water and the divine feminine: flow and well-being

ancient natural forms with rainwater: Corrie , Arran, Scotland

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This is a podcast that came from a sacred place; where I collect spring water for drinking, a drive and a walk from my home – my growing relationship with the place, the water (and the blessed act of reverently gathering spring water). The words came from a spontaneous ‘calling’, which I explain in this podcast – so I’ll allow the words to flow here:

Niki De Saint Phalle’s tarot garden, Capalbio, Italy
podcast on water and the divine feminine
the Tammaro river near Sassinoro, BN, Italy

I’ll be announcing openings in the new year for The Divine Creative mentoring programme, which will be supporting the immense creative potential of wise humans like yourself, in challenges like this reweaving of the divine feminine into our world… In the meantime:

Click here to download a current copy of my art catalogue – and here to see my arthouse for sale website.

Go to Vacation With An Artist to learn how you can visit Guardia Sanframondi in Italy, and work side by side with me in my studio.

And visit The School of Real Art on Teachable, to get immediate access to my teachings and podcast collections – plus see The Divine Creative to hear about my soon-to-launch mentoring programme.

Blessings on your day, and on your creative expansion into the divinity of life,

Menstruation And The Whole Woman

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This is one of at least two podcasts in this series on menstruation: the core of our feminine life and identity, the cycle of fertility and creative potential, the solution to the world’s problems with disequilibrium and even violence….

cat woman lives from her womb, painting, 2002-16

In this podcast I’m speaking to the reality of women’s bleeding being something divine, wholesome, realigning, energising: our blood is the source of Life, and thus we can and should find great enrichment in its moving through us and going out into the world.

Instead of ceremony and gratitude, many of us have intensely negative bio-feedback through our cycles. This is intimately related to what is going on around us (and within us): to both our life and the history of the women in our family, to our habits and relationship with our body-mind-spirit, and to what is transpiring each month.

detail from painting: cat woman lives from her womb

Modern life in general is very much not aligned to women’s well-being. It most certainly is NOT aligned to women’s taking good, deep self-care, and to working within her monthly rhythms. So what should we do about that? What can we do to first limit the disharmony in our month, and then to begin easing ourselves into a more appropriate pattern that our body tells us is right?

The clue is in the question: ‘our body tells us’ – here’s my first podcast on menstruation – look out for the next one soon, within the rest of this Sacred Feminine series.

podcast on menstruation

I’ll be announcing openings in the new year for The Divine Creative mentoring programme, which will be supporting the immense creative potential of wise humans like yourself, in challenges like this reweaving of the divine feminine into our world… In the meantime:

Click here to download a current copy of my art catalogue – and here to see my arthouse for sale website.

Go to Vacation With An Artist to learn how you can visit Guardia Sanframondi in Italy, and work side by side with me in my studio.

And visit The School of Real Art on Teachable, to get immediate access to my teachings and podcast collections – plus see The Divine Creative to hear about my soon-to-launch mentoring programme.

Blessings on your day, and on your creative expansion into the divinity of life,

Women And Language

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I felt a sentience around language rise up in the past year or so – centred around the embodied sense of my own not-yet-learned mother tongue, which would’ve anchored my intimate relationship with land, season, community and all things. I felt this all aligning inside me – a ripeness of it being ready to awake, and the unfolding of a wider view of the world, unrestricted by the rigidity of mainstream language norms.

A podcast with Tiokasing Ghosthorse reconnected this non-linear sentience with my front-lobe, conventional-logic mind. His elegant explanation around the quantum difference between his people’s Lakota language, and English confirmed my growing intuitive around indigenous languages, and what is lost when they are undermined – or violently oppressed (as with Scottish Gàidhlig): a people’s intimate relationship-with-all-things is so effectively, deeply censored, by their having a language of competition, separation, compartmentalising replace their own.

English in particular is a language rooted in Empire and subjugation of all things natural, papal power and assumption of supreme white man as god authority: this separates us profoundly from spirit, from feeling, from deeper knowing. A language with such roots also asks us to stay at the front of the brain pushing forward, to push from the front of the tongue and mouth forcing our will on the world. It makes us ignore heart and pelvis, and thus to lose the immense creative power of our being whole, and using the sum-of-our-parts as one great force for Life.

It’s powerful to live in a time when we are relearning the many languages that have been oppressed through destruction of our indigenous tongues: ecological, wholistic word-structures, the language of sentience and of the sacredness of Life, of the liberated mind-body-spirit – and the language of the deep feminine.

podcast on women and language, and the divine feminine

My own life has been blessed and enriched both through being immersed in multiple languages from countries other than my own (German, Greek, Italian), and through re-finding languages that I hadn’t understood earlier were so incredibly valuable, and necessary – languages with depth, meaning and treasure in them; the language of pain, the language of poverty, the voice of my pelvis and core energy source, and my own land’s mother tongue.

I spent at least 3 decades immersed in the intuitive-spontaneous act of making art, largely to gain alignment with Truth, with the synchronicity of Life – thus to stabilise and harmonise everything around me.

But what unfolded in parallel with this fluency in the language of the sentient world, was a proficiency in the language of the sacred feminine: this vital force so powerfully held in the dark from peoples’ lives, and so efficiently kept from our structures of power.

As I feel the language of the deep feminine flowing through me, via my knowing my own body more and more, through unblocking stuck patterns, through speaking emotion when it calls out, through finding throat-lungs-heart-mind interconnectedness via my mother-tongue… Through listening to the voice that flows through all things – I begin to be whole, and I become a part of a whole world again. Not a static, cold, dead world of ‘logic’ but a – vibrant, dynamic, alive world of Life.

I am an intimate part of this Life-full world, as we all are: we’re all movers within the intimate fabric of the world; through our knowing its vibration through our whole being – through speaking the True language of all things – we become fluent speakers of our indigenous wisdom.

And here’s an additional video on Learning A Language Successfully 🙂

I’ll be announcing openings in the new year for The Divine Creative mentoring programme, which will be supporting the immense creative potential of wise humans like yourself, in challenges like this reweaving of the divine feminine into our world… In the meantime:

Click here to download a current copy of my art catalogue – and here to see my arthouse for sale website.

Go to Vacation With An Artist to learn how you can visit Guardia Sanframondi in Italy, and work side by side with me in my studio.

And visit The School of Real Art on Teachable, to get immediate access to my teachings and podcast collections – plus see The Divine Creative to hear about my soon-to-launch mentoring programme.

Blessings on your day, and on your creative expansion into the divinity of life,

WOMEN AND ANGER

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Women’s anger is still one of the greatest taboos of our modern culture, in relation to our health, wealth and happiness. We are allowed to be present at the table, supported in relationships, feel safe in the community, belong and be held in the family – so long as we keep a lid on our rage.

This has an immense negative effect particularly on our mental and emotional health, as we stuff down emotions that should be effortlessly allowed to rise and disperse.

Years and decades of this, and we become chronically under-energised: our vitality gets in the habit of just holding in, and our whole being begins to literally wind down for the end…

Why is our anger such a vital force in the world? What is not happening because women are not stamping their foot, raising their voice, expressing a non-negotiable NO? What is continuing to unfold, because we are not getting angry?

Apart from our own health and sense of self being severely undermined, our whole collective direction is compromised; women’s standing up for a world which isn’t based on unsustainable patriarchal abuses of power – this involves speaking emotionally and assertively in every area of Life.

painting: laughing at anger, 2001
painting: laughing at anger, 2001

A deep feminine voice unleashed, at the appropriate moment, in a humble and respectful way, and towards a situation that is malleable and ripe for change, can have immense transformative effect. It can halt rivers and change the direction of civilisations.

In contrast, that same voice, held back when it is being called for, leaves a void – where abusive power can continue to fill the space-between-all-things.

I have often felt that if we’re not angry about the state of the world, we’re not looking at it very deeply at all. In this podcast, I talk about how we can better use our anger as the alchemical force that it is supposed to be:

Please feel welcome to comment under this blog, about your own perspective and experience of anger.

I’ll be announcing openings in the new year for The Divine Creative mentoring programme, which will be supporting the immense creative potential of wise humans like yourself, in challenges like this reweaving of the divine feminine into our world… In the meantime:

Click here to download a current copy of my art catalogue – and here to see my arthouse for sale website.

Go to Vacation With An Artist to learn how you can visit Guardia Sanframondi in Italy, and work side by side with me in my studio.

And visit The School of Real Art on Teachable, to get immediate access to my teachings and podcast collections – and see The Divine Creative to hear about my soon-to-launch mentoring programme.

Blessings on your day, and on your creative expansion into the divinity of life,

Creativity and Birth: Divine Creative Flow

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The Divine or Sacred Feminine seemed like a theme ‘out of my league’ as I begin this challenge, but entering the creative Flow with an anchor as profound as this couldn’t help but bring some magic to light!

I immediately realised that the divine feminine has been at the core of my whole life-work, healing, purpose… and so this series endeavours to use that very immersion to transmit some practical wisdom or insight into what The Divine Flow really is.

It is genuinely mystical, sometimes even miraculous, what happens when we step into the creative void, with a lightly-held anchor like this. We all have access to the Divine, we all are embodiment of powerful creative expansive forces; there is no-one on this Earth who isn’t an energetic manifestation in flesh, and who doesn’t have the capacity to align deeper and deeper with their inherent ability as a kind of cosmic alchemist.

Radiance, painting on wood, 2019

We can understand this mystical miraculousness, by looking at the creative act: both the engagement in artistic immersion, and the immersion of a human womb-an in the ecstatic flow of birthing a child. Both pull away veils from our relationship with divine creative flow. Both demand significant self-awareness (or peace within self), surrender, willingness to allow the unknown to unfold.

And both are examples of human consciousness in union with The Infinite – whether you name that as a deity, see it as pure field of intelligence, or whatever – a real, tangible, omni-and-ever-present magic in all of reality, that calls us to commune in it.

In the unfolding of this Divine Feminine conversation, I’m becoming more and more aware of the limitations (and/ or possible potential for misinterpretation) of the patriarchal, polemic language that is modern English. It can feel clunky to speak about mystical shit with little nuggets of truth (with a small ‘t’!) that only hint at it, and that can only be accessed by someone nearby Truth, who just needs a wee tweak to help them delve into it… This language that so many of us are using, wasn’t designed to promote harmony and peace, joy and illumination! (blogcast number 4 in this series will discuss language-and-the-deep-feminine further)

As ‘mystical alchemists’ in this place and time, we have to be careful to assure that each word, each spoken sentence, is aligned with our deeper sentience and whole-bodied knowing in each and every moment. It’s about all of us, always, moving more into Flow…

This is hard to do, when we have always more veils to pull away within ourselves, and ever-more areas of numbness to re-enliven… We might feel that we’re not ‘there’ yet, or that we have to be really good at doing this before we should really let it happen… But there’s a certain equilibrium of feeling, of trusting and letting ‘something’ flow through us (through our own inimitable uniqueness) – not any old thing flowing through; being skilled enough in our human being to hold the space for ‘something’ Divine, something mysterious, special, whole, pure, True – and to let it be us, our biodiverse intimacy of beingness. It’s all about tweaking, really!

The more we do this, enter into divine Flow, the more mastery we have of it. And slowly, our life becomes filled with Flow, and we radiate Flow, bring things into Flow, however we interact with all things.

Creative Flow, Birth, Ecstasy – Divine Flow

I’ll be announcing openings in the new year for The Divine Creative mentoring programme, which will be supporting the immense creative potential of wise humans like yourself, in challenges like this reweaving of the divine feminine into our world… In the meantime:

Click here to download a current copy of my art catalogue – and here to see my arthouse for sale website.

Go to Vacation With An Artist to learn how you can visit Guardia Sanframondi in Italy, and work side by side with me in my studio.

And visit The School of Real Art on Teachable, to get immediate access to my teachings and podcast collections – and see The Divine Creative to hear about my soon-to-launch mentoring programme.

Blessings on your day, and on your creative expansion into the divinity of life,

what is the divine feminine?

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It’s kind of absurd, kind of very metaphorical, that I haven’t yet delved deep into this conversation publicly: The Divine Feminine is THE theme at the core of my work, my life, my healing, my sense of life purpose and my optimism about the future of humankind on our planet and in the universe.

On the one hand, not speaking directly to the deep feminine is natural – at least in our normalised-numb-distracted-dissipated state the sacred feminine is absolutely intangible. The sacred feminine must be lived and felt from an awakened whole, and it must be free to move, grow and evolve – to fill the spaces between all things – to act always spontaneously and intuitively, and often unexpectedly.

On the other hand, there are deep, embodied reasons – real, remembered, present-day and archaic realities, which stop women talking about the divinity of their sacred sentient experience: persecution of the depths of the feminine is NOT a thing of the past – it is a terrifying modern-day force that has infiltrated even the minds of women to such a degree, that they will defend (literally) to the death the ‘necessity’ of their being manipulated and tortured, in terrible pain and suffering, and/ or numb and utterly disconnected – rather than there existing myriad choices for being healed to feeling and wholeness.

This too might sound kind of absurd and excessive, but we’re living in an age where the veils are being dramatically pulled away from both the evil origins of gynaecology, and the current violent practises against women’s bodies’ well-being by medical establishment. (If you’d like to hear more about this, look at e.g. Kim Anami’s blog, and The Bleeding Edge on Netflix.)

My genuine belief is that the sacred feminine is at the core of the world’s healing, it’s transformation, the very-necessary solutions for our collective harmony and even our continued existence: deep, wholistic sentience; embodied wisdom; empathy for all things; synchrony and interconnectedness; cooperation rather than destructive friction; very-long-term thinking, feeling and planning.

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These are all aspects of reality that have been quelled and kept down, ridden-over by superficial logic, short-term profit, peak-pleasure, abundance and power for the few: traits of a toxic masculine-superiority model of ‘reality’, which is crumbling as we speak. Patriarchy is dissolving, having ridden everything into the ground as much as it possibly can be, and we’re beginning to consider what the world might look like if there a more balanced yin-yang.

We actually live in incredibly positive times: real change will always come from a shift in consciousness, and therefor it’ll grow-inspire-virally from the bottom upwards, rather than being forced on the masses by aggressive top-down control (as the last stewards of patriarchy are trying to promote via the hard-right politics of the ‘western’ world).

We are already entering a more empathetic, sustainable world-mind, even though it might seem like too little too late. But we were never going to change our collective direction, until we actually have to – and until there were viable, worthy, pleasurable options…. Once a woman understands the reason for her pain, occupies fully the power in her core, and awakens to the literally infinite transformative potential of her pleasure – there is no going back to the medieval mindset!

E.g. once women collectively begin to birth naturally, in tune with the orgasmic reflex that is built into our bioreality to expand our mystical conscious interconnectedness, we as humans will begin to be equipped to do our proper work in the world – without the violent oppression of our shared natural vitality and embodied super-wisdom.

Probably the biggest reason I didn’t delve into this profound discourse yet is that it simply wasn’t the time. And now it is.

Though it can be intensely challenging to be both sentient to the immensity of the world’s unnecessary pain and suffering – and to speak openly and vulnerably about it – there is a field opening for us all to connect through our sensitivity. We’re beginning to weave a harmonious, biodiverse collective fabric-of-minds, very different to the previous-current hierarchical structures of power struggle (which have kept us separate and thus in competition through the friction of that separation). Our expression of all of our pain (the pain of all of us) is a vital part of our weaving this fabric, as the feeling of the pain is a necessary part of our being connected and empathetic.

I’ll be announcing openings in the new year for The Divine Creative mentoring programme, which will be supporting the immense creative potential of wise humans like yourself, in challenges like this reweaving of the divine feminine into our world… In the meantime:

Click here to download a current copy of my art catalogue – and here to see my arthouse for sale website.

Go to Vacation With An Artist to learn how you can visit Guardia Sanframondi in Italy, and work side by side with me in my studio.

And visit The School of Real Art on Teachable, to get immediate access to my teachings and podcast collections – and see The Divine Creative to hear about my soon-to-launch mentoring programme.

Blessings on your day, and on your creative expansion into the divinity of life,

prayer for the new year

May this year be blessed for us

May these days and weeks bring us nourishment and peace

May we find quiet, meaningful moments – alone, together, and as a whole world

May we listen to our sentience, and act from our empathy

May our loads be lightened, always

May our hearts be opened by our looking for the good in others

May we see beyond the surface, and into the underlying beauty of all things

May we lessen our tightness around what we judge, and even let it be so, now and again

May we find time in reverence for the miracle of our own well-being: may we understand the profundity of our blessedness, in having a functioning body, mind, spirit

May we learn every day to live more elegantly and skilfully

May we hear the call to be loved, in those who we might have dismissed as unworthy

May we find our feet, and open our eyes

May we be supported by the universe to grow, to expand and fill the proper energetic field, the strong fabric, that we are meant to be

May all of our voices, colours, spectrums, dimensions, feeling – be heard, seen, felt, acknowledged, honoured

May our differences make up harmonious interbeingness, vibrant biodiversity as part of the immense whole that is this mystical universe

May our minds seek solutions with the enormity of all reality taken into consideration

And may we find great-glorious-ecstatic ways to complete our endeavours, to resolve our  conflicts, to bring into being our dreams, to birth and to raise new Life

How The **** Do I Know When A Thing Is Finished?!

In asking for feedback for The Divine Creative mentoring programme -“what do you feel holds you back from your deepest creative power?” – one of the repeated responses was ‘how the hell do I know when an artwork/ a project is finished?’

It’s a prevalent problem in our modern culture of over-stimulation and distractedness – finishing anything becomes so much more difficult than just having a wee peek at my feed/ stream, or beginning something new…

We’re perpetually revved-up on adrenaline and caffeine, sugar and screens, tension and empty-calories – so our brains becoming very habituated in that shallow, jumpy energy that is useful for beginning things… But it keeps on firing the starting gun, even when we should be slowing down, or resting.

The ability to finish things is a precise indicator of our spiritual well-being. A chronic problem with finishing might mean a deeper lack of alignment on various levels; our confidence, a disconnect between mind-body-emotions-spirit, the way we’re organising our lives (or not), our attitude to how we present ourselves to the world.

It might take a lot of unpacking, but looking at how we finish our work (or not) – just bringing our awareness to the ways we’re procrastinating, or holding back, or feeling afraid – this can reveal a great deal. And in this way, we can subtly and gently tweak ourselves towards completion, resolution, wholeness.

It’s not about a big dramatic push towards the finish-line, but a skilled, practised, intelligent movement towards refinement of a thing. This is more often than not a deeply intuitive and felt thing, rather than a logical path made from specific steps. It comes from the doing, not from the thinking about doing.

As I mention in the podcast, I’ll be announcing openings in the new year for The Divine Creative mentoring programme, which will be supporting the immense creative potential of wise humans like yourself, in challenges like this one… In the meantime:

Click here to download a current copy of my art catalogue – and here to see my arthouse for sale website.

Go to Vacation With An Artist to learn how you can visit Guardia Sanframondi in Italy, and work side by side with me in my studio.

And visit The School of Real Art on Teachable, to get immediate access to my teachings and podcast collections – and see The Divine Creative to hear about my soon-to-launch mentoring programme.

Blessings on your day, and on your creative expansion into the divinity of life,

Why It Got To Be Canvas?!

a dismantled bread oven in rural Italy, waiting to be turned into art

Painting onto canvas can be an incredibly limiting presumption about our creativity, which we get caught in early on…

Using shop-bought materials for our art, particularly for surfaces is a form of colonisation of our immense creative potential. Myriad, meaningful surfaces are in fact all around us – and often freely available.

finished brick from the dismantled bread oven

When we begin using materials that we find around us, we develop a solid foundation of relationship and depth of story within our work, which can be a missing link, when we use something prefabricated industrially.

Using found materials makes our work more unique, and more specific to our place and time. It might also make our work more relevant, more connected, more interconnected; give it a place in the world different from that of a image painted on a manufactured surface. http://www.claregalloway.com

It’s not about ‘good’ or ‘bad’, ‘right’ or ‘wrong’, but about the effect on the world, on multiple levels, that radiates outwards from our creating and creations. Listen to the podcast, to hear more

finished brick from the bread oven – see my art catalogue for more of these works for sale

Click here to download a current copy of my art catalogue – and here to see my arthouse for sale website.

Go to Vacation With An Artist to learn how you can visit Guardia Sanframondi in Italy, and work side by side with me in my studio.

And visit The School of Real Art on Teachable, to get immediate access to my teachings and podcast collections – and see The Divine Creative to hear about my soon-to-launch mentoring programme.

Blessings on your day, and on your creative expansion into the divinity of life,

Making Space To Make

Sustaining a serious creative practise – or even getting started with one! – is an art. Several distinct pillars have to simultaneously be kept in place, inner and outer worlds need to be synchronised, and we need to prise a certain level of freedom from the condensed tightness of expected-conformity that surrounds us in the modern world.

Many creative folks get stuck before even beginning; “I don’t have the time, the space, the energy, the ideas, the enthusiasm…!” – or they run out of any/ all of these elements, over the years…

This is a podcast around how we can listen to the flow that is in all things – the harmony of divine creative intelligence – to understand how best to find our space, our creative liberty, the deepest purpose and meaning in our work and life.

photo by crystal davis

It can seem impossible to prise the time and space to create, from our rushed consciousness. It’s getting easier and more ‘normal’ rather, to give in to the onslaught of superficial stimulation, global concerns, the sense that we are in a state of emergency… Art might feel like the last thing we should be doing, whilst forests are burning, ice caps melting, people killing each other…

However, there is profound meaning and purpose in removing ourselves from the conventional mindset (and behaviour), and in beginning to carve out space to make, time to ruminate, energy to express ourselves, focus to allow there to be flow. It is a revolutionary act to begin to harness and harvest our time much as we return to food-growing and reclaiming our capacity to live off the land – taking our focus away from consuming and from forcing things into being, and bringing it into the quiet magic of the underlying perfection of Life.

photo by Kat Tan

If you have a creative calling, it’s very likely that the universe (and other humans!) will support you in it. It’s not an accident that we’re born with such passions and callings that want to come through us, and daring to step into our time and space as sovereign, sacred, this is of the most powerful healing acts that we do in this world.

If you’re seriously struggling with this, however, I’m developing The Divine Creative mentoring programme, to help get you onto the aligned path with your gifts… See more via these pages.

photo by Charlotte Sorensen

If you’d also like to hear more about how I personally dove into divine creative flow, to manifest my magical arthouse and Free Life in Italy – see my video about How I Came To Be In Guardia Sanframondi.

In my arthouse studio, 2017

More soon from this blogcast – but as ever, see everything that I’m creating via Patreon.

Click here to download a current copy of my art catalogue – and here to see my arthouse for sale website.

Go to Vacation With An Artist to learn how you can visit Guardia Sanframondi in Italy, and work side by side with me in my studio.

And visit The School of Real Art on Teachable, to get immediate access to my teachings and podcast collections.

Blessings on your day, and on your creative expansion into the divinity of life,