Sunday, April 29, 2012

Creative Writing Assignment #3, April 2012

So this week I'm supposed to write about anything at all for 7-10 mnutes.  That's like putting the designer in the white room on my favotire cable channel, HGTV.  Now what?  No editing, don't stop to think...but that makes a little crazy because i know i have spelling and punctuation errors and my capitaliziation is all wrong and I'm just making run on sentences.   I have to add in some periods or something...and names that aren't capitialized?  AAARRRGGHH!!
Anyway, lets move on.  I am so enjoying the classes at my college, SWIHA in Arizona.  I'm an online student, 100% of the time, so it can be a challenge to be selfmotiveated some days. I work full-time, have four teenage boys and a husband, a dog , a duck and I'm a fulltime student-WHEW!  It's not ncessarily in that order most days-it gets switched around sometimes minuite to minute, but I am learning so much!  I feel I am on the right path finally at this point in my life and this is where the synchronicity comes in  (got that one right!).  When I'm on the right path, the right doors or windows wil open for me - i just need to be brave enough to take that opportunity and continue my journey.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Creative Writing # 2, April 2012

Inspiration...
What inspires me??  When I was first asked this question, I thought "Oh, this will be easy to answer."  And then I started to think more about it...my first thought was nature.  Nature inspires me...when I'm outside, I feel complete.  Serene and peaceful, like Mother Earth has something to tell me, if I just stop and listen instead of running around crazy.  But that's not my only inspiration, especially in my daily life, because let's face it...I work a full-time job in the city, so the only nature I see on a daily basis is what has been corralled in the city park several blocks away from my office.  So I decided to look up the word "inspire" or "inspiration" and here's what I found: the first definition for "Inspire" in Merriam-Webster means "to influence, move or guide by divine or supernatural inspiration."; the first definition for "Inspiration" is "a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation."  WOW!! I had no idea those words conveyed such a connection to the divine; it shows me that I sometimes "dumb down" words to suit my ordinary everyday life,when I really should be actively seeking the 'extraordinary" in every moment.  So how do I apply inspiration to my daily life AND my writing?  For me, I did what I need to do most when I'm turning a thought over and over in my head, like a gem in a tumbler...I meditated on it.  Where does my inspiration come from?  And there was the answer right inside of me, even though I didn't know it, just like Dorothy didn't know that her special red shoes could have taken her home to Kansas all along...it comes from within.  Right there in that special place created inside me, just for me, uniquely me...my soul center.  My connection to the divine and inspiration; it was breathed into me from the Creator and what is external is only an extension of the internal, if we allow the beauty and inspiration to flow from us to others.   When I allow inspiration to guide me, I am open to all things and present in each beautiful moment; it's always there, just waiting for me to feel it and then see it.  Every thing around us and in us can be an amazing source of inspiration...where do you find yours???

Monday, April 16, 2012

Creative Writing: April, 2012

Today I behold the silk pink rose on my desk.  It is artfully arranged with lovely green ivy in a small concrete urn and is there to inspire me.  Pink roses are my favorite flower and although the fragrance of a fresh rose is beauty, calm and peace all bundled together perfectly, the silk rose will never fade or wither.  When I wonder about the story of the silk rose, I question where it came from originally.  I found it in a thrift store, all alone, one beautifully formed, fully blossomed beauty without a companion or home.  I've always felt objects speak to me and this silk rose definitely did; it was a song, simple yet sweet that inspired me to pick up this rose and carry it with me throughout the store as I continued to shop.  When I asked the clerk about it, that it was just a bud and no others were to be found, she said, "Oh, just take it-there's no charge."  The rose and I belong together now, and the story of its past is just that-past.  What matters now is the future and how we shall inspire each other.  If I were to imagine it sitting next to a real pink rose of exquisite beauty, I believe it would think that the other rose is definitely beautiful, but fragile; capable of bringing great joy to those who look upon it, but unable to sustain that joy, as the beauty would fade and inspiration with it.  At first, the comparison may weaken the will of the silk rose, but as it realizes that it is stronger than the fresh rose, it will no longer feel threatened by the other rose, but rejoice in its own ability to remain strong and true, despite the ravages of time and environment. For even thought this silk rose can't speak, it still tells me that appearances can be deceiving; it may look fragile and fleeting, but the strength and beauty of this rose remain long after hardships come and go, because it was inside the rose all along.
Carrie Gilstrap-Ross has been a lifelong learner in the healing arts.  She comes from a background of strong, independent, free-spirited women and wishes to share that knowledge and continuing quest for more with others.

She is currently pursuing her desire to help others live more fulfilling, healthy lives by studying Holistic Healthcare at Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Arizona.  Her major is in nutrition, but she also has a strong passion for aromatherapy and crystal healing.  Carrie believes that her gift is to help guide others in aligning body, mind, soul and spirit in order to reach their full potential and purpose in life.