{Creative} Soul Truths #4


Unfortunately our society tends to dismiss play for adults, and perceives it as unproductive, petty, or as a “guilty pleasure”. We’ve formed the belief that in order for something to be meaningful or legitimate, we have to work hard at it. Yet recent studies are showing us that play and rest are essential; it’s just as important as getting enough sleep, eating well, and exercise.

Play helps us to relieve stress, manage emotions, connect deeper with ourselves, and create stronger and more meaningful bonds with others.

The truth is, we can simultaneously be productive, be helpful, be of service, finish our tasks, AND be light, playful beings. Because play has more to do with your willingness to be uninhibited, to be imaginative, to be joyful. Play is about allowing yourself to express your spirit without restraint. Play is about allowing yourself to be YOU.

Play is more than just being child-like, is a transformative, vulnerable state to be in. It’s surrender of the ego. It’s choosing curiosity and aliveness. It’s letting go of outcomes or expectations, and being fully present to the here and now. It’s responding to what’s happening with curiosity, instead of reacting – and there’s where real transformation can happen.

And when you pair play with expressing yourself in an art journal, it becomes a vehicle for powerful healing! Art journaling is a beautiful (and fun!) way to free your Soul, and to facilitate your self growth; allowing you to explore and express your inner self. It shouldn’t be put on your “guilty pleasures” list – with it directly linked to our mental health, it should be top priority!

It doesn’t have to be as hard and stressful as we sometimes make it out to be either. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to do it “right”, and to search for meaning. But change, transformation, and self expression can happen with ease and play! As long as you allow yourself to play and follow your intuition, the transformation you seek will naturally happen. So stop stressing yourself out about art journaling. You can’t do it wrong!

You are here to dance a splendid dance in this lifetime and to feel the fullness of who you are! Allow play to be the easeful, fun way in which you align yourself and your life with who you truly are!


TIP: Start by practicing showing up to your art journal and committing to just one minute of play with paints or crayons. And if possible, create with young children – kids are masters at play and creativity, let them lead the way!



Much love to you!!






Your True Essence is Needed

For the last many weeks, I have been in shock as to all of the ways people are lashing out in hate and all of the ways the earth has been crying out in pain. I have been feeling lost and sick watching it all happen. I’ve been struggling through the heaviness of it all. And yet… there’s also a fire growing within me. A fire of anger, and strength, and determination. A fire that is calling me into action. To align myself with who I truly am. To stand firmly in what I truly believe. To speak up when something is NOT okay.

Through all this, I’ve been getting more clear on how inner work is intrinsically connected to society, family dynamics, politics, and all that is happening around us. It is all so tightly interwoven. If I am here to support our Souls’ liberation, then I must also be a part of tearing down the systems that keep us locked up. I’m not exactly sure what that looks like for me yet, especially because I have never been an outspoken person, I like to keep to myself in my home, and I never used to pay much attention to politics. But I’ve been really listening these last few months, especially these last few weeks. And what I do know, is that the more firmly we can stand in our own authenticity and what WE believe in, the more others will be able to as well.

Most of us have been taught not to listen to or believe in ourselves, which has made it easy for society to shape us. But no more. We are waking up and we are reclaiming ourselves.

In order for change to happen, we all need to be able to stand firm in who we are and what we believe in. If we are to change anything that is happening out there, we must stop dilly dallying and get to work. And by “get to work” I don’t only mean the actions the world needs from us, but I also mean get to playing, get to living, get to BEing – because that’s how we’re going to be more connected to who we truly are so that the actions we do take are more rooted.

We’ve been relying on our fearful, analytical, perfectionist, controlling brain too much. We have forgotten our Soul, our true essence; which is full of compassion, of knowing (and not knowing), of love, curiosity, courage, and clarity.

I can’t imagine what the world would be like if we were all living from our true essence, using our brain as a helpful tool, rather than letting it rule the show with it’s unconscious patterns that were shaped by society.

It’s time to reconnect with the pieces of ourselves that have been hidden away, and find harmony within. I believe art journaling can be the playful way in which we can begin doing that; but yet I see so many struggling against their mind to even get started. So, to support as many people to get moving on this path as I can, and in celebration of my upcoming class Creative Soul Roots, I’ll be sharing a series of Soul-Truths that will help you get clear on why you’ve been feeling stuck, and inspiration to start trusting in your Creative Soul once more.

If you’ve been yearning to express yourself freely in an art journal, but still feeling stuck, not good enough, not knowing where to start, or just not able to find joy in the process, sign up for this free mini series which starts Monday, Sept 18th.

My hope is that once you let these Soul Truths settle in, you’ll know exactly how to begin and keep moving with joy, courage, and authenticity.


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Much love to you!!




Exploring Sensuality

It’s been so long my friend, since I’ve sat down to write to you. Last time I wrote I was full of excitement and anticipation as I began my journey of opening up to the deeper currents of what creativity has been awakening in me and preparing to gather women together in a private space to explore our hidden “right-brain” aspects.

I’ve been doing a lot of exploring and sharing privately within my new blossoming Soul Circle Community, but as promised I wanted to start sharing some of my experiences with you as well so that you too may begin to remember and reconnect with these aspects that may be hidden.

Each month within the community we’ve been bringing our attention and curiosity toward one particular theme that we may have been disconnected from; and this month we’re exploring SENSUALITY.

At first hearing the word “sensuality” you may automatically start thinking of “sexuality” – which I did as well when I first started getting acquainted with this word. But in truth, you can absolutely be sensual without being sexual, and you can be sexual without being sensual.

Sensuality has more to do with really connecting to your senses in the moment. Being fully present in your body and feeling the pleasure from what you’re experiencing, whether that be seeing a beautiful sunset, or smelling a rose, or slowly sipping your tea.

We often live our days being totally disconnected to ourselves and the environment around us. How alive would you feel if you slowed down to actually taste your food? If you slowed down to notice the beauty around you? If you slowed down to really feel the texture of the clothes on your body?

For me personally, getting back in touch with my senses was the beginning of my journey back home to myself.

I never knew just how disconnected I was until my friend and intuitive writer, Rebecca Cavender asked me what my favorite sounds and sights were a few years back. I couldn’t answer! It got me scared, thinking that I had no clue who I was. But through exploration and sharing stories, I was able to recognize and remember all that I had thought I lost. Long story short, I realized that I AM ME and I will ALWAYS be me. There’s no “forgetting”. There’s no “unearthing” to do. The journey back home to myself was simply about becoming more aware. And so began this incredible journey.

Today, I still have trouble answering questions about myself. But I’m okay with that now, because I feel more at home in who I am, and I’m more present in the here and now. My memory may not work as well as other’s, but I can fully feel my experience and who I am right now. And this all begins with getting present, within your body.

What do you see and hear around you? What textures do you feel? Are there sensations happening within your body?

Below are a few practices that we’ve been playing with this month to explore our sensuality and the relationship we have with our body. Perhaps you’ll be inspired to try one (or all!) yourself!


—->> Find moments to dance and move your body in new and unexpected ways –perhaps while doing the dishes or taking a shower!

—->> When you eat, eat slowly, savoring every bite. Really pay attention to the texture and the taste as you move it around your mouth before swallowing.

—->> Set a timer on your phone for every hour, and when the alarm goes off seek out sensual pleasure in the moment. What beauty do you see? What feels good on your skin? Does something smell or taste good?


—->> One of our most inspiring activities this month is a creative process called body mapping.

I engaged my senses with some drumming and lavender oil, then paused for a few moments to feel the sensations in my body. I then traced my body onto the canvas and intuitively filled it in with color and shape.

It was such an expressive, healing experience! I urge you to give it a try yourself!


Reconnecting with your body can feel hard, and sometimes scary. But it doesn’t need to be. keep it light and fun! Using curiosity and play are great ways to begin exploring.



Much love to you!!






Curious about our Soul Circle Community? In a nutshell, it’s a monthly membership community of women to support each other in exploring our inner worlds and bringing more life into our day-to-day. We’re still in the creation stage, exploring what works best and finding our rhythm, so you won’t find any more info about it anywhere just yet. But if you’re interested in becoming a founding member to help build the space, send me an email!

Let’s Go Deeper (NEW Changes Happening!)

Over the years of diving into art journaling and supporting others to fully express themselves, I’ve always felt a deeper current happening beneath the surface. It has always been hard for me to name with words, but over the last couple years things have been getting more and more clear.

And this year, I am finally making the shift to fully embrace this deeper current, exploring it and expressing it through my emails, articles, videos, and offerings so that you too may dive deeper into the healing and transformation of it to live a more vibrant life.

So what might you expect from here on out?

Let me start by first sharing more about my journey of coming into clarity about this…

You may have heard my story of how I shifted from creating and living a life of control and perfectionism, to living and creating more freely and intuitively. I’ve written about this numerous times on the blog (HERE and HERE) and in my free AIR Book – how I got so burnt out with creating products with a step-by-step formula and always trying to perfect things, that I had to quit my job and rediscover the joy of creating.

And the more I told and retold my story, especially as it was unfolding, the more I could see the bigger picture of what was really happening.

That shift from struggling with creativity to falling in love with the process using play, curiosity, and most of all, my intuition, has been such a huge life changer for me. Not only with creativity, but within myself as well. Through this way of creating from the soul, I rediscovered parts of me I didn’t even realize I had lost. And I continue to discover more every day.

And as I awaken these parts of me within, I can more clearly see how disconnected I truly was to myself, and how it was all due to an imbalance that still plagues the majority of the western world today.

Our society relies so heavily on the mind and the "left-brain" way of thinking. We honor logic, structure, speed, control; so much so that we often let our minds run on auto-pilot and we forget that there’s this whole other part of us within – this gentler, kinder, wiser, creative, feminine part of us.

We tend to live on the surface of our mind, experiencing our fears and scattered thoughts. We can so easily get caught up in the to-do lists, the constant forward movement. And this masculine, "left brain" way of thinking really wore me down to the point of depression.

At the time, I had no idea what was wrong. All I knew was that there was something more. Something I was missing.

We as humans, the lives we lead, and the world around us are all made up of infinite dualities. But our culture is only looking at one side of the coin.

Looking back, I can now clearly see that I was suffering from imbalance. I had completely shut down my "right-brain" way of thinking – the part of me that is intuitive, emotional, feminine, and oh so creative.

I was only living from half of who I truly was.

And through creativity I’ve been unconsciously reawakening this other side of the duality. But I am ready now to bring more light to these feminine, "right-brain" aspects.

I want to start consciously exploring not just creativity, but also intuition, sensuality, emotions, play, beauty, and all of the other pieces of ourselves that may be shut down or hiding.

With this in mind, I’ve been quietly building something new… And my heart is fluttering like crazy just thinking about sharing it with you.

I have been creating a space for women to support each other in bringing more life into our day-to-day by exploring and bringing more awareness to the beautiful depths of who we truly are through creativity, playfulness, and connection. I’ll be offering it as a monthly community in which we’ll explore all of the different "right-brain" aspects of ourselves.

—> (If you might be interested in joining me, send me an email at hello{at}kristalnorton.com to let me know. I’ll be opening the doors on Tuesday to a select few women to become the founding members of this blossoming community.)

Throughout our explorations over the year and beyond, I’ll be sharing my stories and insights with you via email and my blog so that you too may gain a deeper connection to yourself.

Creativity will still be my main focus for what I share (and it will be the connecting thread throughout our private community explorations), but it will now be flavored with deeper insights around ALL of the feminine, "right-brain" aspects of ourselves. :)

I hope this shift will continue to inspire you and enrich your life, as much as it has been enriching mine.



Much love to you!!




Our Important Reminder…

For the last few weeks I was feeling overwhelmed, overworked, uninspired… all my focus was on meeting deadlines, checking things off my to-do list, getting things done. I was nearing burn out. Struggling to find joy in my day. And in the midst of it all, I didn’t know what was wrong. I just new I was feeling like crap. Until, this came in the mail…

Soul Journal

My first print copy of my upcoming journal series. (Yay!!) It reminded me of all that I had forgotten… to breathe. to pause. to check in. to come back home to myself in the present moment and see the beauty of now.

Even though my whole livelihood is centered around reconnecting with your self, I still often forget when busyness settles in. Between being a mother to three young kids, nurturing the relationship with my husband, running a business, laundry and keeping the home clean, cooking, preparing for the holidays, and whatever else I’m forgetting that’s on my to-do list, how can one not loose their way sometimes and forget to make time for themselves? This modern world doesn’t leave much room for that.

But it’s something I’ve been working hard towards for the last couple years. I’ve learned that making time for myself, if even just 5 minutes a day, is not only rejuvenating, but it’s literally ESSENTIAL. Else I face burn out and eventually depression.

But I forget.

Often.

That’s why I continue to write about it. That’s why I create e-courses that I fully participate in alongside my students. That’s why I create interactive books that I enjoy myself. That’s why I create cozy nooks in my home that invite me to pause. That’s why I often go back and re-read my own blog (especially this post in particular). That’s why I’ve been dreaming up a women’s circle for support in remembering ourselves. And that’s why I felt the need to bring this new Soul Journal series to life for the new year – I need tangible reminders. And I’m betting you do too sometimes.

Life is busy. Life is full. Let’s remember to enjoy it. To slow down and take it all in. Will you take a deep breath with me now? (Yes, right now. Do it!) Feel the air moving into your body, nourishing you. Notice yourself. You are a magnificent, beautiful creature (whether you believe that now or not!).

And if you’re like me, and feeling the need for an inspiring daily practice to check in and remember what you already know about yourself, you may just fall in love with this Soul Journal as much as I have. It should be available next week on Amazon!

But for now, why not try setting a reminder on your phone to take three deep breaths every afternoon. Or set up a cozy corner of your home that will invite you to sit and pause every so often. Or start a practice to free-write every morning. Or, use your shower time to really get present and be with yourself.

How can you fit in a few moments of reconnection in your day? Choose it. Do it. And set reminders for when you forget.



Much love to you!!