Artists like money.
We’re different from other people, who are above such minor considerations.
Crazy like a fox? Share my insanity. Click here.
Artists like money.
We’re different from other people, who are above such minor considerations.
Crazy like a fox? Share my insanity. Click here.
Trusting the creative process, with all its starts and halts, confusions and contusions, is challenging. But it is needed to make visions come true.
We embody that trust by going with the flow; it pours from Divine Source, ensuring our creativity bear fruit. This lesson was brought home to me recently, while working on two major projects simultaneously.
This was a big undertaking. The last time I’d focused on two major (non-oral-tradition) projects simultaneously was 1998, releasing Be a Goddess! and my music album within a year of each other.
One of the new projects is a book, yet to be released. The other is the Faerie Ritual Set. My hope was to release both within six months of each other.
I’d gone back-and-forth between the two projects for a long time. When I needed a break from one of them, or one was with a friend for a critique, or whatever, I switched. I often worked on one in the background while truly focusing on the other.
Then I got a bad cold for a whole month, at a critical time—close to the book’s holiday release date. (Originally, the book was going to be released before the Faerie Ritual Set.) The month delay made a holiday release impossible. I decided an early spring release would still be ok.
So then I finished the book’s close-to-final-draft, and sent it to someone for pivotal final feedback. The project got delayed with him. Here is where I learned my lesson.
At first, his delay gave me the chance to catch up on rest and tidy my office. But continuing to wait would have created too long an empty time. Of course, emptiness can be awesome. Sometimes, the Universe halts our plans because we need to face the void or get rest or play with our pets or … (those are all part of the creative process). But this was not one of those times: My gut wisdom told me I had to move ahead.
But I couldn’t work on the Faerie Ritual Set, because it was in final stages, the immense creative elements of which I could not wrap my brain around while still mentally holding details about the impending final push on the book. A brain can only hold so much.
Argh, the book was almost done! It was my precious baby—the thought of stopping right at the finish line ripped at my heart.
I faced a choice. Should I whine and shake my fist at the sky, while stomping about in the remains of ruined plans? Should I continue to wait and waste months of my life?
Or should I trust the creative process, and go with the flow? Should I embody that trust—and flow—by finding a way to be productive, serving community instead of feeling miserably blocked, impaled by my navel-gazing about the trials of a creative personality?
It is easy to get lost in frustration, because creating is difficult in many ways. But all my hard work was no excuse for moping around waiting for the impossible! I temporarily forsook the book and finished up the Faerie Ritual Set.
It was just released. It exists, it is spectacular, and it is helping people. None of that would be true, if I had railed against the flow endlessly. The Faerie Ritual Set, too, is my baby—it wanted my attention, and it is thriving.
Yup, going with the flow embodies trust in the creative process. But we have to know what that actually look like in real life. Well, it can manifest in many (contradictory) ways. My tale illustrates three:
1) We might need to plow on, producing something useful to our community.
2) We might need to stop work for self-care, e.g., naps to get over a cold (or a vid binge when our brains stop functioning, LOL).
3) We might need to stick to a project over the longterm, which allows us to back away now and then: The book may be delayed until 2016. I’ve decided to move back to California. All the work of moving, along with my wonderfully full schedule of clients and students, are enough on my plate, for now. But the notes needed to finish the book are ready, and I will be too.
Naps. Hard work. Vid binges. A moratorium on moping. Getting work done when other work was not possible. These acts allowed me to feel incredible fulfillment through creating the Faerie Ritual Set. I will birth the book too, when its time comes.
I Have Your Back:
A Three-Month Direct Spiritual Transmission,
starting August 25, 2014
For three months, you receive continual support: The transmission shapes itself to your physical, spiritual, and emotional needs. Your whole being (body and soul) and circumstances receive constant blessings.
For three months, I am your shaman.
It is easy to receive this transmission. You do not have to attend an event or do any work. Just sign up for the transmission, and I do the work for you!
No experience needed. But adepts are deeply impacted.
I send you this spiritual transmission five days a week, every week for three months! This is big, big, big! Whether you have already made many changes for the better, or are only beginning to improve your life, you are capable of big shifts right now.
You have dreams,
and may have means,
but work I do
will help you too.
I give an extra boost that helps
you soar, survive,
then soar some more
despite huge flights you’ve had—or not—before.
Utter peace, compassion, and empowerment permeate every atom of existence, and are available for you to receive and give.
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Again, it starts Aug 25.
A direct spiritual transmission does not substitute for medical care by a physician, psychiatric counseling, or other therapeutic treatment. Participants are personally responsible for the consequences of their voluntary participation. This spiritual treatment is extraordinarily effective, but may not work for some individuals.
Whatever’s bubbling up for you, no matter how many things, this shamanic work will meet, greet, and magic it all. Do this now. I can only accept fifteen people into this empowerment process.
I’m often asked about my process as an artist. Ditto as a writer. So today I’ll discuss how they intertwined in one of my books, Sprinkling Faerie Dust on Breakfast.
Parents had told me about their hard time finding life tools for their kids to deal with our crazy world, e.g., school cliques, as well as an earth spirituality worldview that would also help their kids with such challenges. As part of this, the parents wanted simple relevant magics for their children.
So I decided to write a book to cover all that. But when choosing what sort of book to write, I try to make it as multifaceted as possible so that it is of maximum use. I spend a lot of time meditating on the best approach, as well as brainstorming with friends.
This led me to think about many parents being overly busy. I decided the book should be a 365: Parents could do just a tiny bit each day, which is a manageable way to teach earth-spirituality, life tools, and simple magics.
The next challenge was how to make this book concise but still deep and relevant. Coming up with life tools for children is no small undertaking.
More meditation led me to remember that one of my creative blocks is not recognizing what I’ve already accomplished and instead thinking I have to start all over. I remembered I’d already spent years creating life tools and a grounded philosophy, and also endlessly boiling down those sophisticated concepts into short accessible phrases. I love ideas and words-smithing!
It may seem odd that all the work I’d done did not come to mind initially. But, like I said, forgetting what I’ve already done is a creative block I have.
Mind you, I still needed to do an immense amount of writing, but some rough material already existed.
From what I’ve written above, you can see an important part of my creative process is taking my time. That allows things to develop fully.
In fact, another step was that my really high ideals gave me a nagging feeling I could add even more value to the book.
Continued meditation and brainstorming with parents made me see another pivotal support my friends needed: I wanted the book’s daily entries to nurture their offspring while simultaneously giving daily spiritual nurture to the parents.
Yup, this book needed to be complex yet easy and accessible.
At which point I realized the text would be great for ANY way-busy person who wants magical, loving days. Hence the last part of the book’s title. Here is the full title:
Sprinkling Faerie Dust on Breakfast: A Daily Reader for Busy Parents and Their Children . . . and for Any Way-Busy Person.
(The daily entry is usually brief—often only a sentence or two. And hence the front cover’s tag line: “Spiritual reading that fits into your day.”)
Patiently allowing things to develop, so I could bit by bit develop a vision of the project (and following through by working my butt off, LOL) resulted in a book I can be proud of.
I should add that self-publishing the book allowed me to make it truly multifaceted. Though I have been blessed that major houses and other established houses have published some of my very complex books, they have rejected twice as many as they accepted. I even got a rejection letter that said, “This book is too multifaceted. We could never get our executives to market it.” (I framed the rejection.)
Next, let’s look at where visual art wove into Sprinkling Faerie Dust on Breakfast. I wanted this book’s visual sensibility to suggest an ancient text discovered in a forgotten attic (but with a modern revisioning), so the pages would convey magic not just through their words but through their looks.
I love mystical, archaic texts, with their differently sized and shaped black-and-white ornamentations. I didn’t want my book to have the modern look of all identical pages or pages whose graphics always fit the same space. I wanted the old-fashioned look of each page being different.
So I learned to do layout and painted ornamentation for almost every page, all my original art. The ornamentations are different shapes and sizes. For each to fit into its page and to give each page a different feel, I had to lay out most pages individually.
It was a lot of work but it felt really important. I’d taken enormous care with the book’s text, honing concepts and language for years, and felt the book’s visual aspect should mirror that, and add another dimension of care, love, and magic to the project.
Also, both the title Sprinkling Faerie Dust on Breakfast and a daily mystical reading imply that spirituality and magic are part of life, not separate. I wanted the visual look of the book to convey that integration, because some folks learn from images, not just from words. The integration of lessons that fit gently into your day, instead of lessons that propose an unrealistic amount of spiritual and magical progress, allow us to actually move ahead and make positive changes.
One of the great things about taking a lot of effort with a project is that you learn a lot. You always keep growing.
Having learned so much about layout and ornamentation from doing Sprinkling Faerie Dust on Breakfast, I’m self-publishing another book soon which I’ve been able to ornament far more elaborately and in full color. I am really jazzed about the magical power of its ornamentation.
Sprinkling Faerie Dust on Breakfast is for pagan family reading, UUs, and alternative thinkers.
Please let me know what you think about this post.
Self-paced and self-led Faerie ritual training, with required magical artifacts.
Imagine walking in the forest. The sky suddenly brightens. It feels like … magic. You sense a portal has opened. An adventure is beginning.
You notice, up ahead, a proud tree. Under it, something glows. You approach. You pick up the shining object.
It is a small bundle … a packet of mystical pictures … not laminated like tarot or playing cards. These clearly aren’t for shuffling or careless handling … no, these are treasure! Magical gems. All of them are quality fine art prints.
With them is a Book of Shadows—beautiful, talismanic, evocative.
The Faerie Ritual Set consists of
* 16 original fine art prints
* a shamanic training program, in a lovely ornamented digital file.
Each art print is a fey-touched talisman you can use as a magical tool. The training manual explains how. It is a Book of Shadows with lessons specially for the Faerie Ritual Set. For:
* Divine Guidance
* Spiritual journeying
* YearWheel work, both Sabbats and the four seasons
* Esoteric exploration
Total cost for sixteen spiritual artifacts and digital Book of Shadows: $260.
Buy now and receive a hand-made portfolio to protect prints between uses.
The Fine Art Prints
This talismanic art evokes your own personal wisdoms and interpretations, while nurturing an inner power journey that is specifically yours.
I bless each set. To ensure quality images, I also personally print the art prints. Printing every batch is time-intensive. This is an act of love.
To respect your spiritual journey, prints are 5 x 7” (printed area is 6 x 4.5”) instead of the smaller tarot cards size. This provides large clear images you can really connect with and explore.
Prints arrive with documentation certifying your set as part of a limited first edition of 500 sets.
The following thumbnails of the sixteen art prints can’t do justice to their complex beauty and crisp detail but do convey a bit of their rich mystery, thematic depth, and unique magic.
Your art prints will not have my URL plastered all over them, LOL.
The Set’s Book of Shadows
The Book of Shadows (aka training manual) is a PDF file sent you via email.
This in-depth metaphysical, spiritual, and magical exploration of sixteen multifaceted ritual tools and their uses is packed into 14,500 words—69 pages.
The Faerie Ritual Set is easy and simple. The manual’s instruction are clear and concise. You can start doing magic almost instantly.
Quick rites that fit into a busy day.
Beginners and advanced practitioners both thrive in this training.
Lifelong applications, addressing most concerns. Examples: career * creativity * Health of body and spirit * Protection * Romance * Transitions * childbirth * confidence * the Fey Folk * relationship with Divinity *
You Are Special
Lessons don’t limit you to set teachings or set energy patterns. The training nurtures your own magical style.
These teachings are not for everyone. I won’t tailor my work to get more buyers. I write, paint, and teach for those I feel walking shoulder-to-shoulder with me, whether I ever meet them. We don’t have identical journeys, but we are kindred spirits.
In your specialness, you’ll discover layer after layer of the Faerie Ritual Set.
Created with Care and Imbued with Blessings
The Book of Shadows is talismanic art unto itself, every page ornamented, all my original designs: To make a beautiful, enchanted reading experience for you, I painted page ornanmentations. I also added elements of the sixteen original paintings for additional ornamental magic. In fastidious attention to mystical aesthetics, every page was laid out individually by moi. From my Fey heart to yours.
Examples of graphics:
* This post’s opening picture is the first page of the manual.
* See the following two pictures.
An extraordinary package deal:
* Own sixteen fine art prints that are fey-touched and printed on the stunning ultra-quality glossy paper I’ve used for my other limited edition art prints.
* Learn a magical system that took immense expertise to develop, construct a training for, and write up.
* Immerse yourself in beauty, with a digital instructional document painstakingly ornamented with its author original art that embellishes your mystical reading journey!
* Invest in a limited first edition set.
* Buy now to receive gift: an elegant hand-made folder that protects prints between uses.
1) If you’re unclear about my limited editions: Each print in the set is also available individually ($38 per) as a limited first edition 9.5 x 7″ whereas the Faerie Ritual Set is a limited first edition set comprised of sixteen 5 x 7” prints and their ritual instructions. (Contact me for purchase info about the 9.5 x 7″ individual prints.)
2) This series of sixteen paintings was initially called YearWheel Magic, but the paintings’ uses aren’t limited by season; each piece represents eternal truths, which the manual explores.
May 19, I start a ten-day ritual for the physical body. (I do five days ritual for you, take two days off, then do five more days.)
This shamanic treatment is a distance healing. No meeting required, not even by phone.
If you’re healthy, this ceremony builds maximum health, and you avoid illness.
This is probably the only 2014 group physical healing (as distinct from a group direct spiritual transmission, which empowers the spirit). If you care why, info is near the bottom of the post.
Would you like this ten-day healing ceremony done for you? Cost is sliding scale, $200 to $50. No refunds. If you can’t afford payment, phone by May 15. I only give free treatment to someone I speak with. 814.337.2490. To register, scroll down to choose payment you can honestly afford, give me your phone number. then click Pay Now. Easy! Upon receipt of payment, I’ll email you confirmation of receipt:
If you have questions, or need more info, call me: 814-337-2490. I do not discuss healings by email.
My treatments may not work for some individuals. I can’t give guarantees. A shamanic treatment is not a substitute for medical care by a trained physician, psychiatric counseling, or other therapeutic treatments. Participants are personally responsible for the consequences of their voluntary participation.
This is probably my only 2014 group physical healing: Very few people register for my group physical healings (as distinct from group direct spiritual transmissions, which way more folks sign up for, and which empower the spirit.)
Most people who want physical healing ask for it one-on-one, even though it’s more expensive.
It has been suggested that our country’s terrible health care system skews some people’s view of a group healing, so they cannot see it as a heartfelt offer, but reject it as second-class care?
Group healing is not second class. It hurts my heart that there is so much illness—both chronic and acute—and a general lack of maximum health. I offer group healings because not everyone can afford one-on-one sessions.
But my announcements already mentioned these are not second-rate healings. Maybe folks missed it because they scan posts instead of reading them?
Perhaps folks don’t know about the miraculous turnabouts? Here is feedback about my healing.
Whatever the reason for lack of participation, I have to offer these once a year only, and turn my attention to where I can be of service.
And with that, back to this current healing.
You don’t have to show up at an event to take care of yourself right now. Just scroll down, designate the amount you will pay, fill in your phone number, and click Pay Now. Blessed be.