. I’ve experienced a tremendous amount of resistance around that area of my life…now having the support of this group (in the course), I jumped in…I got to explore that side of myself in a judgement-free, creative space at my own pace… I got to express my vision and, with Jeannine’s thoughtful guidance, I was able to craft an action plan to make my ambitions around writing a reality…Now, I can happily say, I’m a writer! I’m a writer!”
Ilise “…I am creative. I am an artist…..there is no more fear involved, just pure excitement.
“The idea of taking a creativity course for someone who did not consider herself creative was a bit daunting. Just the thought of it was challenging for me…I have to say there was a bit of fear involved too, fear that everyone in the class will now know that I am not an artist…but, I realized through the course that I am an artist. I am creative… I am much more confident having taken this course …There is no more fear involved, just pure excitement.”
Don’t miss out! I want to encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity now. Join my online course Master Your Creativity that starts this fall. You’ll get a chance to be creative and just PLAY in a supportive community of spiritual creatives led by me, Jeannine Goode-Allen of Dr. of the Soul, and inspired by the incredible wisdom of St. Hildegard of Bingen. You will feel welcomed, accepted and embraced with joy as you are encouraged to be your own creative self.
Imagine you’re relaxing in a comfortable lounge chair under a palm tree, gazing out at the calm sea. A gentle breeze caresses your face and the turquoise water sparkles like gemstones as the rays of the sun shine down upon its surface. Overhead in the azure blue sky, one white puffy cloud floats gently in the distance and a seagull calls out as it flies off into the distance. The color blue fills your senses and you feel as if it infuses your whole being. You seem to be breathing in blue.
Close your eyes now for a moment and feel the color blue. How does it make you feel? What message does it have for you?
Color has a secret language that speaks to you. It can help you to feel calm and peaceful within or it can energize and excite you. It can give you strength and courage or it can open your heart to feel love and compassion.
You can dive deeper and check out my video, Move out of Overwhelm into Inspiration, Key #1, to explore a way to play with color to let go of stress and awaken your creativity from within.
Colors are everywhere – in nature, your home, your clothes and your food. Have you ever considered how color affects you? Color can shift your mood, your feelings and even support healing in your body.
Close your eyes one more time and contemplate what color is calling to you today?
What color has a gift to offer you today? Pick one that comes to mind. There’s often great wisdom in picking the first one that comes to mind.
Now, picture you’re wearing that color, both your top and bottom. Maybe you even have a hat or bag that color. You walk out into nature and find a place that seems to be filled with this color – maybe fruit or flowers, maybe animals, or in the water or sky.
You walk back into your home and see this color in your rug, pillows, and paint on the walls. You make yourself a snack or drink of this color. You sit down to enjoy it.
You breathe in deeply, inhaling the beauty and energy of this color into your being. And then you exhale. Then again you breathe in slowly the color and then exhale.
Then, open your eyes. How do you feel? How did this color affect you?
In our day-to-day life, we often can become overwhelmed with the challenges in our lives – from work, to family, to illness, grief and the pandemic. Using color in visualization or playful ways can support us in letting go of our worries and stress for a short period of time, helping us to move into a more creative flow and even tap into a healing energy that’s right at our fingertips.
Are you ready to play a little more with color? Join me and let’s play with color!
When you enter into a space of play with color, a vibrant flow of energy flows through your whole body. You can feel that you’re a part of something greater.
Fueled with this breath of life and energy, you’ll feel inspiration rise up within you.
What does the color want to speak to you? What healing gift does it offer to you today?
As you play creatively with color, you lose track of what’s outside in the world – the news, daily tasks, worries, and fears. Your thoughts of that part of the world dissolve, releasing any stress and overwhelm you’re feeling.
Check out my video, Move out of Overwhelm into Inspiration, Key #1, to explore a way to play with color to let go of your feeling of stress and awaken your creativity from within.
In 2010-2012, I was working on a creative project, the St. Hildegard Traveling Exhibit: Journey Through the Senses. I was so passionate about creating this exhibit so that people could experience St. Hildegard’s world and the Living Light that came through her with their own senses. At that time, I worked with several local artists to create pieces such as stained glass, antique maps and wax tablets that embodied the beauty, warmth and power from the life and work of St. Hildegard.
Even though I was dedicated and passionate about creating this dynamic exhibit, I experienced challenges along the way. Sometimes I even thought that these obstacles might stop me from manifesting the entire exhibit!
But through accessing my inner strength and remembering to trust in the Divine, I was finally able to move through the challenges, and I completed this exhibit.
Since then, it’s been such a joy to see others be able to enter into the life of St. Hildegard through this sensory experience! And now, I’m even sharing pieces of it in my online course, Master Your Creativity.
Interested in focusing on manifesting your creative purpose in the world through the wisdom of St. Hildegard for our modern times, I am offering a course online, Master Your Creativity. We start on Friday, May 7th! Come and join us! Find out more here .
What are you being called to create right now so that it can be of service to the world?
Remember, you are a creative being with a purpose. And the world is certainly needing creators these days who can bring new and courageous ideas for healthy change in our communities.
Whenever I’m needing inspiration to follow my calling to create, I always remember how St. Hildegard had to find her courage to bring forth her visions into the world at a time when there were many obstacles in her way.
One of her greatest visions was when she was called to leave her home of 40 years and build her own abbey. St. Hildegard’s commitment to bring this project to fruition was fueled by the inspiring work she saw from St. Rupert in the 7th century.
It is possible to manifest your soul’s creative purpose even through obstacles!
St. Hildegard lived to the age of 81 following her calling in a time where a typical lifespan was half that! She worked with determination to bring her gifts into the world despite many obstacles.
When she was 52 years old, she felt called to leave her home of 40 years and take the courageous step to build her own abbey where St. Rupert’s church on the Rhine River had been destroyed.
And yet, she was faced with many obstacles along the way. The monks at St. Disibod strongly objected that she was leaving. Understandable, as several sisters leaving with her meant that the monks’ financial support would too.
Yet, she continued to find her strength to do what she felt called to. And she moved forward. She built Rupertsberg which was a place for her to manifest the Power of the Living Light.
The early years on the Rupertsberg were difficult ones. Some sisters even left. Still she persevered with the passion she had for the project. And then at the age of 67, marching forward, she even created a second abbey!
Can you imagine if she had given up and never realized these creative dreams that she felt guided to manifest? What a loss it would’ve been!
What are you meant to bring to others at this time?
What obstacle is standing in your way of manifesting and sharing your gifts right now with the world?
Are you thinking your idea is not realistic?
Or you don’t have the time?
Or you are too old to do it? Or something else?
How can you move through this obstacle? Can you access your inner strength and trust in the Divine to support you?
Whenever I’m needing to do this, I remember a favorite image of mine of St. Hildegard holding her abbess staff. Her strength and power from within radiate out to the world as she speaks, “God created me… God is also my strength… Through God, I have living spirit. Through God I have life and movement. Through God I learn, I find my path…”
The Divine is always there to support us on our paths!
Interested in more support within a community of spiritual creatives to realize your creative purpose in the world through the wisdom of St. Hildegard for our modern times. Master Your Creativity starts in two days! I’d love to have you join me. Find out more here .
What moments in Your Life Have Changed You? 5 key questions to access the divine vision for your life
You’ve been given a great gift, an incredible gift – your life – what have you done so far with this one, precious life? Everything that you wanted to or are you just getting started?
With such inspiring words, Michael Beckwith, spiritual leader and creator of Life Visioning, shares,
“I believe that you’re great, that there’s something magnificent about you. Regardless of what has happened to you in your life. Regardless of how young or old you think you might be. The moment you begin to ………. (realize) this power within you that’s greater than the world, it will begin to emerge…It will guide you, protect you, direct you, sustain your very existence. If you let it..” – Michael Beckwit
Have you ever taken a moment to look back and explore your life’s journey, considering the stepping stones or moments that have changed your life?
Maybe it was a decision you made to go in one direction and not another.
Or a person who came into your life at just the right time with exactly what you needed.
Or an opportunity you were given to explore something new through a move to a new location, a new job or travel adventures.
Consider how your life might’ve been different if those things didn’t happen.
And yet they did.
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If you enter into a quiet space to reflect on your life’s path, you’ll begin to discover that there’s a divine vision for this precious life you have and that you have support on that path along the way.
St. Hildegard, my mentor, shared, in her 4th Illumination, a vision that we can see as a metaphor for aligning with the radiance that we are as divine beings on our life’s journey.
“The setting sun and the setting stars should not be bright in my tent, but angelic glory should be. The foundation of my tent ought to be made of topaz, and its structure should be made all of gems. Its stairs ought to be made of crystal and its floor should be gold… I am the living breath which God sent into dry dust.”
And yet, just like us, she had moments when she experienced obstacles on her path.
But alas! My tent is full of eyes... I have been attacked and plundered with the eyes and …..completely torn….I was led into another place which lacked any beauty and honor …Those who had seized me, struck me with blows…”
As we quiet ourselves and turn inward, reflecting on our own biography, we begin to realize what we’re intending to be and do in this lifetime.
And when we begin to understand our purpose, we can open ourselves to our own unique path for unfolding that divine vision.
Let me share a practical tool from Michael Beckwith to help you align with the higher vision of your life’s journey. He offers these questions to access the power of visioning in your life.
I invite you to bring these 5 key questions into your contemplative practices to support you in aligning with the divine vision for your life.
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I was born in London, England, educated in Switzerland, and am fluent in English, German, Spanish, and French. I hold a Doctorate in Ministry Degree and Masters Degrees in Counseling Psychology and Education. Also, I am an accomplished artist and educator. I use all of this and much more when helping others heal their souls.