present journeys alec davis shell


What gets any of us to let go of things that are no longer serving us? The summer solstice is a great time to refocus our energies. You could take an inner inventory of how things are going for you. Recognize what's not working and what is. It could big or small. Then take the action or steps needed to release what is not supporting your growth.

I had a yearning to get back into the studio for several years. There seemed to be many obstacles in the way. (or maybe just my stories of why it was not possible) But I had a real longing to shift and let go of the things that were holding me back from where I really wanted to be.

So about a year ago I made a commitment to find some way back. It took persistence. It did not unfold in the way I had thought it would. But somewhere along my journey I began to be more open to getting clarity around what is was that I truly wanted, and then focusing on taking the steps needed to move me in that direction. In the past I’ve found myself getting side tracked by my attachment to a certain outcome or result. This time felt different, I was unwilling to repeat this previous habit. I just kept putting one foot in front of the other. Often times not knowing where it would lead but trusting my inner compass.

This week I stepped through the door and into a literal studio. Yesterday was my second day in that studio. Most of the time I was alone with my tools, clay, and the joy of finding my way back to something that so strongly resonates with me. It’s a part of how I express myself…It’s something that’s hard for me to describe, I just know it vibrates in me on some very deep level…that feeling is clearly there, even when I'm just writing about it.

What is it that gives you goose bumps, or makes the hair on your arm stand up?

When we have those tangible signs...that is your “inner” guidance system trying to make you/me aware of what might be hidden deep inside of ourselves.

What will it take to get us to listen? Why not seize the energy that the solstice offers us and take the first steps?