Elemental Being: Spirit

“Earth our bodies, Water our blood, Air our breath, and Fire our Spirit”.  Each 4th Saturday of the month from April through August, we will explore our relationship to a specific element and how it connects us to our Selves, all that is around us, and the Divine.  Using creativity, intuitive experiences, ritual, sound baths, and guided visualizations, I will guide each participant to a deeper understanding of life as a Divine Elemental Be-ing having a human experience.

In this session, we will call on Spirit.  Spirit (Ether) is the symbol of the present in all things, the changeless, space, connection, joy, balance, harmony, soul, and union. Connect to Divine Feminine energy found in the Lady and Queen- empowering and loving.  Connect to the Mystery and the Void.  But most of all, connect with your Divine Elemental Self.

Register by calling Radiance at 717-290-1517.  Call for price (save by registering for all 5 events in advance!)

Cost includes all art supplies and materials.  Bring a lunch, a journal, and a small object/picture to represent your connection to the element for our monthly altar.  Dress comfortably (slippers welcome!!).

Elemental Being: Earth

“Earth our bodies, Water our blood, Air our breath, and Fire our Spirit”.  Each 4th Saturday of the month from April through August, we will explore our relationship to a specific element and how it connects us to our Selves, all that is around us, and the Divine.  Using creativity, intuitive experiences, ritual, sound baths, and guided visualizations, I will guide each participant to a deeper understanding of life as a Divine Elemental Be-ing having a human experience.

In this session, we will call on the element of Earth for Wisdom.  Earth is the symbol of abundance, manifestation, groundedness, growth, the ancestors, fertility, and connection. Connect to Divine Feminine energy found in the Wise Woman (Crone), Gaia, Demeter, Persephone, and Rhiannon.  Connect to cow, bull, horse, bear, ant, and other beings of the earth.  But most of all, connect with your Divine Elemental Self.

Register by calling Radiance at 717-290-1517.  Call for price (save by registering for all 5 events in advance!)

Cost includes all art supplies and materials.  Bring a lunch, a journal, and a small object/picture to represent your connection to the element for our monthly altar.  Dress comfortably (slippers welcome!!).

Journey of Young Women: for Girls Ages 8-12

Imagine a world where your daughter has personal power, sovereignty over her own body, a broad understanding of beauty that includes her, the confidence to trust her intuition, healthy relationships and healthy boundaries, and a connection to the natural world around her.  Susan Korsnick, Journey of Young Women coach and teacher with over 20 years of experience, offers this 3-day “retreat” for girls ages 8-12 at the magical, award-winning Moonstone Manor.  All activities and experiences engage the head, heart, hands, and spirit.  It is a total wellness experience.  Early registration is highly encouraged so Susan can have time to meet with families to share the itinerary, complete forms, and answer questions.  Susan has all of the necessary training and certificates, including First Aid and Mandated/Permissive Reporting in Pennsylvania.

Journey of Young Women “retreat” is 10am-4pm daily.

$425 cost includes all materials, lunch daily, snacks, and beverages.  Register at Brown Paper Tickets.

Elemental Being: Water

“Earth our bodies, Water our blood, Air our breath, and Fire our Spirit”.  Each 4th Saturday of the month from April through August, we will explore our relationship to a specific element and how it connects us to our Selves, all that is around us, and the Divine.  Using creativity, intuitive experiences, ritual, sound baths, and guided visualizations, I will guide each participant to a deeper understanding of life as a Divine Elemental Be-ing having a human experience.

In this session, we will call on the element of Water for Trust.  Water is the symbol of the emotions, twilight, receptivity, dreaming, synchronicity, the cleansing, healing, purification, and compassion.  Connect to Divine Feminine energy found in rivers, oceans, and all bodies of water.  Connect to whale, seal, frog, swan, dolphin, and other water beings.  But most of all, connect with your Divine Elemental Self.

Register by calling Radiance at 717-290-1517.  Call for price (save by registering for all 5 events in advance!)

Cost includes all art supplies and materials.  Bring a lunch, a journal, and a small object/picture to represent your connection to the element for our monthly altar.  Dress comfortably (slippers welcome!!).

Elemental Being: Fire

“Earth our bodies, Water our blood, Air our breath, and Fire our Spirit”.  Each 4th Saturday of the month from April through August, we will explore our relationship to a specific element and how it connects us to our Selves, all that is around us, and the Divine.  Using creativity, intuitive experiences, ritual, sound baths, and guided visualizations, I will guide each participant to a deeper understanding of life as a Divine Elemental Be-ing having a human experience.

In this session, we will call on the element of Fire for Passion.  Fire is the symbol of creativity, the will, love, sexuality, strength, courage, action, and power.  Connect to Divine Feminine energy represented by goddesses of the sun, volcanoes, ritual fire, hearth fire, creation, and destruction.  Connect to the energy of phoenix, dragon, snake, coyote, and fox.  But most of all, connect with your Divine Elemental Self.

Register by calling Radiance at 717-290-1517.  Call for price (save by registering for all 5 events in advance!)

Cost includes all art supplies and materials.  Bring a lunch, a journal, and a small object/picture to represent your connection to the element for our monthly altar.  Dress comfortably (slippers welcome!!).

Elemental Being: Air

“Earth our bodies, Water our blood, Air our breath, and Fire our Spirit”.  Each 4th Saturday of the month from April through August, we will explore our relationship to a specific element and how it connects us to our Selves, all that is around us, and the Divine.  Using creativity, intuitive experiences, ritual, sound baths, and guided visualizations, I will guide each participant to a deeper understanding of life as a Divine Elemental Be-ing having a human experience.

In this session, we will call on the element of Air for Clarity.  Air is the symbol of the intellect, imagination, birth, rebirth, freedom, and the breath of life.  Connect to Divine Feminine energy found in sky, the dawn, rainbows, springtime, and youth.  Connect to winged beings honored by ancient cultures.  But most of all, connect with your Divine Elemental Self.

Register by calling Radiance at 717-290-1517.  Call for price (save by registering for all 5 events in advance!)

Cost includes all art supplies and materials.  Bring a lunch, a journal, and a small object/picture to represent your connection to the element for our monthly altar.  Dress comfortably (slippers welcome!!).

Come Home to Your Self

The Message I Needed to Hear

Late last spring, I received a one-word message from my intuition, “Home”.   After a busy year of teaching, two consecutive summers of work-related traveling, and the end of a significant relationship, this was a welcome word that I took literally.  I stayed home to create art, take care of my house and pets, and tend my garden.  To keep this story short, what I got for my effort was bare skin covered with ant bites and a bee sting on my lip that caused significant swelling.  “I stayed home for this?!”, I complained out loud.  And just as clear as that one word message I received in the spring, I heard, “Come home to your Self.”  Actually, I think I heard, “Duh, Suz!  Home means come home to your Self.”  The Universe has a sense of humor!

What did it mean?  Start doing things differently.  Like what?  (I was full of questions but unaware that I was full of the answers, too, if I would only listen.)

At first, I felt stuck.  I heard that “when one door closes, another opens.”  But, I didn’t see any open doors, sun-filled windows, or light through a keyhole beckoning me.  I was facing the wrong direction.  I was focused on what I didn’t want and what wasn’t working.

The Choice

There were two choices- stand still and stay stuck or take a step.  It sounds a bit flippant and oh-so easy but it’s not.  It takes a lot of courage to take the first step in the direction you want to go.  You don’t have to run or even walk… just take one small step and it will guide the next step.

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. 

Tiptoe if you must, but… take the step!” 

Naeem Calaway

Journey of Love

I realized that coming home to my Self is a Journey of Love.  Whoa, hold on just a minute!  Isn’t it selfish to put my Self first?  Absolutely not!  How can I offer anyone else a drink from an empty cup?  I had to fill my chalice first.  I had to be “Self-Full”.  Keep in mind, I said this is a “journey”, not a destination.  It meant reprioritizing.  Making space.  Saying “No thank you” to things I didn’t want to do.  Taking care of my body, mind, and spirit.  Having fun.  Reconnecting with people I love.  Doing less so I could be more present.  It meant loving, accepting, and respecting myself.  It meant having the courage to be authentic… and visible.

Home Means…

  • I choose Love over fear.
  • I express gratitude for all the treasures in my life.
  • I focus on what I want with greater clarity and intention.
  • I use my creativity as a portal to connect me to my inner wisdom (intuition, highest self…).
  • I allow my inner wisdom to guide my choices.
  • I follow “YES”.  Even if it’s a baby step, I take the step.
  • I release, with loving kindness, what no longer serves.
  • I connect to the Divine energy in all that is seen and unseen- the Divine within me, too.
  • I trust the Mystery- relinquishing the desire to control outcomes so the real magic can happen!
  • I accept myself for being human…a perfectly imperfect human being.

Come Home to Your Self is a Journey of Love… it begins with one brave step!

When we can love ourselves and have the confidence to show up authentically,

our example gives those around us permission to do the same.

My Calendar of Events lists upcoming workshops and retreats where I guide people on the journey back to Self through creativity, intuitive experiences, ceremony, visualizations, and more.

 

 

Dover Health & Wellness Fair

At 11:40am, I will be speaking on the topic of Creativity Reduces Stress.  Speaking from experience, I can share the benefits of how an intuitive, creative practice has provided balance, enhanced self-worth & empowerment, & connected me to my inner wisdom.  The techniques I use can help you “Come Home to Your Self”.

Awaken Your Authentic Self

Transformation

How do we find and maintain balance?  Part of us is logical when we long to return to our intuitive selves, our inner wisdom.  Part of us is busy “doing” when we want to be fully present in the moment.  I hold sacred space at the captivating Moonstone Manor for women to explore their creative, powerful, loving selves.  Nourish the part of you that longs for balance.  Reveal your intentional focus and discover ways to manifest what you truly desire.  You have everything you need.  Let’s use art, meditation, movement, a sound bath, and intuitive experiences to tap into your Inner Wise Woman.  With balance comes power.  And with power comes limitless opportunities!!

$95 cost includes supplies, lunch, and beverages.  Click on Brown Paper Tickets to register.

Rise Above

 

Feel free, empowered, and supported in the beautiful Moonstone Manor!  Experience a sound bath, guided meditation, and an intuitive painting practice- immersing yourself in sound, energy, and color.  Be guided to a place where you can courageously “Rise Above” whatever is weighing you down, holding you back, or causing you to feel stuck.  Paint your wings and give yourself permission to SOAR!

$125 cost included all supplies (except a 24×30 or 24×36 inch canvas), lunch, and beverages.  Click on Brown Paper Tickets to register.

PureWisdom

Winter Solstice is the darkest time of the year and holds the promise of the returning light.  This workshop, held at the magical Moonstone Manor, is the sacred space to connect with your Inner Wise Woman.  Identify limiting beliefs and replace them with new, expansive beliefs to guide your coming year.  Gain insight through activities such as guided visualization, intuitive art experiences, meditation, and ritual.  Creativity and intuition illuminate the path back to self.

$85  includes all supplies, lunch, and beverages.  Register on Brown Paper Tickets .

Finding Your Personal Sacred Symbol

Hand of Fatima: My Symbol for 2019

 

Finding Your Personal Sacred Symbol

Symbols hold great power and meaning.  From the earliest cave paintings to pop-culture images of peace signs and hearts, symbols speak to who we are and what matters to us.  Through guided visualizations, experiential activities to help you tap into your inner wisdom, and painting, we will relax and allow the images to flow freely.  By building layers on a canvas, we will reveal the sacred symbols that hold significance for us NOW.  No art experience needed.  Bring a journal and something to write with.

$65 includes all supplies.  Register by calling Radiance at 717-290-1517.

Balance

Several months ago, Marcy, my acutely perceptive Tarot Reader, spoke of the struggle we each have balancing our analytical, logical side with our intuitive, LOVE-centered side at different times throughout our lives.  This is especially true when we are in the midst of great change.  The masculine aspect of ourselves, associated with action, wants to DO something.  The feminine aspect of ourselves just wants to BE.

The back of Balance- Animus

Logic

Marcy used the image of a uniformed guard putting great effort into “protecting” a stone building.  He held a flag and took his job very seriously… to the point of exhaustion… not realizing that this much effort wasn’t really needed.  The guard represents my logical side- some call it the masculine, ego, thought, left brain, or animus.

The front of Balance- anima

Intuition

At the same time, in this vision, a sleek female cat-burglar was sneaking past him into the building.  She wasn’t gloating but she was definitely amused that she was able to sneak passed him undetected.  Some call her the female, Intuition, spirit, heart, right brain, or anima.

The Illusion

It’s an illusion to think each, acting alone, will be beneficial.  They both need to stop their “game playing”, truly SEE each other, and know that when they unite, they will be able to fulfill their true purpose- provide balance.

Marcy saw the cat-burglar go outside and make the first gesture toward connection.  He wasn’t able to do it; he was too focused on his duty to guard and protect.  The guard didn’t realize that by joining forces with her, it would free them both.

She embraces him and he literally lets his guard down- weeping and awakening at the same time.  The cat-burglar, too, realizes the need for unity to fulfill their symbiotic roles.

Balance: masculine and feminine supporting one another

 

What is fascinating to me, beyond Marcy’s skill as a Tarot reader, is that this message was already coming to me loud and clear through my creative expression.

Creativity

Creativity is where I’m most comfortable letting go of expectations and outcomes, allowing my Intuition to guide the process and analysis to follow.  Intuition communicates most clearly through imagery, synchronicity, dreams, and most often my art.

Possibilities

The beings in both my sculpture and my colored pencil drawing depict the positive effect the unity of masculine and feminine energies can have when they are in harmony.

Return of the Bird Tribes

Ken Carey, in his book Return of the Bird Tribes, explains, “In a healthy state, the ego is a secondary component of identity…the Great Spirit is experienced as your primary sense of self….When your ego stops trying to do everything all by itself, and invites eternal spirit into your consciousness, your historical illusion evaporates like mist on a sunny morning.  A polarity reversal takes place in the charge of your human envelope.  The field of consciousness around you changes.  Instead of your ego dominating your sense of identity and blocking your awareness of the Great Spirit, an eternal sense of self awakens within you.  You know yourself as a projection of the Creator of all the stars in the sky.  You know yourself as one of a family of god-beings, sharing God’s Being.  You remember.  Everything is seen differently.  The world is perceived anew through the eyes of a universal awareness.  Your ego becomes your working partner, and you commence the conscious creation of a new human reality.”

Our Outer World Mirrors Our Inner World

Marcy went on to explain that our outer world mirrors our inner world. Relationships with others and our experiences inform us of the times we are living in balance and when we are not.  Balance, for me, feels like greater clarity and flow, bring to mind words like Trust, Allowing, and Surrender.  When the masculine and feminine are out of balance, I feel discord between my heart and throat chakras- the centers for love and communication.  To come back to center, I have to form a harmonious partnership between the rigid, analytical aspect that is most comfortable “DOING” and the intuitive, heart-centered aspect that finds comfort in “BEING”.

Seeking Balance

Seeking balance between Doing and Being, I treat myself with greater compassion, gentleness, and kindness.  In my Tarot reading, Marcy saw the cat-burglar make the first move toward the guard.  By holding him in her arms, she represents taking a LOVE-focused approach.

My intuitive art practice, meditation, connecting to nature, and time for dream-filled sleep entwine these two aspects of my Self.  From this place of unity, I can move forward with greater grace, serenity, confidence, and love.  That’s when I know I’m on the right path.

What do you do to bring balance between DOING and BEING?

How can your Intuition be given space to guide you more often?

When you are still and quiet, what is your heart saying to you?

 

 

Intuitive Art Journal Practice

My intuitive art journal practice awakens my authentic self and allows me to access wisdom I already possess.

 

Journal Writing Had Limits

I developed my intuitive art journal practice after years of working in written journals and traditional art journals.  For many years, I faithfully recorded my thoughts in a notebook every morning.  It was full of entries that explored the same issues and concerns, day after day after day.  I became frustrated.  I already know what weighed on my mind and made me feel like I was spinning my wheels in mud; I wanted guidance.

Interestingly, I knew the answers were within me, I just couldn’t access them this way.  I came to the conclusion that the process of writing sentences kept me in my left brain, the linear and analytical half.  This hemisphere is very helpful for planning a budget and making decisions but not so helpful when I want to get in touch with the source of my own wisdom, my intuition.

An Art Journal Was the Next Step

I turned to my art for answers.  Art journaling gave my right brain freedom to fly into areas my left brain wouldn’t dare to go.  The right hemisphere of the brain is in charge of creativity and artistic expression.  It wants to play, explore, and be adventurous.  I splashed colors on dry surfaces and watching as colors flowed into one another on wet surfaces.  Then, I grabbed spray inks, stencils, stamps, water-soluble crayons, and bits of paper to layer and create different effects.  It was fun and relaxing.  I explored colors, compositions, and subject matter that made their way into artwork I exhibited and sold.

Like a written journal, an art journal has a purpose and I value it when my intention is to experiment and discover.   But there was still an aspect of myself that hungered for something more.  I longed to integrate my artistic side  and my logical side in a way that honored my uniqueness and opened me to deeper inner knowing.

Intuitive Art Journal Practice

My intuitive art journal practice is one way I awaken my authentic self and access the wisdom I already possess.  By weaving together ritual, meditation, guided visualization, and artistic expression with what I learned from spiritual guides, artists, and writers along the way, I am able to tap into information that has always been available to me.  I just had to learn how to access it.  Intuitive art journaling is a sacred process that allows me to hear the quiet voice within.  The piece above, Accept and Love, is one example of the messages I receive when I’m open and willing to surrender to my higher Self.  In other words, I allow the process to inform me.  I become my own guide.

Do you have a practice that allows you to awaken your authentic self and receive wisdom? 

Are you interested in learning more about intuitive art journaling?             

Saying Yes Leads to the Next Yes

Transformation by Susan Korsnick
A flower blooms in it’s own time. Saying yes allows things to unfold naturally and in miraculous ways.

 

Saying Yes to the Next Right Thing

“When we aren’t sure what to do, saying ‘yes’ to the next right thing will lead to the next right thing after that.”  This is the nugget of wisdom I shared when the topic of change came up in a recent conversation.

Several days ago, I had the good fortune to spend time with some very interesting people.  As we chatted, we learned that the majority of us were in a period of change… major change… as in “New Chapter in Life” change.

An artist friend of mine shared that nugget of wisdom with me (and reminded me in the same moment of all the times in my life when this had worked) when I told her that I felt restless, like change was just over the horizon.  I couldn’t yet clearly identify it but I could sense it coming closer. I enjoy my job; I have meaningful relationships; my art is better than it’s ever been before; I love my cozy little house and yard; I’m healthy.  In fact, things are going really well.  I have an opportunity for professional growth.  There is a viable way for me to supplement my income by updating my skills at a nearby college.  There may be a new avenue for showcasing my artwork.  Each taking time, money, and commitment.  When I can’t possibly do it all, what should I do next?

That’s when she told me to “Say yes”.  Say ‘yes’ to what intuitively feels right.  Say ‘yes’ to what makes my heart sing.  Say ‘yes’ to what makes me feel more alive inside.  It’s this ‘yes’ that will inform the next ‘yes’ and the one after that.  It is the best advice I’ve ever had for finding one’s purpose and enjoying life along the way.

A True Story Where Saying Yes Made All the Difference

Close to 15 years ago, I had a similar restless feeling.  I lived in Virginia, taught school, had meaningful relationships, satisfying hobbies, and a charming circa-1918 home to call my own.  There were nature trails and the river nearby, perfect for dog walks.  I could sit on the dock and watch the moon’s reflection shimmering on the water.  One evening, I sighed deeply, recognizing a restlessness.  What did I want?  I wasn’t sure.  I just knew that I didn’t want “this” anymore.  I missed Pennsylvania and felt it calling me home.  Things were changing at work, relationships were not as satisfying in lots of ways, and Hurricane Isabel all but wiped out the forest where I loved to walk.  Doors were obviously closing.  But where was the next open door?  Hell, I’d take an open window!

Intuitively, I knew to say “yes” to what intrigued me and pulled at my heart.  I got certified to teach in Pennsylvania and put out over 40 applications to various school districts across the state.  A district made me a very generous offer, which I accepted (the next “yes”).     I put my house on the market and it sold within one hour!  Something larger than myself was at work here.  I knew I was on the right track.  Although, to be honest, the thought terrified me.  I was getting what I wished for!  The power of that is a might bit scary.  Things were falling into place so quickly.  I know from experience, that’s what happens when one starts to say “yes”.  The Universe responds.

Saying Yes Again

Once in Pennsylvania, I hired a realtor to find me a new home.  She began as the cold voice of reason but soon became the dark cloud of pessimism.  I’d have to settle for a house with old wiring or no air conditioning or no space for my dogs.  “You can’t afford the house you want”, she declared.  If she didn’t have faith or hope, she certainly couldn’t be of any help.  My instincts told me that I needed someone who believed in possibilities.  I said “yes” to the desire to hire a new realtor.

We met in her office where she showed me a website I could use to begin house-hunting.  When I found some I liked, she explained, I could contact her and she’d set up viewings.  Cross my heart, the first house she pulled up on the website made me gasp.  “That’s it.  I want to see that one!”, I declared.  She made the appointment and within a couple of hours I made an offer on the house I’m still living in- a cute rancher with modern wiring, air conditioning, a fenced yard for the dogs… and more than I ever imagined!  I didn’t know it would work out like that but that’s what happens when I say “yes”.

When I’m Not Sure

Sometimes saying yes rises confidently from me without involving heart or head.  It just is a clear and resounding “YES!!”.  At other times, it’s not so easy to hear.  I’m not so sure.  Some things I do to help when that happens…

  • Listen.  When I meditate or just sit in silence, I can more clearly hear that small soft voice inside.  “Yes” may be a loud exclamation of delight or a gentle coaxing whisper.
  • Be Still.  Stillness opens the space for possibilities.
  • Be present.  Set aside fear, doubt, and anticipated outcomes.  Stay in the moment.
  • Do what is possible then surrender the rest.  I could send out resumes.  I could get another realtor.  But then, I had to surrender and allow.

Restlessness

Julia Cameron, in her National Bestseller Walking in This World, writes “…restlessness is a good omen.  … Being alert to the possibility of change opens our ears and eyes to receive psychic signals more often and more quickly.  Irritated, restless, ready for change, we snap, ‘Goddammit!  What is it?’ when destiny knocks.  But destiny does knock, and it can be colorful and expansive if we will allow it to be.  When we are restless and our lives feel colorless, it is a clue and a cue that they are about to become colorful- if we cooperate.”

I’m going to go out on a limb here so I hope I don’t lose you, kind readers…  Julia goes on to say, “… it is my experience that when we are willing to be irrational and intuitive- even when we despise those words- we are rewarded by promptings, callings, that come to us from some mysterious and deft sources that guide and encourage us toward what might be called destiny.”

Did I lose you with talk of destiny?  I sincerely hope not!

Bottom line is that I know from experience that this is true and I must now take my own advice.  This website is a “yes” for me.  I hope that if you have stayed with me through this rather long blog post that you will continue to accompany me on this mysterious journey through my writing, my art, and/or upcoming workshops.  I look forward to traveling with you!  And I look forward to reading about your experience in the comments.  Namaste!