January 31,2012
Money is Energy

Money is energy. Like all things in the universe, it is energy - spiritual energy. It is no more or less significant than any other energy in the universe. When we go to bed at night, we do not worry about whether there will be enough oxygen to breathe in the morning, or whether there will be electricity to make the morning coffee. So, why do we worry about whether there will be enough money?

The universe will provide everything when we need it. We do not try to stock pile electricity or water; we have confidence that when we plug in the toaster, the energy will be there to make it work. We have confidence that when we turn on the tap, the water will flow. If we find that the power or water is off, we quickly recognize it as a temporary interruption of service. Therefore, if the money does not arrive when we expect it, we must know that it is merely a temporary interruption of service, and that it will flow again. It is a matter of faith, and sometimes, our faith is tested. Our faith is tested because the human species has the ability to reason and doubt. We do not expect that the plants doubt whether the sun will rise tomorrow or whether the rain will come. They patiently wait knowing that the sun will rise, the earth will provide nutrients and the rain will come. We must exercise this same faith, which is the patience and knowing that everything will be provided in the right time.

This is not to say that we do nothing. We take the actions necessary to ensure that the power is on. If it's off, we call the energy company. We take the steps to earn money, to do a good job, to apply for new jobs, to save….and then we have the faith that the universe will provide.

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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January 30,2012
Meditating – DO IT!

Meditation is not complicated unless we make it so; it can be as easy as a walk along the beach, a quiet moment of reflection, or taking the time to read a daily reading or spiritual passage. It can take the form of journaling, or it can be a more structured or refined meditation, such as yoga, transcendental meditation, or chanting. Whatever your preference, as Nike says, DO IT! And, do it regularly.

When we pray, we ask for guidance. When we meditate, we quiet ourselves so that we can hear the guidance for which we asked. "Ask and ye shall receive." But, if you aren't listening, you won't hear the answers. Meditation is how we listen to the Universe.

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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January 30,2012
Making Time to Meditate

Today, I am grounded in truth. I know that when I allow fear, anxiety, negativity, jealousy and hate to enter into my thoughts that they become the obstacles that stand in my way. When I remain focused on the truth in the form of love, gentleness, calm, positive thoughts, I become an open channel for the universe, and good begins to flow into my life. I become confident and I feel joyous and content.

Today, I will meditate. I will be still and make time to observe my thoughts – even if I only have a moment or two for this. If I notice negative thoughts, I will gently push them aside and replace them with positive thoughts of love, peace, gratitude or gentleness.

"When I am a clear, open channel of the Divine and Infinite, life flows unobstructively through me as health, peace, prosperity and right action. I am constantly releasing new, creative ideas and am setting free the imprisoned splendor within (Murphy, Joseph (1968), The Cosmic Power Within You, Parker Publishing Company, Inc., West Nyack, NY, p. 68)

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January 27,2012
Multitasking and Creativity

Does multitasking interfere with our creativity or support it? Both.

Certain kinds of multitasking can create new combinations and juxtapositions of ideas and activities, so that we might not come up with a specific idea if we had not been working on those two ideas or things at the same time. Especially, I find if I am reading two or three different books at the same time, I may think in new ways or get new ideas because the combination of ideas presented in the different books may lead my thinking in new directions. Similarly, if I am painting two paintings simultaneously, I may discover new color combinations or lines that work in new ways in both works.

However, to be truly creative, we are connected to the energy of the universe and we serve as channels for this energy. It is usually in those perfectly synchronized moments when everything comes together synergistically that we create our best work, and that is because we are connected to the energy of the universe. Multitasking is not conducive to this because it splits our attention and our intention.

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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January 26,2012
Shifting Consciousness

There is a shift now in our world. We are all being called upon to create. Businesses are focusing on creativity and innovation. All of us have a responsibility to contribute what we can to finding new ways to do things that will conserve the earth's resources, protect our environment and health, to find alternative energy sources, to create fair and equitable processes to support the world economy, to ensure that every child and creature gets the food, love, safety and opportunities that they need. We are all being called. We must all listen to the quiet inner voices that gently nudge us in the right directions. Whether we are old, middle aged or young, we are all being called to create. Use your voice and gifts for the love, peace and joy of our planet.

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January 25,2012
A Shining Example of Following Your Dream

Last night, I watched the Story of J.K. Rowling, a movie about the author of the Harry Potter books. J.K. Rowling is a shining example of someone living a creative life. While she struggled in her earlier years to stay focused on her writing because her father encouraged her to do something "practical," her heart was never in the practical jobs that she took, and they just didn't work out for her. She continued to struggle as a single mother on social assistance, but if you really think about it, this time on social assistance allowed her to spend the time writing her Harry Potter books, which have now changed her life beyond what she could have ever imagined. What she knew was that she wanted to write and she remained true to her heart by continuing to write in the face of adversity. She also remained connected to her source by being observant of what was going on around her. She was inspired by friends and family and the nature around her. She saw visions, and she took the time to write them down when they came to her. How many times do you have a brilliant idea, but don't take the time to write it down or act on it in the moment, and then you forget about it or lose your inspiration? By following her instinct to write, J.K. Rowling became one of the most successful writers of all time, and as a result, one of the richest women in Great Britain. In only a few years, she went from a single parent on welfare to a millionaire.

Additionally, the agent who took on her work did so because he was open to new ideas. Even though he had a preconceived idea that there is no money in publishing children's books, he had taught his assistant that sometimes there are gems waiting to be discovered in the piles of unsolicited manuscripts that arrive daily. At the urging of his assistant, he read J.K. Rowling's first Harry Potter book, and decided to take her on as one of his authors. Others had dismissed her book, and are probably sorry now that they weren't open to new possibilities.

When we stay connected to the universe and follow our hearts, we begin to experience synchronicity.

"Synchronicity is those perfect moments, when things come together in an almost unbelievable way, when events that could never be predicted, let alone controlled, remarkably seem to guide us along our path." - Joseph Jaworski

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January 24,2012
Work with Passion

Today, I put heart and soul into my work knowing that a force greater than me guides and directs me in all that I do. I work with passion in my chosen field. If I do not yet have a chosen field or if I do not know my goal, then I affirm that I am becoming clear and that my goals shall be revealed to me and I approach the day's activities, whatever they are, with passion and joy. When I bring my love and passion to my work, I positively influence those around me to do the same and I know that I make a difference. Making a positive difference, no matter how small, is all that matters. If each of us does our small part with peace, passion and joy, the world evolves, and all of these small individual pieces add up to great and monumental change. Divine energy works through and inspires each and every one of us.

"We must work. We must do the job we set for ourselves. This means the acceptance of a personal duty; and when that duty is accepted, it becomes the paid-up ticket of a self-directed citizen. We have to believe this is a world in which progress can be achieved, one brick and one stone upon another. And we must accept the fact that each of us must lay his share of those bricks and stones. There isn't any escalator service to success and achievement … or to heaven." (Williams, John K. (1964), The Wisdom of Your Subconscious Mind, Prentice-Hall Inc., Englewood, NJ, p. 80)

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January 23,2012
Take the High Road

One of my biggest challenges is avoiding distractions from my creative path. These can take the form of people who are difficult, bullies, insecure, negative, dramatic …

Because we are all human, it can be difficult to stay focused on our goals and to take the high road rather than engaging with the distraction and getting in the mud to wrestle.

How do we take the high road? We must keep our vision on our goals and move toward the light. Stay connected to our source and keep moving forward. Those distractions are not mine…they belong to the drama queen or bully. When I reach the end of this life`s journey, do I want to have led a creative life, or do I want to be remembered as a mud wrestler?

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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January 22,2012
Using My Gifts

Today, I concentrate on using my God-given gifts. I know that I have certain skills at which I excel, and I focus on putting them to use today. In business, companies concentrate on their core competencies and stay away from those things that they do less well, knowing that they will profit from the core competencies. In my life, both business and personal, I identify my own core competencies and practice them. The more that I use them, the better I become at them, and the better that I feel emotionally and spiritually. I know that I will also profit from my core competencies. I feel better about myself and my confidence grows. It is also better for the Universe when we use the gifts that were given to us by God. What if the flower decided not to bloom? The bees decided not to pollinate? The Universe is a carefully balanced system, and all of us are endowed with special gifts that we are meant to use. It is never too late to start using and developing my gifts a little at a time.

"To whatever degree you listen to and follow your intuition, you become a creative channel for the higher power of the universe. When you willingly follow where your creative energy leads, the higher power can come through you to manifest its creative work." (Shakti Gawain, Living In the Light, p.16).

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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January 20,2012
A Day of Rest

God created the Universe in six days, and on the seventh day, he rested … or, so we are told in the Bible. If it's good enough for God, it's good enough for me.

So, what do we do on that seventh day of rest? We rejuvenate and reflect. We divert our attention to family, recreation and hobbies. This allows us to rest and to replenish energies expended during the work week. It allows us to think new thoughts and release the stress from the work week. A day of rest allows us to rest our minds and bodies and to recognize our accomplishments. Part of accomplishing something is reflecting on it and feeling the sense of pride and accomplishment of a job well done. We may even have ideas about what we've learned and how we can do it better next time. These lessons are important, and we must be grateful for the lessons learned. We must not use them to punish or berate ourselves for not doing a job perfectly.

After a day of relaxation and rejuvenation and of letting go of the previous week, we start anew. We are energetic and enthusiastic and able to set out on new projects with a clear and open mind.

And, this is why I will not be BLOGGING on Saturdays – it's my day of rejuvenation and rest….I'll be painting tomorrow.

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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January 20,2012
Love is Everywhere

Fear opposes love. Today, I choose love. I will express it in all of my endeavors. If fears creep in, I will remind myself that I choose love, and gently ask the Universe to replace those thoughts of fear with love. Love is gentleness; love is kindness; love is softness and warmth. Love is everywhere and embraces all things. Love is smooth and strong. It is calm and positive. Fear is harsh; it is angry, hard and cold. It is weak, frenetic and negative. By these words, I will recognize the differences and choose love.

Love is unconditional. It is forever and everywhere. It surrounds us in nature. I concentrate on the birds, the strong tree grounded in the earth, the gentle flower, the love of a pet. As I focus on where love is, I find it everywhere.

Today, I express my love by creating something. It may be a batch of cookies, a trimmed hedge, a painting, a poem, a sale, a work report. I create with love and joy and enthusiasm and my creation serves the Universe to its highest good. It is my one small part in a greater whole.

"Do not be concerned with the fruit of your action-just give attention to the action itself. The fruit will come of its own accord." (Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now, 1997, p. 57).

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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January 18,2012
Finding Encouragement and Support

All of us need encouragement from time to time. While we must get to a point where we do not need the approval of others, there are times when we are tired or discouraged or confused about our purpose, and we can regain our motivation or clarity of purpose by seeking encouragement from supportive friends or mentors. All of us need a mentor or teacher to provide that guidance from time to time. Who is your mentor? Who are your encouraging and supportive friends? What qualities do you look for in a mentor? I look for someone who is loving, supportive, honest and sets an example that I would like to emulate. Today, think about who your mentor(s) is(are). Who do you bounce your ideas off of? Who do you talk to when you are discouraged or needing motivation? Are these the safe people who provide encouragement, or could you look for a "new" mentor or try sharing your feelings with a more supportive friend?

"When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." (Buddhist proverb)

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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January 18,2012
Finding Inspiration from Others

Sometimes other people inspire us … a celebrity like Michael Jordan or Oprah, a leader like Nelson Mandela or Hillary Clinton, a friend, co-worker or family member. My greatest inspiration has been my mother. She is an awesome example. She is not perfect, and we have had our "mother-daughter moments," but she is an inspiring woman.

In 1969, I graduated from high school. So did my Mom. She had always regretted that she didn't have an opportunity to finish her grade 12 because my grandfather didn't recognize the need to educate girls, so when the school division in my hometown started offering grade 12 courses at night, my Mom enrolled and while raising two children and working, she also completed her grade 12 and graduated at the same time as me. I am very proud of her.

My mother has survived many things that I will not write about here. She has great strength and courage. She is also an accomplished musician, writer, poet and painter, and the best cook that I know. Although she does not publish or promote her work, she has always created, even when times were difficult, and this has set a positive example for my brother and me. At 88, she still swims, walks, golfs, plays bridge and a couple of years ago, she even consulted a personal trainer to help her with her fitness program.

All of us can look to others around us to be encouraged and inspired.

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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January 16,2012
Inspirational Leadership

Each of us has the capacity to change the world. No matter where we work or volunteer, what we do…it can begin with each of us one moment at a time. The universe has infinite possibilities. When you know this and realize that you can make a change, the change begins to happen.

So, how do I get started? Every day, one day at a time and one moment at a time, I must be the best that I can be. We can look at people like Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton or Oprah or Anderson Cooper and say, Ah, but they have so much more capacity to change the world than I because they have power, position, an audience. Remember two things … most of them started out with no power or position and they gained it through letting it begin with them. They had vision and personal power … power over themselves to be the best that they could be. Short of being born into royalty, none of us starts out with any greater potential to change the world. I say to you that it is about starting to change yourself and the world will change around you. Make personal choices to inspire those around you and you begin to change the world.

How do you practice inspirational leadership? As they say on the airplane, first, you put on your own oxygen mask, and then you help others. In other words, improve yourself. Get in touch with who you are and where you're going. Inspire yourself! If you can't inspire yourself, how will you inspire others?

Did your parents say, "I don't care what you do when you grow up, but do it well?" That's the key … it doesn't matter whether you are a butcher, a window washer, a sales person, a bus driver, a garbage collector, or a professor…do it well.

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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January 15,2012
Life Purpose

For quite a long time, I have felt that I must have some purpose in life and I have wondered what it is. In fact, "wondered" is the wrong word … I have yearned to know, searched, prayed for the answer, read voraciously- -just couldn't figure it out. I envied my school friend, Cheri, who always knew in her heart that she wanted to be a nurse. It was clear to her from the beginning; she became a nurse and has had a successful lifelong career as a nurse. I am not in touch with her regularly, but I have assumed that she is fulfilling what was a clear purpose to her. Other friends always knew that they wanted to be mothers. But, I never really knew anything for sure. I was born a free spirit with no clear idea about what I am supposed to do. Add to this uncertainty, the phrase often quoted by Wayne Dyer, "Don't die with your music still in you," and I was desperate to discover my life purpose.

At some point, I received a vague answer from the Universe...my purpose is to let my light shine. What does that mean? I suppose that we could conclude that this is everyone's life purpose … to let our inner light shine through … to use our gifts to the best of our ability for the highest good of the Universe.

How can I do that? Today, I do try to let my light shine every day. That means spending time with people who are supportive, encouraging and inspirational; it means trying to take good care of myself by eating well and exercising; it means practicing my God-given gifts and doing the best job that I can at all of these things.

I am, however, human, and put a nice cold cerveza and a plate of nachos laden with cheese in front of me, and I will most likely enjoy it. Or, given the choice between a brisk walk in the driving rain or lying on the couch watching The Bachelor, I may not always make the healthiest choice. But, if I can make the healthy choice 80% of the time, that leads to a pretty creative life.

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January 13,2012
Turn, Turn, Turn

Yesterday, as I was quoting a line from The Byrds' song, "Turn, Turn, Turn," I was asking myself, what do these words turn, turn, turn have to do with "a time for every purpose under heaven?" Today, as I was driving to the office, the answer came. "Ask and ye shall receive," the saying goes. I posed a question to the Universe and because my mind was open, I received my answer.

Turn, turn, turn. If we turn ourselves physically, we see new sights, new scenes, new perspectives. If we turn our minds, we see new juxtapositions of ideas, dreams, hopes and inspirations. We must be willing to turn, turn, turn to be inspired and to lead our creative lives.

© 2012 Carla Weaver


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January 12,2012
Making Decisions for a Creative Life

Making decisions about changes in our lives or whether to pursue new opportunities often seems stressful because we place pressure on ourselves to make fast decisions. We've become a world of "do-ers" and rarely allow ourselves time to just "be." Ideas, plans, changes and creativity need time to incubate – we need to stay connected to our source and follow our inner guidance, our intuition, our gut feeling. Yet, our culture has become one of instant decisions, unlimited access to 'way too much information and pressure from all sides to DECIDE NOW. People are plugged in to IPODS, IPADS and Blackberries instead of to the real source. I find myself starting to feel guilty about not making decisions, but I am reminded of the song by The Byrds that goes "To everything, (turn, turn, turn). There is a season, (turn, turn, turn), and a time for every purpose under heaven…" Not all decisions need to be made now. In fact, the universe always gives us time to make a good and thoughtful decision that feels right and is timely. So, if I'm feeling pressure, I can back off and "sleep on it," or wait for more information or until it feels right for me. The time will come; the decision will be evident and it will be in tune with my ethics, my needs, my purpose and the highest good of the universe. (c) 2012 Carla Weaver

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January 11,2012
Announcing Living a Creative Life BLOG

I have long wanted to write on a more regular basis on topics that are in my heart, so I have decided to start a BLOG this year. Starting this week, I will be blogging regularly on the topic of Leading a Creative Life.

I feel motivated and inspired to write on this topic because the topic of creativity is near to my heart. As an artist, writer, educator and business person, I feel the call to create on a daily basis, so the BLOG fulfills my current need to create using writing as my medium. I have always been a little unconventional and free spirited in how I manage my life, so I believe that I have relevant experiences and wisdom to share on this topic.

So, today, I announce my Leading a Creative Life BLOG. I won't be sending emails, so don't worry about SPAM! You can subscribe if you are interested. You will be able to access it by visiting my Facebook or Linked In pages if you are a contact on one of those networks; otherwise, you could subscribe to my mailing list on either my art website, www.CarlaWeaver.ca or on my professional website, www.CarlaWeaver.com. Next topic - Making Life Decisions for a Creative Life. Stay tuned.

Carla


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