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

 

 

Nameless, An Exploration of Form Opening Reception- August 5, 2017

Nameless, An Exploration of Form-Village Gallery- Opening Reception

August 5, 2017- Lotus and I did it. From idea to manifestation, this show blossomed. Massive, explosive rainbow beam love and gratitude sent to every single person that was able to come out to the opening reception! It was a night to remember with beautiful conversation, great music, and new and old connections. I cannot thank you all enough for the massive love and support that has oozed from the community!

This colorful and vibrant show is something that Lotus and I have wanted to share with you all for some time. The mere title of the show "nameless" is a larger understanding of our own friendship, energetic connection, feelings, and desires that have been manifested through the perspective of visual artists. The emotion and inspiration that has led us to this point in both of our lives has only manifested a dialogue between ourselves, the painting, and the viewer. A conscious connection. An elicit emotional wave of beauty and harmony that resides within us all. A reminder that we are all very much connected in this life and throughout all our lives. You inspire me to create and I hope that I inspire you as well.

A special thank you to the musicians that did the opening as well. Shadow Farm is an amazing intuitive band and my husband, Darius Twin, put on an amazing set. He has intentions of posting it to his podcast, DammStr8 sometime this month, so keep a look out: here.

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I think I need to specifically send out a specific shout out to my dear collaborative friend Lotus Heartsong. Without her friendship and the magic of our connection, this show would not exist. Her presence in my life has been more than special to me and it holds a very special place in my heart to honor creation with her. Community blessings to all. I am still glowing from the reception and I am sure that Lotus is as well.

 

Nameless, An Exploration of Form will remain up for viewing from August 1-30, so if you have time and are in Fairfax, I urge you to go check it out!

Address: 3950 University Dr. Fairfax, VA 22030

 

Nameless: Opening Reception Photographs

My brother who so graciously came up from Norfolk to be there with us took my camera and snapped a few shots. Here are a few of the snapshots he took of the Opening Reception:

SPECIAL NOTE: There will be special events happening all month as well, which you can check out the list, here

Thank you most of all, the reader, the art lover, the vibes are more than felt of your sent love and support. <3

 

Reminder:

To keep up with other things that

are going on at Olly Olly, where Lotus and I both continue to journey with creative community- follow their FB page, Lotus's FB Page, or my own FB page.  I

have monthly meditations at my studio at Olly Olly every month. The next one will be a special workshop that I will be leading myself on my Wedding Anniversary, September 6th. You can find more information about the meditations in the FB group, here.

The main intention of these meditations will be to focus on the journey within. and continue to immerse ourselves into strengthening our community connections. As we approach the jewels within ourselves, I find it’s a really cool way for us all to raise the vibes of community in our NOVA area.

 

Contact me with any questions, here.

Full Moon in Sagittarius Meditation- June 9 2017

Full Moon Meditation June 9th June 9th– Full Moon in Sagittarius- Friday, 8-9pm

Thank you for coming to this Full Moon Meditation Meeting. I am grateful to know some of you well and looking forward to getting to know some of you better. This meeting of souls is meant to not only strengthen your self-love practices, but also to lengthen and deepen our connection with community, art, and love.

So, Why Meditation and Why on the Full Moon?

The beginning of the Full Moon Meditation series at my studio in Olly Olly happened on June 9th with the moon shining bright in the constellation Sagittarius. I was born under a sun sign in Sagittarius and so was my studio mate, Lotus Heartsong, so it really aligned with our intentions to start this series on this moon in a studio filled with Sagittarius Energy.

The night was packed with open connections where people met each other and established new friendships as well as reconnected with old friendships. I was able to share one of my original written meditations and did open tarot readings with everyone in the room. We spoke about our dreams, our wounds, our life, and our intentions for the gathering. I passed out flowers and I felt like we really took the time to celebrate the moon.

 

Something that I have learned over my many years of self-development is that we need a ritual and more than anything we need meditation to break free of the mind and lower frequencies. Everything that we seek in this moment should be through the heart. Meditation allows us to focus on what we can do that is past our egos and illusion. It allows us to accept our purpose and even better it gives us space to find it.

We are on this planet to connect with our self-awareness. Identify with our shifts and understand our cycles. Much like the Moon, we as humans have our own cycles. We can evolve from them and we can do that through meditation and through the ritual of gathering and celebrating on a Full Moon.

For me, I am an intuitive artist that recreates intuitive/cosmic landscapes that represent different places in my own subconscious mind. Through meditation, I have been able to travel to many places vast and far. It is one thing to travel our Earth and experience it; it is another to see the connection of our outward experiences and how they link to our inward cycles.

The Moon is a symbol of our feminine energy that is inside each and every one of us. And as I connect closer with my sacred masculine and feminine energy; I have continuous clarity. This clarity begins to allow me to integrate and break free of my own cycles and it teaches me how to understand and learn my lessons, but most of all to grow from them.

The Full Moon throughout the ages has been something to look upon. During chaos or balance, it is always been something that we as humans have realized that our emotions and our consciousness is connected to. The full moon for me is like a magnifying glass. A place every month that I can sit down and pause. What is my energy flowing towards? Does the archetype of the moon apply to what I have going on in my own life?

I am here to show you all the way to delving into a practice like this. Seeking a deeper understanding of yourself through meditation and astrological archetypes to better see the gifts that you have.

I have a few gifts myself that I have found through meditation. I am a creative, a teacher, and a challenger. I seek to understand and share my wisdom with this Earth through my purpley indigo creative ways. I hope to inspire and achieve deeper connections with my human tribe and that is why we are here. Together.

To connect with humans that are different from ourselves, but yet, still here for the same reasons. To spread love.

The next meditation will happen on July 9th with my friend and studio mate, Lotus Heartsong. Follow the Facebook Event to stay connected with news about the meditation series and follow along.

Full Moon Meditation July 9th

July 9th– Full Moon in Capricorn- Sunday, 6-7pm

A message from Ms. Heartsong:

"I am tickled to announce that this is coming together really well.. This event will be workshop style in which we connect and build energy, experience a guided meditation in following our hearts cushioned by strong psychological support systems, and ends in an optional archetype yoga sequence for positive transformation that I have just finished creating. (First ever) I want you all to leave feeling refreshed, renewed, and ready to shine under the influence of the next full moon and our positive community. Please wear comfortable clothes, bring a yoga mat if possible, and be ready to spiritually party. Love you all and have a great weekend."

Talk Show- Olly Olly- May 20, 2017

Talk Show Olly Olly Fairfax VATalk Show-Olly Olly- Opening Reception

May 20, 2017- Talk show  immersed us into a 1970's glam jam! There was gold glitter, shag carpets, and of course, beautiful art from local artists in the Fairfax Area. You can find a list of the artists on the Olly Olly Website!

Much of the artwork that was on display reminded me of the continued importance of love. The talent that oozes from the community around the Northern Virginia area is a beautiful example of support and encouragement.  My husband had been out of town, so I had thought that i might not be able to make it to the show, but Jessica Kallista, the curator of the show, urged me to come along and bring my daughter.

Talk Show Olly Olly Fairfax VA

My daughter's energy added to the energy of the show because it showed that she was included as well as myself in my role as an active Mom. The art and intellectual world is not casting out suburban mothers from the world they might of been immersed in before. I chatted with some new friends and some old friends. Cayce's best friend, Davi even came to play.

Unfortunately, Cayce's bedtime approached quickly and I did not get to stay around for the Talk Show interviews. But a lot of them are posted on the Olly Olly FB page and can be reviewed there.

It truly feeds my soul to come out of my art cave and jump into a world where community, art, and raising the vibes of our world is the focus. I felt as if this exhibit challenges the separation of the art world to the other worlds that strangely enough, I feel the art world is a bridge between. The bridge begins with exhibitions like these and I am the lucky one to have a studio here at Olly Olly.

I love that Northern Virginia is filled with such talented gems and how much Art is supported here.

Overall, it was a really nice exhibition that runs from May 20- July 8 and can still be viewed by appointment.

To keep up with other things that are going on at Olly Olly, follow their FB page. I myself am starting monthly meditations at my studio at Olly Olly on June 9th and look forward to those that attend.

The main intention of these meditations will be to focus on the journey within. We will approach the jewels of creativity that we have within ourselves. Plus, it's a really cool way for us all to raise the vibes of community in our NOVA area.

Full Moon Meditation June 9th