Face Your Fears: How to Express Your Shadow Side in Art.

Creativity does not just have to be bright rainbows, glitter, and happiness. Although, if that is your message, then that is fine. Brightness in art and human connection tends to eclipse the darkside. That is why the moon usually has only one day in it. Either way, We must address our dark side. We are dual beings. Beings that are light, angelic, and harmonious. But we are also dark, beastly, and chaotic. We are the light and the dark. We are a little bit of human, angel, and animal.

Our fears, our worries, our anxieties, our skepticism, cynicism, lower frequency ego driven traits are also apart of us. The Yucky side. And something that I have noticed is that our fears can become us if we do not address them. If we do not face them.

So why not face them through art?  Why not face the dark side of creativity?

Face your Fears.

To start, all those lower emotions are choking up your creativity. They are choking up your heart. Your divinity. Your vision. Your true potential and all that mumbo jumbo. It seems like a broken record for me to say "face your fears", right? I mean that's what A LOT of the Internet/Self Help Books are telling ya, but it is true! Facing & Expressing our Fears is the hugest part of conquering them.

So how do we express them?

First and foremost, we need to acknowledge our fear. We feel scared. We feel worried. We feel anxiety about the future. We feel depressed because how we feel on the inside doesn't match the outside. What emotion is driving you to self destruct?

Then you own it. You are in control of your life. You didn't get to this point without some action. You didn't get there because someone did it to you. You can't blame anyone else for the fear you are feeling. You have to own it.

Guilt//Shame < Humility// Compassion

Then once you own it. Give yourself some compassion. Love on yourself. Accept yourself. Maybe you are feeling undesirable, maybe you are feeling like you can never reach a goal. Whatever it is. It's just your ego, your shadow being more powerful than your light. So, take back that responsibility. Say to yourself, I love myself. I can do this. I am a magical empowering human being and I will conquer these dumbo mumbo emotions!

Then the Last Step, EXPRESS IT

Take Charge to Let it Out. Speak, Write, Move Your Body, Yell, EFT Tap, Write out Your New Moon Affirmations, or whatever it is that allows you to express your fear. Let that emotion move through you by expressing it through those creative projects. Whenever we are moving through our emotions, we are addressing them, not repressing them and that is when we can let it go!

For me, I am expressing my fears through my most recent project. I am working on animal paintings that represent our ancestral partners. Our human connection with our furry, scaly, and wild companions. We humanize our pets. Humanize our Predators. The zoological aspect of spirituality sees animals as a merely a metaphor. We don't define them as a living creature that is present on this Earth. We use them as a tool for self exploration. In the presence of the most dangerous animals of the world, we look at them and paint them in bright colors and call them our spirit animals. Many people choose their spirit animals to be that of a predator. Which, makes me question if we see ourselves in the same lens. As the most dangerous animals on the planet. It makes me question why we are putting clothes on our pets for pictures and if we are moving towards a closer world where even animals have forgotten their wild attitude.

It's scary to think about. Leaving my daughter with a world that is detached from our planet- animals and humans alike. It's a scary thought to think that we are not helping our animals, but merely catering to our dystopia.

I want to express our wild beings. I want to express our wild calling. I want to remind each of us that we are not detached from mother nature at all, but connected.

Expressing my fears is turning into a beautiful and desirable art project. I am letting go my attachment to those fears. I am delving into them and calling action to what they are. I will share this project more than likely at my next art show. I am excited, empowered, and feel as if the light is stronger than the dark. Basically, I am a glittery beary unicorn-liger octomom ready to launch ! And you know, you can make any emotion that you need to work through a creative mission statement too.

So what are you working through with your expression? What do you need to let go? You can do it.

Wildly,

Mel

Why Letting Go on the Full Moon is the Key to Creativity

Why Letting Go on the Full Moon is the key to Creativity_Mel Bikowski

Happy Friday, Everyone! Did you feel that Full Harvest Moon last night? 

Letting go on the Full Moon can be a challenge. It can be intimidating and challenging to enter a state of self awareness. It can be scary to find out that we are all connected and we are not as unique as we think we are. It can be EVEN scarier to realize that our problems aren't unique and there are thousands among thousands of people out there that are dealing with the same energy shifts that you might be feeling.

I feel you. It's scary as hell! But something I realized is, it is also empowering. You are not ALONE in this world. You are not alone EVER. And that is why I worship the rituals of Nature. Because it reminds me that these challenges, these new shifts, these obstacles are just cycles within our society collectively that we are all healing. Understanding the cycles also helps me clear up any and all emotions, thoughts, situations, or issues that might be removing me from my connection with the things that are most important to me which is creativity, connection, and family.

 

These Rituals bring me CLOSER to my true intentions and source. It connects my light and darkness. It allows me to be ME through and through!

The Ritual Process goes:

  1. Open my Full Moon Journal
  2. Check out The Energy of the Full Moon- some good places are Chani Nicholas or Hoodwitch if you need some assistance on this!
  3. Set an Intention about what I am releasing or illuminating that applies to this moon
  4. Reflect on my goals, my life, and make sure that everything within is in alignment with me.
  5. Release it- if that means dance it out, write it down, lash out paint on a canvas, or just clean my house- Vibes Be Gone!
  6. Do a Tarot Reading- Write down my self awareness, my creative goals, and connect with my spiritual guides through the cards.
  7. Share my knowledge with the community

So What Am I letting go on This Full Moon?

This past couple of weeks, I have started my last semester of school (for now) and I find myself in one of the most turbulent semesters that I have EVER experienced. It's distracted me from community, family, and creativity. It has made me feel somewhat destructive and angry and most of all stressed out! (yikes!)

So, here comes the full moon- time for journaling, tarot, and addressing my own problems. But not just my own, I needed to be social and face the community! I host Full Moon Workshops once a month in my studio and I was feeling a sense of chaos and forcefulness in my soul. I am so excited to host these workshops for everyone that it was KILLING me to not put my full attention to it. My Tiger is so close to being unleashed on all things that don't let me do what I want!!!!!!

So here we are, Full Moon in Aries.

The Full Moon for me is a ceremony to celebrate beginnings and ends. To address goals that we can illuminate and goals that we can end. I realized this full moon that I want more time for Family, School, and Creativity that I am going to put a pause on these workshops until Next year when I have graduated and have so much more time for the community.

On top of that, I have so much creative juices ready to explode on the canvas that I truly need to find more time for my Shaman Creative Thesis.

And letting go of these workshops for the year of 2017 is giving me space to shine on what matters most to me. It is also showed me how boldy and brightly and independent I am. It feels good to say that I am not honoring myself and it feels good to be heard.

This space will allow my art to grow, my school, and my family. I can't wait!

I have more space for creativity. I have more space to be myself.

But let me just say that last night at our workshop at Olly Olly. We had one of the best meditations that we have ever had. The support and vibrations from the community that we have built at Olly Olly through these workshops is amazing and I want to thank each and every one of you for supporting me on letting me pause and take some time for myself. I really look forward to coming back in full swing to help you all out and continue sharing how applicable, pratical, and mindful Astrology and Meditation can be used as a tool to ignite our creative Fires.

Love you all lots.

Wildly,

Mel

 

My secret to creativity is silence

Mel Bikowski Silence

Happy Friday, everyone! What's your secret to your creativity? Mine is Silence.

A number of years ago, I can say that I was heartbroken, creatively broken, distracted, and confused. I lived in a perspective where I felt like everything around me was an attack on my personal life. I was a victim to my own circumstances. My life, my poetry, my artwork, personal, and professional life took hits from my perspective. I was allowing everything I was upset about to consume my energy and that left no time for creativity. I was at war with myself even though, I remained pretty positive, sparkly, and most days cheery.

Then one midnight on the beach- it hit me. Silence. A quiet stillness that I had been chasing after for sometime.  I could feel the salt on the air- the magic of the stars- the calm rhythm of the ocean as I submerged into seeing the good parts of life. I saw how I was looking at all the bad parts that are apart of my life and allowing them to consume my energy and even though I sent out love into the universe, I was missing it for myself. I realized that the world was filled with triggers to allow me to grow into my higher self. Using reality as an experience for lessons.

 

Art Print- Flower Magic- Mel Bikowski

 So, I switched my perspective from broken to saying I am just growing and healing.

The growing and healing path is a long road. It can reveal massive amounts of trigger, pain, and situations where we need to remember that compassion, total forgiveness, and staying focused on our own flow is the number one priority. Everyone is working towards living a life that is closer to our own higher vibration. So for me, I turned to meditation. Meditation isn't just about calming our nerves.

Meditation and Yoga for me show that reality isn't what happens to me, but instead a tool for understanding where I am in my growth. I make reality. Not the other way around. It showed me that there is a flow in this world- a large flow and a personal flow and in order to follow that flow- I need silence.

Silence helps me Approach my Vision.

I cannot hear what is in store for me creatively, personally, or professionally if my mind is screaming at me. I cannot hear what is in store for me if I am covering it up with the loudness of lectures, music, or constant busy-ness on Social Media. We are a Busy Organism. We can get completely distracted from our higher vision.

And your creativity will show it. One day you will be writing a poem about your personal experience and you'll read something on your news feed that reminds you of something else and then all of a sudden you're writing something completely different. Your energy is scattered. You are not honoring  your vision.

And you know what, it's okay to not honor that vision every now and again, but we were put on this Earth to learn the lessons we need to learn and GROW. If you are distracted, uncomfortable, triggered, now is the time to SWITCH.

Don't let anything rob you from your vision.

At least for me, I will sit down and meditate. Do some Yoga. Not create for a Month. Honor my vision by not honoring my distractions. And I will return to my own flow.

Right now- my favorite Yoga Flow is Yoga with Adrienne- Check it out. I am working with silence, yoga, and not creating because I am making the switch. I am going back to the drawing board and creating a new thesis/series of works. I am writing poetry,again.

& friends, I'll be damned if I honor distraction while swimming in the sparkle lake of higher vibrations.

So- Happy Friday, everyone. I will end this with a deep thought- What is triggering you? What's distracting you from the reality of your dreams? What creative project is calling to you from the depths of your belly?

Let's Honor our Visions, together.

Wildly,

Mel