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Creativity IS a Spiritual Practice

When we see through our hearts, we recognize that every single one of us is infused with creativity. Divine Sparks are embedded in everyone and everything. It's up to us to be courageous, to look and listen deeply, to find the sparks, gather and release them back into the universe, transformed into something new. Join me as we wake up to the sacred-ordinary blessings waiting to greet us each and every day.


Friday, November 19, 2010

Gratitude and SoulCollage®: Kathleen Botsford

Today's Guest host is my friend Kathleen Botsford. We met during our SoulCollage® Facilitator training five years ago and had an opportunity to work together during that time reading, witnessing and scribing our cards within a small group as we learned how to dive  deep into this transformational, soulful work ourselves, and how to facilitate this spiritual practice for others as well. We reconnected a few years later through blogging! I am so grateful to introduce you all to Kathleen, a gifted multi-media artist, SoulCollage® Facilitator, mother, wife, human.

SoulCollage® Card by Kathleen

I am very honored and filled with gratitude to have a fierce warrior such as Laura in my life.  Her courage and willingness to share her struggles have inspired me in countless ways.  Laura has given me new ways to look at my own life that have brought much deeper levels of engagement as well as gratitude and joy.  Thank you dear Laura for your gentle soul, your open heart and your wise words.  I keep you in my prayers and thoughts always.

I am so very grateful that God/Goddess does not need my help to keep this wonderful old world turning and turning.  The other day, I was worried about the violent winds and the animals and the trees and the leaves and the this and the that and so on and so forth.   I of course thought I knew much better than Mother Nature what is good for the trees and the animals and the leaves and the branches, etc. etc. etc.  I suddenly found myself feeling very foolish and I started to laugh.  For hundreds of thousands of years things on this planet have muddled along quite nicely without my help in any way at all.   I stopped in my "mind" tracks and took the heavy load from my shoulders and gently set it down on the sacred ground.  Ground that has been trodden on long before I was here and will be trampled on long after I am gone.  I sat down and laughed at my own hubris and undue sense of self-importance.  I thought of all of the ways I think I may know better than the Divine what should be happening at any given moment.  Like our recent elections, the choice of quarterback at my favorite school, the lack of a job or career for my eldest daughter, the black moods of my husband and the ACT grades of my youngest daughter, just to mention a few off the top of my head.  This list could go on and on and on and on.......I'm sure you get my point.
Things are always as they should be whether I understand and agree or not.  Life is a Divine Mystery and I am grateful for the opportunity to walk into that Mystery each and everyday.  The painful days full of despair and enchanted days filled with joy.  Boring days and overwhelmed days.  Chaotic days and peace-filled days.  Each has it's place on my journey and I honor and celebrate that place in my heart.  And most of all these days I am grateful for the gentle wisdom and comfort I continually find in Stephen Mitchell's translation of the  Tao Te Ching.  My pearls today:

She who is centered in the Tao
can go where she wishes, without danger
She perceives the universal harmony,
even amid great pain,
because she has found peace in her heart.

Without opening your door,
you can open your heart to the world.
Without looking out your window,
you can see the essence of the Tao.

  Kathleen hosts a radio program with Jill Angelo on called
Creating a Space of Grace  

You can read more of her writing and view her art @

And while you are there you can click the link on her sidebar or (just click here) to browse her online shop for some exquisite jewelry. I won a beautiful necklace from her last winter that I adore in a gift give away! Read a bit about her sacred jewelry in this excerpt from her jewelry shop below:

"I have been a spiritual seeker since childhood and have studied many of the world’s spiritual traditions extensively including the ancient mystery schools. The wisdom and the knowledge I have gleaned from these studies has become the basis for my jewelry design. I research the stones and artifacts that I incorporate into my art pieces and draw on their energy and guidance for inspiration. Each piece is consciously woven with sacred prayer, music, incense and ritual." ~Kathleen 

In case you missed them, here are interviews with Seena from my friends Anne Marie and Cheryl as well as her interview with me from earlier this week .
November 8 -     Kaleidosoul - Anne Marie Bennett

Seena's next blog stops are listed below! 
November 22 -   Listening for the Whisperings - Catherine Anderson 


  1. Thank you for this meaningful post. You reminded me - what I know- but sometimes forget.
    All, is a part of my journey.
    Thank you for the poem. Through our dear Laura - I have met you.

  2. beautiful post and a lovely reminder!

  3. Beautiful thoughts on gratitude, Kathleen. Thank you for sharing them.

  4. So lovely... I too turn to the Tao Te Ching regularly, and the message is always perfect for that moment... I smiled as I read you laughing at your foolishness, realizing again the Mother Nature knows best. She is wise in all. Thank you for this wonderful post... Bright Blessings!

  5. thanks for introducing Kathleen - beautiful art indeed and beautiful thoughts on being thankful as well

  6. Thank you for your beautiful post and reminder to receive each day and trust that it is as it should be, Kathleen. I often repeat "Receive what you are given." And I totally agree with your about our Laura; she is fulfilling such an amazing purpose at this time in her life.


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