I paint watercolours in Alpha. I used to be negative about my work, believing I wasn't good enough to be an artist and that I wouldn't be able to sell any of my paintings. Now I have positive feelings and confidence in my ability and find these feelings reflected in my work so successfully that I sold 5 paintings in one month. With CALM I can open up and be in touch with my inner creativity.
I realise that I have my painting style – it’s here, it’s part of me – I need to go nowhere to find it and what I’m doing is worthy. I have taken giant steps towards my dream of travelling the Murray and Darling Rivers in a steam powered craft. I now own the craft and have commissioned some internal rebuilding. I found by clearly focusing, letting go, communicating and trusting – that things just happened – fast. So I’m living in the now and enjoying it.
I discovered the techniques to “change my mind”. Using and building on Sandy's mind power methods has meant that I am now in control of directing my life, and am achieving heights and goals that once I never thought possible.
For my artistic expression I use PP meditation, guided imagery and positive affirmations, and my creativity and inspiration are unbounded. Opportunities are opening up for me in so many areas.
I learned how to tap into my creative self through a very specific meditation guided by Sandy.Suddenly the room, sounds and people around me disappeared and I was alone, seeing only a part of a novel in progress that I was seriously having trouble with. That part of the plot was all spread out beneath me. My hero and heroine became alive, they "told" me what they wanted to do, how they wanted their story written. I sat up and started writing without much conscious awareness of what I was doing. I could feel it was right.
Last year I entered the Society of Women Writers Short Story Competition on a Biography or Autobiography of an Australian woman’s way of life. I wrote about my last 30 days in South Vietnam in 1968 which were traumatic to me personally.
Anyway, I was advised by phone I had been short-listed with 9 others.
For the next 10 days I imagined I could walk freely from the station (previously I had been getting a taxi once I got off the train, due to RA affecting my feet). I then imagined myself in the usually crowded room, sitting with people I wished to be with (one never knows who will be turning up when.) Listening to Judges comments, and then making my way to the rostrum to collect the award. I imagined I would be asked to read the story.
All this happened as I imagined. What I didn’t imagine or make allowances for was the emotional tears and quivering — the highs and sometimes a few lows which were quickly filled with helium to get back up there again. Oh what a feeling!
At the present time I’m short-listed for the Henry Lawson Short Story Competition.As I look at the crowded mantelpiece in our lounge room I imagine everything has disappeared into space and the bronze Henry Lawson Statue has emerged, to sit in pride of place. Best wishes and thank you.
Just thought you might like an update on my last letter so that you can ponder whether it’s G.I. or talent – but I have won the Henry Lawson Adult Short Story Award and the 30 inch statuette of Henry Lawson is sitting on the mantelpiece just as I imagined it to be. I think myself it’s a combination of G.I. + talent + I’ve given myself permission to go for it.... Best Wishes.