Your time has come.

You are so talented. You have come into this life with gifts to offer the world. You can feel the potential of the positive impact you are here to make. You feel the call to step up and be all that you are. Your time has definitely come.

You are uniquely you. Your creativity lets you express who you truly are when you let it flow. Your spirit wants to experience all it can in this lifetime. Your soul calls you to dive deep into life and make the most of your time here.

You are at home in the world of arts & creativity, wellness & spirituality, healing & transformation. You are inspired in this community and you know you are meant to be a leader in this realm. Your gifts are welcomed and needed here.

Yet it feels like there are many things in your way.  Many things stopping you from making the impact you know you can make, from fully realizing the possibilities of your highest vision. It’s easy to point your finger at someone else, at something outside of you. And sometimes it’s even easier to blame yourself and give up on the dreams all together. When you’re going it alone, it can feel impossible to create the vision, make all the decisions, maintain the energy, and sustain the inspiration each day. It’s easy to count all the reasons why this is Not your time to step up.

But inside, you know, none of that is true.

When you look honestly inside yourself, your heart is still calling you forward, and there’s some inner work you’re ready to do.

Today, I offer you this message from the mountain top. Will you sit with me here in this wide-open expanse and listen for what is true for you?

I invite you to get comfortable, let go of all distractions for the next 15 minutes, and open yourself to receiving exactly what you need to hear in order to be ALL IN with your dreams and decide that this is indeed your time to bravely offer your gifts to the world. 

Click on my photo to hear this special audio message for you. 

5 minutes on stage. 9 liberating discoveries.

By Jessica Chilton, MA, NCC

Expressive Arts Therapist & Transformational Coach

‘My Week of Bravery’ came to a climactic end with my 5 liberating minutes on stage last Friday night. 

 The question of the night was:

“Do you have something that you know that if you do it, it will move your life forward, but you’re scared to do it?”

My Answer was YES!

What would your answer be?!

Arriving at Night of Bravery…ready for liberation!

Indeed, my answer was YES. I know I’m meant to be on stage speaking, performing and inspiring large audiences, and I was so ready to liberate myself from all that holds me back so that I can open up to this call. 

If I stay blocked by fears of failure and disapproval, if I stay blocked by mental overdrive for perfection, I’ll never get to make the positive impact that I feel I can make in my lifetime.

In response to this question, I knew what I needed to do. (Do you know what you need to do?)

I needed to step on stage without a script, without a plan. And that scared me. 

I needed to step on stage with only one intention–to be myself and trust myself. That felt like a naked scary leap of faith.

I needed to step on that stage without needing to be liked or even loved by the audience–without needing external validation of any kind. Just the idea of that felt absolutely liberating!!

So, since my answer was a huge YES, I was invited on stage as one of the courageous participants in the Night of Bravery Event hosted by one of my favorite bands, Stephanie’s ID.

Here’s what happened:

From these five minutes of liberation on stage I gained so much. 

I want to share My 9 Liberating Discoveries with you as inspiration for your own journey to be bravely yourself (on and off stage)!

1. Rather than perfecting a script, I now prepare for a performance or speaking event by practicing being bravely myself, tuning into guidance, and improvising from a place of trust.

2. I accept my body as it is (before performing and while on-stage), acknowledge how it’s feeling physically and emotionally, and learn from what it tells me.

3. I walk onto the stage firmly anchored in my internal sense of love, worth, and power. I share myself freely with the audience, without needing any validation back from them. I let them be free to judge and engage however they choose.

4. I let the stage become my liberation launch pad where the spotlights illuminate all that I am and the microphone amplifies the truth I’m here to share.

5. While on stage, I trust my wise self and God to guide me. I trust that what is meant to happen is happening.

6. I talk intimately to the audience like a trusted friend. I share whatever is going on for me in the present moment. I let my vulnerability open our hearts to set the stage for a transformative experience.

7. I let my mind follow the lead of my heart and spirit. I let my mind become brilliant by connecting with my inner light.

8. I improvise and learn! When I let myself improvise, I learn new things about myself that bubble up from my true core. This time I discovered that, “In the heart of me I’m an improvisational healing artist.” I never called myself this before. I am ready to own this title.

9. I now know that…Being Myself is No Big Deal. :) And if being on stage means being myself, then these performances and speaking events can feel easeful. I feel ready to say “Yes!” to any future on-stage opportunity that welcomes me to be fully myself. I know there is ease, joy, trust, and liberation in this path. I’m ready to shine on any stage, simply by being me!

So, now it’s your turn.

After watching this video and reading my reflections, notice what is stirring in you…

What did you notice in yourself as you witnessed me on stage?

Which of these 9 discoveries inspire you?

What would you do on stage in your 5 liberating minutes?

Where are you in your journey of being bravely yourself?

Let’s illuminate your path to freedom!

 Connect with me on this complimentary 
“Liberate Your Potential” Clarity Call. 
 
and feel into the rightness 
of this next step for you.

 

Judge Me! And free yourself from needing others to like you.

By Jessica Chilton, MA, NCC

Expressive Arts Therapist & Transformational Coach

Today, I invite you to watch this video….and JUDGE ME!

Yep, you heard right, I said, “Judge Me!”
And then…free yourself from needing others to like you.

I have declared this week, ‘My Week of Bravery.’ This is my time to liberate myself from all that holds me back from being bravely myself on stage in front of an audience. And on Friday, as the finale of this week, I will actually be on stage as part of a live event called “Night of Bravery.”

I have been posting my brave and liberating videos, photos, artwork, manifestos, and realizations on our SPARK Facebook page. Hop on over if you want to experience this liberation vicariously, find inspiration to move beyond your own fears, support me as I lead with vulnerable bravery, or simply feed your curiosity something satisfying! 

This Facebook page has become our community gathering spot. So I definitely want you to be there with us! Click ‘like’ when you arrive so you are an official member and stay in the loop as the bravery escalates.:)

This video is one of my experiments in embodying my truest self, pressing record, and starting to speak without a plan. This is my new favorite thing to do because it liberates me from my past pattern of having to plan, script, and perfect what I want to say before I say it. Wow! This is way more fun. And much more powerful for all involved.

What I learned from this particular experiment …

For so long I have harbored a fear–somewhere inside– of being judged negatively. This fear likes to emerge before I take the stage to speak or perform. I have feared I would fall short of others expectations, I would disappoint, make a mistake, fail in some way, and embarrass myself. 

(Do you have any of these fears?)

Because of this fear, I have NEEDED others to judge me positively. Because I gave my power away to the audience when I walked on stage, I needed praise, applause, and affirmation. I needed the home run, the A+. I needed you to put your stamp of approval on my worth. 

(Do you feel a need for others to like you?)

Now I realize that when I am centered in myself I don’t need you to do or be anything for me. When I stay in touch with my own inner worth and value as I stand on stage, I don’t need you or anyone else to judge me positively. And when I am feeling the love for all that I am as I stand in the spotlight, I no longer fear that you’ll judge me negatively.

(Are you ready for this sense of freedom?)

Liberating myself from others judgments lets my full potential flow through me.  Freeing myself from needing to be liked, lets me be bravely myself…on and off stage.

 Let’s illuminate your path to freedom!

 Connect with me on this complimentary 
“Liberate Your Potential” Clarity Call. 
 
and feel into the rightness 
of this next step for you.

City Altar

By Jessica Chilton, MA, NCC

Expressive Arts Therapist & Transformational Coach

I have a vision of a creative altar for our city that everyone takes turn tending. One at a time, or many at a time, we add our gifts, our creativity, our spark to that altar. This altar represents the heart and spirit of the city. It reminds the city of its highest vision.

I voiced this idea at a meeting of artists, performers, and musicians in Asheville, North Carolina last night. The next thing I knew, we were saying Yes to our first taste of this vision today.

I showed up for my time of tending to Asheville’s heART today with a poem that emerged from last night’s discussion. I walked around the fountain in the center of our city speaking this poem to Asheville.

I began to see everyone who passed by as an Artist of their own life. I saw each person artfully expressing themselves–whether that looked like smoking a cigarette, searching through the garbage, eating lunch, talking to a friend, jogging through the park.

I had several sweet interactions with others who wanted to read or hear or be curious about my poem. I felt very interconnected with our sweet town.

For the first time I felt a deeper sense of my role in Asheville. I am here to tend to Asheville’s heart, help it see itself through the artful expressions I and others offer, encourage it to remember its essence and let its light shine, for us, from us, with us, together.

Let’s illuminate your path to freedom!
 
Connect with me on this complimentary 
“Liberate Your Potential” Clarity Call. 
 
and feel into the rightness 
of this next step for you.

Have you ever heard of a ‘Liberation Launch Pad’?!

By Jessica Chilton, MA, NCC

Expressive Arts Therapist & Transformational Coach

Let’s illuminate your path to freedom!
 
Connect with me on this complimentary 
“Liberate Your Potential” Clarity Call. 
 
and feel into the rightness 
of this next step for you.

Fun experiment to experience your true potential right now.

By Jessica Chilton, MA, NCC

Expressive Arts Therapist & Transformational Coach

I’ve been talking to you a lot lately about ‘True Self’ and ‘Full Potential’. Today, rather than just thinking about these abstract concepts, I want to encourage you to actually experience the full potential of your true self through a fun experiment. Sound intriguing?

Rules of the Experiment: There is no right or wrong. And, do it for the fun of it.

Fun Step 1: 

Grab your phone or basic video recorder and set up a simple selfie recording studio!

Fun Step 2: 

Sit or stand with feet on ground, breathing naturally and coming into the present as much as possible. 

Close your eyes and imagine that you have a wise, true, empowered inner essence that is easy to connect with and embody right now. Imagine that she is your full potential expressed.

Invite her to fully inhabit you for this playful experiment. Invite her to speak through you, move through you, sing through you, act through you.

Fun Step 3: 

Open your eyes, press record, and see what happens!

 Fun Step 4: 

Enjoy watching the video you created and discovering something new about yourself and your potential by watching your true self in action.

Fun Step 5:

I’ll share my experiment with you. Will you share yours with me?

If you’re feeling brave, hop on over to our SPARK Facebook Page and post your video there.  Let’s encourage each other to have fun being our truest selves…one playful experiment at a time!

Here’s What Happened in My Experiment…

So fun! Who knew that I had a poem inside that my true self was just waiting to speak through me. This might be my new favorite pastime–Very liberating to press record without knowing what’s going to happen!

Enjoy this illuminating poetic improvisation (and my very intense eye contact:) 

And, remember, we are each incredibly unique. Your experiment will be completely different. That’s the beauty of it…I’m uniquely me and you are uniquely YOU!

 
Let’s illuminate your path to freedom!
 
Connect with me on this complimentary 
“Liberate Your Potential” Clarity Call. 
 
and feel into the rightness 
of this next step for you.

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Brave

By Jessica Chilton, MA, NCC

Expressive Arts Therapist & Transformational Coach

I am ready to be bravely myself on stage. By sharing this with you, I take my first brave step!


I know I’m meant to be on stage speaking, performing and inspiring large audiences, and I am so ready to liberate myself from all that holds me back so that I can open up to this call. If I stay blocked by fears of failure and disapproval, if I stay blocked by mental overdrive for perfection, I’ll never get to make the positive impact that I feel I can make in my lifetime.

I welcome opportunities to liberate myself from the need to be perfectly rehearsed when I step on stage. I’m ready to liberate myself from needing to be liked—needing the audience to love me—and external validation of all kinds. I’m ready to liberate myself from any sort of disconnect and paradigm of putting anyone on a pedestal—myself or another—and looking up or down at others through that lens of inequality.

I want to feel like the stage is my home. That I can be bravely who I am. I want to feel that the stage offers an amplification of my truest self. I want to love feeling connected to myself and the people in the audience, without giving my power to them to determine my worth.

I want to lead with my heart and spirit when I’m on stage, not my mind. And through this I want to create space for everyone to experience transformation, healing, and community.

I am seeking opportunities to experience a new approach to being on stage. I want to approach performing and speaking through the path of liberation and connection. I want to find my way to feeling complete ease, joy, freedom, and trust as I prepare and perform. I am ready for opportunities to connect with large groups of people with the ease and joy of being myself.

Let’s illuminate your path to freedom!
 
Connect with me on this complimentary 
“Liberate Your Potential” Clarity Call. 
 
and feel into the rightness 
of this next step for you.

Creative Wellness Spotlight: Allyson B.

Before working with Jessica I was stuck in toxic emotions – worry, anxiety, fear, guilt. I was focused on the mundane drudgery of life. I felt heavy and constricted. My creativity was definitely blocked. And I played the part of the victim to the challenges in my life—especially my stressful job.

In this program I have made a big shift out of the victim role. I now see myself as the driver of my own vehicle in life. I have the power to steer where I want and need to go, no matter what crosses my path. Being the ‘driver’ at work has majorly decreased my stress and increased my productivity.

One of the biggest things Jessica helped me see is that I am not weird—meaning, I no longer see myself as weird in a negative self-judgmental way. Rather I realize that I am truly unique—in a good way, with strengths and gifts that are mine to express. I learned to really like myself and now I am able to share myself with others. Instead of listening to my Inner Critics harsh voice all day, I am now tuned into the wise voice of my Inner Guide. Instead of hiding parts of myself because of what others might think, I now give myself permission to do what I love no matter what others think.

Also, I had no idea what would happen when I unblocked my creativity. I am now a Writer, after many years of letting this passion lie dormant! It feels so good—bringing a sense of magic, wonder, and joy into my life. Being able to write again opens so many doors that before were closed. And, I have regained faith that I can always use my creativity to discover solutions to the problems that come my way. With my creativity flowing again, I have a newfound sense of confidence. When I write, I feel like I am letting my true self shine! Writing has become my metaphor for approaching life. Just like I write one word at a time to create an amazing story, I take one step at a time to create a life that I love.

By the end of the program, my clarity had emerged. I am now making clear bold decisions about my future that feel aligned with my purpose and potential. I’m feeling ready and willing to keep stretching out of my comfort zone in order to make them a reality. And, in the present, I feel light, boundless, and free!! So liberating.

Let’s illuminate your path to freedom!
 
If you’re inspired by Allyson’s story
 and would like to transform your own, 
 take one easy step forward.
 
Connect with me on this complimentary 
“Liberate Your Potential” Clarity Call. 
 
and feel into the rightness 
of this next step for you.

Hiding yourself from the world

By Jessica Chilton, MA, NCC

Expressive Arts Therapist & Transformational Coach

Have you been trying too hard to fit neatly in the perfect box? 

Is hiding your whole self not working for you anymore?

Do you have one foot out the door?

Are you feeling… frustrated?!

Baby O understands:) And so do I!

 

Let’s illuminate your path to freedom!
 
Connect with me on this complimentary 
“Liberate Your Potential” Clarity Call. 
 
and feel into the rightness 
of this next step for you.
 

 

My Apology to You

By Jessica Chilton, MA, NCC

Transformational Coach & Expressive Arts Therapist

Today I had a realization (they seem to be coming fast and frequent these days). And because I’m all about being vulnerable and transparent even when it’s not the prettiest picture of me, I’d love to share with you…
 
I was drawing a sketch of our SPARK community and I was suddenly struck by the pedestal I had put myself on. Yes, I saw myself as the leader standing in the center of the circle shining my light as bright as I possibly could to illuminate your path. I saw myself as full-time inspiration, teacher, and guide. 100% giver. And this is just not true.
 
I realized just how disempowering this scenario is for YOU. And in that moment I opened to a whole new level of truth.
 
So today, I offer my apologies to you for this old paradigm that has existed somewhere inside of me … And, with excitement, let’s usher in a new way of being together in this community.


“My Apology to You

You are not broken.
I am sorry for the time I acted like you were.
You are love, loving, loved, lovable.
You are whole.
 
There is nothing missing.
I was wrong to suggest
I had something that could make you complete.
There is nothing wrong with you.
Nothing.
And I am not here to fix.
 
There is no ‘I’m better, you’re worse.’
There is no ‘further ahead or farther behind.’
I’m sorry I thought I needed to shine for you.
I’m sorry I didn’t see your own light.
You and I are equals.
We take turns leading and following.
We are helping each other.
 
I’m sorry I tried to do all the giving
All the teaching, all the inspiring.
I was mistaken when I placed myself
In the middle of the circle.
I am now standing beside you
Holding your hand
Grateful
That you are holding mine.
 
Image by Peter Erikkson / Johner Images
 
Our circle lights up
Because of who we each are.
Not because I illuminate your darkness.
 
Our circle shines
As we connect in spirit
And love through hearts
Not because my mind
Takes control
And leads both me and you.
 
Yes, we each have unique gifts to share.
Yes, we each have an important piece of the truth.
Yes, we each have value to offer the other
Yes, we each are needed to lead our piece
Our peace.
 
Yet, there are times that I am clear and you are cloudy.
Yet, there are times when I forget and you remember.
We stand together for those times
No one is in this alone.
We know when it is our time to guide
And our time to be guided.
 
I am so grateful
To step off my false pedestal.
To no longer look down or up
At you or another.
To take my blinders off
And let your light in
Seeing your essence
The truth of you
Shining and whole.
 
Together
In this circle
We can light up our world.
 
Image from progressivechristianity.org

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