Blooming Fire, Fire Blooming

Fire Abloom, mixed media collage, 5″ x 6″

Today I had a session with the multi-gifted Karen Floyd of Design a Better Life. Karen helped me with navigating the themes, obstacles, and intricacies of my personal life and my life as an entrepreneur. She conducted a powerful reading, which revealed areas where my strengths lie and areas for which I have room to grow.

The whole experience was enlightening — or rather, full of light. I felt revelation after revelation — in my body and mind — as I encountered my obstacles, uncovered my gifts, and learned where I can empower myself to be authentic and true to myself as a healing and creative one-woman show. We re-framed negative thinking, re-imagined a different way of seeing and being, and acknowledged my gifts in a productive way.

One thing I will share with you from the session has to do with re-framing. I have always been told that I am too sensitive and too quiet. These two descriptions have been little cactus prickles in my side. I think it’s the “too” part that has felt punishing. So Karen came up with a way to re-frame these gifts. She said, “What if you called yourself available and aware instead of quiet and sensitive? They’re both true.” She continued, “and your gifts are in your ability to be available and open to people and your keen (and sensitive) awareness of others (and of yourself) ” I sighed a big ah-ha and watched her cat (who was joining in on the session) roll onto his back.

That was just one of many ah-ha moments with Karen today. If you are wanting to explore your life and your work in a safe, intuitive, and creative setting, I encourage you to see Karen (or at least visit her multi-faceted website).

I left feeling full and light at the same time, knowing the next steps I need to take to make a leap in my business and to feel more grounded in my life.

The art piece above is my artistic representation of what transformations I see in myself as a result of the session. There is a fire blooming inside of me, ready to take off as creative abundance; there is warmth for those around me in my healing work; and the fire helps me nurture my own heart as I grow and heal myself.


About Courtney Putnam

I first came to healing work through art and writing. Creating collage art and poetry in particular allowed me to deeply understand the benefit of self-expression in the healing process. But, I also began to see the benefit of bodywork (manual work in the form of massage and energywork in the form of Reiki) as keys to unlocking the emotional stresses we hold in our bodies. I became a Reiki practitioner in 2002, received an MFA in Creative Writing in 2003, received my massage license in the spring of 2006, and became a Reiki Master in 2010. In my practice I bring together these three areas -- the body, the mind, and the spirit (or energy body) -- so others may experience profound and positive change in their lives.
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3 Responses to Blooming Fire, Fire Blooming

  1. karenfloyd says:


    It was a blessing for me to work with you today. Your Art is a pure expression of that fire I see in you.

    You are a daughter of the Sun!

    Shine on.


  2. Jenna says:


    this piece really moves me this morning!

  3. So powerful to work with you, Karen! Oh, I love that: Daughter of the Sun!

    And I’m delighted that you were moved by this piece, Jenna. I hope you are having time to create art these days…


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