The impractical, DEEPLY CLEVER PASSION

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“Jump into Joy/Hop ind I glæden” 30×40 cm/11,8 x 15,7 in – SOLD

Sometimes we do something simply because we have an inexplicable desire to dance, run the marathon or travel to a particular place. Not because it is logical, practical or directly related to anything useful. But because we get a little red in the cheeks and our heart beats faster at the very thought of it. It is Passion that knocking on our door. It is the very key to your own happiness.

The whisper of Passion rarely present in the form of the next logical step. The voice of Passion is the one who actually knows very well what it loves to do, but not so often is heard because frankly it is not paying much attention to the bills that needs paying and your daily duties in general.

But the strange thing is: When we dance a dance or pursue the dream we yearn for, we open to a place inside where it is possible to find a way of life which is BOTH practical AND joyful.
Or, in other words: when we actively listen to our inner passion, it will reward us by spreading its bubbling energy to all parts of your life …….

But first you must listen. Simply hear what it has to say, find out what it longs for. Even though it may say things that seem as if they are taken out of the blue (Tango? – Who has time to dance tango – it requires a partner, it costs money and it can´t really be used for anything practical – after all, this is not Argentina but Denmark…..).

Listen anyway. And do what you can to meet your passions desires. Even tiny step works. If you really listen to your passion, it will reward you with something far more precious than time and money:
– INSPIRATION
– INCREASED INTUITION
– A GOOD PORTION OF HAPPINESS

Which, as far as I know, is a far better basis for thinking practically and clear and generating profits in life. Also in terms of time and money. I think that is SO clever. Passion are really able of something very unique. We just have to remember to listen to it.

Love from Lise.

PS: I am hosting a local painting course here in Denmark, south of Zealand, on sat. May 28th, where we, in addition to learning juicy painting techniques, will train exactly that: listening to our inner Passion. Find the details and sign up HERE – latest signup coming friday the 20th.

– Or email me at mail@lisemeijer.dk and I will send you some info in English, thank you!

 

Hello new year – hello transformation and new visions!

Let it be no secret! I love doing this:

Creating vision maps

Walking with visions

finding images for Vision maps

….Yes, I love it when we honor our sincere wish to make life count, and when we use creativity as a tool to make that happen.

That is why I, in the beginning of every  year, work with my visions in words and pictures. That is why I create Vision boards. And that´s why I love teaching Workshops using that and other creative tools.

This year, however, it seemed like an uphill process. At least at first; no inspiration, no joy. No feelings of anticipation when trying to catch my visions for 2015.

That´s when a group of ladies asked me to make a workshop and help them create their vision boards for 2015. “Oh no”, I thought, “I haven´t even created my own yet, and I honestly feel a bit stuck”. But that is the trick with these or any process. They DO work, but only if we DO them! And I had been stalling in “no action land”, which is exactly what so easily happens when what we need the most is to simply begin. And keep going with small steps. We humans can help each other so much, and sometimes asking someone for help might be the very thing that will help that person too. Good to remember!

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So, inspired by the request I gave it a go with my own visions. It helped. I found out several things that I had not seen, that explained the resistance I felt. I saw that I needed to give myself permission to search for new ways – with business and with other areas of life – to really ask again from scratch what route it I wanted to take, and to be willing to make some changes. To say more boldly NO to things that no longer fits, even if it looks like it will generate an immediate income. To insist on working from a core of joy and service, rather than pushing myself into areas that clearly steals my energy. To dare not meeting expectations, my own and others. To dare listen, every day, to my intuition, which has proven over and over again to be a most trustworthy tool.

Slowly but steadily the fog lifted, and I began feeling that childish anticipation again. If I can, I know you can too! You can read more about creating a vision board RIGHT HERE.

Or, if you live nearby (Sjælland, Danmark), you can join my New years Vision workshop on saturday the 24th of january. A FULL day of diving into you own visions, using some wonderful creative tools like writing, movement and “Vision Boarding”. Sounds good, right? So, if you live in Denmark, this might be for you, I would love to meet you there:

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Till soon, love from Lise.

Creativity + focus + actions = making things happen

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Dear you.

If you are in any way like me, you had a hard time learning how to make things happen in this world. I know some people are born as “action-people”. (If you are one of them, know that I admire you deeply!) I never understood how they made things happen so easily. With “things”, I mean everything in life, from creating a beaming home or a fulfilling work life to a blossoming social life or any other thing you want that takes ongoing action. I did all those things, but not really with full boost. I knew how to feel my way ahead and find my own inspiration which is also incredibly important qualities in life. I just didn´t get the concept of how ideas became reality on a bigger scale. 

But over the last 10 years I began, very slowly at first and later with more juice and speed, to understand the concept of how to create something that I really wanted in this world. I am still learning, and I still have days where I feel like an elephant aiming to learn to dance ballet = it seems heavy and impossible. But I now know that it isn´t. And that makes a BIG difference. And one of the secrets is this:

Creativity + focus + actions (even the smallest tiniest ones)  = making things happen. Quite simple actually, but only if you DO it.

I know that first we must set our heart´s compass for things that bring us joy and begin pursuing some of them with our creativity. And then add focus, over and over again. And when we have done that even just a bit, begin to take some of the many tiny actions steps that automatically will reveal themselves as possibilities when we work with our joy and creativity. Then things begin to happen.

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Yes! Here it is: Creativity and focus. Added tiny actions. And things begin to happen.

They WILL happen. Not always as we imagined, but things happen when we make such an attractive cocktail. It is as if life itself supports it when we’re working that way. I know it because I’ve tried it myself. And I’ve also tried what doesn´t work, but I can tell you more about another day …

This spring I will begin teaching a course here in Denmark together with a wonderful coach and storyteller, Marianne, about how to find your vision, stay focused and begin making actions in that direction. And it´s all evolving around a…..wonderful creative scrapbook! So, danish people or adventurers from around the globe, the invite is here and it begins 18th january. Are you in? Would love to journey with you! And if you live too far away and still would love to work with these things, I am very open for international invitations, just saying! So, you are warmly invited and there are still open spots!

Invite for Vision 2014 course taking place 4 saturdays and a friday evening in Denmark, 2014

Invite for Vision 2014 course taking place 4 saturdays and a friday evening in Denmark, 2014

Creating Vision maps during a workshop

Creating Vision maps during a workshop


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PS: if you are interested, here are some posts about my journey into doing more, with more passion in life: http://lisemeijer.dk/treats/my-creative-journey/

Come 2014…

In good and wild news:

I am going to collaborate with a blessed storyteller and coach!!! Marianne Christensen and I will be teaching a brand new course about taking responsibility for our dreams.  “Vision 2014”  involves scrapbooking, storytelling and the power of finding your passion and creating a vision of it in your own book. A powerful combination of creativity and determination. I know how working with our visions can cause true transformation in our desired life direction. And I can hardly wait, it is going to be good!

Invite for Vision 2014 course taking place 4 saturdays and a friday evening in Denmark, 2014

Invite for Vision 2014 course taking place 4 saturdays and a friday evening in Denmark, 2014

 You may not speak a word danish or live anywhere nearby. But I simply can´t help sharing this visual invite with you anyway. To make up for the language/placement issue, I promise to give you a few tips and hands on inspiration of how to make your own new years process at the end of this post. And if 2014 is going to be the year where you commit yourself to reach your goals, and you DO live nearby, I recommend you sign up NOW!

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For years I had a special affair with New Years processes. I recall celebrating new years evenings as a teenager with my best friend, my notebook  and candle lights whilst everyone else was out partying wildly. I loved it. And continued to love it to this day (even though I caught up on the wild party-thing when I got a little older, happy about that too!) Love the opportunity to cap one year and welcome a new by making conscious what was, and envisioning what lies ahead.

Later I learned more about the power of visualisation and cloaking our dreams with actual visible pictures, and began to incorporate it in my own process. And later in workshops for others. Vision-board-workshops as new years preparation is a very powerful and a truly helpful process. Like telling ourselves the story of our possibilities in a way that we can see them even when we thought we forgot. Because they are visible on a map right there on our own wall. And that opens the door to actually believing it.

Creating Vision maps during a workshop

Creating Vision maps during a workshop

Finding images for Visionmaps

Finding images for Visionmaps

Like promised, here´s some tips for making your own new years process. And if you do live nearby, I highly recommend joining our workshop. It could just be  the extra assistance you need in meeting your own dreams in 2014. Contact me and I´ll send you the details!

Tips for making your own new years process:

Create your own Visionmap step by step (featuring my 2013 map oh yes!)

A free printable New Years Kit  from “Do What You Love” that I found very helpful to keep focus.

And a soulful new years Blessing

Important to not stress about this. It´s not about getting it perfect. It´s about taking a conscious glance at a year gone by and sending out your wishes for what you would love to see in the year that is knocking on our door. 

Love from Lise.

How dreams find us

Yesterday I was teaching a workshop called “Creative new years clearing”, a day full of exercises designed to say goodbye to last year and entering the new year with your visions and goals crisp-clear in your mind and heart. There was a group of wonderful, brave woman who had carved out time and investment to move into year 2012 more ready, closer to themselves and their innermost wishes.

The day involved dancing, movement, relaxation-exercise, a meditative vision-journey, writing exercises and creating your own vision-map. And that, the vision-map, is for me the number one strongest tool I know in helping attract what I truly want in life.  I am so grateful for having learned that tool years ago. It has helped me move closer to so many things I longed for, but thought I could never do or find. Here´s one I made a few years ago:

My vision here: Teaching workshops about  using creativity to create a more fulfilling everyday life. Now, a few years later, I have taught many workshops using all those tools I dreamed about, and it still feels so right, so fulfilling.

To me a visionmap is like a road map, put out in the open so that my visions can better find me. Did you ever think of that; there may be billions of visions out there, looking for direction, for a home. The vision-map shows the direction so the vision can find us. Our actions give them a home. Both is needed, the vision-map doesn´t do it all alone, but it plays such an important part, and I know it works.

Even on days where I have doubts (and they come to all of us, try to remember that when you feel alone and doubtful, absolutely everybody experiences doubts, especially when you set out to do something out of your own comfort-zone!) then the vision-map can sort of bypass the worst of it, because: I can clearly see my vision, it is hanging right there on my wall. And the vision knows where to find me.

PS: if you live near Roskilde/ Copenhagen, you may want to come by for the opening of my exhibition, coming tuesday. Would love to see you there!

 

 

Together

A dear soul resently asked me if I would teach a workshop around new year. She would organize the whole thing, I just had to cencentrate on the day itself. A workshop-day for woman where we create space and time and process to cast out the mind for our wishes for the year to come.

Creative vision-workshops is part of what I do, and I love that part and would like to grow it. So I said YES!  and sent her my opening lines for the course. About a week later, she phoned me back, and told that she had found the hall for the workshop and sent out the invitation-mail, and had the first participants sign up already. Then she read the invitation to me. It was so great! I would definately join that workshop. She used most of my words. But she added something. She made it sound just so simple and profound and really delicious. Clearly, she was not trying to sell. She just really wanted it to happen.  And that, of course, makes the best PR in the world.

She also quoted these lines, that I wrote:

“One of the gifts we humans are granted is the ability to cast our eyes back 
 and learn from what was, and the ability to send our vision out to meet an unknown future, all the same time being right here – in the middle of the now from which all things are created. “

Great to read if as part of another persons setup. And what a relief for me to not have to sell my own workshop this time!

I have been asking for exactly that: The oppurtunity to focus less on PR and selling and more on content/creating stuff.  I am so grateful. We don´t all have to know how to do everything. I still like to do some PR work, but not all and not alone. We can do so much more when we work together. I want to deliberately embrace that. I want to be part of teams where we all do what we love to do, most of the time. Thank you, creation, for a wonderful world with so many different people, each single one a gem of skills and possibility.

 “Together through the seasons of life”, mixed media on canvas.

The painting above was made for my father and his wife. I am so grateful that my father found the love of his life – again, after my mother died. They are truly great together. This weekend they celebrated their 12,5 years anniversary which we call “copper wedding”, with the whole family, grandchildren etc. So great to see everyone and celebrate love through all weired and wonderful seasons of life.