This event changed my life forever-34 years ago on May 10, 1985, I publicly came out as an artist for the first time in my multimedia event at UCSD called "Transformations". 1000 people attended. I completely owned my power and the event TRANSFORMED me.
Today, this "Transformation Birthday" is much more significant to me as my true birthday, more than my physical body's birth, on April 23rd. I am ever grateful for the privilege to walk in this world, ever since then, expressing a hand-crafted career dedicated to inspire, connect and transform through the creative process.
Here is my promise: In 2050, on May 10th, I will be 90-years-old and will celebrate this day with you. This will be my 65th "Transformation" birthday".
P.S. Jeff Bridges, the actor, pictured here came to my house and signed this invitation to my event. He was incredibly supportive of my work as an artist. Thank you Jeff!
Being here now,
You and I,
Together we fly,
A transformative force.
Ever grateful, I am,
For YOU Beloved!
Can one meeting transform your life? Yes.
Last night I met with Dr. Fred in West Hollywood to discuss writing the forward to my upcoming Cocoon to Butterfly Journal book. We had never met in person. Suddenly, 20 minutes into the conversation, an alive creative electricity was present. A larger force had emerged between us.
The idea, "when two or more are gathered, there I am", comes to mind. (Originally from Matthew 18:20, Christians call this presence Jesus. I call it the L Force!) I believe we are meant to continually partner with life in new ways. Especially as we emerge from our old cocoon skin into new stages of our lives.
Two hours later, I left transformed from our meeting. The creative fires between us had brought forth fresh ideas about my brand, something beyond what either of us had thought our meeting was about. We are social creatures, we are to partner with each other and the larger life that is living through us. Let go and allow new connections to transform your life!
This morning in my daily Cocoon to Butterfly process, I drew and wrote:
“Radiance shines forth from within as I stand on Beauty. The flowers everywhere in my garden are listening to my gratitude for the fragrance of beauty they exude. Indeed it’s a gift to be alive today. Thank you Life for shining your beauty everywhere.”
Everyday this creative spiritual practice of a simple scribble drawing with my Crayola felt pens and writing brings forth an unexpected gift. It has inspired my next book, which is the companion to the Cocoon to Butterfly book.
More to share later!
As an artist of your life, what will you paint on your blank canvas? In order to authentically paint your life canvas, you need to listen to yourself. How will you listen deeply to yourself? JOURNAL!
"Keep a notebook. Travel with it.
Slap into it every stray thought that flutters up into your brain."
"Journaling is like whispering to one's self and listening at the same time."
"What a comfort is this journal. I tell myself to myself
and throw the burden on my book and feel relief."
Your Butterfly Journal combines writing and visual art expression that you make on a daily basis. The purpose of your journal is to express feelings and thoughts; strengthen self-esteem and creative power; deal with negative patterns and creative blocks; and inspire visions of who you are becoming.
Working in your journal can help you better understand yourself and can become a powerful daily practice to connect with your inner self. You will need some art tools for writing, drawing and working with magazine images. A pen and a few color marker or colored pencils can be sufficient, and possibly a glue stick and scissors if you chose to add collage elements to your journal.
The actual journal should be a fresh new one that you purchase for the purpose of your own metamorphosis as you go through this book. A blank journal is better than a lined one, however, if you choose a lined one, you can glue blank paper over the lined areas for your drawings.
From Page 36-37 of Cocoon to Butterfly, Creative Midlife Change for the Busy Person
Would love to hear your comments on journaling-have you found it transformative in your life?
How do public speakers best connect to their audiences? This strong TED talk by Chris Anderson clearly communicates the importance of ideas and how they can be more effectively communicated.
I found this video inspiring, as he spoke about how ideas manifest themselves in stories, symbols and metaphors-rather than just words. Check out the simple visual structures used in this video to symbolize ideas.
Tell me what you think of this TED talk. Does it inspire you to use his 4 suggestions for better connection with your audience when you give talks?
"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly" ~ Richard Bach
Are you in the middle of a crisis or at the beginning of a new life chapter?
I prefer calling Midlife Crisis, Creative Midlife Change. Reinventing our lives can be very creative. When what once brought us joy and passion ends, we may ask, "Is this all there is?" . Or is this an invitation to authentically reinvent our lives using our creativity?
3 Creative Midlife Change Tips:
Nourishment for our souls can come from an alive word, an image or a fresh place. I found such nourishment last week while on holiday in San Miguel de Allende, an artist colony in central Mexico.
An Alive Word as Guide
On New Years Eve, while walking in the center of town, I spontaneously asked my husband, Michael, "What do you see for us in 2016?" Without hesitating, he replied, with a simple and clear vision. "We work together while traveling" His words were numinous for me- they glowed and sparkled. My intuition could see and feel the vision. Traveling internationally, we could speak, do workshops, Skype sessions, and I could share my traveling paintings. Immediately the words, "Drs. Longworth & Samko" a title for this inner image, arose within me. I saw our webpage! Those alive words, "Drs. L & S", now anchor a part of the butterfly of our own becoming as a couple for 2013. Now those vibrant words can guide us in the transition we will go through this year to manifest it. Naming has power! See it, name it, create it.
What will be your guiding word or image for 2016?
Happy Holidays with Joy, Love & Peace!
Hope you are healthy and happy as you transition into 2017
My counseling clients continue to amaze me as they move through transitions into new chapters of their lives. I watch their personal
symbols become tools to help them
authentically navigate life changes.
One of my favorite quotes is:
"The soul never thinks without a picture." ~ Aristotle
Courage is about showing up with fire in your heart, instead of fear. Stars are luminous points in the sky. Bringing the two together, “Stars of Courage” would be luminous people with their hearts on fire.
Today, being a star of courage for me, means letting go of all the work I put into an event, that just got canceled. The great news is, even through it got cancelled, I am still shining as bright as ever. We do our best, and then let go.
Keep shining bright, your glorious light!
What are you passionate about? Do you give yourself permission to fully follow that passion at least once a week? I schedule time in my 50-hour work week in-between client sessions to create in my art studio. My budding passion is making inspiring short art videos. For over 20 years, I've been inspiring my clients to take a workshop or go on a retreat. A few weeks ago I followed my own advice! I attended a 3-day Digital Storytelling workshop in Los Angeles to feed my passion.
Here's what I created in the workshop:
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About the Author
L has counseled thousands of clients and studied numerous spiritual traditions for the last 40 years. A professional artist since 1975, her paintings have traveled the world with her lectures and workshops. Her book, Cocoon to Butterfly, Creative Midlife Change for the Busy Person, second edition, is available on Amazon.