Seeds of Creativity

Spring is time to get creative.  Everything around us is in bloom and nature is expressing itself.  It is time for you to express yourself too.

Being creative is a great way to express those things that you don’t have words for or that feel too heavy to put into words.  It allows us to let loose without rules and restraint, and provides a path for our feelings to come forth. We can also celebrate or commemorate our new growth through creativity.   It can be a powerful form of healing.

Paths to creative expression:

Release:

Creativity is a healthy outlet to release emotions.  Splashing paint onto a canvas to express the chaos you feel within, can be freeing.Creativity - a painted background - on it butterflies in various colors are soaring upward leave a colorful stream behind them

Sometimes things can feel terrifying to express out loud – using pictures, art, a collage or even crafting, can open the door to words.   The tangible, visual expression of our feelings can be healing. 

We are used to thinking about the words we use and perhaps holding back in the way we express ourselves, pushing things that hurt to the recesses of our minds.  While this gets us through the moments, these unexpressed emotions can negatively impact our healing.  Using a creative means to tap into these emotions, we free ourselves from judgement and overwhelm that may arise if we use words.  We can then, as we create, set the intention to release and heal.  This release may even come from destroying what we create, symbolically setting ourselves free.

Celebration:

We can celebrate or commemorate our new growth through creativity.   Taking a photo or creating something, whether physical or digital, can show you how far you have come.  When you look back on those creations you are reminded of who you really are and what you are capable of.  Making something with your hands can bring deep levels of satisfaction and joy, raising your vibration every time you look at your creation.

Creating tomorrow:

Plant seeds for your future by creating something tangle that represents the life you want.  It can be a vision board or an object that makes you come alive when you look at it. Make something that inspires you – something that will lift you up when you feel uncertain or down, and that you have fun creating.

Give yourself permission to be creative and express whatever you are holding within, no matter what that looks like.  You have the freedom to allow whatever you are feeling to come through in your creation.

Express yourself creatively this Spring to shed the old, be in the present, and move towards the future.

What are you creating today and how has this experience healed you?  Share and let me know.

Many Blessings,
Santa

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RUNNING THROUGH DARKNESS
MEMOIR OF A SPIRITUAL WARRIOR

BY SANTA MOLINA-MARSHALL ‧ RELEASE DATE: MAY 3, 2022

This debut memoir chronicles a woman’s spiritual exploration and growth as she overcame a disturbing childhood and helped others heal.

Brought to America from the Dominican Republic as a youngster, Molina-Marshall should have led a happy life. Her father was a diligent worker, and his large family wanted for nothing. But the author recounts that her dad had a drinking problem and was a serial philanderer. Molina-Marshall’s long-suffering mother left him for a woman. Then it was all downhill for the bright, 12-year-old girl, who was shuttled between foster care and relatives. According to the author, she was sexually abused by the husband of one of her siblings. This resulted in Molina-Marshall becoming alienated and moody. By 15, she simply tried to survive. In her favor were grit and a restless intelligence. She quit school, rented a room, and found a factory job. Time went by, and for a while she was happily married. Yet when her husband left her, her life truly began. She turned to religion for answers but decided that blaming God for her woes was a cop-out. 

In this absorbing and moving memoir, Molina-Marshall’s vivid storytelling is fearless. She frankly discusses the truths she discovered and the indignities she suffered. These admissions are disclosed with a touch of resignation and plenty of bite. However painful, everything she experienced was a lesson, and she bravely realized that she was part of the problem: “The fear of being hurt, rejected, or abused often led to me feeling lonely and misunderstood. No one knew the agonizing pain I felt being trapped in my thoughts and anger. I was becoming my biggest threat.” 

The author skillfully recounts her intricate spiritual journey. To deal with her psychic wounds, she searched for an inspirational system. Her open-mindedness led her to the interfaith concept—cherry-picking from various religions and spiritual movements, yoga, and Indigenous beliefs as a way of finding peace. Along with her female partner, she built a therapy practice, making use of every spiritual element that aided her and others. The road was bumpy, and she found that women of color in same-sex relationships were not welcomed everywhere. To do good works—and finally live on her own terms—she effectively overcame bigotry.

An engrossing, cathartic account of empathy and success through determination and confidence.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022   |    ISBN: 978-0-578-38315-6  |   Page Count: 264    | Publisher: From Trauma to Triumph  |   Review Posted Online: June 13, 2022