Bernette is launching a new series to help you get real feedback on your writing. This is a great opportunity for established or aspiring writers looking for feedback from regular people – not just family and friends. Submit the first page of your work (see submission details below) to Bernette for a chance to have your work read on her new series. Please be sure to subscribe to her channel and share this free opportunity with other writers.
JUST RELEASED – WALK IN PEACE (LOVE AND HEAL THE WORLD) – BERNETTE’S DEBUT SINGLE
I am thrilled that my debut single Walk in Peace has just been released. Check out the video below for a preview of this song. Walk in Pace song is just what we need in these trying times, to bridge the divide, bring us closer, and remind us that despite differences we are still sisters and brothers and that love is love.
This is my way of saying – recognize, honor, and access the power you have within to create the world and life you want. Whether you are a writer or a visual artists; an actor or spoken word artist. Singer, athlete? What is it that you need to uncover to achieve that performance level that you know is possible for you?
There is no right answer and you can only do what is right for you. What I offer here at Star Steps Life Coaching is different than the traditional life coach. You are in charge of your life and what you need to make it better is already there, it just needs uncovering, maybe a little washing off and polishing, but it’s there.
That’s your magic and don’t fear it. Don’t fear creating what others don’t understand. Don’t fear being greater than you are today. Don’t fear standing apart from the crowd because you’ve tapped into that inner well and taken the drink that is life itself.
Sounds a little crazy? Great. Because how has sane been working for you?
Lifted eyes towards the sun
Revealed through parting clouds
It beckons me and calls me forth
And in this morning hour
I long to share its glow and light
Feel its majesty and warmth
For tomorrow is another day
One that ancients feared
The blotting of the sun from view
Uncertainty and possible doom
But as with these trying times
Darkness cannot last
And even if hidden from our view
The light remains strong and true
For though passing shadows
Eclipse what we thought we knew
In the span of eternity
These mere seconds will tick
And the light will shine again
©Bernette Sherman, 2017
Give Up Figuring Out How to Be the Artist You Want to Be
You want to express more of yourself as a creative artist, but how? Not knowing the answer may actually be the best thing for you. It invites the question, the exploration, the wonder. If you are a creative artist perhaps you’ve been trying to figure this out for yourself and find that you wind up back where you are. Give it up!
The problem isn’t that you haven’t come up with an answer. The problem is that you actually think that YOU have to be the one to come up with the answer.
Asking for What You Want
Let’s try this instead. Ask this question and don’t try to figure out the answer.
How can I express more of myself through my art?
Now don’t go trying to think hard about exactly what you will do. Rather, open yourself to the possibilities of this vast universe without trying to define what those possibilities are. Trust me, your ideas will pale in comparison to the infinite ideas of the entire universe. So just ask the question and whenever you find yourself trying to answer it and figure it out for yourself – STOP; and then ask the question again.
I know it sounds crazy. I get that. Maybe a little crazy is just what you need. When you stop trying to control what you are creating, how inspiration comes, how you express it in this world, you begin to build a personal box where you put you and all that you have to share inside.
Feeling Versus Figuring
Instead of trying to get an answer with your head, find it with how you feel about various activities and opportunities. Does the thought of a particular audition make you feel good? If so, it may be right for you at this time. If it doesn’t ask yourself, “What about this audition is making me uncomfortable?” Be aware of anything that comes up for you. It might be a song on the radio, something on television, a book, billboard, or maybe a social media post that resonates with something that gives you more insight into why it makes you uncomfortable. You can ask another question (and another and another) when these things start to show up.
Here are a couple handy ones:
- How is this related to my discomfort? Or What about my discomfort is related to what has been showing up?
- How does this relate to my desire to express more of myself through my art?
Now, don’t do anything to get the answers. That’s right –no trying to figure it out. I will even suggest that you don’t visualize what it looks like. Keep doing what you do, without forcing. See what comes up for you. The answers will reveal themselves in ways you might not even expect. In their time. If you are tempted to work the answer out for yourself, go back to the question with an open mind and heart.
The right answer for you may not be the right answer for anyone else. And this is fine. You are a unique individual with unique dreams, talents, and purpose. Why would the right path or solution for you be what is right for everyone else? (Yes, that was an intentionally completely close-ended rhetorical question.)
Within the next twenty-four hours I invite you to choose to stop figuring it out and start asking questions. Take this post to get you started and ask big open-ended questions with an open heart and open mind. Then, be open to what shows up, even when it doesn’t look like you might have imagined it.
I will be releasing my first ever music single soon. It will be out in time for International Peace Day on September 21. This song will be one to keep and to share. Look for the release info in a separate message in the coming weeks.
Book 2 of the Chosen Series is being edited and will be released in early Fall, possibly around the same time at my single. Awaken the Chosen will continue the epic saga of a world threatened by earthquakes and a government with too much power and greed. See the book 1 trailer here: https://youtu.be/P-gTn9Hf0KY.
Last year this time, my first novella, Crossed: The Karma Crusades, made its debut on Wattpad as a featured story. I’ve updated the cover and am still proud of that accomplishment. You can still read it there or get it in paperback or ebook on Amazon.com.
I was thrilled to have my poem Death of Democracy accepted and published in the May 28th online edition of Dissident Voice for their weekly poem. What an honor to have this piece appreciated and shared in this way. You can see the poem on Dissident Voice here at Dissident Voice.
This poem was written in early May 2017 as I watched the rumbling of our democratic foundations and pondered how democracy dies, bit by bit, and will go the way of other powerful civilizations unless she is helped and aided by those who believe in her. If you like this poem, you may like my longer (epic length) poem called The Castle and Her Lady which is in Resist Persist.