Monday, May 12, 2008

Creating in the Empty Space

To lift your spirits and boost your creativity sometimes you have to clear out some clutter, let go of worn out routines and give yourself space to breathe free. 20 minutes of meditation may do it for you or a nice nap. I took 9 glorious months!

Last summer I sent out a message, “Dare to Face the Empty Place,” ( So many of you wrote back – far more than usual. You confirmed my suspicion that a lot of us get so cluttered up in our lives sometimes that we get lost in the tangles.

There’s not a lot of support for the empty place -- no game plan, no goals! -- so I thought I’d encourage you with some of my sweet adventures from the empty place.

For 9 months, no career building, no seeking new coaching clients, scheduling workshops. I turned away work I love! That left only a few previously scheduled events with NO plans for more.

I’ve had a wonderful time. I made a bunch of money in the stock market, hung out with old and new friends. I read for sheer pleasure, swam, spent precious time with my son and his girlfriend, Sheri.

Here are my son Barnaby and me at a happy reunion with two actors from a summer theater I worked at in 1960!

We gathered at my little cabin in the mountains for my 67th birthday week. In the first photo From left to right: My dear Barnaby. Then Harry Cauley (actor/writer/director/author of the fabulous novel, "Millersburg." Then Bob Burgos actor/writer/director with a hit play running in L.A. now.

When we met Bob was 17, Harry was 28, I was 19 and Barnaby had not even been thought of yet. Amazing we all turned out just fine, given some of our adventures between then and now.

I tackled some health problems. Like 12 years of bursitis in my left hip. After an MRI, 12 weeks of physical therapy many well wishes and the healing power of Robert (Dr. Buzz) Edelburg, it healed.

Dr. Buzz took the last "BREAKOUT Weekend" in Palm Springs. He loved it. We combined his vast knowledge with what he just learned in the workshop to uncover the limiting beliefs that had blocked healing. There were plenty of them too! Amazing how hard it is to find and challenge them all by yourself. More about this to come!

Barnaby is starting a new adventure too; his new company, aims be the go-to site for everything about food. Getting hungry? Check it out!

What else filled up all that space? Bubbling over enthusiasm and then, oops I did it again! I scheduled a BREAKOUT Weekend for Palm Springs in October.

Details will go out in June. Enrollment is limited. For an early notification and advance registration opportunity let me know and I’ll put you on the list.

Plans and goals are fine and fun. But when in doubt about what to do, where to go – check out the empty place. Fill it with love and life!

To Your Spacious Success and Happiness!