Creative Leaps

Jun 6, 2017

I’ve been painting lately.


Carefree watercolours dotted onto the page in a pool of paint-stained water,

Lines drawn with the tip of my paintbrush and outlined later with a sharp-pointed pen.

Though I spend just a couple of minutes per day on each painting I do, I find myself looking forward to those minutes, and losing myself and all understanding of linear time while my brush gently dabs and streaks the paper.

Reconnecting with my creativity was one of the fundamental shifts that happened when I started to find more alignment in my life.  Writing is my chosen craft, and when I made the space and time in my life to write every day, it quickly became one of my greatest joys.  My writing practice lured me with the same undeniable, gravitational force that alignment itself does.

I’ve noticed this pattern, generally, with other women I know going through a transition into alignment.  As they begin to rediscover themselves as women, they realize that they are, in fact, creative beings, and that they find great joy and authenticity in fostering that creativity.

I can’t help but think that this is inherently connected to our rediscovering and revaluing ourselves as women, that honouring our inherently feminine inclination to create is a part of our Rising Up.



How about you?  How has creativity played a part in your transition into alignment?


I have been painting as a part of taking part in the lovely Estelle Thomson’s 21 Days of Creative Leaps online course.  This round of 21 Days, which she hosts on a regular basis, is called “Feminine Magic,” and it is rocking my world.  Of course.  Rooted in Celtic and Hindu mythology, the Heroine’s Journey and the triple goddess, I’ve been painting in response to prompts to depict my younger self, to show what my shakti rising looks like, and to create an image of a heroine, and more.  (btw, this post is unsponsored; I’m just loving all the amazing revelations and juicy creativity that the Creative Leaps course has allowed me!)

The Becoming Podcast has been on a short hiatus while I focus on writing my book, but oh what a comeback episode I have for you!

This month, I spoke to Toko-pa Turner, who many of you may know as the unofficial patron saint of many of my circles and gatherings because of the sheer number of times I’ve quoted from the wisdom of her book, Belonging.

Toko-pa is a Canadian author, teacher, and dreamworker. Blending the mystical teachings of Sufism in which she was raised with a Jungian approach to dreams, she founded The Dream School in 2001, from which thousands of students have graduated. She is the author of the award-winning book, Belonging: Remembering Ourselves Home, which explores the themes of exile and belonging through the lens of dreams, mythology, and nature. This book has resonated for readers worldwide, and has been translated into 10 different languages so far. Her work focuses on the relationship between psyche and nature, and how to follow our inner wisdom to meet with the social, psychological, and ecological challenges of our time.

Here’s some of what Toko-pa and I talk about in this episode:

> The dream that changed Toko-pa’s life, causing her to question her career and, ultimately, her identity

> How we can court our dreams to support us during times of radical transformation – and the reasons so many of us have a hard time remembering and working with what shows up in our dreamscape

> Toko-pa’s perspective on the message of Belonging after the divisiveness our society has experienced in the years since it was published

> What happened for both Toko-pa and I when we fell out of belonging from the ideologies of the “wellness world”

> How to build community when you’re under-resourced

> “The Big Lie” when it comes to belonging, and how we can reclaim a sense of belonging to the greater family of things, as Mary Oliver so famously wrote

Listen to the episode on iTunes


Show Notes

Toko-pa’s Website

Belonging:  Remembering Ourselves Home, Toko-pa’s book

The David Abram video about animism mentioned in the interview

Toko-pa’s self-guided program, Dream Drops

Companion, the program that accompanies Belonging


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