SomaNews – January-February 2017

"We do not become storytellers. We came as carriers of the stories we and our ancestors actually lived. We are.

We do not become artists. We came as artists. We are.

Some of us are still catching up to what we are. We do not become writers, dancers, musicians, helpers, peacemakers. We came as such. We are!

~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés "

We Are

As humans, we don’t become creators, we are creative beings. We have the innate ability to shape and reshape our lives. That’s what we do in our somatic work. We draw on our natural creativity to reshape our history and fashion new, meaningful lives in the present.

When we live in our bodies (what I call the process of somatic agility), we create options for transformation. We create a new self when we reshape ourselves into the world and move to the present moment.

As Nietzsche puts it, those who actively create and re-create themselves are truly “free spirits” – artistic creators of their own lives.

Extending your creative energy

In addition to shaping your “self,” you have the ability to bring forth an extension of your creative energy in the form of writing, painting, sculpting, cooking, dancing, singing, playing music. The forms are endless.

First, we see in our mind’s eye a possibility forming. Many of us immediately move into historical stories that claim, “I’m not creative, I’m not an artist. I can’t do this.” But when we open to the truth that we are creative beings, we can experience the movement of our creative energy as we write or place colors on a canvas. We feel more alive!

Being creative allows us to go where only our imagination can take us. We can step into another world where nothing needs to match, fit together or be real. A place where words take you on magical journeys.

When inspired to create from our imagination, we open to an originality that can spring forth, creating brilliance even from the simplest of suggestions. And when we bring this creativity out into the world, we are reshaping the world possibly for a moment, possibly for hours, possibly for days, possibly for life.

Below, I offer this creative piece I wrote to express a part of my life, in hopes that for a moment you will be reshaped.

The Labyrinth is an ancient place where time has no meaning. It is situated between the cup and the quart of the inner world. It has ancient trees that were placed there by the caretakers of the labyrinth. The trees walk the land with pride and caring. They are the keepers of the nature world, where the songs of the animals help turn the wheels of life. 

The sky is a deep orange and filled with stars, day and night. The light is held by two large hour-glass figures that stand facing east and west. They turn every 24 hours to create day and night. At night, the fireflies set out to help the two-leggeds to see their way. The fireflies light upon purpose. 

The ancient ones are older than dirt. They have barnacles growing on them, and they have huge wide feet and large shoulders which hold small animals and flying insects – they draw nature to them. They turn the giant wheels of life at the exact rate they are to move – this takes much practice and knowing.

This path is of your choosing, in the labyrinth of knowing what you believe and imagine will be. The path is every changing.

In life, we come to crossroads in our inner world where decisions must be made where we must open the gate to the labyrinth and step in – this is our choice. The labyrinth waits patiently.

Artwork: Fireflies by Kristen Fagan

Let’s get creative together!

  • When was the last time your creativity poured into reality to be shared?
  • How would you let creativity flow through your hands into the world?
  • What stops you from being creative?
  • What starts your creativity to flow?

Explore and create with me in a personalized, one-on-one workshop at my home in Petaluma.

It’s a time to allow yourself the freedom and space to draw on your imagination and creativity — in service to creating the life you want.

We’ll explore what matters to you most and identify ways to support your commitment. It may be a commitment to love and accept yourself, to develop appropriate boundaries, to practice compassion, to better lead at home or at work.

As a powerful reminder of your commitment, you'll have the opportunity to create a representative anchor or symbol such as a staff, shield, spirit box, necklace, or collage.

No artistic skills required!

Learn more here.

Creating Stronger and Deeper Relationships

My husband, Mark, and I have been together for 39 years, and we walk a path of love, commitment, trust, and support. We met at 27 years old, and for the last several years we have supported couples who want a relationship that will last a lifetime.

I am happy to say that we have had some great successes with our couples work. We feel fortunate to assist amazing people who are willing to see that partnership is a path of growth. Recently we were honored to officiate the marriage of a wonderful couple we worked with.

Are you interested in a deeper connection and a stronger foundation for your relationship? We can help you:

  • Create more connection, intimacy, and fun in your relationship
  • Lay the ground and practices for a thriving, long-term partnership
  • Develop new habits and patterns
  • See the other as the beloved

We'd love to explore working with you! Please contact us at or for a complimentary session.

Contact Me

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If you'd be interested in bringing me to your conference, workshop or other event to provide somatic bodywork, let's talk!