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Extramental Exposure by Easy Living Productions, young adults creating their Living School

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Ben Gottlieb & Yalan McCullough prepping for their 3rd Outdoor Gallery show at C2E, Extramental Exposure, this Saturday & Sunday (7/30 & 7/31). Featuring art by Chris Brodbeck, Yeltsin Penado, Ben Gottlieb, and Yalan McCullough

On August last year, my 21 year old son Yalan McCullough and his childhood friend Ben Gottlieb, both passionate artists with a common vision to offer young artists in The Valley a platform to expose their art as well as test the limits of their capacities, launched their first collaborative venture, Easy Living Productions. Easy Living has produced 3 outdoor/garden gallery shows to date, in C2E’s Villa, featuring local young artists paintings, installations, DJing skills and the newly introduced sculptures for this weekends show.

Featured artists have been…

Yalan McCullough, Ben Gottlieb, Yelstin Penado, Chris Brodbeck, Jessica Valice, Claudio Renyer, and Camille Eastin

They’ve also had performances by…

Tyree Williams, Jayson Legacy, Terra Vee, DJKring

I’ve witnessed how they take their lessons from each show and apply them to the next event, becoming more familiar with pre-production timing, installations effect on the property, cover charge process, strike schedule, weather impact, documenting the event, and our favorite…marketing! They have created a Living School for themselves and I have not enough words to say how proud I am of every single artist.

I’ve heard feedback about their choice of name for their company, Easy Living Productions: “Oh yeah right! They wish.” or “They’re young!” or “Don’t we all wish!,” but the truth is that this is one of the boldest, most conscious and progressive titles I’ve heard a company have. I’ve seen these young men grow with a fresh vision for their lives, much different than we ever had. They’ve learned from our mistakes and are very clear of what they DON’T want their lives to be like: They refuse to be slaves in any way shape or form, they want to take Liberty and Freedom to a whole new level that none of us have been able to experience yet. They experience adults constant obsession to have more, to spend more, to waste more, to loose more, to stress more, and work more, to pay more bills as total insanity.

1st Show in Easy Living Productions roster, Tones

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They battle day and night with a broken record that has told them they’re lazy, that they don’t know better, that they need to wake up and smell the coffee, and honestly, I think is the other way around. They have a vision and a hope for a world that sets them free to live the life they truly desire, and releases the attachment to currency as the only exchange that exists. Yes it might be a lofty dream, but no one can deny that is a GOOD IDEA!! And if we preach that dreams come true, to follow our passions, and never give up, then I say, be my guest at pursuing Heaven On Planet Earth (H.O.P.E.), after all, we’re all on the same boat!

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These young men and women are not lazy, they are tired, the weight of the world is literally on their shoulders, but they plow through day by day like champions. Doing college, working jobs to pay their bills as they can, honoring their parents as best as they can within family communities who haven’t mastered the high skill of communication, having to face the fact that they are mostly misunderstood and viewed in some negative light. On top of that when you add the fact that they don’t have enough experience yet to maneuver the chaos of the paradox they live in, to manage dealing with adults that tell them literally to do as they say and not as they do, and to release the rage of not being SEEN, we must acknowledge they are truly super heroes of change, Time Shifters.

2nd Easy Living ProductionLost In Life.

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I’ve seen these kids at work since our first Camp Work-N-Fun when they were 8-12. When we give them room to express themselves creatively, we empower them to be in charge. When we talk to them as the bright beings they are, they are as industrious as any CEO in corporate America, with the ability to hyperfocus with keen ability. There’s only one catch: they must be interested, and as adults, our endeavor is to hold space for them as they Live their Edication through projects of the heart.

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They see time as wasted when what is demanding their attention is not something they care about. I know most adults don’t resonate with this concept. I know that true freedom is deemed as unrealistic, irresponsible, selfish, and immature; but I’m here to tell you that in my planet that is far from the truth. I see their care, their struggle, their willingness to be in both paradigms for now, but with a goal to untie the bind to an unfulfilled life.

May every step they make to create bring them closer to H.O.P.E.

Written by Mayra McCullough


Art Journaling, my heart in technicolor!

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One of the most rewarding gifts through my season of being a full-time Mom, was tapping to my artist deep within. As a little girl, I would love to paint sunsets, little long hair monsters, and whatever I found in my doodles that needed to come out. My dear best friend was an art prodigy. Her skill, ability to illustrate with full precision, and just impeccable sense of design kept pulling me to that place of comparison. I was so in awe with her work that I humbly accepted that fine art was not part of my calling. Even though I truly enjoyed the process, I just chose to let it go, not for me.  Film became my form of creative expression from high school, college and 8 post-graduate years. Now fast forward to my next phase with paints and brushes, during my 30′s, which was my discovery of children books’ illustrators as I took my sons to the library like twice a week. When I saw Eric Carles’ Hungry Caterpillar, I was so excited because I heard myself say: you can do that!!!! From that point on I gave myself permission to paint half of the house. The front side of the Villa was literally a Caribbean Shack, with white corrugated ceilings over the kitchen area, red beams, turquoise walls, my kids were surrounded by hand painted furniture with stories, and so much color!!

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Then I dove into digital editing, learning photoshop elements to make all the kids birthday party invitations and annual christmas cards that were masterpieces for our family. They were a multimedia collage I would do by hand on a big format, and then I would scan them and print them for Christmas Cards. Each piece intended to translate the story of the year to a watercolor poster size piece.

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Ok now very fast forward…..I end up (please don’t ask me how) with a greeting card  bilingual company….very very fast forward again….even though it became my creative expression for a year or two, very quickly the burn out of the pressure to design high quantities crept in and the decision to release it all was a no-brainer!

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Which lead me to another paint & brush hiatus, until I found my art savior, JoAnn Stevens-Flores. My dear friend, client, and teacher. About 8 years ago, JoAnn was my client at Total Woman. She was one of my first clients ever!!! Wow! I was doing my greeting card business, she was in the film industry (more in the financial side of things), with an art degree, and we would always talk of developing our businesses (cute detail: Fitness Industry saved me from greeting card industry!!)….blah, blah, blah….fast forward again….5 years later I leave Equinox to focus on Coach2Edify and somehow, after not seeing each other for about 4 years, JoAnn and I end up doing art in the Villa!! She was with me from the very beginning of C2E, always ready to take the lead on doing art workshops. Everything I do at C2E is for my own groth, and this is what I share with others. I’m so grateful for JoAnn coming back into my life to take me by the hand and lead me to that joy of painting, playing with colors, and words, designing my feelings with sacred geometry!  Now I have been doing monthly art classes with her for more than a year, and I honor and protect that sacred space of my visual expression, which brings me so much joy. I love seeing the story of my own transformation. I love playing with my intuition, and giggle at the amazing results at times. I love seeing my courage to step out and embrace my artist within. When we do what inspires love, the activity becomes medicine for the body, mind and soul.

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 I see any type of art now as healing. I’m learning more and more that is absolutely necessary for my self expression. Being surrounded daily by these pieces around my home, feeds my soul, as well as my mind. They are reminders of who I am today, my truth, my shadows, my growth, and my chaos. There is not one I do not like, for they all bring me more compassion, admiration, understanding, reminders, and love towards myself and ultimately others.

Written by:

Mayra McCullough, C2E Founder & Body Integration Specialist

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C2E Does a Creative Expression Field Trip every month with JoAnn Stevens-Flores to her studio in Woodland Hills.  It’s the first Saturday of the month, so next one is this coming Saturday, September 5th 4-7. For more info got to:

 


My 2014 Vision Quest with Laura Hollick’s Nü Icon Movie

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NuIconEntry2014BulletinThis Post is dedicated to a lovely journey I took with one of my favorite transformational leaders of our times, Laura Hollick, who has dedicated her life to be a visionary guide to help us find what she calls our Iconic Essence. This is my second year participating in Laura’s Nü Icon Movie event, a free global event guiding transformational leaders on the rise to connect and clarify what our essence, our highest selves yearn to express in this world. The idea is that when we connect with this core, this essence, we tap not only into realizing our potential, but also expanding our potential. The event draws young, creative, and conscious entrepreneurs who support each other with love and encouragement, creating a Facebook Private group that vibrates with resonance! The event finishes with a contest I love participating in and my entry is the piece here above, which is a summary of my journey in this Nü Icon Movie vision quest. The contest winner gets a scholarship to work with Laura in the 12 Month Nü Icon Program. Working with Laura has been one of my heart’s desires for a while. Laura Hollick’s amazing guided rituals, shining example, and captivating inspiration brings our beauty, our gifts, our passion, and intuition to the forefront of one of the most practical aspects of our lives: financial freedom. As creative, spiritual, and elegantly wild as she is, Laura is not shy about the word money, and with great skill she brings her 5 Star operation, Soul Art Studio, to infuse excellence and success in very tangible ways that produce results.

Below is a little tour of my NuIcon Movie experience this year….

Here is me all set up for my Vision Quest weekend in C2E’s Dome. Laura taught us about Portals which creates  an opening in space and time to our new reality and vision. I was able to use all the tie-dyed coffee  filters from our Scrolls that we did for the Gentle Barn this month. A lot of love and care went to creating those and it was a wonderful way to carry that energy in this crucial space.

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Through a series of rituals that Laura took us through we explored various facets of our essence and how to apply the qualities expressed in the process.

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For 9 days I dedicated myself to spend time in solitude, reflecting, meditating, allowing more to come through me. I had a big sheet of watercolor paper for each of the areas I was seeking guidance on. One side I would let the right brain express with art and then on the other side I did all my left brain lists, outlines, and more lists! It is amazing how much our brain can hold in when you see it all laid out in front of you! It’s a very intuitive process where many times I just sat blank, hitting those walls, but I’ve learned to patiently wait for the download. I call the download that moment where you feel wisdom and truth flow through you like sweet honey. That moment where you feel LOVE so deep and profound that there is no doubt that I’m communing with God at that very moment. It was a truly glorious journey.

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Last Sunday I was ready to bring the whole journey to it’s final expression for the Nü Icon Movie contest entry. I did a little selfie photo shoot in the Dome again, allowing what needed to be expressed to come forth fearlessly and authentically. The Montage I did for the Nü Icon Movie Contest was an expression of my sense of re-birth, clarity, and deep connection with an abundance, guided by the Quetzal, that is secured for my life. I have clarity, confidence, and the liberty to be me because it is simply the smartest thing to do, for ALL of us!;)

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SoulCollage, letting our Essence reveal insight & wisdom!

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C2E has a number of Community Events on a monthly basis that bring a collection of tools that, if they resonate with us, will become part of our personal practice of personal self-care in body, mind, and spirit. A personal practice of working through our issues, whether physical, spiritual or mental, is how we can begin to experience true transformation. People tend to be so uplifted, excited, and on fire during a workshop, retreat, or transformational event, but also often falling very quickly into familiar patterns of dysfunction. WHY? Because a personal practice that is consistent is not established. Without this personal practice, that is organic, ever changing, and deeply intimate, there’s always going to be patterns that no longer serve us repeating themselves over and over again in our lives.
Here are a couple of excerpts from C2E Tribe Coaches, Chef MO and Mayra McCullough, to share how they have adopted SoulCollage’s method, our Creative Expression series for this quarter with the beautiful, passionate, and excellent Chantel Zimmerman. Our objective is to inspire you to try new things that might connect with you in ways you can’t even imagine. Open your heart, and allow it to  guide as you feel drawn.
Chef MO’s Experience w/ SoulCollage: (Thank you for sharing Beautiful!)
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I so enjoyed my SoulCollage Card workshop with Chantel Zimmerman. I created 1 card and started 2 more the night of the class, went home after class and finished the other 2. You can see my first three cards in the top row of this montage.
Several days later I felt the inspiration come alive in me to create more. I think I did  8 cards that night, you can see some of those in the middle row, I took the time to sit with these cards for several days just enjoying looking at them , holding them and listening, then spent the next several days writing and cataloging them.
I allowed myself another card session the following week and some of those creations are in the bottom row of the montage.  This process has opened something deep and wide within me that wants to come out play and expand. I would heartily recommend this Soul Collage work to anyone who is curious about accessing their creativity and intuition.
Mayra McCullough’s Experience w/ SoulCollage:
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I was so intrigued by this process where Chantel took us to an intuitive journey of creating images that will speak to US! The concept of having my personalized deck of cards was driving me with excitement and curiosity. I was so eager to see what my soul had to tell me today! It took many of Chantel loving prompts to keep my mind off and my instinct on. Connecting to how your body responds with pure instinct is one of the key lessons for me here. The process was so peaceful, and joyful, specially since I didn’t get to figure anything out, just trust my Essence (or Higher Self) to pick, choose, glue and paste. It would take a couple of chapters to break down the messages these cards have given me, but in summary, they are filled with new messages every time I incorporate them to my daily SOS (Self Optimization Sanctuary) practice. They speak to me about taming the wild, how to achieve clarity, about my ability to live the dream in confidence. They speak to my heart because they come from my heart! So looking forward to finishing my deck of 12 by the end of June!

Come join us at C2E’s Villa tomorrow, Tuesday, May 13, and the following month (Tuesday, June 10th) and explore your soul with this fun, simple, and effective way of practicing connection to our Essence. Please e-mail mayra@coach2edify.org to reserve your spot (price ranges from $30 drop-ins to $15 each if you pre-register a group of 3 (including yourself).

(Disclaimer: Please note that all these images collected are not our own photography or art. This is purely used for self-reflection and demonstrating the principles behind a very profound process of self-discovery. We are grateful for all the artists and images here displayed, and if there is ever an issue to displaying them for ANY reason, just know that you can contact mayra@coach2edify.org and it will be taken care of immediately.)