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All this time

that I had been waiting

I thought

I was waiting for a sign

from the universe

A raven with a blooming branch

encoded with poetry just for me

A songbird with a loom

already threaded with my colors

I was waiting for a seaside encounter

with a mermaid with a song,

or a friend already familiar with

my kind of strange medicine story

Maybe I was waiting for

my own information to arise

When it came I hardly had time

to react – so swift was the making

of chaos into consciousness,

and what joy!

Illustrating the invisible to develop your Clairconsciousness is pure joy and revelation. And, available to everyone. ~ Shiloh Sophia

YOUR PRIMA MATERIA

Your Prima Materia is the first material for your magnum opus ~ the large and important work of art, music, or literature, especially one regarded as the most important work of an artist or writer. This is the essential material of YOUR IDENTITY. Your Prima Materia is available when you know where to look and how to create a portal to that level of gnosis (the knowledge of spiritual mysteries). Intentional Creativity® IS the practice that will show you the way to get to and through that portal and offer consistent practices to maintain the curation of your consciousness.

You could think of Prima Materia as your primary matter which has not yet been transformed. We will offer the transformation with Intentional Creativity® as our alchemical tool and Musea as the laboratory.

YOUR PRIMA MATERIA

Your Prima Materia is the first material for your magnum opus ~ the large and important work of art, music, or literature, especially one regarded as the most important work of an artist or writer. This is the essential material of YOUR IDENTITY. Your Prima Materia is available when you know where to look and how to create a portal to that level of gnosis (the knowledge of spiritual mysteries). Intentional Creativity® IS the practice that will show you the way to get to and through that portal and offer consistent practices to maintain the curation of your consciousness.

You could think of Prima Materia as your primary matter which has not yet been transformed. We will offer the transformation with Intentional Creativity® as our alchemical tool and Musea as the laboratory.

FORMLESSNESS and FORM

When you google, Prima Materia this is the primary image from antiquity that arises. For our purposes, I have turned the triangle upside down so that it is in the feminine. Then. I have added the ancient Celtic triskelion to represent at the center to represent life, death, and rebirth as conscious choices regarding our identity in adult life. We will focus less on the union of masculine and feminine and more on the idea of formlessness and form, energy and matter, unmanifest and manifest. This will not be a classic view of Prima Materia, because you will be defining your personal journey from "chaos" to "creative order" by your own hand, as your own healer.

FORMLESSNESS and FORM

When you google, Prima Materia this is the primary image from antiquity that arises. For our purposes, I have turned the triangle upside down so that it is in the feminine. Then. I have added the ancient Celtic triskelion to represent at the center to represent life, death, and rebirth as conscious choices regarding our identity in adult life. We will focus less on the union of masculine and feminine and more on the idea of formlessness and form, energy and matter, unmanifest and manifest. This will not be a classic view of Prima Materia, because you will be defining your personal journey from "chaos" to "creative order" by your own hand, as your own healer.

BECOMING CO-CREATOR

What if you could consciously choose to curate how you relate with the frameworks? What if you could become a co-creator with your own identity? What if self-expression could be the key and the practice to reveal the Self hidden beneath the programming?

Most often your hidden Self has spoken to you. Yelled through you. Requested an audience. Caused misery as she pointed out just how horrifying it is to live a life that does not reflect who you are.

We may not be able to shape all of life’s happenings, we aren’t intended to. We may not be ready for that level of manifestation.

However, inside each one of us is an original pattern-seeking expression. You can do lots of seeking, reading, therapy, yoga, and workshops, but something still feels like there is something preventing you from being truly “You." What is it?

Recovery takes time. A lifetime of ingrained patterns isn’t easy to rewire.

BECOMING CO-CREATOR

What if you could consciously choose to curate how you relate with the frameworks? What if you could become a co-creator with your own identity? What if self-expression could be the key and the practice to reveal the Self hidden beneath the programming?

Most often your hidden Self has spoken to you. Yelled through you. Requested an audience. Caused misery as she pointed out just how horrifying it is to live a life that does not reflect who you are.

We may not be able to shape all of life’s happenings, we aren’t intended to. We may not be ready for that level of manifestation.

However, inside each one of us is an original pattern-seeking expression. You can do lots of seeking, reading, therapy, yoga, and workshops, but something still feels like there is something preventing you from being truly “You." What is it?

Recovery takes time. A lifetime of ingrained patterns isn’t easy to rewire.

DEVELOPING CLAIRCONSCIOUNESS

A Message from Shiloh Sophia Dated July 11, 2021

What is clairconsciousness? Let's find out! This frontier within Intentional Creativity is so exciting it gives me goosebumps just to write this to you. Generative seeing through illlustrating intuitively is an exploration of developing your clairconsciousness - an ability to see and connect with what you innately already know and move yourself towards a deeper sense of connectivity with HOW you SEE, HEAR, FEEL, and so on. Distinct for intuition, yet related, we will explore the very specific somatics and neuroscience of how this way of seeing fires and wires.

The active drawing around specific topics with Ritual process allows a channel to be revealed through you - yet the focus is on accessing your own core material. This isn't something most of us are born with like a gift, it is something that gets revealed through practice and self-expression. You don't need any experience and it isn't about making good art. It will just be good because of how you FEEL while you are doing it and the material that is revealed from it once we 'oraclize' the image, meaning to read the image. We are making the invisible, visible. This way of metacognitive drawing is a beautiful thing that I learned from my mother Caron, as well as Sue Hoya Sellars and Carmen Baraka did it too. You can too, so let's further the study of this exciting development together.

I am excited to practice the Art of Consciousness with you. Honestly, illustration is the surest, fastest clearest path to illumination in all of my studies so far. My work in the world really began with intuitive drawing and I haven't stopped since but I have only begun to teach how it works in the past two years. This is the first in person workshop where we will really focus on it, and then add color to it. Line art in the shape of consciousness with watercolor. I get all excited just thinking about it. This IS my most persistant practice. Then I bring those images and ideas to the canvas and into running Musea. My business is also designed with this kind of thinking in image, but it is more than visual thinking, it is sensual.

This is a drawing I did on my revisioning retreat in June. It's a self portrait of an idea I am working with. Those are two mountains extending from my consciousness with a tree of life growing out of them, and a path directly to the source of my Prima Materia. I feel like I am on a frontier with this material and I want to share it with you. Since I haven't taught it before which makes it really exploratory, juicy, and you are a huge part of the development of what ends up happening.

Let me be clear the way we are working with the clairsenses is not for the purpose of foretelling future events, or fortune-telling for others - although for some that is a part of it. First, we focus on the capacity to just know your own thoughts and experience and to initiate a state of deep clear consciousness.

Two years ago I overheard my friend Desda Zuckerma, an expert on Sacred Anatomy tell my mother that I was a 'Clair' but that it wasn't one she had seen often, or ever. Desda sees energy in full color. I was something different and curiousm, haha surprise! It stuck with me, and I began to wonder what it was, and how to work with it, and how to share it. It is because of this quality within me that I can do what I do the way that I do because I am largely clear. Then when I am not, it is really obvious and I know where to look and what to do. Drawing this way is my go-to for everything, it is a meditation and invocation. So. Let me share with you the development of clairconsciousness through Intentional Creativity.

No matter what this ceremony will be sacred, special, and a wonderful experience. I look forward to the pleasure of your company as we paint at the museum surrounded by art and redwood trees.

With love unending,

Shiloh Sophia

The template for rewiring your brain and beliefs exists inside of you – not inside of another system.

THE PROBLEM WE ARE SOLVING

You are in charge of your own self-liberation.

Why is self-liberation needed?

All of our lives we have been programmed to think and act in certain ways.

Sometimes this programming is extremely intentional, as can be seen in things like religion, politics, money, medicine, and institutionalized education.

At other times, it is unconsciously passed to us by parents and authority figures who want the best for us, yet aren’t aware of how their beliefs will impact another person for years to come. 

All of us have been bombarded with beliefs and ideals that may be intended to keep us safe yet, inadvertently, end up creating cages and constraints that we live in.

At first, it may be other people’s ideas and energies that are keeping us from being self-expressed. Whether we rebel or conform, we are still largely reacting to systems that may or may not be in alignment with our own souls. Usually, they are not in alignment and we spend our lives seeking a kind of reconciliation with the past in an effort to create coherence in the present.

All of this programming exists as largely invisible frameworks shaping every relationship, behavior and life choice we make. Ultimately, we view everything through the hidden goggles of agendas we didn’t consent to.

Now, this is the human experience. It happens to all of us, even if we had conscious-leaning parents and elders. Our views on gender, class, race, status and cultural norms were often enforced. We didn’t feel we had a choice or we didn't even know we had a choice.

Yet we are largely unaware of how, as an adult, these frameworks will become so self-imposed that even after those defining the program no longer have the influence they once had over us, we are now the ones keeping it in place. Most often we don’t even know it.

The result?

A lack of self-expression and an ability to know who we may be beneath all the layers of constraints we are navigating. Most of us aren’t even aware of the degree to which our voices have been suppressed. We know what silencing feels like as women, but underneath the silence is something that really wants to be said. What wants to be said often doesn’t get said because life rarely offers us experiences in which it is safe for us to explore our hidden identity and patterns; our suppressed wisdom/gnosis.

We may end up walking around semi-aware, desperate for true vitality, living in a relationship with the divine defined by others. When we begin to seek our freedom, we find another layer of those by pedaling their version of spirituality. We let go of one framework only to take on another. Those systems then become enmeshed. The past, present, and future are shaped by how our new frameworks are reacting and relating with the old ones.

The result?

Less intimacy with ourselves, more dependency on other people's beliefs and “truths” and a co-mingling of our energy with systems we know very little about. If you look behind almost every spiritual system of the past 5,000 years you will often see traditions that either do not honor women as equals or have a version of the divine feminine as equal with the masculine. This is a problem. Even if the systems claim a version of gender equality, it is pretty easy to see, if/when you look, that inherent within the leadership and the product line, there is a kind of supremacy that oppresses the divine feminine and women at work here. 

This does not mean we should reject all patterns, traditions, cultures, energies, and frameworks. It means we have to dissect and see for ourselves if these inherited frameworks of beliefs and truths feed the evolution of our Prima Materia or silence her.

Examples of systems to dissect and examine: Astrology studies the movements and relative positions of celestial bodies interpreted as having an influence on human affairs and the natural world. How do you know that this is true? The Chakra system refers to the energy centers in your body with each center assigned a color. What if those colors aren’t in the right place? Even the designation of ideas about subconsciousness and unconsciousness may not be true. Even the dogmatic framework about what you should treat as sacred and profane has been shaped by others.

Yet your soul has a journey it wants to live through you. What if there are some big things in the way and all of them exist as patterns, energy and ideas? Do you feel you could have enough influence over yourself to impact how you think, feel, act and relate to______ (please fill in the black)?  You bet. And over time, our chemistry, gene expression, and identity can begin to reflect what is more true for who we are.

The Work

The work is to gain access to that interior codex; to reveal terrain of identity that already exists. You don’t have to invent it; you already are “Her.” Yet gaining access may require an experience that “changes everything.”  Many of us go to shamans, healers, energy clearers. Some have tried life-mind-altering psychedelics like “Iboga” and “Ayahuasca” as we seek for something the more we know exists.  In our heart of hearts, many of us are seeking ceremony. 

We are seeking the kind of ceremony that changes everything. We designed PRIMA MATERIA to be the kind of ceremony that changes everything that matters from your own internal perspective ~changes how you see the world, ourselves and others. 

Each thing we do for ourselves has been a form of communication with our soul, letting our soul know, we are listening…we are moving closer in.  There is good news. The Self you are seeking to uncover hasn’t been dormant. Every act of beauty, love, and sensuality that we experienced was a communication with the interior, the internal Self. This “Self” has been developing alongside the self you have been living out in the world this entire time. Once you gain access to your inner true “You,” you will see how this changes everything.

You may also discover that you don’t need to keep going back over and over the same old wounds and stories. As long as you have a go-to practice that you can access when you get triggered into falling back into the old patterns - you have something you can do about it. Old patterns die hard. You will need new programs that you design and put in place yourself in order to liberate yourself from the old patterns. At the level of your form and your field, you will want to create a way of working that is specific to you. Yes, it may sound cliché but the answer, the codex of self-healing, is within you. 

INTENTIONAL CREATIVITY® is the ALCHEMY of HOW

How do you get there from here? And why?

The “Why” is because there is joy, pleasure, and true love when you are living from who you design yourself to be in collaboration with who you innately are. Why?” Because you can and you must. Because when we wake up and start to reject the programming of others, we start choosing for ourselves what we ingest; what defines us.

The “How?” is what Intentional Creativity Medicine Painting is all about. A lifetime of patterns exists on so many different levels and one of the hardest levels to reach is the imagination. This internal re-framing and consciousness-shaping can be hard to reach because most of us haven’t traveled the pathway there. where it exists in a multi-sensual and psychic mysterium. In short, we don’t know the way because we have to make the way ourselves. Every experience, person, pattern, and memory is embedded in energy, matter, and IMAGE. To change the patterns, the images must be adapted to what you are designing versus constantly reacting to past stimuli.  Without a shift in image, the old ways will not be able to shift/evolve to the new ways. When we relive our traumas, we relive them in a multiplicity of ways. Seeing traumatic images over and over and over again is one of the most potent habits that keep us under the spell of past memory and present pain. With the way neuroplasticity of the brain works and the amount of influence you have on your energy – you have the power you need to shift how your brain works with images.

Working with these ideas isn't a concept, it is a lived experience. This is a re-wiring reality that happens because you begin to work with your imagination as a co-creator, and no longer as a passive viewer of images served up by seemingly random and alarming triggers. 

Prima Materia is about accessing your original “ma”, your "matter" your original substance. This is less about healing trauma and wounds, although that can happen, too. This isn’t just about "creating a new story, then trying to live into it.” This work is about gaining access to a practice that you can use in every area of your life to curate your own consciousness, mend your relationship with yourself and find the freedom of self-expression that is so often suppressed.  

Intentional Creativity® is about attaining access to your own information via Orbis Imaginalis. It isn’t about passing on or taking on someone else’s information. The 42 Intentional Creativity® teachings continue to be about the “HOW?”  HOW do you gain access? How do you shed layers of ingrained patterns yourself? How do you consistently have a practice that works, at your fingertips, to support you in gaining a narrative that reflects your identity? This is a practice. Rewiring takes time and application. Yet it is totally within reach to those who will treat it as part of their devotional life.

Nothing really works if you don’t know who you are, what you think and feel; and how to gain access to your own information, how to know what you know - your gnosis. We spend our lives pretending and hiding. This way of living isn’t faring well for us, our species or other species, and the planet. Enough with the sleepwalking through existence.

Prima Materia is a call to an Awakening designed by you. This is a Ceremony. Your painting will provide the codex you have been seeking. It isn’t everything. Yet it may be the beginning of everything that matters.  

Everything that has happened lives in energy, matter, and imagination. To move into our futures, we need to access energy, matter, and imagination all at once; not one at a time. Threading our various healing practices together one after the other hasn’t been giving us what we are seeking.

Healing involves all of our faculties firing at once to rewire over time.

The practice we will be using when we are together consists of the following:

  • An engaged painting practice with multiple paintings 
  • Inquiry and discussion in the group 
  • Simple Earth-based rituals to amplify 
  • Energy clearing practices you design 
  • Women supporting you as they support themselves
  • Designing your own creative spiritual practice
  • Eating, napping, playing, chatting, and dancing
  • One meal a day designed for you
  • Salons with Shiloh and Jonathan
  • Connections with other wise women in your community

The ancient definition of prima materia: Prima Materia In alchemy and philosophy, prima materia, materia prima or first matter (for a philosophical exposition refer to Prime Matter), is the ubiquitous starting material required for the alchemical magnum opus and the creation of the philosopher's stone.

"The Prima Materia is said to be the formless root of all matter. A mash-up of stars and soil from which all of life gushes forth. The essential alchemy where chaos can reveal a golden nature. An invitation for heaven and earth to fall in love. The conscious views the unconscious in the Orbis Imaginalis. The artist holds three of the keys; a paintbrush, pen, and an inquiry." ~ Shiloh Sophia

We are here to access the Prima Materia of our own soul-star-stuff. We won’t be putting the past behind us, we will be putting it beneath our feet as a foundation of awareness of what we have survived to this point in our lives. Self-healing and illumination live within every single one of us. Gaining access to that spaciousness within and liberating ourselves from all constraints is ours to do. It is, literally, at our fingertips.

Prima Materia is a Ceremony of Liberation and Access designed to have you become aware of your own self-agency and capacity for co-creation. We will work with the awareness in Medicine Painting, and amplify them through Metacognitive Illustration. 

This isn’t therapy. This is about you gaining access to your own resources, so you need to be well enough to do the work. This isn’t ideal for those in the midst of deep recovering or healing trauma that is still being unpacked. We won’t be providing you with solutions and replacing your patterns with someone else’s. We are giving you ACCESS to your own innate capacity to do the work.

If you find this initial introduction of Prima Materia a bit heady, we encourage you to explore on your own more about it prior to the event, it is pretty fascinating how no one has a consistent definition!

PRIMA MATERIA PORTFOLIO

You will create a Portfolio of eight paintings on watercolor paper that are the record and visual story of your liberation. With a custom-created palette of earth pigment watercolors and oak gall ink, your imagination will reveal a codex of potential that changes the way you interact with every relationship you have. 

You will gain consistent access to co-creating with your own consciousness, your energetic field, and your physical form. Every life choice, every relationship, every joy, and every craving is intricately linked with you having access to your own soul-star stuff. If this is available, why wouldn’t we want to access it?

This experiential and experimental “laboratory”‘ will offer a real-time design for you to access your own information. By information we mean you will access your wisdom, your internal guidance, your own soul codes so you can experience direct knowing by you, for you. 

Note: Please think of this as the first of other potential teachings regarding Prima Materia and Intentional Creativity® as the agent of causation to move unconscious ideas and 'chaos' into visual order, story, myth, and wisdom.

PRIMA MATERIA STUDENTS WORKING ON THEIR PORTFOLIOS