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Top 10 Highlights of 2014 & the 4 Most Potent Lessons

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

2014 was the year that I learned what truly makes me happy. I discovered that connecting with nature, communing with spirit, expressing my creativity and guiding global experiences makes my heart sing with joy!

Here are my Top 10 Highlights of 2014 along with the 4 most potent lessons I learned that changed my life.  I hope this inspires you to reflect on your own year and recognize the things that make you truly happy.

Top 10 Highlights of 2014

1.  Epic Nature!

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This year I had the chance to travel to the beaches of Hawaii , the Rainforest of British Columbia and commune with my own hometown nature on a whole new level!

I realized that my love of the Earth is a huge driving force in all the work I do.  To honor this love I was able to donate $1,000 to a number of different Eco-Activist Organizations and Charities.

I am eternally grateful for the many magical moments when I hear the trees, the water, the wind and the rocks call my name.

 

2. The Trees of NU York

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When I discovered there was a Hotel in New York called the NU Hotel, I knew there was a special connection. But when I learned they had Art Rooms it felt like the stars aligned.

I submitted a proposal to create a mural at the NU Hotel to showcase the trees of New York. They loved the idea and so I spent a week in New York painting and meditating amongst the Trees of NU York.

 

 

3. TEDx Talk

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The first time I heard of TED talks I heard a whisper in my soul saying “You’ll do one.”

This year that vision came to fruition when I shared my TEDx talk called ‘You are the Art’ in my hometown Hamilton, Ontario.  I think I surprised the audience when I started painting myself, literally becoming the art!

 

 

4. Cover Girl

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I feel so proud when my art, image and ideas are showcased to larger and larger audiences. I truly feel on a mission to circulate love around the planet with creative inspiration. Being featured on two covers this year was a delight!

 

 

 5. International Soul Art Day

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2014 marked our third annual International Soul Art Day!

This year thousands of people engaged virtually while I was accompanied by 5 Soul Artists in my studio including Amethyst Wyldfyre, Amanda Aitken, Cora Flora, Laura West and Jennifer Lee.

We now have a Soul Art Day Gallery that features hundreds of pieces created by people around the world during International Soul Art Day.

 

 

6. Soul Art Mural

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4 of my Master Shaman Level Students in the Soul Art Certification program joined me to create a mural on the outside wall of the local Yoga Studio.

It was so inspiring to work intimately with Christina Szegedi, Lucinda Rae, Joan Marie and Sunne Bernt to create this mural.  Each Soul Artist radiated with their unique expression.

Every time I drive by this mural on my way downtown I smile with delight at the magic we created!

 

 

 7. Making the nü Icon Movie

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The nü Icon Movie is becoming an annual tradition. During the making of this years movie 8 nü Icons flew in from around the world to co-create the power and beauty of the movie.  The Rainbow Dragon truly came to life with Summer McStravick, Alia Hall, Liz DiAlto, Laura Hames Franklin, Jess Johnson, Ariel White, Jody England and Cora Flora.

I’m still smiling from all the incredible discoveries we uncovered through this creative process.

 

8. nü Icon Intensive

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7 of the nü Icons from the 2014 nü Icon Program flew in from all Continents to work on their Iconic Essence expression and career.

We had so much fun! We laughed for days as our hearts filled with the nourishment of true soul connection.

It was extra special to feature these nü Icons in this years movie, including Joan Marie, Fleur Van Til, Jill Soenen, Yoshi Arima, Ute Lambretch, Sunne Bernt and Christina Szegedi.

I will cherish this experience forever. It was a total Soul Family reunion!

 

 

9. The nü Icon Movie

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Thousands of people participated in this years nü Icon Movie experience to connect with their Iconic Essence.  Dreaming up the movie experience and creating it satisfies my inner child in the most delightful way. Leading the Vision Quest for thousands of people roots me deep in my purpose. I feel my soul harmonize with this type of expression.

I feel so much gratitude for the whole experience and everyone who participated.

 

 

10. My Relationship with Kevin Thom

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By far the most treasured highlight of 2014 is my relationship with Kevin Thom. Kevin is my partner, my creative soul mate, my best friend and the brilliant photographer and videographer behind all the images you see.  He warms my heart and soothes my spirit in ways I’ve never experienced before. He is the biggest blessing in my life.  My heart bursts with love just thinking about him!

 

 

4 Most Potent Lessons

1.  Beauty is an essential nutrient

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I learned that when I surround myself with beauty I’m happier, more productive, more grateful and more willing to see the higher perspective of any given situation.

This year I started buying weekly bouquets of roses and other flowers to fill my home, my office and my studio.  I realized that simply seeing them and smelling them changed my mood.

I learned that beauty is an essential nutrient that adds to my joy, my health, my clarity and my purpose.

 

 

2. Embrace fear as a partner in growth

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I am one of those people who is constantly in a state of transformation and I seem to thrive on the possibility of creating something new and expanding my expression constantly.

As much as I’ve benefited from this quality I’ve also experienced a tremendous amount of stress, overwhelm and fear as a result of always seeking the next level of my expression.

This was the first year I learned that I could embrace fear as a partner rather than resist it and try to change it.  As a result my stress and overwhelm went down and I was able to let fear fuel my dreams rather than stunt them.

To test this discovery I did a photoshoot with a giant python snake.  Since snakes were something that brought up fear for me, I wanted to find out if I could truly embrace fear as a partner in my growth. Success!

 

 

3. Music makes me happy!

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When I was growing up I was in a band that traveled around the world. It was a highly competitive experience with a lot of rules, judgments, comparisons, and better-than/less-than projections. The whole experience left me completely turned off of music, to the point that I wasn’t involved in music for over a decade.

This was the year that music came back into my life and healed a hole that I didn’t even know was there.

I sang for the nü Icon theme music this year and recorded with a group of nü Icons. I made my very own drum using Elk skin and I’ve been playing it every day since. I also hired a Sound Shaman to come into my studio to perform a private healing sound ceremony for me. It was glorious!

I realized I LOVE music and it has found its way back into my life!

 

 

4. If you have a dream, make it real!

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I always dreamed of going up in a Hot Air Balloon.  When I was a child they flew over our home and I watched in awe and wonder. Finally this year I thought to myself “What am I waiting for?”

So, I made a childhood dream real simply by deciding to do it.  This was a huge lesson for me, I realized that we all have dreams to inspire us but we also have the power to make them real and it is as simple as deciding to do it!

 

2014 has been an amazing year!

Thank you for being part of my journey this year.

I look forward to many more creative adventures with you!

 

Making the nü Icon Movie

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

The nü Icon Movie was in creative process for close to a year. To create the stunning images you see throughout the movie I worked with photographer Kevin Thom. We traveled across Canada to the rainforest in British Columbia to immerse ourselves in nature. We also filmed a number of scenes in the Conversation parks in my hometown Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

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To create this year’s nü Icon Movie I did dozens of solo shots along with leading two group nü Icon Intensives. Many of the solo shots included elaborate hair, makeup, headpieces, costumes and set elements.  My studio was brimming with Iconic Essence art all year!

 

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The first nü Icon Intensive started with 7 of the nü Icons from my current nü Icon Program.  Almost every continent was represented with people from across Canada, USA, Europe, South America, Australia and New Zealand, a true Rainbow Tribe!

 

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Everyone had their moment in the spotlight to shine their unique Iconic Essence. It was beautiful to witness.

After working together for close to a year, in the nü Icon Program, we had formed such a Soul Family bond. Being together in person left such a loving imprint on my soul, I will never forget the profound magic we experienced together!

Check out the behind the scenes nü Icon Intensive with my current clients.

 

Rainbow Dragon nü Icons

The second nü Icon Intensive was with creative spiritual entrepreneurs that I’ve been on the journey with for some time. We’ve all been riding the dragon for a number of years weaving our magic in the world.

 

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During our Intensive we created portals to open space for the next level of our unique expression and business success. There was a glorious feeling of resting into the feeling of being met by others who understand the entrepreneurial path with all its challenges and ecstatic opportunities. There is something so invigorating and peaceful about being with people who ‘get it’.

Check out our behind the scenes creative process.

 

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All of the singing you hear in the nü Icon Movie was recorded during our Intensive. Then Kevin Thom produced our sounds into the music you hear throughout the movie.

See our behind the scenes music creation and sound healing sessions for the nü Icon Movie here.

 

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There were lots of behind the scenes creations for costumes, headpieces, set elements, planing meetings and the biggest construction project was creating the Rainbow Feathered Canoe.

Check out the behind the scenes making of the Rainbow Feathered Canoe here.

 

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Creating the nü Icon Movie has been amazing, and it’s still in motion!

Watch the full nü Icon Movie today!

 

The Soul Art Mural

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

Making the Soul Art Mural has been a wild adventure into the depths of creativity and the true power of art!

4 Soul Artists from around the world flew in to Canada to work on this magical creation through the summer of 2014.

All the artists who participated in this mural are part of the Master Shaman Level in the Soul Art Certification program. They have been cultivating and mastering their unique expression to become creative spiritual leaders in their communities.

Now that the mural is complete and each artist has had some time to reflect on their creation, it is inspiring to hear their thoughts about their Soul Art.

 

The Soul Artists

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I am here to share and spread my love, creativity and artistry to inspire others on their journey to unleash their creative dreams, to uncover and release their authentic truth and clarify their soul’s purpose and work of art.

Christina Szegedi, Switzerland, www.christinaszegedi.com

 

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My path as a Soul Artist is to express the archetypes of the goddess within as self expression, however they desire to flow through and also mirror for other women to inspire and help remember their innate multitudes of facets  of light divine.

Lucinda Rae, California, USA, www.prosperitybranding.com

 

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I am expansion, I am queen of my world, I am free to feel, be, do, and have all that makes me smile. My goal has always been to fully express vibrant-and-fun passion through my artwork.”

Joan Marie, Missouri, USA,  www.joanmarieartist.com

 

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My Soul Art journey has  exploded my intuitive GIFTS to another level. Intuitive Art is pouring out of me like flood gates that have been opened from an overflowing dam. Soul Art is a vehicle for us to receive the messages of our own divine spirit. It is divine cosmic energy made visible so that we can clearly feel, see and own what our hearts yearn to create on this earth.

Sunne Bernt, Australia, www.sunwellbeing.com.au

 

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Creating this Soul Art Mural with these 4 incredible artist has filled my heart with joy.

When it came time to create my own section of the mural I went through a mini-disaster at first (you can read about the disaster here), but it turned out to be a tremendous cleansing experience that opened me to allow the true vision to flow through.

My part in the mural was about expressing the heart of Soul Art.

Soul Art is a journey of discovering who you are on the deepest level and mastering your ability to express it in the world. Soul Art is about unifying your inner and outer worlds into one cohesive expression. Soul Art is about making your imagination real.

Laura Hollick, Creator of Soul Art, Canada, www.soulartstudio.com

 

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You can visit the completed mural and experience the transmission of creativity for yourself.

The Soul Art Mural is located at the corner of York St./Crooks St. (near Dundurn Castle), on the outside wall of the De La Sol Yoga Studio, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

 

Activate your own Soul Art Journey with my free quiz…

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Discover yourself, connect with your unique expression and open yourself to the creative world of Soul Art.

 Free Quiz: What kind of Creative Spirit are You?

 

Learn more about the Soul Art Certification & sign up today!

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The 2015 Soul Art Certification begins on July 10th.  Sign up with Early Bird savings until June 30th!

Claim your space in this transformational program today!

 Photos and video of the Soul Art Mural by Kevin Thom.

 

Creating the Soul Art Shaman Mural

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

4 of my Shaman Master Level students, in the Soul Art Certification program, have been working with me this summer to create a public mural on the exterior wall of the  De La Sol Yoga in Hamilton, Ontario.

We’ve transformed the whole experience into a giant ritual for embodying the next level of beauty, artistry and higher vibrational frequency.  I can only imagine how the interior of the building is being transformed by all our creative vibrational realignments.

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Each Soul Artist  started their section of the mural by using the Bodymapping process. Bodymapping is Level 1 in the Soul Art Certification program, where we trace our bodies to give us a framework for entering the creative process and opening a door to the inner world of our creative genius.

Here’s Christina Szegedi, from Switzerland, creating a dancing bodymap shape to express the full range of her creative expression.

 

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Joan Marie, from Missouri,  anchors her expansive energy with an open arm pose for her bodymap tracing.

What Joan says about her art:

My goal has always been to fully express my vibrant-and-fun passion through my artwork.” – Joan Marie

 

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Lucinda Rae, from California,  brought her mystical magic to the creative process. It felt like the moon was intimately part of her channeled creation. And, or course we managed to paint her part of the mural during the Full Moon!

 

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Creating on the exterior brick wall brought its own set of challenges and opportunities. As Artists we’re always working with what we have to create the visions we imagine.

 

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Sunne Bernt, from Australia, brought her unique brilliance to the mural.

What Sunne says about her Soul Art process:

“There is a powerful portal, a cosmic vortex available to each one of us that is a direct doorway to our original soul and the creative heartbeat of the universe. The message is if we observe our inner landscape and truly SEE with our inner eye we can know the answers to all the questions we have ever asked ourselves. When we keep our inner sight sharp and clear the Vortex that is created opens the way for powerful universal creative energy to surge through into our lives creating magic and miracles on a daily basis.” -Sunne Bernt

 

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Now the final part of the mural is my own section.

I’ve been practicing Soul Art for over a decade and still each journey feels completely fresh and exciting.

 

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As with any Soul Art creation it is a process of channeling the wisdom that wants to flow through at the time.  Right now it is unfolding.

 

Keep watch for the completed mural to be unveiled this summer!
Share the creative process as it unfolds….

 

 

nü Icon Intensive

Sunday, July 6th, 2014

7 of the nü Icons from my year-long nü Icon program joined me in Canada for an Intensive, June 26-27th. We worked on their Iconic life and career and filmed an episode of nü Icon: The Movie, to be released in the Fall.

Here is a glimpse into our nü Icon Intensive experience and movie making magic….

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There was an application process to fill 7 spots to represent each color in the rainbow. Here’s our International Rainbow Tribe:

Pink: Joan Marie from USA

Red: Fleur van Til from Ecuador

Orange: Jill Soenen from Ontario, Canada

Yellow: Yoshi Arima from British Columbia, Canada

Green: Ute Lambrecht from New Zealand

Blue: Sunne Bernt from Australia

Purple: Christina Szegedi from Switzerland

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Creating your Iconic life and career takes some serious focus!

 

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We laughed so much! There was so much joy in connection and conversation throughout the whole Intensive.

 

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A bounty of love and inspiration flowing in every direction.

 

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Dancing, shaking it up, stirring it up, activating embodied abundance on all levels!

 

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“Connecting with your soul tribe feels like being held and carried by the winds of love”.

-Fleur van Til, Red (and pregnant!) from Ecuador.

 

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“I had vowed to stop all classes and workshops!! Then Laura’s MAGIC appeared!!!! True life-changing shifts have occurred!! THANK YOU GOD, THANK YOU, LAURA, your powerful magnetism to gather inspired, like-minded souls together, is the most exhilarating experience life has to offer….and Laura’s profound intuitive skills open huge doors during group and private work! THEN…all of THIS is personified by waterfalls and trees shifting your very foundation. It is truly challenging to find the words which capture the transformations from this lush adventure. “

-Joan Marie, Pink, from USA.

 

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“What I have learned from this journey, among many other things is, the power and the potential of a community of like minded people who resonate on a deep soul level with each other. The bonds that form between like-minded, heart centered, creative soul-seekers can create massive shifts, transformation and growth in our life.”

-Christina Szegedi, Purple, from Switzerland.

 

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“I love experiencing a new perspective – it shakes us up a bit, provides us with new insights and possibilities we could not see before. At the Intensive I felt surrounded by my beautiful and heart-centered Tribe. Together, we explored topics in a way that took us out of our ego mind; we experienced how to connect with our inner guidance, how to access our intuitive creativity – and it felt so invigorating, so good, so generous! My new perspective has been broadened by experiencing first-hand how we can live in our true Essence in this World. Thank you so much Laura for this amazing transformational experience.”

-Ute Lambrecht, Green, from New Zealand.

 

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“I could have read a thousand books, watched a thousand videos about life shifts and it would not match the level of transformation I felt from EXPERIENCING this nü icon intensive. Those magical moments of meeting up in person and connecting, conversing, eating, laughing, working out, crying, hugging, with you all sent me through a portal into BEING. I paused every once in a while and took in the moments; sitting in the Soul Art Studio, doing all the filming work outside, holding the anticipation before I met each one of you in person… My mind had to catch up to the experience MY HEART HAD PULLED ME TO. This work is life changing and life shifting, and the core radiant component of it all… is LOVE. I love you all for following your heart and walking the path to revealing to the world, more and more of the SPIRIT YOU ARE.  I miss you all so much but you are all a part of my heart forever.
What we shared was poetic, timeless existence.

-Yoshi Arima, Yellow, from British Columbia.

 

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“The energy created by each beautiful person who was present during the Intensive held space and support for the the effortless flow and expression of who we truly are. An Absolutely magical and enchanting experience!”

-Jill Soenen, Orange, from Ontario, Canada.

 

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So many creative rituals to deepen the experience both in the studio and out in nature.

 

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Fleur van Til, Red, discovered this magnificent creature while out in the forest.

 

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Our Soul Family sharing amazing food and super charged water together, feeling deeply nourished by the whole experience.

 

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We played a game were we let our cell phone cameras explore the studio to find interesting images. I discovered the studio loves being photographed and seen through nü eyes. Maybe you’ll see some of the cell-phone camera snapshots from all the nü Icons on social media.

 

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Sunne Bernt, Blue, warming up her yoga moves for filming at the waterfall.

“This Intensive gave me and everybody else who attended a platform which we stepped onto that supported us to shift our reality into the nu paradigm of living from our iconic essence. This experience has settled into the cells of my body and heart which gives me the ability to move forward knowing from the core of my being that this is possible.

-Sunne Bernt

 

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Our nü Icon Rainbow Tribe dancing at the waterfall.  You’ll see more of the incredible visuals we created in nü Icon: The Movie coming out in the Fall. During this Intensive we filmed one of the episodes of the movie.

 

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This incredible drawing was created by Christina Szegedi, Purple. She captured the magic of the experience and the uniqueness expressed through each person.

It truly was an incredible experience. One the highlights of  my year for sure!

Stay tuned for nü Icon: The Movie coming out this Fall!

 

 

Behind the scenes photos by Sunny Kaura & Kevin Thom.