Ponies, donkeys and unicorns. In praise of not knowing what’s real.

“But ponies aren’t real…” Nico said to me yesterday as we walked away from school, his warm little palm in mine. I laughed, “Yes they are! They are baby horses!”

“Oh, right!” he replied. “It’s donkeys that aren’t real!”

And for a moment I didn’t know what was real and what wasn’t.

I recalled seeing a burro in San Miguel de Allende just a few days ago. Mati and I were walking to a rooftop restaurant to watch the sunset and have a cocktail. A man was pulling a donkey, decorated in dayglo pink flowers and wool blankets with aztec patterns on them. Playing his role perfectly, the donkey was resisting… and the man pulled harder on the rope while a gringa- one of the thousands of retirees from the states – ran behind them on the cobblestone streets trying to take a picture.

Are donkeys real? for a moment I couldn’t remember.

“And unicorns?” I asked Nico. “Are they real?” I liked not remembering. I liked not being certain of anything. I liked this space between… the doubt. It made me feel free. It was like theta space, those moments when you wake up and you are still between worlds – liminal space between waking and dreaming.

This is valuable territory for creative people. When you write, paint, draw it feels like magic to find this place of soft focus, to not be sure, to allow your imagination full reign.

The rational mind is more like a donkey – stubborn and sure.

There are pale pink blossoms springing up all over Berkeley these days… they were just beginning when I left for Mexico a couple of weeks ago and now they are like bright bouquets lining the streets.

Do you want to know something? They smell like corn tortillas. And I mean exactly like corn tortillas. If you close your eyes and stand in the sun while you inhale, it’s even better.

I’ve been thinking about an exercise Laurie and I did at our last workshop, one where we asked people to riff on this line: “I wish people would pay me to…” and then repeat it over and over again.

I found myself writing things like, “I wish people would pay me to cry on their couch. I wish people would pay me to tell them stories. I wish people would pay me to walk with them and show them what’s beautiful…”

And now I would add that I wish people would pay me to tell them things like this – that the cherry blossoms in spring smell like corn tortillas.

And that unicorns may or may not be real. I don’t remember.

 

CSP #4: The Drama Triangle and the gifts of anger with Juna Mustad

Juna Mustad is a Life & Relationship Coach, as well as an Intuitive. Her genius is in supporting people who are experiencing big or small life transitions. Whether they are facing challenges in their primary relationship, changing jobs, experiencing health & body issues, or simply have a sense that something needs to change. I support and guide my clients into gaining greater clarity and confidence as they step forward into the new life they are creating. I use a skillful combination of intuition, the Hendricks Institute’s brilliant whole-body coaching techniques, and somatic therapy. My unique gift is my ability to make personal growth not only sustainable, but also deeply enriching, rewarding and fun.

Website: www.junamustad.com Relationship Blog: www.dailyrelationship.com

Show notes:

  1. The Drama Triangle originated with Stephen Karpman. Juna and her partner Justin have a free e-course about it here if you’d like to go deeper.
  2. You can get an intuitive session with Juna here.
  3. The Good Girl’s Guide to Anger by Juna Mustad on Elephant Journal.
  4. Waking up in Bali: Retreat with Juna Mustad and Andrea Scher this May 8th-14th. There are still a couple of spots available!

 

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Grief and gratitude: A sneak peek into Cultivating Courage!

Hello friends!

I’m writing to you from San Miguel de Allende, Mexico where I will be attending the San Miguel Writer’s Conference! Super excited. I started the day off at sunrise walking through the quiet streets collecting color… this place is magic!

Sneak peek into Cultivating Courage

Here is a sample of one of the lessons in this class that begins on Monday, February 27th.

Just click below to give a listen… OR, you can read the transcript here.


 

FREE Manifesting/Visioning Session with me (Valued at $125)

The first 20 people to sign up for Cultivating Courage will be getting a free manifesting/visioning session with me on the phone! There are still spots open for this, so grab em before they’re gone!

Sending you all vibrant color + baby steps of bravery,
Andrea

P.S. Calling for courage stories.

  • Do you have a story about a time when you had to call on your courage?
  • What happened? How did you transform?
  • Was there any magic on the other side?
  • These stories can be short and sweet. (And no heroics necessary. We’re talkin ordinary, everyday courage)

Details:
400 or 500 words max.
DUE: February 19th, 2017
Email your story to me here: superherosf@gmail.com

A collection of these stories will be published in the upcoming courage class.

*Everyone who sends me a story will get a discount code for the upcoming course. Those whose stories get published, will get the course for free. Can’t wait to read your stories!

 

CSP #3: Flora Bowley on brave, intuitive painting

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Flora Bowley is an internationally celebrated painter, workshop facilitator, author, visionary, and inspirationalist. Her soulful and transformational approach to painting has inspired thousands of people across the globe to “let go, be bold, and unfold” as they move through fear and welcome joyful spontaneous expression back into the creative process. Combining twenty years of professional painting experience with her background as a yoga instructor, massage therapist, and lifelong truth seeker, Flora infuses her teaching and painting style with a deep connection to body, mind, and spirit. This unique fusion offers up a truly transformational experience – one that honors intuition, self-discovery, and the perfect, ever-changing present moment.

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Show notes:

There’s still time to register for Flora’s Creative Revolution e-course!

You can find her brand new book Creative Revolution: Personal Transformation through Brave Intuitive Painting here.

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)

 

CSP #2: The Art of Money with Bari Tessler

Bari Tessler Linden, M.A., is a Financial Therapist, Mentor Coach, Mama-preneur, and the Founder of The Art of Money. She has guided thousands of people to new, empowered, and refreshingly honest relationships with money through her nurturing, body-centered approach.

Bari earned a Masters in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University and worked in body-centered therapy for over a decade before unexpectedly falling in love with bookkeeping systems and money work. Her unique methodology integrates these two worlds into deep money healing that honors all the facets of our money relationships: body to spirit, lineage to career, smart practices to deep visioning, and much more.

You can learn more about the Art of Money School here! Still time to register for this year.

 

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