Soulful Living: Embodying Soul

Ah, a class focused on embodying soul—that's like embarking on a sacred pilgrimage without leaving the comfort of your own inner sanctuary. Imagine it as a 12-week sojourn through mystical landscapes, where each week is a steppingstone that brings you closer to your true, radiant self. 

Living SOUL

In this class you will explore and embody the nature of soul. Each week will introduce a new quality of soul to play with, examining an aspect or characteristic of soul as a way to internalize your soul and soul's capacity. From the soul's tendency to be playful and creative to the soul's need for depth and transformation, we will walk week by week through a year of soul, culminating in the application of these soul characteristics into a project of your (and your soul's) choosing. In this way, it is as if you are learning to partner with your soul to collaborate. 
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Benefits of Embodying Soul

What will you receive from this . . . 

1. **Deepened Self-Awareness**: Unearth the hidden aspects of yourself like a treasure hunter sifting through the sands of your psyche.

2. **Emotional Alchemy**: Learn to transmute emotional lead into golden wisdom, navigating feelings with both grace and clarity.

3. **Soulful Connections**: Build meaningful relationships with like-hearted souls, as if you're weaving a tapestry of spiritual family and friendship.

4. **Rootedness in Nature**: Rekindle your innate connection to the Earth, awakening your primal senses and eco-spiritual balance.

5. **Empowerment & Agency**: Gain the tools to take control of your own narrative, like an artist masterfully guiding their brush.

6. **Mind-Body Integration**: Experience the joy of being fully in your body, where the spiritual and the physical dance in harmonious union.

7. **Cultivation of Compassion**: Open your heart to deeper levels of empathy, expanding your capacity to hold both joy and sorrow.

8. **Creative Liberation**: Unleash your inner creator, whether it manifests in art, writing, dance, or whatever medium your soul sings through.

9. **Clarity of Purpose**: Through soul-based exploration, unveil the deeper meaning and mission of your life, like a lighthouse guiding ships through fog.

10. **Holistic Wellness**: Balance the energies within to manifest health and vitality, as if your body were a garden coming into full bloom.

Additional benefits for your journey

11. **Enhanced Intuition**: Develop your "sixth sense," and allow it to become a trusted advisor on your life’s journey.

12. **Sacred Ritual & Practice**: Incorporate daily routines that honor the sacred in the ordinary, transforming mundane moments into spiritual epiphanies.

13. **Unlocking the Chakras**: Utilize these energy centers as a vibrant roadmap for growth, transformation, and healing.

14. **Quantum Expansion**: Explore the intersect between spirituality and cutting-edge science, expanding your awareness into new dimensions.

15. **Joyful Play**: Rediscover the joy of pure, unstructured play as a means of soulful expression and connection.

16. **Energetic Boundaries**: Learn how to protect and preserve your energy, like a guardian of your own sacred temple.

17. **Ancestral Wisdom**: Tap into the ancient knowledge imprinted in your DNA, connecting with the wisdom of those who walked before you.

18. **Global Community**: Feel your role in the greater weave of humanity, fostering a sense of global interconnectedness.

19. **Balance of the Feminine & Masculine**: Integrate both yin and yang energies within, achieving a harmonious inner union.

20. **Manifestation Skills**: Learn the art of soulful intention-setting to bring your dreams into tangible reality.

What is a chakra creativity center?

Ah, the chakras—those spinning wheels of energy that form the luminous tapestry of your inner world. Each chakra serves as a portal to a specific aspect of your life, a wellspring of creativity, a palette from which you can paint your experiences. Imagine a tree, deeply rooted in the earth, its branches stretching towards the sky. Your chakras are like that tree, linking heaven and earth, the spiritual and the physical, in a dynamic dance of creative becoming.

Let's wander through this enchanted forest of energy centers:
1. **Root Chakra (Muladhara) - Red**: Situated at the base of your spine, this chakra connects you to the Earth. It’s your foundational palette—earthy reds and grounding browns. It’s all about survival, stability, and basic human needs. When balanced, it's like having a well-prepared canvas to work on—essential for any creative endeavor.
2. **Sacral Chakra (Svadhisthana) - Orange**: Located just below your navel, this is the seat of your emotional and creative energies. Imagine vibrant oranges, sensuous flows. Here, the water of life is painted, birthing artistic pursuits, relationships, and even our sense of self-worth.
3. **Solar Plexus Chakra (Manipura) - Yellow**: Positioned around your diaphragm, this chakra is your personal sun, radiating power and will. It's where your inner fire dwells—the bold yellows and dazzling golds. When in balance, it gives you the confidence to manifest your ideas and lead your life's narrative.
4. **Heart Chakra (Anahata) - Green**: At the center of your chest lies the cradle of love and compassion. Picture lush greens and rose-tinted love. This is where your painting comes to life through relationships, not just with others, but with yourself and the world.
5. **Throat Chakra (Vishuddha) - Blue**: Located in your throat, it resonates with the sky-blue of expression and sonic creativity. Think of it as the voice that brings your internal symphony into the world, whether through speech, song, or written word.
6. **Third Eye Chakra (Ajna) - Indigo**: Nestled between your eyebrows, this chakra is the seat of intuition and inner wisdom. Envision dark indigos and the velvety night sky. This is where your imagination roams freely, and your "sixth sense" guides your brush strokes.
7. **Crown Chakra (Sahasrara) - Violet/White**: At the top of your head, it connects you to the divine and the cosmos. Picture ethereal violets and cosmic whites. This is the palette of spiritual wisdom, where you understand that your individual creativity is a part of the Divine Creativity.
In essence, each chakra is a potent center of creative energy that allows you to engage with various aspects of life in a meaningful way. They are your innate tools for painting the unfolding epic that is your life. Through the act of balancing these chakras, you cultivate a harmonious inner environment, where each shade and hue can express itself fully, creating a complete and vibrant painting of your existence. 🎨🌈🌳

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Getting to know Heather and the PATH
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Is this path for you?

This is a path for people who seek a deeper understanding and reimagining of soul and an embodied relationship with their own soul. Do you want to connect with the essence, nature, calling, and gift of your unique soul? The soul's nature is to connect and unite, connecting us with the soul in the world and all life. At its heart, this is a path for people who want a more soulful life.

"Tread the path that makes your soul sing." Michelle O’Brien 

Organic Weekly Growth

Each Week: New Theme or Chakra 🌓💃🕺
🌿 Introduction and Orientation🌿
🎶 Activity: Step by Step, Supplies & More
 🌟 Teaching: 6 Repeating Topics Each Week
🌕 Meditation: Written as well as Audio File
💖 Affirmation: Written for you to Claim
🌱 Contemplation: Core Topic for Reflection
👫 Partner Practice: Mirroring & Sharing
🌳 Closing Thoughts in Transition:🌞🌚🌿

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Daily Content (approx. 1 page)

 Follows a pattern to help guide you with:
- Creativity related to the Topic
- Introduction to Teaching
- Theme (Soul, Chakra. . .) related to Soul
- How to ID Center Imbalances for Healing
- Traditional & Cultural Roots
- Archetypal Examples and Embodiment

Why should I take this course?

Embarking on this class is like stepping into a secret garden of soulful discovery. Whether you’re a seasoned traveler of inner realms or a curious newcomer, you’ll leave this journey with a treasure chest full of jewels that will enrich your life in ways you’ve yet to imagine. 🌿🌌🎨.


What are people saying . . .

This coursework is deep psycho-active or soul activating creativity. It is often described as life changing, offering the gift of getting to know your soul and yourself. It is not easy, but it is profoundly rewarding and life affirming, touching upon the core of who you are and why you are here. At its foundation this path leads to your soul and a union with your true Self.
Its beautiful the language that you use. . . I really feel that you have made such a huge contribution to our souls, to our artistic creative selves. . . You have come in and created a furthering of neuropathways and pathways for us to look at the artist, the archetypal artist, and give us a place where we can have soul. I have great appreciation for what you have done with your dissertation. I would like to have a lot more Jungian work like this.
Fanny Brewster, MFA, PhD, analyst, artist, educator,, and author
Heather is a masterful educator on how to heal and grow through art. Her presence is open, kind, wise and playful. She is skilled at creating an amazing and safe container for individuals to explore, go deep and have meaningful transformative experiences while guided by her. Her engagement with nature as a vessel for her work is powerful. Embarking on a journey of personal growth with her guidance will be blessing in your life.
Mary Gibbons, MD, physician, policy maker, educator, and facilitator
Heather is an exceptional teacher and group facilitator, as well as a beautifully soulful artist and person. She is gifted in leading persons in learning how art evokes the soul while also guiding them into creative exploration of their own inner images. Heather's depth and breadth of knowledge on Jung's Red Book is rare and is complimented by a graceful adeptness at teaching others how to journey into the spiral of their own depths through art and creativity.
Fanny Brewster, MFA, PhD, analyst, artist, educator,, and author
Heather clearly brought scholarship and art together to achieve a transcendent function in a really beautiful way.
Jennifer Leigh Selig, PhD, educator, speaker, and award-winning co-author of Deep Creativity
You and the work you are doing are an inspiration.
Susan Rowland, PhD, educator, speaker, and co-author of Jungian Arts-Based Research
Heather is a creative genius, making artists feel safe to explore and create.
Victoria Christiansen, MFA, MSW, therapist and award-winning author of Feminine Mysticism in Art

Heather Taylor-Zimmerman, PhD

Following in the soul's footsteps

Heather is excited by the soul's ability to transform our lives and ourselves. Through years of self and soul-directed exploration, she has explored how to work and play with the soul's nature to transform our nature. In connecting to and embodying our soul's nature we connect to the natural world and the nature of the soul which is life itself. While she has a doctoral degree in psychological (a study of psyche or soul) and decades of experience in diverse spiritual traditions, Heather is the most excited about soul as a lived experience. This is a living experiential path that combines eco, art and play therapy in soulfully simple teachings that are embodied, playful, practical, creative, magical, simple, and natural.

Deep Dive into Soul

Following the soul in the world.

"I got into the dark, and I groped along my path. That path led inward and downward. I found the right way and it led me to you, to my soul. C G Jung
Just as Jung began by calling out and pursuing his soul, you begin by seeking and calling out to your soul to answer their call. This is a path lead by your soul. It is the soul you follow and only you can connect to your soul (You). The Soul of Creativity is about realizing your Self (whole or ensouled) potential through the qualities and guidance of the soul. 
This path has the power to transform your life and the world because the soul IS LIFE. While we may feel alone, we walk side by side in the darkness on the path with our soul

What is your soul's call?

"Every human life contains a potential, if that potential is not fulfilled, then that life was wasted." This is a call to the rhizome that holds your purpose. What is your deep calling and gift? In a very real way we are each a bulb or seed planted in the rich soil of the garden of our life and all LIFE. The world needs us to tend the world soul and offer our gift, to GROW.

This is a path that embodies soul

Each week you will walk on stepping stones that connect your nature to the creative nature of the soul, moving closer to the Self. These steps are patterned with a video to watch, an animated visual text and a downloadable interactive worksheet with prompts to guide you. An audio transcript is also included from the talk, so that you can activate your imagination in different ways and work and play with the holistic whole brain and body learning of the soul. 

Follow your soul.

As you walk  this path you open to the symbolic guidance of your soul through synchronicity, dreams, and visions. Your lesson will "show up" to help guide and initiate you into a relationship of greater intimacy. You are not alone.
"The dark night of the soul comes just before revelation." C G Jung

Creating a container

You are held in 3 containers: by yourself, with a partner, and in a group.

Container of 1

By yourself

You travel alone.

Container of 2 or 3

With a partner

You create a partnership.

Group Container

In a group

You join a group.

Information & Orientation before Integration

Before we embark on a journey of soul embodiment, up the chakra road, we will explore the creative chakra centers.

Living your Anima-l Soul

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Creating with the Chakras

Outstanding Video, Activities, Lessons, and Quizzes.

Healing Embodied Shadow

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Reclaiming Body Power

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Course structure

Over 12 weeks you explore and embody archetypal soul qualities as a way to know your own soul's nature, essence, power, gift, and call. From creating a container to a short history of soul, you embark on a vision quest of soul.

Week 1. Sacred Soil

Foundation of the Soul

- **Activity**: Create a personal altar 
- **Teaching**: The concept of the 'soul' in depth psychology and ancient traditions.
- **Meditation**: Grounding Earth energy.
- **Affirmation**: "I am grounded in the essence of my soul."
- **Contemplation**: What makes you feel connected to your soul?
- **Partner Practice**: Share your altar and its significance with a partner.

Week 2. Soul-Compass

Aligning with True North

- **Activity**: Craft a soul vision board.
- **Teaching**: Intention and alignment.
- **Meditation**: Focus on the Third Eye for inner guidance and vision
- **Affirmation**: "I am guided by the wisdom within."
- **Contemplation**: What is your True North and how can you find it?
- **Partner Practice**: Exchange thoughts on how you find direction in life.

Week 3: The Root Chakra

Foundation & Security

 - **Activity**: Earth Art Animal Spirit.

- **Teaching**: The Root Chakra and its role in soul embodiment.
- **Meditation**: Grounding and balancing the Root Chakra.
- **Affirmation**: "I am safe. Grounded."
- **Contemplation**: What brings you a sense of security?
- **Partner Practice**: Share your Earth Art and how it grounds you.

Week 4: Feeling Flow

Release a River of Emotions

- **Activity**: Journaling emotion flow. 
- **Teaching**: Emotional intelligence and soul growth.
- **Meditation**: Mindful emotions.
- **Affirmation**: "I allow myself to feel, therefore I heal."
- **Contemplation**: What emotions do you resist and why?
- **Partner Practice**: Discuss the cathartic power of emotional release.

Week 5: Inner Fire 

 Passion & Transformation

- **Activity**: Fire ceremony.

- **Teaching**: The role of desire and passion in soul embodiment.
- **Meditation**: Igniting the inner flame.
- **Affirmation**: "I fuel by passions."
- **Contemplation**: What sets your soul on fire?
- **Partner Practice**: Share your fire ceremony experience and its symbolic meaning.

Week 6: Air of Thought

 Mindfulness & Clarity

- **Activity**: Wind chime or prayer flag.
- **Teaching**: Mindfulness and its role in clear thinking.
- **Meditation**: Mindfulness meditation.
- **Affirmation**: "My mind is a clear sky."
- **Contemplation**: How do your thoughts affect your soul's path?
- **Partner Practice**: Share the symbolism behind your wind chime or prayer flag.

Week 7: Heart’s Garden

 Love & Compassion

- **Activity**: Create a gratitude jar.
- **Teaching**: The Heart Chakra and its role in love and compassion.
- **Meditation**: Heart-opening meditation.
- **Affirmation**: "Love is the essence of my being."
- **Contemplation**: Who or what fills your heart with gratitude?
- **Partner Practice**: Exchange one thing you're grateful for and explore its deeper meaning.

Week 8: Speaking Soul

 Authentic Communication

- **Activity**: Soulful conversation circles.
- **Teaching**: Throat Chakra and the power of authentic communication.
- **Meditation**: Listening and speaking from the heart.
- **Affirmation**: "My voice resonates with the truth of my soul."
- **Contemplation**: What has held you back from authentic expression?
- **Partner Practice**: Practice active listening and soulful expression.

Week 9: The Third Eye 

Intuition & Wisdom

- **Activity**: Intuitive art session.
- **Teaching**: The Third Eye and its role in intuitive wisdom.
- **Meditation**: Intuitive meditation for insight.
- **Affirmation**: "I trust the wisdom within."
- **Contemplation**: When have you ignored your intuition?
- **Partner Practice**: Share your intuitive art and decode its symbolism.

Week 10: Crown Soul 

Unity & Spiritual Connection

 - **Activity**: Create a cosmic mandala.

- **Teaching**: The Crown Chakra and its role in spiritual unity and community.
- **Meditation**: Union with the universe.
- **Affirmation**: "I am one with the all"
- **Contemplation**: What is your concept of unity or oneness?
- **Partner Practice**: Share your part of the mandala and its relation to your spiritual beliefs.

Week 11: Embody Union

 Feminine & Masculine

- **Activity**: Dance meditation.
- **Teaching**: The balance of feminine and masculine energies embodied.
- **Meditation**: Yin-Yang meditation.
- **Affirmation**: "I honor the divine balance within me."
- **Contemplation**: How do you relate to the feminine and masculine within you?
- **Partner Practice**: Discuss how embracing duality has shaped your life.

Week 12: Soul’s Journey

Reflection & Integration

- **Activity**: Personal soul story sharing.
- **Teaching**: The importance of reflection and integration in the soul’s journey.

Coursework and play . . .

Each week content drops down for you to follow like stepping stones below.

Deep Soul  + Self Care

Soulful Living, Drop In + Circle Up

This is an individuation path that leads into isolation and community. It begins with individual course work and moves into group work. In order to grow deep together we gather in a private circle in the hive.

This year is all about soul

Each step on this journey embodies your soul. From the practical to the mystical, the mundane to the magical. As you embody the soul characteristics in general, you get in touch with your soul's unique quality. What is your soul's calling and characteristic? 

You are remembering how to be natural

More than anything you learn, this is a year of unlearning or letting go of your false self--who you feel and think you need to be but aren't really.

Visual and verbal images 

The soul speaks in images. So this path uses visual and verbal art and images.

Imagination is magical

The word image comes from imagination along with the magi for magic and magician. This is a chance to practice the magic of the soul.

This course comes with a discussion group, bi-weekly zoom, and 2 personal sessions with Heather.

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You are embracing soul power

This path teaches you how to embrace and embody your soul and soul power. You are learning who you are and how powerful you are.

A gift of soul

The end of this journey is you discovering and receiving the gift of You.