The Creative Secrets of Shamanic Drumming

You’ve got to feel the beat. “It is of the first order of importance to remember this, that the shaman is more than merely a sick man, or a madman; he is a sick man who has healed himself, who is cured, and who must shamanize in order to remain cured.”― Terence McKenna Shamanic drumming is a … Continue reading The Creative Secrets of Shamanic Drumming

Please — Stop the Madness!

A Poem by Harley Christensen Constant chatter… Pummels my mind. A barrage of opinions…innuendos…wild conjectures… Everywhere I turn…screaming for attention. Warning: Possible Information Overload Too much to process… Nowhere to escape. Can’t…think…straight… Warning: Fatal Error Has Occurred — Must Shut Down Entering recovery mode… Silence greets me… Precious, beautiful silence. Stop the madness… Embrace the quiet. Originally … Continue reading Please — Stop the Madness!

Seasons of Life

Hello friends, Welcome to the very first Living Out Loud newsletter! Super exciting. So, the world is still spinning on crazy as we continue to move through transitional times, but the warmer days here on the Australian eastern seaboard are beginning to renew my sense of hope for the future — how are you doing? … Continue reading Seasons of Life

Bringing Yourself to the Page

Life is a series of thought-provoking moments, eliciting our emotions and imprinting our psyche. Life is creation in-action. No one gets a free ride. We all love like crazy; maybe feel pangs of hate; take a deep breath before a leap of faith, and sometimes we get hurt — we learn and grow through pain. … Continue reading Bringing Yourself to the Page

Value Distractions to Be More Productive and Creative

Make conscious connections. Why do you get your best ideas in the shower? I don’t need to talk to you directly to know that there are days when you spend an embarrassing amount of time in front of expensive equipment staring blankly at the screen, only to later get your best ideas in the shower. … Continue reading Value Distractions to Be More Productive and Creative

Value Your Creative Energy: The Benefits of Connecting with Your Higher-Creative Mind

The higher-self is a term associated with a variety of belief systems, but its basic premise describes an eternal, conscious and intelligent being which represents our most authentic state. The higher-self embodies our spirit which is expressed through our human vessels — the part of ourselves that exists beyond the conditioning learned throughout our life experiences. Conditions … Continue reading Value Your Creative Energy: The Benefits of Connecting with Your Higher-Creative Mind

Write with Feeling: How Relationships Bring Depth to Our Characters

Do you struggle to create full-bodied characters? Churning out words, outlining and wrapping your brain around plot twists, story themes and arcs can often be mentally exhausting, and then we have to make sure our characters have depth enough to resonate with our readers. "I know the feelings but I don't know how to express … Continue reading Write with Feeling: How Relationships Bring Depth to Our Characters

Creation and Creativity: A Radical Change in Perspective

“Looking at beauty in the world is the first step of purifying the mind.” — Amit Ray According to mystic philosopher Neville Goddard, creation is finished. Creativeness is but a deep perceptiveness of the entire contents of all of time and space co-existing simultaneously. In other words, all that you have ever been or ever … Continue reading Creation and Creativity: A Radical Change in Perspective

Connecting with your Higher Creative Self by Judy Sweeney

You often hear about people being in the zone. Painters being in another place, the paintbrush seeming to have a mind of its own; musicians so engrossed in the music they are creating. You only have to look at some of the great guitarists to see what I mean; writers sitting at the keyboard for … Continue reading Connecting with your Higher Creative Self by Judy Sweeney

Meditation is Sexy

“With our thoughts we make the world.” – Buddha One way to access our creative higher-mind is through meditation. I know what you’re thinking – meditation is nothing new and it doesn’t sound as exotic or as sexy as the Tarot. But before you go jumping to conclusions, I’m going to tell you that meditation … Continue reading Meditation is Sexy