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PINK FLAMINGO CLAN - EAST - August 21st, 2011
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INTRODUCTION
The naming of a clan is a very sacred process. It is not dictated by the creativity alone of the facilitator, but is rather more of a download of information that best represents the existing energy of the group as a whole. Through intuition, meditation, inspiration, imagination, observation and deep listening the clan is named, not by a human, but through a human by the unseen energy source that connects us all one to another.

We are but reflections of one another, until we are reflecting only what is inside of our heart of hearts from our purest essence. And we will then each be one to another the most persistent of reminders of the greatness that lies within each of us. For it is then that we are projecting the most essential part of our highest and finest selves from the very core of our being. And so it is wise to pay attention to everything and everyone that comes into your space. Let no blessing go unnoticed and no message go unheard. Be not fooled by the wrapping paper on the gift or the cover on the book.

And so with this, we have the naming of this Addiction Alchemy tribe on AUGUST 21, 2011:

The Pink Flamingo Clan

ENERGIES
SACRED ARTS + CREATIVE PROCESS  +  COLOR THERAPY +  SYMBOLOGY & IMAGERY  + BOLD  +  PERSPECTIVE  +   CONCEPTUALIZATION & FORMULATION  +  INVENTION  + STORY  +  IMAGINATION  +  PRODUCTION

PINK FLAMINGO POWER
The Pink Flamingo is quite the totem for a sacred medicine wheel journey. Let's just say that I asked my guides for lots of signs and messages to help me bring this energy forward. And let me say that my obedience and patience with this process has paid off. For what has been revealed to me through the power of this 30 million year old bird is a hint at the creationary force within each of us as we step into our true power as artists of life. What an amazing journey this will be! Already the volume on the creativity has been tuned in and turned up.

“Each moment of our life, we either invoke or destroy our dreams.” -Stuart Wilde

To be honest, the Pink Flamingo is already such a prevalent symbol here for the Florida lifestyle, that in the beginning I could barely take it seriously. Everywhere you look there are symbols and images of pink flamingos. But then when I really started to work with the energy I realized that there is a powerful and deeply moving message here, a beautiful, glowing force to be reckoned with that we will be delicately and deliciously excavating right from our own souls. And there is most definitely a very good reason she keeps showing up over and over again, from the famous Florida Lottery logo to the infamous plastic yard birds. For Pink Flamingo has quite a bit to do with two enigmas in life: the creative process and coyote medicine.

“There is something deep within us that responds to those who level with us, who don’t suggest or compromise for us.” -Susan Scott

Coyote medicine, for those who do not know, is the great hall of mirrors, that shows us things about ourselves, by giving us experiences within our relationships and our environment, that we cannot see so easily our selves. Isn't it interesting that the only face in the whole wide world that you cannot look upon with your own two eyes IS YOUR OWN  (that is, without a mirror)? There are verses in the Bible about men not being able to look at the face of God and live. What this means to me is that we must bring our divinity forward in our life through indirect means and "die" to our own ego in order to allow the true expression of our soul, our super consciousness. Because what we will create will be a sight to behold!

 

“Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads.” - Erica Jong

By the same token, if we try to deny this process and fail to peer into the looking glass, what we resist will most undoubtedly persist. Messages will get through, one way or another. Apparently Flamingo has an important message to deliver, considering the plastic to natural variety weighs in at 7 to 1! Seems we've brought this enigmatic symbol to the forefront of the collective and she's crossing the boundary between nature and art in a most provocative way, causing us to put words like "fine" into art, and "cliche" or "kitsch" into what becomes common. Definitely something to think about, but not for too long!

“Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” -Soren Kierkegaard

 
Angi Sullins - The Flaming Muse

Art and socially acceptable need not live in the same sentence. We reveal who we are by what we create and we need to become comfortable enough with who we are to really let our soul sing! This journey is going to give us the safe container for the expression of that wild child within who may have been stifled and stuffed in the closet.

“The soul should always stand ajar, ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.” - Emily Dickinson

Pink Flamingo's power is in the safety of the tribal community (some flocks number in the tens of thousands!), working together with your "flock" to bring forward something pretty, daring, colorful, soulful, simple and able to be replicated. Another power of Pink Flamingo is that she reveals to us out true nature in a bold, unmistakable way and she won't stop until we get the message! Her love of ritual gives us the gift of prolific production, a formulaic approach, and order to the chaos of creation, not to mention mass appeal.

“I never perfected an invention that I did not think about in terms of the service it might give others… I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent” – Thomas Edison

Pink Flamingo teaches us that what we put into our heart influences our "colors", the colors of our soul, and the colors of our expression. Just as she wades in the muddy shoals and stands at the edgewaters of the shoreline because that's where the tasty shrimp are, she also stands at the shoreline of our soul because that's where our real nourishment lives!

So get ready to be tickled pink, as we embark on this truly incredible adventure into the wonderland of your magically, creatively expressive self!

 

PINK FLAMINGO MESSAGE

Flamingo in dreams, represents your sense of community and cooperation. It also indicates new experiences or situations. Alternatively, it may mean being overly concerned with your physical appearance (Flamingo's spend twice as much time preening as most other birds. - of course they do. It takes alot of work to be THAT fabulous, dahling!) But seriously, because of her extensive preening she is just that much more water tight and can actually float instead of having to work so hard to swim!

Flamingo teaches how to maintain balance and movement through the emotions. She aids in intuitive filtering and spiritual discernment. Flamingo helps in bringing color, play, fun and vivacity into ones life along with increasing community activities. Is it time to bring new life; concepts, ideas, thoughts or people? Is it time to work alone or with groups? Flamingo will show how to maneuver slowly and gracefully with care.

 

Play, of course, isn't all fun and games; it can also combine with sophisticated training to produce works of improvisational genius. Musician/researcher Dr. Charles Limb found that for jazz musicians, the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex -- the area linked to planned actions and self-censoring -- shows a slowdown in activity during improvisation. Limb says this indicates the musician is ''shutting down impulses that might impede the flow of novel ideas," leaving a clear field for spontaneity underpinned by years of practice. Could this be the psycho-social reason why Flamingo's often sleep and stand perfectly balanced on one leg or the other?

Last, but not least we must address the dreaded association that Pink Flamingo has with what is known as kitsch. To some, kitsch is the death knell of good taste. To others kitsch is a deeply rooted essential basic human need like strawberry ice-cream, knock-knock jokes or pop music.

Kitsch isn't just a term used for bad art, in fact it can be quite attractive, hence what leads us to the real beef we have with it. For something to be kitschy, there is an element of cliché and commonality that puts us in full frontal contact with our own personal wrestle with originality, both our fear of standing out and our need to fit in.

If words like pass
é and vulgar come to mind when you think of kitsch, think again. Innocent, visually uneducated children love kitsch. Their judgment of what's nice and what's not is as sincere as their words telling grandma she has a moustache. They want to learn and enjoy life to the fullest. They love puppies and theme parks. They are instinctively drawn to kitsch. It visually stimulates them.

Some say we need kitsch to survive. Without kitsch we would never appreciate antiquities, rarities, sophistication and fine art, as it provides the necessary contrast. As we mature and our tastes become more complex, perhaps the place for kitsch should always remain to put us back in touch with that simple, more innocent part of ourselves that has an honest response to something that makes us feel.

 



PINK FLAMINGO SAYS...
CREATE LIKE CRAZY!
It's time to step into my parlor and let's have a little chat. Now if what I just said didn't throw you off a bit, you're probably in the right place! Because you and I both know that Pink Flamingo's don't live in parlors, nor living rooms and they certainly don't "chat" - not in the physical realm anyway. So if you're comfortable in wonderland, you've come to the right place. Because here in my world, Pink Flamingo says, " Everything talks!"

“Security is mostly a superstition. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.” - Helen Keller

Walk with me as I help you take inspiration from the "natural world" and make it your own. Sacred art is the stuff that comes out of your soul, unedited for human consumption. It's up to you how you then present that art to the world. It's all about the container for the wildness and the wilderness within you that brings out your true self or parts there of.

“I don’t wait for moods. You accomplish nothing if you do that. Your mind must know it has got to get down to work.” -Pearl S. Buck

Far better to have a canvas filled with ink splatters, glitter and duct tape, than a mind filled with the mental equivalent. Just as useful to have a plastic pink flamingo reminding you just how magical nature is, than "Salvdor Dali" giving you a peek into other dimensions. The truth is Art reminds us of ALL THAT WE ARE, all that we can be, what we really do need and just how vast the void of creation truly is! Art re-members us and helps us to integrate all our pieces and discover some new ones.

 
Planet Sark

“I am not afraid…I was born to do this.” - Joan of Arc

The thing that will truly help you turn the corner with your art is my special Pink Flamingo message to you, "It's all in the arrangement." You can go crazy with your designs, but if you don't "make something useful" the anxiety can become overwhelming. So make something we shall!

“Far better to live your own path imperfectly than to live another’s perfectly.” -Bhagavad Gita

If you think you don't have the ability to create art, then think again. Everyone is an artist, because everyone has a soul. Art comes from your soul. So if you say you are not an artist, you've only maybe been a little afraid of the dark, the void of creation. But with the power of the flock, you'll easily overcome any fears or resistance because this is going to be one big PARTY, and expression of the divine human within us all...a play on shadow and light...a reveling in the glory of the manifested world.

“I thought how unpleasant it is to be locked out; and I thought how it is worse, perhaps, to be locked in.”
                                    -Virginia Woolf

It's time to play, to lighten up, to experience more joy and delight.  Pink Flamingo says, "Let's go, love. I'll take you there!"
 


Tori Hartman - Color Wisdom Cards

“Come to the edge, she said. They said: We are afraid.
Come to the edge, she said. They came.
She pushed them and they flew.”
                                   ~ Guillaume Apollinaire


PINK FLAMINGO AFFIRMATIONS
I create from the depths of my soul.
I express myself freely in my creations.
I edit my productions, and flow my art.
I am free from critical judgment.
I give myself permission to play as I create.
I create within sacred space.
I purify my relationship with money.
I bless money and respect the power of abundance.
I ignite the desire to receive in order to share my art.
I release inhibitions on my artistic expression.
I honor my perfectionism as a call to excellence.
I honor mistakes as hidden intention.
I move with my mistakes and use them as guidance from my soul.
I am free to follow my heart's desires.
I am confident enough to enter the void of creation.
I trust that the medicine wheel will lead me to my greatness.
I reveal the glory of my soul in my creations.
My scars, wounds and shortcomings provide guidance.
Gifts reside in what I think I cannot do.
I consider the use of limitations in creation.
I look at obstacles as messages.
I am excited to create my life.
I create my entire life as a work of art.
My life is my magnum opus.
I live in grace, beauty, abundance and divinity.
I invoke the creative muse within.
I am in conscious contact with the whimsical, delicate, frivolous and unreasonable sides of myself.
I give the parts of myself, which I have denied, expression through my art.
It is safe, fun and enjoyable to create.
My art delights, moves and enriches the lives of others.
My joy brings joy to the world.
I find my creative voice and express it to the world.
I am that, I am.

SYMBOLOGY

PINK FLAMINGO TOTEMS
Pink Flamingos (duh!), paint, glitter, glue, fabric, perfume, feathers, kitsch, rhinestones, silk, toile, velvet, diamonds, shrimp, sunset, beach, shoreline, laughter, Seraphim

GEMSTONES
Seraphanite, Rosophia, Azeztualite, Swarosvski crystals, pink ice, rose quartz, rhodochrosite, rhodonite, pink tourmaline, selenite, moonstone, opal, diamond, ruby, sapphire, emerald, platinum, gold, silver.
 

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