5 Elements to Create your Soul Sanctuary for the New Year


The Chinese New year is coming up in a few weeks and this is a great and auspicious time to look at your environment and begin clearing the way for New Energy to infuse your life with opportunities-  It will reap great rewards!!

Anchoring in on the Feeling……….

Imagine a warm, sensual and nurturing living space. How does it look and feel for you?

For me, it represents how I feel when I used to go home to visit my Mom . The sanctuary she designed and lived in made me feel inspired and comfortable. I felt at home within myself when I went home to visit. It also was the aroma – what she was cooking in the oven, her garden of fragrant herbs, the fresh flowers on the dining table and the scent of aromatherapy candles she always had lit. My mother was the queen of creating a nourishing oasis where you can exhale and relax while taking in the beauty of a sacred feminine environment.

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Intentional Creativity – Bringing your intentions to life

The method of painting I teach is called Intentional Creativity, and it asks that you bring your souls story to the canvas and into the paint strokes. Layer by layer, color by color, a call and response begins with the canvas and what lies just beyond the physical realm into the mystical.

We always begin a painting with a theme and a specific intention. Then each step is a revelation in both consciousness and in design that creates the breakthrough- the awareness, the solution the evolution of your soul in the moment the story that has limited you in some way possibly unknown to you becomes free.

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Creativity and your Genius: Tap Into Your Muse and Express Your Genius

Find your own personal muse today and embrace your creativity and imagination, where all things are possible, with unlimited potential to express your creative genius.
Inspiration is an intangible yet inseparable part of the creative process. Nearly all creative possibilities are related to the muses that inspire us.

The ancient Greeks believed that all creation, whether artistic or scientific in nature, was motivated by goddesses who served as the literal embodiment of inspiration.

These were the Muses.

The givers of the creative spark. We still rely on muses to drive the creative process, though ours may take a diverse range of forms: people we meet, intriguing ideas, movies, books, nature, and cultural ideals all have the potential to awaken our imaginative minds. When we are touched by our muses, we understand viscerally that we are capable of producing our own unique kind of greatness.

Many people move through life unaware of the presence of their own muse. This lack of awareness can be compounded by the fact that we may have one muse that remains with us throughout our lives, multiple muses that inspire us concurrently, several muses that come and go as necessary, or a single muse that touches us briefly at specific moments.

You will know that you have found your Muse when you encounter a force that makes you feel courageous enough to broaden the range of your creativity.

The presence of this force will erase your self-doubt and motivate you to give your thoughts and feelings form. Should your muse continue to elude you, however, there are steps you can take to increase your chances of falling under its inspired influence. If you surround yourself with people who support you, keep a pen and paper handy, immerse yourself in culture, and brainstorm frequently, you will soon reconnect with your muse.

Once you have identified your muse, embrace it by giving yourself over to the creative inspiration it provides. No matter what you are moved to create, you will find that neither fear nor criticism can penetrate the wonderful bliss that goes hand in hand with the act of taking an idea and turning it into something the whole world can enjoy.

Elyse Marie is a gifted teacher and mystic and offers Creative workshops and classes on how to connect to your muse of inspiration and express it through writing, painting and music.

Intentional Creativity classes are held monthly at her studio.


Feeling Creatively Blocked? 5 Ways to Get Your Soul Fire Burning

1. Connect with a Community and Class

Whatever your passion may be- writing, painting, making music, dancing. Go take a class with someone who inspires you by who they are being, Just the mere act of being in the presence of a master will get your creative juices flowing. The energy in the class will infuse you with inspiration to go beyond your self-imposed limitations.

2. Set up a Dedicated Space in Your Home for Your Creative Muse

Claiming your sacred space to create at home is vital. The creative process requires a bit of solitude to tap into the inspiration within. Create a place in your home that honors that aspect of your being. Make it sacred, go there and infuse it with your energy, light a candle, put your favorite music on that uplifts your spirit and Create an intention- the energy will build and then POP you will have a genius idea.

3. Write/Journal Your Inner Critic’s Banter

It is important that you release the inner critic. The one that keeps telling you its not the time, you aren’t trained enough, who are you to be doing that, you won’t look good, ect ect… This self-sabotaging voice inside your head needs to be acknowledged by writing it all down, like you are throwing up on a page all the ways the ego holds you back to keep you small.

Learn Meditation to still the mind. It is a powerful practice that will support you being more connected to your Source and less to the inner critic.

4. Make Your Creative Self-Expression a Daily Practice

Build the energy of your soul fire by blocking out time daily to do something to inspire your creative muse. It can be things related to your passion- looking at an art book, a great movie, listening to music that you want to make, taking a dance class, writing in your artists way journal. Keeping yourself connected each day to a creative act will continue to give your muse the food for her soul that allows the birth of great works to emerge.

5. FREEDOM – Get Truthful with Yourself and Make New Conscious Choices

Are you in a career that your heart is no longer aligned with? Or a relationship that you outgrew? The places in life that are out of alignment with our souls purpose, or hearts desires will take energy away from your creative spirit unleashing itself in full glory.

It may be time to create more freedom in your life to be who you were meant to be. Often times we stay much longer in situations that are not supportive of our true nature out of fear and insecurity.
Creativity needs Freedom to be fully able to express.

What new choices can and will you make to begin living more of your ideal life?