By: Emma Lane Samuelson
Affirmations are such an integral part of Social Artistry and how we set intentions for ourselves. You can say them during your morning routine, while on your commute, or before you fall asleep... regardless of when and how you use them, affirmations are an amazing way to remember who you are and your connection to the one universal energy that all binds us. A couple reminders I use when creating and choosing an affirmation for myself are as follows:
1. Use positive and empowering language
2. Speak in the present tense
3. Use "I" statements rather than "You" statements
Here are some affirmations you can use in your daily life to remember your truth and the divine nature of your mind, body and soul.
Short and Sweet Affirmations
1. I am healthy, whole and complete.
2. I am a wonder of the universe.
3. I am exactly where I need to be.
4. I am letting go of my story.
5. I am divine perfection.
6. I am in the flow and I let it go.
7. I am the universe manifesting.
8. I am one with all.
9. I am a light in this world.
10. I am love.
11. I am forgiving myself for all that is done, I am stepping into my power and releasing my fear, doubt and anxiety, and I consciously decide to choose peace.
12. I am allowing the flow to take me where I am meant to be and allowing the truth to guide me in all my endeavors.
13. I am choosing to love myself in all aspects of who I am, and I embrace my talents, passions, gifts, skills and qualities.
14. I am releasing the need to control, I am releasing the need to judge, I am releasing the need to push others away, I am releasing my fear of loss.
15. I am embracing my truth and surrendering to source, I am free in heart, mind and spirit.
16. I am one with the ever expanding universe, manifesting as a beautiful, wonderful soul that is guided in this human journey by light and love.
17. I am a strong, worthy, successful human that achieves every goal that I set my mind to, and I complete all my work with passion and excitement.
18. I am connected to every living being on the planet, I give and receive love to all with every breath, motion and gaze.
19. I am beautiful, I am a divine child of the universe that is always operating through me, as me, and for me in every moment.
20. I am a part of the whole, I am a spiritual being having a human experience, and I know and believe in the power of unconditional love.
Please use an affirmation above if it speaks to you, and I encourage you to create your own affirmations and use this practice in your life!
By James Madison West
You’re ready for a change. Just like the world around you, your life is turning upside-down. It’s scary, and awe-inspiring, and it’s real. So much that seemed impossible is becoming possible – and only you can determine your purpose in our emerging world.
I came to the Social Artistry Odyssey in 2014 with a heavy heart and big dreams. I was timid with my goals. I had been asking a friend about how I might market a small performance arts community I was producing in Dallas, and after we determined that my vision for the community was pretty unclear, she suggested I attend Odyssey to level up my "artistic community leadership skills."
I returned home after Odyssey with much more than leadership skills – I felt more centered than ever before. Although I struggled to name it, I had a sense of purpose. A friend I’ve known since the 6th grade told me, “It’s like the raging storm that’s always been in you has been tamed – it’s still there, but you’re using it to your advantage.”
I have to admit that the awareness I achieved at Odyssey opened my heart to some of the most difficult experiences I’ve ever had. We live out the same old broken patterns and stories we developed from childhood traumas until we learn to break from them and live new stories. That was the price I paid for my newfound knowledge of myself -- I was living the same broken story, but now I was completely aware of it.
I have rejection issues. It took me two more years to be able to name that, and Odyssey was the call to adventure for my journey toward unprecedented self-discovery which revealed that.
Since Odyssey, I’ve learned to love myself and others more deeply than I ever imagined was possible. I’ve organized communities, changed lives through performance art, and even found peace in my career. I try not to “work” if I can help it, and instead focus on being “playful” with my obligations. Below is a photo that resulted from completing a school assignment.
The Odyssey transformed my paperback life into a space opera. I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to name my purpose, but I trust that whatever it is, I’m living it regardless of its name.
Social Artistry is a growing movement of emerging leaders that believe in the highest potential of a world that works for everyone. We, as Social Artists, are expanding and shifting our awareness to give back to the Earth and care for our environment and society in order to move forward in community. We created this blog in order to share our experiences of Social Artistry with you, grow our movement, and to give you a space to step into your highest potential.
We'd like to take this opportunity to break down some of our language, terminology and concepts for you to ponder and sit with as you breathe Social Artistry into your life.
This is Social Artistry 101.
Social Artistry™ is the art of enhancing human capacities in the light of social complexity. It seeks to bring new ways of thinking, being and doing to social challenges in the world.
Drawing upon its successes in training leaders in many countries and organizations throughout the world, Social Artistry™ brings state of the art discoveries in human capacity building to social transformation. Thus, it seeks to build a planetary society based on the principles of democracy, sustainable development, human-based needs and values, universal human rights, environmental protection, social justice, equality and the sovereignty and dignity of all peoples worldwide.
Dr. Jean Houston:
You can read all about Dr. Houston on the 'Our Team' page as well as on her website. Dr. Jean Houston began this leadership training as part of her work in the Human Potential Movement. She has allowed us as an organization and movement to grow and has given us incredible opportunities to do our work in the world. She spends an entire day with us at the Odyssey, taking us deeper and giving us more insight into our true calling. She has written various amazing books such as The Wizard of Us, The Possible Human and Mythic Life.
We often refer to different 'realms' when talking about ourselves, others, projects and our movement. Realms are different levels of the self and the collective, they break down into: sensory/physical, psychological/historical, mythic/symbolic, and unitive. By looking into and operating on these various levels, we honor our wholeness and bring our entire selves into community with others. We dive deep into these realms during the Introduction to Social Artistry.
In general terms, 'mythic' refers to something characteristic of myths or folk, or it is a reference to the past. We use mythic to describe a realm, people and situations. In the mythic, everything is significant, and in each moment we tune into that significance. Mythics as people are aware of this sacred space more often than others, and tend to reside in that realm most of the time.
This phrase was born of Jean Houston's work. 'Human capacities' refer to different levels of human function and structure: individual, organization, network, and environment. By being aware of how all these levels interact and are impacted by one another, we can tune into how we can honor our highest potential on all of these levels.
The best, most advanced, and expanded you could be. We as Social Artists believe that humans and the world have a highest potential they can reach. For example, an acorn's highest potential is an Oak tree. That potential to become an Oak tree is already within the acorn, just like our highest potential is within us right now. We tap into that and work from that space when we do our art and work in the world.
Example of Social Artistry Project:
Currently, an awesome example of a Social Artistry related project is Blooming Biodiversity. You can check our their website here: http://www.bloomingbiodiversity.solutions/
Welcome to our community blog! We are here to share our stories, our insights, and our wholeness, as well as to give you practices, meditations and daily wisdom to integrate Social Artistry into your life.
Emma Lane Samuelson