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Explorations of Astrology through Creative Practice (a sample of artwork)

Explorations of Archetypes + Astrology through Creative Practice (from IN THE STARS participants with Hali Karla Arts) I'm not really crazy about calling the participants in my program IN THE STARS 'my students.' Because I learn so very much from them, and because I consider myself a student as well... a perpetual, enthusiastic and inquisitive student of this miracle of Life.

And for me, that includes a voracious appetite for topics like creative practice, spirituality as a way of seeing and navigating relations+actions, healing (not because we're broken, but because we're whole AND we all suffer at some point), and, of course, astrology.

While I am often wearing the hat of 'teacher' for IN THE STARS, I am no 'expert' at creative practice OR astrology. I know that is counter-intuitive to what I'm 'supposed' to say as someone guiding a class on the topics, but I see myself as more like a practitioner. And I see my online courses and programs more like circles.... I bring the 'guts' of the tour into the creative cosmos, sure, and we each have a unique inner and outer experience along the way, but we make the overall journey what it is together.

As for astrology... well, I've just been compiling my own immersive astrological studies over the past few years, seeing so much inspiration and connection within its language of symbolism, and how it can help, celebrate and guide people back to center within themselves. I love exploring the wonder and beautiful questions that arise as we look at our own personal birth charts... like a crystallized moment in time that speaks to our soul's nature and calling from the Creator who made each of us.

I suppose I actually serve more as a messenger, or translator in IN THE STARS. A messenger full of ideas to share and questions to explore. A translator who sees the big connections and loves inviting others to their own holistic-creative exploration of what lies beyond first impressions and outdated stories, the illusion of absolutes, and rigid patterns. (In case you're wondering: I have Mercury in Aquarius in the 5th house, along with my Pisces Sun, and among other chart indicators that make this make sense...)

My hope for my participants is that they finish (or continue) their exploration IN THE STARS knowing, accepting and loving themselves a little more clearly, including how they relate to and love others, what they need and how they innately shine in their unique nature of giving, receiving, expressing, and being conscious.

Consciousness about the fullness of our wholly-ness - about life as an active living relationship to engage with, and our unique natures as a call to participate - can offer landscapes of possibility and perspective, as well as simply the blessed space to BE who and how Creator made us.

So today, I'm sharing a 'gallery' of sorts from just a sampling of participant work IN THE STARS so far this year.

astrological birth chart explorations in creative practice (participant art from IN THE STARS)

Each month IN THE STARS, participants listen to audio and video reflections & lessons, accept guided invitations to explore their personal birth chart, journal their responses and reflections to prompts, and engage with creative practice invitations in their art journal.

Each month has a theme to explore planetary, sign and house symbolism, how it relates to our own chart placements and what it means to them in the practical reality and inner/outer experiences of their life story. We get together for questions, inspiration, support and sharing, too.

What you see in today's post are visual 'stories', or moments of responsive expression, of participants' personal explorations, used with permission.

I'm keeping the works anonymous here in this public space... because sharing in IN THE STARS is totally optional and our process is not about outcome focused art-making. It's about developing a meaningful relationship with one's chart, intuition and creative practice... and how we can listen to our own personal process and life, and trust what we discover when we do so in a way that does not evoke performative expectations within us or inhibit our truth from revealing itself.

So I share these today as an offering of inspiration - that each of us can have a creative practice unique to ourselves, whether we ever share it with anyone else or not.

We do a lot of exploring instinctive impulses and how things feel when we create IN THE STARS, not what we would necessary like things to look like or what they might look like if we exercised our usual patterns of control. We do a fair amount of imagining and dreaming in color and line, too!

I'm wildly grateful for the wisdom and creativity of ALL the participants in IN THE STARS, whether they ever choose to share their pages, paintings and insights, or not. For how they have bravely, honestly looked at themselves and their lives in ways that are not always easy as they've explored.

I hope by seeing a sample of some of their colorful pages today, you may feel inspired in your own creative practice and journey of knowing yourself, keeping it real, seeking, dreaming and discovery as well.

archetype + astrological birth chart explorations in creative practice (participant art from IN THE STARS)

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You can join us for the second journey IN THE STARS in 2018 - learn more and sign-up by clicking here to reserve your spot!

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ways we betray and relate, and inspiration about belonging

mixed-media intuitive art journal spread in extra large moleskine (Hali Karla) Some of the major stuff that I've been reflecting with, noticing more, and moving through growing pains with in my life, work and relationships this past year include:

Trust. And respect.

The power of our stories... and the disempowerment, betrayal and violation involved in telling stories that aren't ours to tell. Or only telling parts of stories that help with our own posturing or un-examined needs and motivations.

The dis-ease to please - or just a sincere desire to help, combined with doubting one's own truth, and poor self-attentiveness... and how this makes for awfully foggy and depleting boundaries. And how that can work out well for those who might receive consciously or unconsciously from a lack of boundaries.

And how, if you don't have solid boundaries in place, or a practice that explores just what you need to be well in your own skin first, and maybe have learned to be a people-pleaser or the default helper along the way - for various reasons... how this can be a detriment to the best of intentions. Such as being reliable, for instance. That can crumble when you face the truth of having enabled certain expectations, over-committed, or dis-honored your own boundaries, truth or needs.

There are layers of personal and not-so-personal ways my consciousness has been seeing how these notions play out - in the world, in my life's story, in my self, and in those I love. The ways I've contributed to poor patterns and behavior, and didn't fully realize their hold, or the deep-rooted reasons I had never examined fully before.

Such as the places and times where I learned how to behave, connect and survive in ways that dishonored my own needs, desires and higher values. And how I have been part of contributing to the continuation of shitty ways of behaving and surviving and connecting in others.

Such is the way of being committed to expanding and growing our perspectives, I suppose. We see things that are hard to see, and on seeing, we can't forget, so we have a choice. We have to make changes or we continue to betray our own growth and healing... and essentially, one another.

For me, personally... it is all very much a journey and surrender into faith and forgiveness and the mystery of transformation, as well. While most of my greatest healing and growth, and maybe even the best of what I have to offer and share, has come from inner awareness work, it does not come from me alone. By this, I mean it is a sort of grace. It is life and creative process and healing and God working through the life, awakenings and energy of this person called Hali. Something like that.

I see a deep need for change and growth in our world (understatement of the year). Most of us are feeling this on a collective level to some degree, if we are paying attention. And personally, I have stumbled and fumbled internally quite a bit, and with my people and work, as I try to grow, voice, reflect and re-align with my higher truth and values... all small ripples of this greater connection we share.

This process of course correction, that is true to our shining inner compass, can be really uncomfortable. Mine, ultimately, is a movement toward greater authenticity, respect, compassion and love... the kind that has a place for me in it as well, and that may also disappoint the expectations or comforts of others at times.

I will mess it all up, in all of my humanness, again and again, but I choose to try again and again, in my own little ways, within the life I have been blessed with.

This morning, Marie Forleo posted an interview with Brene Brown that is excellent. It gave me that feeling of how we are all tapped into a collective evolution of awareness somehow, as so much of what they touched on relates to this stuff, all over my journals and conversations this year.

While Marie mentions that she had never really considered the implications in how we posture ourselves and opinions against one another, and how this is can be part of not just trust-breaking, but an insiduous dehumanization... I have been thinking about this stuff almost as long as I can remember. Partially in thanks to my parents, and an early awareness and exposure to indigenous values, and Native American history in this colonized land. They (Native Americans) have lived through the despicable results of such social dis-ease, manipulation, disregard, selfishness, greed and the practices that 'justify' it all in our little minds.

So, while that is a bigger scale of connection I see, the video is all tied up with many of the things I listed above from my own personal, reflective process this year.

There is no part of how we each do human relations that is exclusive of any other part. We are complex and layered and we have a lot to learn - personally and as a human family.

How we are in our personal worlds is the resonance or dissonance that adds to a greater creative energy for the world we are part of... in its preservation and its transformation. And in any re-humanizing efforts we make to better see, hear and live in equity with one another.

Below is the video, in case you haven't seen it - I'm placing it here for you and for me. Much of it begins with ideas about belonging... and leads into important ideas to explore as we unravel how that can be realized, as individuals, inextricably together in this wilderness of life.

 

 

With the help of grace, may we each become a slightly better human today than we were yesterday, with all of our authentic and uninhibited cussing and praying, and in our stumbling efforts to act and speak from a place of respect and love.

 

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what she said...

intuitive mandala detail - Hali Karla Our ability to reach one another and relate with our voices and stories and perspectives as women is a great gift in this internet age. What a gift to be able to feel the power of relation and a surge of inspiration and perseverance from one another in this way.

Below are a few clips and links to some posts I have enjoyed and resonated with this past week:

 

So I’ve been wondering if perhaps my gifts are best given elsewhere, elsewhen, elsewhy, and elsehow and perhaps the internet, so fertile with ideas, is also too flooded with pain for deep restoration to occur in the comments sections.

 

I’ve been thinking that “justice” seems so often to look more like punishment, banishment, perfunctory comments demonstrating ideological and semantic purity and smug performative positioning (I have behaved in all of these ways and still do, ugh), or earnest but ultimately futile shufflings of the capitalist deck where every single card pulled is the Tower, in myopic attempts to avoid locking horns with the irredeemability of Empire.

 

As if we can market our way out of this mess.

 

We can’t.

~ From Rachael Rice's post 'On Cleaving and Collapse' - about many, many important things, and especially what it means to show up to these changing times.

 

Remaining creative in the face of the machine, she says, is vital. “You can’t beat a bully at his own games. And I’m not talking about one particular bully here; it’s energy. You have to out-create the destruction – it’s the only way.”

~ From an article on Tori Amos, a childhood heroine of mine. The article is called Tori Amos: 'Menopause is the hardest teacher I've met. Harder than fame.'

 

And just like that blogging went from grassroots to glossy.

What that meant for me, as a burgeoning creative entrepreneur, was that I started to leave myself out of my blog. (I know that may sound weird coming from a woman whose site literally has her name in it.)...

What started out as a loving and careful desire to focus on what was useful, relevant and inspiring became so restrictive that my blog didn’t feel like my blog anymore. This thing that had been such a powerful and important part of my life belonged to “the business” Suddenly it felt like there was no room for me.

~ From Jamie Ridler's  post today, "I'm Taking My Blog Back."

 

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