Do you have a big creative leap you want to make? Like, being a children’s book illustrator or a writer or both?! Maybe you’ve been toying with some of the techniques in my blog posts, done some serious scribbling, maybe even bought some watercolors. But then you hit the wall. You feel overwhelmed. It all feels like too much. You hear the voices in your head saying I can’t or you get that heavy feeling that is the exact opposite of flow in your chest. Maybe you stay on track with your goals, but it feels hard and you’re not sure you have what it takes to make it work. You look for inspiration. You look for ways to keep yourself disciplined.
If this sounds like you, I want to encourage you to ask one question:
What do Quantum Physics and becoming a children’s book authorartist have to do with each other?
Back in the day when I lived in the woods, miles outside of a small rural town in Oregon, I knew two things. One- I create my own reality and two- I am going to paint full time. The fact that I had only been painting with acrylics for a few months and had nearly no art training or experience didn’t matter to me. I knew I created my reality and one way or another I was going to paint full time.
I had been working with the principles behind Quantum Physics for some time but I had never set my sites on something so big. I practiced everything I knew would help me. Still I had tons of fear when I moved to San Francisco to pursue my goal, but I did everything I could to remain focused and open. I paint full time I told myself. I Paint full time.
I set up a work space and painted as often as I could when I got here. I had no money and barely any samples to show galleries, but I kept seeing myself as an artist painting full time. Overwhelmed by the big city coupled with my intense shyness at the time, I didn’t contact any galleries, but just kept painting and seeing myself as a full time artist.
One day a few months after moving here and needing some cash, I contacted an old account in the city to see if they wanted to buy any of my back stock jewelry. I had closed my business before leaving Oregon. Mixed in with my stuff there was a page of slides of what very little work I had. When I went in, the woman behind the counter was more interested in my paintings than my jewelry. I wasn’t even the one to show it to her. She dug it out and asked me why I wasn’t bringing her this?
A cascade of events happened over the next few months and now many years later, I have illustrated over 20 award-winning multicultural children’s books, my art is on the cover of major art books, I teach and have developed an art curriculum that is used by universities and schools, my art has shown internationally, and more! So much flowed from “I paint full time.” The power of this vision radically changed the course of my life.
It wasn’t luck, an accident or fate. It certainly wasn’t because I am exceptionally talented or had a great education. I consciously created it. I used everything I know about the nature of reality to make it real. I didn’t go through the formal, normal physical plane channels to make “my career” happen. Maybe that’s why I consider it more of a vocation than a career. It was a calling. Something I created out of the deep magic of my being, a magic we were all born with.
I wanted to tell everyone how I did it and that they could do it too! But over time I learned to keep my mouth shut. I began to embed the truths that I learned in my curriculum instead. Talk of Quantum Physics and creating reality with your thoughts was not “appropriate” for remaining accessible and professional in the field. That sort of thing is the stuff of new age fluff, ancient indigenous wisdom, wildly imaginative scientists and Oprah. Not the stuff of children’s book authorartists dealing with school visits and literacy.
But now there’s a book that makes it feel like Quantum Physics has come out of the closet! At least a little bit! I would like to introduce you to E-Squared by Pam Grout. I am adding this to my strongly recommended reading list for all the classes I teach from now on.
In her book, Pam gathers together many of the things I also cite in my work and support my personal interest in a new understanding of reality. In an accessible format, she playfully and scientifically introduces us to the fundamental elements of Quantum Physics, but more than that. She introduces us to how these can be witnessed in our daily experience and how we can effectively put them to use. This is science! Scientists are now understanding that everything is made of the same thing-energy and that energy is aware. We and everything we see are the same. Everything is energy. Because of this, we affect the physical plane through our thoughts.
I love how Pam walks us through it. She provides 9 DIY experiments to prove that our thoughts create reality. This is a big shift in thinking…over the next decade we will come to understand that we do not live in a physically solid world. We live in an energetically pulsing one. This is huge. It will change how we think, how we live, how we relate to each other, everything. What makes this sort of thing a lot easier to swallow is a friendly face with fab charm and a lot of intriguing anecdotes. Pam is the kind of gal a lot of us can relate to. She’s really easy to listen to.
She’s written two screenplays, a live soap opera, a TV series and articles for Modern Bride, CNN, People, Huffington Post, National Geographic and more. E-Squared is her 16th book and it spent 8 weeks at the top of the New York Times Bestseller List.
Like me, all this seemed like an impossible dream to Pam when she started. She tells a story half way through the book on page 79 that is very similar to mine. Except she was a journalist wanting to write full time. Things weren’t going well, in fact they were going terrible for Pam. So she took a writing seminar to improve her prospects. But instead of learning plot treatments or creating strategies to get an agent, the entire workshop centered on her inner world and addressing herself. And this changed absolutely everything.
Don’t get me wrong. I believe it’s super awesome to hone your skills. Vital in fact--and super FUN. But it is not the only thing you could or should be honing. In fact, honing your art or writing skills may not even be the most effective thing you could do on your path to becoming an illustrator or author! So before I share anymore about actual art making, I would like you to do two things.
One, become as clear as you can about what you want to create in your career. For example, I wanted to paint full time. What do you want? What do you really want? Get this part as clear as you can. Taste it! Smell it! Make it as fully real as possible. Then start imagining that it has already happened. It is a reality right now. Done. In everything you do, all day, recall this new reality you are creating. It’s science! You can do this!
And two, make this a priority. I guarantee that when you return to playing/art making with me next month, you will be amazed. In fact, you may be shocked. Perhaps as shocked as I was when a stranger walked up to me and not only bought a piece of art at my first show in San Francisco, but asked me if I wanted to illustrate a children’s book…all because I decided I PAINT FULL TIME. I believe!
To learn more about manifesting your reality and using peace as a path in, feel free to join me for the entire month of January for my online course: Believing is Seeing: Daily Journal of Transformation. Start 2014 with focused intention to create the life, the art, the you that you want and see in your heart of hearts. I believe in you!
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