Over the past several years, I have developed a deep love for floral photography. During my darkest hours, the flowers I find growing all around the city of San Francisco have often been my salvation…acting as touchstones to shift me into listening to my inner wisdom and remembering that I have a choice to not listen to the rantings of my ego. I find them in parks, gardens, San Francisco’s many sidewalk jardins, blooming on trees, peeking through fences, and even growing from cracks in the sidewalk.
Eckhart Tolle reminds us that flowers are the evolution of plants, much like our higher consciousness is the evolution of our lower consciousness. I believe that doing our personal work is the beginning of the process of showing up in life as our best selves, and in turn, we are able to create the changes we most deeply desire in the world.
Regardless of your age, you probably feel a sense that you can no longer wait to create a better life for yourself and that we as humans can no longer wait to make necessary changes to create a better world. For many of us, our personal lives are just as messy and in need of attention and overhaul as the state of the world. If we start with working on ourselves, we can improve our own lives and become empowered to change the world.
After years of struggling with feelings of insecurity, depression, anger, loneliness, disconnection and not making the contribution to the world that I desperately wanted to make, my life shifted to feeling limitless, empowered, hopeful, connected, and capable of being part of the conversation about making our world a better place. You can read more on my personal story here & here . I embraced the principles of a co-creative life.
There was no magic pill. There were lots of feel good ideas and positive thinking, and those positive thoughts and ideas were followed up by lots of hard work. Through a series of teachers, I learned the tools to, as Iyanla Vanzant says, DO MY WORK. And from doing my work, and continuing to do my work, I have discovered the secrets to living a co-creative life.
Life does not control me…I co-create every experience of my life with life.
Living A Co-Creative Life
A co-creative life is one where you embrace the power and freedom you do possess to create the life you want. A co-creative life is shifting out of feeling like life is happening to you, and realizing that it is happening through you. Indeed, there are many things happening that are beyond your control. When you embrace co-creativity, you realize that focusing on what you can’t control takes away the power you do posses.
It is not about getting around challenges or disappointments, it is about learning to transcend obstacles, be they internal or external, through your choices. Powerful obstacles do exist, as does great evil and deep suffering, but you can use your freedom to challenge ideas of the all encompassing power of evil while you create the structures needed to create a new world.