Category Archives: Doorway 5: Creativity & Children

Day 18: Child of My Heart

Our final topic in Doorway 5 is Children. Each of us has some kind of relationship with children. If you don’t have kids, you certainly know some, and even if there are no kids in your life, you started life as a child.

For the purposes of the 5th House, children refers to something created through you. It may be a child born of the body, a living human being; or it may be a brainchild, an idea, piece of writing, or work of art that you created.

Adela’s Insights

Having children changed me in a really good way. I always credit my children, Phil and Erica, with teaching me about true love. (Princess Bride anyone?) It was so simple and pure, so palpable. There was no mistaking it, now I knew what love really was.

I remember my son’s gaze, the look of adoration like I was something so amazing and special. He gave me something to live into. I certainly didn’t want to let him down. My daughter was more of the same, exquisite delicious love. I swear it changed me at a cellular level.

At one time I had plenty of guilt about not being the kind of mom I wanted for them. I set incredibly high standards and was really hard on myself. I learned to let it go, though it took a while. There were strong ideas in my family on a mother’s role and responsibility. I never felt like I measured up, but I know I hit a home run in the love department. I LOVED my children and I let them know it and showed it on a regular basis. We are incredibly close to this day.

My children gifted me love, the real deal, no expectations, love you cause I do, kind of love. It’s been the best gift ever! It’s helped me grow and glow. (smile)

Jodi’s Insights

I admit I am out of my element, here, writing about children. My child is a cat. She is a very good girl, self-cleaning, sees to her bathroom needs outside, and is a charming, funny, loving companion. Her needs are few and I’m happy to meet them. However, according to traditional definitions, Fancy, the pussycat, like all pets, is a 6th House creature.

So, here’s what I can say about children. They aren’t for everybody. If you have them, and I realize most people do, your life is forever changed. The child you bear will always be connected to you. It is a huge deal and a decision I took very seriously.

For me to unearth the gems behind Doorway 5, it became clear that I needed to reclaim and heal my inner child. I resurrected my inner child from the place in time where she was stuck in a perpetual hell of fear, unworthiness, and self-loathing, breathing clean fresh air into her lungs, drying her tears and welcoming her home to me with open arms. I learned to be mother to myself. And that has made it possible for me to live the second half of my life very differently than the first.

Goddess of Now

The Goddess of Now says childhood is a training ground for each of us, in a different way. You move through various stages of development that offer unique rewards and challenges. If you are raising children, or work with them as a teacher, counselor or healer, you see them from an external perspective. You are charged with meeting their needs and to the best of your ability, see to their safety and wellbeing.

The Goddess reminds us that children are sovereign beings, with their own purpose and passions. The most empowering thing you can do for them is to honor their individuality and model self-love and self-respect for them.

If your children are of the mind and heart, rather than the body, the Goddess encourages you to honor that these creations also have a life of their own. So, rather than attempting to make them what you think they should be, pay attention to your energy when you work on them. If it is flowing and free, you’re on track. (Even if it’s a lot of work.) If the time you spend on this creation begins to feel heavy and unwieldy, it may be time to give it and yourself space to breathe. Trust that if and when there is more to do, you will know it.

[thrive_custom_box title=”Energy Shift” style=”light” type=”color” color=”#7100e2″ border=”#1e73be”]Before you dive into today’s writing, take a moment to explore your inner orientation. Just notice your breath. Is it easily flowing, is your breath shallow (only using the top of your chest), are you pulling air from the bottom of your belly, is your inhale as long as your exhale, do you focus more on the exhale or the inhale or the both equally? Just notice as many qualities – and bits of information – about your breath as you have access to. Play around by changing some of them, then let go of your conscious control and let your breath flow. What do you notice? [/thrive_custom_box]

Creative Exploration: Writing Prompts

Through the Goddess lens of Love and Compassion, consider your relationship to children, in whatever way that is part of your life. See if there is anything you would like to shift or upgrade. The answers might surprise you.

Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.

My children are . . .

Children learn . . .

Children should be . . .

Write for 2 minutes or more.

 

Day 17: Play Opens Your Heart

When was the last time you played full out? If you’ve forgotten what that looks like check out your kids or grandkids while they’re playing. It’s play for its own sake. I remember being little and getting lost in playing jacks, hopscotch or double dutch. I’d lose track of time, and even my sense of self, immersed in the experience.

What if you could feel more like your younger self by including playtime as a regular part of your days? It’s true. Taking time to do something just for the fun of it, turns on your creative juices. It brings out a levity and lightheartedness that isn’t readily available, otherwise.

There are all kinds of ways to play. You can play with children. You can play with your dog or cat. You can play with clay. You can play with paints. You can play with ideas. You can play with words. You can play a musical instrument. You can play with new ways to arrange flowers. You can play with different settings on your camera. You can play with new photo editing apps.

Play opens your heart and mind. It allows you to stumble upon new ways to do things. Play relaxes and replenishes your sense of self. It helps you to lighten up and not take yourself too seriously.

Have you noticed that approaching anything with a playful attitude opens you to seeing it from a fresh point of view? From there, all kinds of creative options begin to arise.

Goddess of Now

The Goddess of Now says creative play is essential to embodying more of your true nature. A light heart is an open heart. Your joyful activities and experimentation refreshes your spirit and reminds you of the creator self that lives at the heart of you.

The Goddess tells us that through play you become more aware of your essence. Through play, your energy aligns body, mind and spirit. Through play, you are renewed and rejuvenated. Play is seriously good for you.

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Creative Exploration: Writing Prompts

Through the Goddess lens of Joy and Compassion, consider your relationship to play. Are you comfortable taking time to play? Experiment and maybe even be silly. See if there is anything you would like to do differently when it comes to cutting loose and losing yourself in fun.

Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.

My favorite way to play . . .

I love to play with . . .

When I let myself play . . .

Write for 2 minutes or more.

 

Day 16: You Are a Masterpiece

Have you ever felt the pull to pour yourself into something and not quite sure what that something is? Creative self-expression can take a multitude of forms. Some of you are artists with paint brushes and pallets; others are artists with food; and some are entertainers, creating performances that inspire others with your artistry and skill.

Be willing to risk trying out many forms of creative expression. You’ll be surprised at what you discover, often that you have gifts in more than one form. And the world is full of people that come up with new forms of self-expression all the time. Think of break dancing, stepping, rap, hoop dance, and so much more. Why not you?

In Doorway 5 we are speaking of creativity that is sourced from joy rather than a necessity. Your creativity may be part of your work but in this house, it will feel more like play. Which is not to say that you don’t take it seriously, just that it is a pleasure to create, even when it’s challenging.

Fifth house creativity doesn’t really mind staying up half the night to finish a project. One of the markers of this kind of creativity is that you can lose all track of time when you are in the act of creation. These expressions come from the heart and the heart doesn’t care about time. To the heart, it’s all about what is happening Now.

You may have never thought of yourself as an artist. The English language has such a narrow definition of that word. In truth, we are all life artists. You alone make the decisions and take the steps that create your life. Granted, this is a broad definition, but if you really stop and consider it, no two of us live in the same way.

You are inspired by something unique that sparks you to action. You are the only one who can say which brush strokes may be added to the painting that is your life. Try on the definition of life artist for size and see how it fits you.

Goddess of Now

The Goddess of Now says that your creative fire is always burning but it is up to you to tend it. If it feels like the flames are small and low on kindling, engage in activities that you enjoy. Pleasure begets creativity. When you are feeling good, doing anything you love to do, inspiration is as close as a whisper. Your energy expands when you do what you love, and that’s when it is easier to hear the urgings of your heart. Sometimes the message is practical, other times it will be a creative spark that you can fan by entertaining it.

The Goddess reminds you that you are a born creator! There really are no rules about who you must be or can be. You are your greatest creative project. You are, quite literally, the masterpiece of a lifetime. Why not have fun and play with the glorious possibilities?

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Creative Exploration: Writing Prompts

Consider your creativity through the Goddess lens of Inspiration and Pleasure. Please take a moment to reflect on these prompts and explore where you are Now with your creativity. See if there is something you’d like to do to energize or upgrade creativity in your life.

Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.

I express my creativity . . .

Creativity gives me . . .

I am creative . . .

Write for 2 minutes or more.

 

Day 15: Love Is Its Own Reward

Finding your passion and purpose can seem like a frantic pursuit to some. Your passions lift your spirits and carry you along, even if the pursuit of them is difficult and more challenging than you’d have imagined. You will know if you are dealing with a passion if you lose track of time when you are involved with it. Your passions aren’t all fun and games. Even if there are things about them that challenge you mightily, you will pursue them with a sense of purpose.

One thing to keep in mind about your passion, if you decide to make it your work, the whole thing shifts and you are no longer doing it just for the joy of it. Once you make it a job that someone pays you to do, you are in different territory. This doesn’t mean it can’t be done, it just means that now you’ll need to find a new passion that you do just for the love of it.

Goddess of Now

The Goddess of Now says that your passions are one of the best ways to understand the mystery of what it is that makes you come alive. As you pursue your passions, pay attention to how many other pieces of your puzzle fall into place, in terms of friends, helpers, and skills you would otherwise not have known you had.

The Goddess reminds you that allowing yourself the time and space for your passions can help you to open your heart to all kinds of unexpected goodness. Time spent pursuing your passions is far from wasted time. The energy generated literally fuels your body and being, energizing and revitalizing you. If you are having trouble discovering your passions, start paying attention to those things that excite you. Giving yourself a chance to experiment and play will start to build new creative networks, within and in the world around you.

[thrive_custom_box title=”Energy Shift” style=”light” type=”color” color=”#7100e2″ border=”#1e73be”]Before you dive into today’s writing, take a moment to focus on your high heart. It’s a spot right above the physical heart, below the clavicle. Imagine that your heart is being sourced from the highest realms of creation. Feel the love infusion entering from your back – at the level of the high heart – and direct the outflow from the front of your chest. Circulate the energy throughout your body, replenishing and renewing all of your cells, systems and organs then direct the flow of love energy to whatever area of your world needs it most.[/thrive_custom_box]

Creative Exploration: Writing Prompts

Consider your passions through the Goddess lens of Joy and Creativity. Please take a moment to reflect on these prompts and explore where you are Now with your passions. See if there is something you’d like to do to energize or upgrade passion in your life.

Pick from the following writing prompts, or create your own.

I love to . . .

I come alive when I . . .

I’d rather be . . .

Write for 2 minutes or more.

 

Doorway 5: Passion, Creativity & Romance

Doorway 5 opens to a new phase of our journey. We’ve gone from our foundations of home and family in Doorway 4, to a lightening, and stirring of the energy. This doorway corresponds with Leo, ruled by the Sun, the heart of our solar system. Doorway 5 is all about Love: that which we create with love—children and artistic endeavors, love affairs, our passions and favorite pastimes. This is the house where your heart is open, your creativity is heightened, and your spirits are fully engaged.

Love affairs here, refer to passionate but uncommitted relationships. Marriage and legal partnerships are in a different category. Doorway 5 is about love that takes you by the heart and sweeps you up in its joyful rhythm.

Children, in this house, can mean your physical offspring or can be a child of the mind—an original performance, event, song, or painting. If the themes of this house sound like familiar ground, you probably already enjoy spending time with children and/or creative pursuits.

Quotes

Quotes are a great way to explore your beliefs, thoughts, and impressions. They can expand your perspective and clarify your inklings. Here are some quotes on passion, creativity, and romance to support you in considering what aspects are ready for an upgrade. You can also use these quotes to do free flow writing and see what arises.

Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change. Brené Brown

We are all Picassos-in-training. The world is waiting for us to discover, express, and share our creativity. Thomas Leonard

Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you. Oprah Winfrey

Questions to Explore

Take a moment to sit with the following questions. You may want to journal on them or have a discussion with a close friend. You can also just sit with the question for a bit and allow your thoughts to arise of their own accord. Sometimes asking a powerful question is enough to create a shift.

  • What are you most passionate about?
  • Which is your favorite form of creative expression and why?
  • Is play – an activity that has no purpose or outcome, just indulgence for the joy of it – a part of your everyday world?

Resources

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

How to Find Your Passion Over Your Lunch Break (the Muse)