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?
About the Author
Dr. Lisa Longworth is an award-winning author, specializing in creative metamorphosis. Her trademarked Cocoon to Butterfly program has helped thousands release blocks and align with their own higher nature since 1986. The original Cocoon to Butterfly, Creative Midlife Change for the Busy Person book is published in 7 countries. A professional artist as well, her paintings have traveled the world with her lectures and workshops.