Welcome to the BIG BRAVE BLOG HULLABALOO, a celebration of gutsy women from all over the world, connecting and claiming our power! It’s not too late to join our circle… if you’d like to share your story on my blog over the course of the summer, please read what this is all about HERE, and connect with me!
We have so much to learn from one another!
My next guest is another new soul sister of mine… one could even say she’s my twin from across the pond, we have so much in common! I’m soooo very delighted that she leaned into our circle and offered her words. She strikes me as such a bold, colorful, grounded, and open spirit…
Please welcome the GLORIOUS Heidi Chadwick to our hullabaloo with wide open arms and a little love note in the comments below!!
Of all the childhood games ever played, there has to be the greatest joy found in the most simple of them all, ‘hide and seek’. I have so many memories of moments of pure excitement, and great delight, the thrilled anticipation of hearing the counting down end with ‘’here I come, ready or not!’’. Whether I was the one in hiding, assured of the bestest place ever in the slightly ajar cupboard, or I was the seeker, following the stifled giggles and small folk’s fidgeting to look behind the curtain– both ‘sides’ of the game was oodles of fun! In fact, as I muse back into memory land, I wonder why the hell we still don’t play it now. Hmmm, maybe they do on those mythical and curious murder mystery weekends! You never know, it’s possible that the land of Narnia really does exist at the back of the wardrobe!
And so it strikes me that any kind of creative practice has echoes of this innocent game. We are seeking the hidden treasures that lie with baited breath just below the surface of the ocean we dive into. Whether through yoga, conscious dance, meditation, art-making, journaling, we are seeking the connection to source, and the threads of succulent spirit’s weaving into and through our life itself. The intention is always for clarity, wisdom, to learn, know, grow and receive: and ultimately into expansion of our fullest potential.
We have hidden our beauty, and locked away the greatest gifts we can offer to the world: the expression of our unique self. Maybe we are shy, self-conscious and feel that what we have to show is not ‘enough’. Perhaps what we expose feels just that, too exposing and makes us feel vulnerable. Ancient voices may mock our efforts, the words “who am I to be so bold!?’’ scurry away the seeds of our creative breath. And yet, somewhere, deep within, the true whispers of the beloved brush away these thoughts and beg us to ‘seek’ all that shines in the reservoir of the soul. To hide our offerings is selfish; the world needs these raw outbursts, reminders of what it is to be a human being.
So, what do we need, warrioress spirits that we are, to brave the journey and follow our heartfelt quest to create, and feel and seek all that is hidden? I believe, dear folk, that we need the key ingredients that we used long long ago:
A desire to play; a sense of curiosity; patience; commitment; paying attention; listening and feeling; heightened senses; a willingness to engage; stepping into mystery and magic; and the pure heart of innocence!
These are the tools I carry with me, in my sequined snake patterned bag, as I take my place in the grown-up game of a living, dancing, skipping and full creative life, and with a deep breath shout to the glow of the fullest moon ‘’ready or not, here I come!!’’
Heidi Chadwick offers ‘alchemy of the arts’ events, workshops and retreats, currently in England (though seeking the courage to dare to step over that island’s edge!). Using yoga and bodywork, as well as the creative arts, she seeks to reclaim the alchemist that hides within us all. A yoga teacher for 13 years, and an artist ever since she can recall, Heidi dances these practices together in a silvery web of potent medicine for the body, heart, mind and soul. Her musings on life as an urban yogini can be found at alchemyofthearts.blogspot.com. Please feel free to stop by and expand those connective threads of love, life and the creative spirit.