Ground Isn’t Sexy

by Julie Claire on June 1, 2015

For much of my life, I didn’t have a primary relationship to the ground.  I was much more interested in new ideas, being inspired, and feeling free.  I habitually focused on the next new project and moving forward.

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Ground isn’t sexy.

Focusing on being grounded used to feel too heavy, too fixed, static and serious.

But I reached a point in my life where I NEEDED to the ground.

In order for my dreams of an intuitive painting and coaching business to come true I needed to take smaller steps and to stand firmly in what I was offering.  This is still true for me.

It’s not enough for me to be inspired or on a mission.

The ground is the earth.  And the earth helps me complete ideas that were brought in by fire and wind.

My connection to the earth currently includes the river near my studio, the trees out my windows, the song of the earth as well as the dirt below my feet.

The spirit of the earth is not just “clunk”.

As you develop a deeper relationship to ground, your work begins to take on great sense of ease, your presence a great depth, height and width.

There are so many gifts to grounding in earth energy.

Being grounded:

  • Connects you to the horizon.  This connection to the horizon connects your daily small actions to your larger vision of your life, your art.  This is the territory of big dreams, small steps.
  • Helps you access your inner authority that backs your hunches, listens for your intuition.  This breeds confidence and freedom of expression, freeing you up from incessant self questioning and doubt.
  • Appears as the breath in your speaking voice that allows your words to land.  Have you ever experienced yourself rushing to speak because you didn’t think someone would listen to you if you spoke slowly
  • Brings you the strength to stand your ground and not sell yourself short.  This is the place of “I am….I am enough…I am more that enough for this situation.”|
  • Resonates as a place of belonging.  And what a satisfying feeling to feel inextricably linked to Life itself, to the natural world, to your loved ones.  What an antidote for insecurity!

With your eyes on the horizon, and your feet on the ground, what might be possible for you?

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I will never forget this one painting experience: early on, perhaps my 4th or 5th painting ever, painting with a small women’s group in my studio; I reached a point in my painting where I felt ALMOST done.

But there was something still to do. I could feel it. I was drawn towards the middle of my painting. Somehow I knew (intuitively) that I wanted to paint some white in the middle of my painting.

I could feel I wouldn’t feel complete if I didn’t– but “Oh” how I didn’t want to “ruin” it. I had put hours into this painting, playing with texture and marks and I was “liking” how it was coming together. Gulp.

Somehow, with my hand physically shaking, (I will never forget seeing my hand shake as I moved my paintbrush), without knowing exactly what I was even going to paint, I went into the middle of the painting with white on my small brush.

And I did it. My hand physically shaking but I did it.

I’m sure I was holding my breath.

But somehow, just a few strokes of white and I knew it was “enough”. I stood back and looked at my painting and realized I had not “ruined” anything. I could feel the courage in my body pulsing through, the “yes” living in me. I had made it through!

And to this day, that experience lives in me, in my body, a place of courage that I can draw on at other times. I have this painting up in my studio and this is one of the reasons. I know I can leave my comfort zone, and I know I will live through it. I immediately experienced the gift of it, and I still do.

For me, that one brush stroke of freedom makes it all worth it.

Intuitively playing with paint brings you face to face with your own courageous edges—a powerful experience of your capacity to live beyond your comfort zone and create a life with more and more moments living outside the box.

Interested? Come paint with me. 

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