Catherine FenskeJOY TO YOU!Grand Junction Free Press Health & Wellness Columnist

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FENSKE: Say 'yes' to life and your dreams

"Art, at its best, is the representation of your very own soul, a reminder of who and what you truly are, and therefore can become." - Ken WilberAre you an aspiring artist or have you ever wanted to be? Have you longed to put something of yourself on canvas but that limiting voice inside keeps telling you that you could never be creative enough to paint anything? This very voice stalled my creativity for many years until finally I was able to own my creative self and put my unsupportive self-talk to rest.I signed up for a full-day intuitive process painting class recently. That annoying, nagging little voice was persistent in telling me I was crazy and "good luck." In spite of it I was excited as the day for the class approached. I was also admittedly a little anxious because, after all, I was not an artist and I really knew nothing about painting. I had taken a painting class 40 years prior but had forgotten anything I had learned then. And, what about the other people in the class, not to mention the teacher? What would they think of my amateur ability to produce anything?The night before the class I spent some time with affirmations and called upon Source and asked for help in believing in myself and knowing that I AM a creative being. I went to sleep with those thoughts embracing me and with a prayer of gratitude on my lips. When I woke in the morning I felt empowered and ready to paint with no trace of doubt that I could do it. I remembered and I knew it wouldn't be me painting anyway, that Spirit would be working and evolving through me and that the process would be transformative. I was ready and I was saying a big "yes" to a creative day.There were eight of us in the class, three including myself who had limited experience if any in painting. I kept thinking of "beginners mind" which is a term used often in evolutionary language. I was going to approach this experience with a beginner's mind, free of any prior knowledge or expectations that might skew my perception of what was going to emerge on my canvas.We began by standing in front of our respective canvas just gazing into it and were instructed to just keep looking until something appeared in our vision that would be a portal into whatever was going to come forth onto the canvas. We were also instructed to stay out of our mind, not to try to manage the painting, and just allow whatever was present for us right then to emerge. As I began to see the portal appear through my evolutionary eyes, not my eyes of the flesh, my painting begged to emerge, to be born onto the canvas. It began to flow through "the eye of Spirit."As long as I stayed present with the process and went back in to the portal if I felt stuck, as long as I didn't try to force anything, the painting kept painting itself. It truly was a "representation of my very own soul." Six hours passed without any recognition of time. I was transformed by the process. I had found yet another "window to God," that place within that knows.This week I encourage you to take a step forward on a dream you may have that is held in waiting because of some sort of fear that holds it at bay. Communicate with that servant of the ego, that voice that thinks it is keeping you safe. Then ask your Essential/Authentic Self for help in believing in yourself. You are an evolutionary being here to serve through your gifts. Own that and be empowered to just say "yes" to life and your dreams.Catherine Fenske, Ph.D. (c), is the owner of Live With Intention Coaching. She is a certified life coach and spiritual counselor. She is also a Reiki Master/teacher; body-mind-spirit practitioner and evolutionary. Catherine can be reached at 505-795-7779 or at Go to or visit her blog at to learn more about her.

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