February 2008

Ways to change the world

by Leonie Dawson on February 14, 2008

Ways to change the world* Books can be our best friends, our inspirations, our wisdom jewels and our delights. They nourish us deeply. It’s time to nourish Mama Earth for providing us with all the paper in those books! Have a tree planted for every book you buy at Eco-Libris.

* Make your adventures to discover the world a healthy thing for the world too! You can make your flights carbon neutral here.

* Instead of birthday and Christmas cards or presents you feel you *should* buy for friends and family~ why not gift them with a good feeling? You can gift them with the pleasure that a third world community has just been changed by being given a business loan, animals, tools, water or education. You can gift Hope through Oxfam Unwrapped Australia, UK and American websites. Plus, it feels kinda fun to tell someone you bought them a goat for their birthday.

* Become a lender to an entrepreneur in a developing country to help them fulfill their dreams. You can become a lender to change lives through Kiva.

* Planning a wedding, and don’t know what to have as those bags of sugared almondy thingies? I say give them a little bag of seeds, and a card that says a tree has been planted and named in their honour. What a beautiful emblem of your growing love that could be!

* The energy saving version of Google: Blackle

* Become a part of a heart shaped forest at Tree Nation

Got ideas and ways to save the world? Email me and I’ll add them!

With Mama Earth love,
Leonie

Resources for Artists & Writers & Creative Goddesses

by Leonie Dawson on February 14, 2008

resourcesforartistsandwriters

Walking around in the land of creating can feel quite like an adventure hunt in a mystical, magical world. Some days it is joyous & exciting, some days it is a little overwhelming and scary. Where to go next? How? Why? When? Navigating the unknown territory is definitely a journey of the soul.

It always feels like such a gift when I find books and websites that share treasure maps and stories from the Creative Frontier.
Here are my favourite treasure maps. Blessings on your creative and soulful trail-blazing. May you birth out your Dream~Miracles into this world.

Books
The Shortest Distance between You and a Published Book by Susan Page
The SEED Handbook by Lynne Franks
The Medicine Woman’s Guide to Being in Business With Yourself by Carol Bridges
Make Your Creative Dreams Real by SARK

Printing
You can self-publish your own books, photo books and comic books using Lulu.com and Blurb.com.
For cheap, gorgeous and fun business cards, try the mini-cards from Moo.com.

Websites
Crafting for cash by Kathy Cano Murillo
Publishing your own book by SARK
Inexpensive adventures for leading an artistic life by Penelope Dullaghan
The Superhero Guide to creating a creative business by Andrea Scher

Resources I’ve created
How to create a website for your great big dream
Sacred Pricing – how to charge for your gifts and feel good about it
On Putting Yourself “Out There”

Courses
I created the six week Creative Goddess eCourse as a journey to help you discover and celebrate the Creative Goddess inside you. It’s chockablock with videos, meditations and projects to get you creatively & sacredly inspired.

~ namaste ~

by Leonie Dawson on February 11, 2008



In India, when you meet someone, you say
Namaste. When you say goodbye, farewell, enjoy your journey, you say Namaste. When you want to honour someone, when you want to say: From the God in Me, I see the God in You, you say Namaste.

I have been on a great, wonderous and wild journey in India. I’ve seen, felt, heard and experienced so many things that I am saturated with them. It is bigger, more bodacious and more fantastical than words, images, stories could possibly contain. If you wish to know what India is like, go. India is too dear to me, too crazy, too boundless and too wild for me to write one post about. I would love to one day share my Book of India with you.

It has been a spirit trip for me, and I have been blessed to learn under India, Great Teacher. This past year has been for me a search for authenticity – how can I more live my life in connection with Spirit? India reinforced this for me, and gave me the space to be who I am by rivers, in cities, searching for tigers, resting in forts on mountaintops. India gave me so much – I gave myself so much.

The day after I left, leonielife.com decided to take its own retreat as well. When I dialled in from Agra to find a blank screen, all I felt was a great sense of freedom. Finally – I felt as if I could truly live India for me. I didn’t need to try and document it for anyone else. I didn’t need to make it look beautiful or make it make sense. I just needed to be there, for me. After three years of documenting by blog my life to some extent for others, I could live my own precious, wild, strong-medicine life in the present and wholly for myself.

That felt good, and that felt true.
That felt like what I needed to do.

Even when I arrived home, my webby website would not come out of its cave. It grew fur like a mama bear, and growled softly:
Not until you hear my lesson.
She took me into her cave that smelled of earth and moss and breath, and she gave me a gift – her gift: the medicine of introspection. Of being inward-facing. Of finding true centre, true home, true north, in my own heart.
I set up gypsy camp in her cave for a while, fossicking through my jumbled bag of belongings, actions, habits. I picked up each piece, turning it over and over, whispering to it: Do you serve me? and pressing my ear against it to hear the answer. I had to empty my bag to make room for more dreams.

And so, with breath, and heartfulness, ~ I say Namaste to blogging as a form of communication for right now. I have a bigger dream of how I can share and express in this world, and more importantly, I have a bigger dream of how I wish to be.

I give thanks for all blogging has given me these past few years – for all the ways it has helped me develop as an artist and soul, the connections and inspirations it has cultivated and the possibilities this blog has dreamed awake. Now it’s time for me to live those awakened dreams.

There are books to be written and retreats to be created and art to be made and sacred space to be given in to. And most importantly, there is my own sacred, precious, beautiful life to be lived.

From time to time I will release a joy e-letter with dreams, art and happenings ~ if you would like to be on the mailing list, please email leonie (at) gmail (dot) com. I would love to see you at the retreats I will be holding, and share with you through art, books and stories of miracles come true.

Leonielife.com still points to my website, but I welcome a new domain name as my main focus – GoddessLeonie.com. For me, this feels like a small but significant shift. This isn’t about everyday leonie life now. This is about being the Goddess Leonie who I know lives inside me.

I say Namaste to each and every one of you ~ and to your own sacred, precious, beautiful life. I wish to thank you deeply for sharing in this journey, for your encouragement and inspiration. If you’d like to connect, you can reach me at the above email address.

May your life always bloom in new rainbow-light, spirit-loving and authentic-true ways.

With love of spirit and life,
Leonie