Waterskiing 101: Rule #1 Let go of the Rope! by guest author, Steve Garrison!

Posted in Articles, Uncategorized on March 4th, 2010 by admin – 1 Comment

Life Art Healing is honored to present an article from guest writer, Steve Garrison, Author of The Five Secrets from Oz!

Steve Garrison, a single dad and a student of personal development study, has summarized his 20 years of learning into five secrets to truly transform. Steve works as a motivational speaker, personal coach and author to help others find their inner light. With his passion, energy and enthusiasm, he shares his profound knowledge of these secrets with people who are ready to make a change in their lives. A native Bostonian, Steve now lives in Madison, Wisconsin with his three children.

Now recently endorsed by the prestigious Cleveland Clinic as a powerful book who help patients to cope with surgery and to recover with the most optimal attitude and mindset. The Clinic will begin medical trials in 2011 using “The Five Secrets from Oz” as a guide to help patients heal after surgery. www.thefivesecretsfromoz.com

Waterskiing 101: Rule #1: Let go of the rope!

I like to think of myself as a very good athlete. One of the sports that I have a little fear of is waterskiing. I think it is because I had a traumatic event when I was 10 trying to get up and out of the water and failing time after time. When I finally got up I proceeded to fall. Now the normal person would let go of the rope. This by the way is the number one rule in waterskiing when you feel like you are falling or about to wipe out. So, not me…not Mr. “I don’t listen to instructions” (typical male right). Anyway, I was dragged what seemed like a mile (actually it was 50 feet or so) before I actually let go. Now, here I am, 28 years later and on a boat with my two nephews, both great athletes in their own right. As my nephew David was driving the boat, he looked at me and said, “Uncle Steve, here is the life jacket, do you want to ski!”

Now I had a choice to make and I know what most of you are thinking. “Oh, what a great story, after all these years he got right back up…awe…good for Steve!” Well, I wish I could have told you a Rudy or Karate Kid story with a happy ending, but alas, I chickened out. I am not sure if it was because I was having a flashback of when I was ten or if it was because I was terrified of looking like a complete idiot in front of my two nephews?

What does this all mean you ask? Sometimes in life, we need to just have faith to let go of the rope. We as adults are constantly getting in our own way, just like I did when I chickened out from waterskiing. We make excuses as to why we can’t do something. We convince ourselves to not let our new boyfriend/girlfriend see our feelings for fear of being hurt. We make excuses as to why we can’t start a business or tell someone we love them for the first time for fear of rejection. We are forever letting our past dictate our present reality because we can’t let go.

No matter what ropes are dragging you through the water, remember the first lesson of waterskiing. Don’t be afraid to let go. Understand that you have a life vest and it will keep you from drowning so just let go. Many of us think it is acceptable to allow ourselves to be dragged through the water. That is not O.K. and it will only keep you from getting back in the water of life.

As for me, I have decided that next summer when I am at my family lake cabin in Maine that I will put on the water-skis and enjoy the ride. Now that I realize that it is O.K. to let go and to get out of my own way!

Remember. The past is HISTORY so finally let it go, the future is a MYSTERY, but today is the PRESENT. That is why they call it a GIFT.

Happy skiing!

-Steve Garrison  March 1st, 2010  www.thefivesecretsfromoz.com

Perspective is Everything

Posted in Articles on February 22nd, 2010 by admin – 4 Comments

Today on my way to the woods, I first heard a police siren, you know that short bwoop -bwoop, not the long high-speed chase kind. I then saw a police car, lights flashing, had pulled over one of my neighbors in his driveway. He was standing arguing with the police officer. As I continued walking to the trail, I could clearly hear what they were saying to each other. The police officer was upset because the man had not pulled over right away “How did I know how far you were going to drive?!” he shouted. “I knew you would follow me!” The man insisted as he stood in front of the open door where his young child was sitting in a car seat.

Their voices drifted as I entered the woods. The grey-brown trees dark from the moisture of the snowstorm last night, the branches covered with a thick layer of snow, like the whole world had been frosted for some king’s birthday. How quickly I had left witnessing such a tense situation to seeing such peace and beauty. So, I thought, why did I see that today? I believe that everything that happens in our experience is a chance to learn, so what would I have to learn from these two men arguing over a traffic stop?

As I noticed deer and squirrel tracks in the new snow, I thought about the conflict and the two main characters. The police officer believed he was right. The man believed he was right. The truth, I believe, is they were both right, at least to themselves. The police officer would report that my neighbor did the wrong thing. The man would tell his friends about the crazy cop who pulled him over.

A woodpecker high up in a dead tree pecked away for his winter meal. I was circling back home, when I realized the lesson in what I had observed. As Aimee Mann, one of my favorite singer-songwriter’s, lyrics say “perspective is everything”. In every conflict, there is a truth to both sides of each story, a truth so strong that we will raise our voices, slam doors, turn to addictive behaviors, isolate and even cut ourselves completely off from each other. I was able to have a neutral perspective on the cop and my neighbor, I could see both truths.

So, perhaps from this perspective I had today, the next time I am in disagreement with someone, I will be open to not only my truth, but have compassion for their truth and to quote myself from my painting titled pure truth, “The truth exists pure somewhere…”. -Amy Roemer 2-22-10

Pure Truth by Amy Roemer

Pure Truth by Amy Roemer

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Nothing Happened to me.

Posted in Uncategorized on February 6th, 2010 by admin – Be the first to comment

Something happened to me! Have you ever said that? Did something really happen to you? “Of course!” you may say “That guy just cut me off, didn’t you see that???” Isn’t it amazing how quickly we can become offended, defensive, victimized by something that “happened” to us? What if we took the perspective that we have control over what happens to us, most of the time. For example, instead of seeing a guy cut you off in traffic, you see a guy pull into the lane ahead of you ( notice I said “the” lane, not “your” lane) very close. You are okay, he is okay, and you drive on. Wow, how easy was that? You chose to just observe and spent no energy on being mad/angry/victimized by an action that the other person may not even be aware that they did. Maybe driving is not his strong suit, or he was late, or driving his desperately sick dog to the vet! Don’t we want compassion when we do something wrong or that we are not good at?

I remember experiencing the Northridge Earthquake in 1994, when I lived in Los Angeles. The whole city was shaken and several days after, I was in my car, stopped at a traffic light. I was a bit zoned out when the traffic to the right of me began to move, I instinctively pressed on the gas before looking straight ahead! I ran right into the car in front of me. The man in the car just waved and said “It’s okay!” He didn’t even get out to check if there was damage. We were a community of people who had just become one by experiencing something together and he had compassion for me in that moment and I was so thankful for that. So, notice when you tell those stories of what “happened to me”. Try to see a situation from all perspectives. Remember when you did something that wasn’t perfect and how great it would be next time to get a kind reaction. It stretches our muscles to break out of old habits, and this one is worth it, you save so much energy that you can use for what you choose to have happen!-Amy Roemer 2-6-10

Happy New Year! How to make a Vision Board for 2010!

Posted in Uncategorized on January 5th, 2010 by admin – 1 Comment

It’s 2010! A new year, a new decade, a new chance to start living life the way you want to! The Mayans belief was that the number 10 represents the end of a cycle and the beginning of another. The ten was regarded as being the number of the life and the death. What do you want to let go of, let “die” in 2010? What do you want to bring alive in 2010? A Vision Board is a great place to start! The top 3 percent of wealthiest people in the world all write down their goals. Writing goals and adding visual cues to remind yourself are key to making your life work the way you want it to! Plus, it’s fun!

Start by getting a piece of poster board or foam core.

Create a half inch border around the outside edges using gold or yellow markers (paint, glitter…be creative!)

Set aside, you’ve done the first step! Now you have a blank canvas to inspire you!

Find pictures in magazines, online, etc…of what you want in your life. Your dream home, your perfect weight, dream partner, garden, car, organized home, amount of money you want to make…anything!

Again, be creative! My husband is working on getting his novel published and going on a book tour. I cut out a picture of him, searched “photo of book signing” on google, printed out a picture of a crowd waiting in line to get a book signed, and cut out an author’s hands signing a book and pasted it all together so it looks like he is signing books at a major book store!

Write, type, print, cut out of magazines phrases and words to tell the story of how you want your life to be in 2010! A great place to start is across the top of your Vision Board write “I deserve the best and I accept the best now!” At the bottom you can put “This or something better manifests in the appropriate time for me”.

I put words like “ I feel great!” and “I have lots of energy!”

If you are working on financial abundance, you could write “My finances are taken care of and my wealth is growing!”

Now, paste, glue, write, paint all your photos and phrases on your Vision Board!

Leave room in the bottom right hand corner and write “To Do: Write proof of ________ every day.” If you are working on weight loss you could write in a journal every night, the proof of your goal. For example, you may write “I lost one pound this week. I ate healthy food today. Millions of people lose weight every day, so it is possible for me.”

Next in the bottom right hand corner, write “Clean out the old.” Whatever your goal is, there is probably evidence of it in your home or mind. Staying with the weight loss issue, you could clean out your pantry of food you know is contributing to weight gain, and clean out your mind of any beliefs that it is not possible for you to be a healthy weight or you don’t deserve it.

Lastly, write “Feel what it feels like to____________.” Take a moment to feel what it feels like to weigh less than you do, how does your body feel? How do your clothes feel? What are you wearing? What are you doing? Walking? Taking a yoga class?

Now that your Vision Board is complete, post it somewhere that you will see it every day, even if that is your bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, office, wherever you know for sure you will see it! Make it part of your daily routine! Keep in mind that your Vision Board can be for one goal or all your goals for the year! Enjoy 2010!!!!-Amy Roemer 1-5-10

If you live or would like to travel to the Milwaukee area, you can attend Life Art Healing’s Vision Board Workshop on January 23, 2010 at the beautiful Boerner Botanical Gardens!

Breathe through the holidays!

Posted in Uncategorized on December 24th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

Okay, you’ve done yoga every week this year, well…almost, you’ve tried! You’ve meditated….when you remembered, kept a good diet…any cookies eaten with love are okay in my book! Now, it’s the holidays! And doesn’t this society focus on the craziness and stress of this time of year? If we take care of ourselves and focus on things going calmly, most of them will…but that takes practice and the holidays are here and your Uncle Frank is spouting out negativity like it’s going out of style!

So, here’s what you can do. Remember, it’s their “stuff” not yours. Get up early! I know you are tired, but if you have some alone time for you, it will give you energy and calm that are well worth it! Do a meditation, even for 2 minutes! Do a few yoga poses, stretches, whatever makes you feel good. Make yourself a nice breakfast and eat it on the prettiest plate you have!

Once you get there…..Make every attempt to stay in your good mood. Talk to the people in the room who are positive. Take breaks, go for a walk or at least to the restroom and take some deep breaths, check your neck, shoulders, and jaw…are they tense? Breathe and relax them. Repeat as often as necessary! Write this down on a note card and carry it in your wallet or purse so you can pull it out and remember what to do!

Last, but not least. Be easy on yourself. We are all human, we are not perfect, and if we were, wouldn’t life be pretty boring? The holidays are what great stories are made of, so laugh it off, have fun, and breathe!-Amy Roemer 12-24-09

What I found in the woods

Posted in Uncategorized on December 18th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

A friend told me about a wellness weekend she went on with her mother some time ago. They were asked to take a walk in the woods and find an item that they were drawn to and bring it back. When the attendees were gathered together again, they described why they chose their item. She chose bark, and said she was drawn to it because of the thick skin she felt she had to have to get through painful experiences in her life.

I was so inspired, that today while walking through the woods, I decided to see what I was drawn to. First, I saw 3 acorn shells connected together, which could symbolize my strong connection to my 2 brothers, or my husband, daughter, and I. Three represents the trinity, linked to religions and spirituality. I passed the acorn shells, next a few blades of green grass peeking out from under the snow. Survival, strength, endurance! Yet, I passed by the grass as well.

I continued to walk and let my mind observe the bare trees, the white snow, the muddy raccoon tracks coming up from the bit of exposed river. Then, I saw my item! A small stick in the middle of the path. Seemingly more humble than the trinity of acorns or the enduring blades of grass, all the same I knew that it was what I would carry home. I picked up the stick and pondered why I was drawn to it.

The stick, on it’s own, is a stick. On a tree, it is a branch, a limb that grows buds, leaves, bears fruit. It is connected to every part of the tree. The water that the roots sip out of the ground supports the farthest branches, because the branches are part of the tree. If we see a tree with no branches, it is dead, a stump, no longer supporting life.

A stranger is a stick, a person whose connection to family, friends, community, the universe, we do not see. A brother is a branch, a person connected by family, to friends, etc…because we can see the whole tree. We are all a branch, all so connected to each other. By every thing we do, our jobs, the children we raise, the things we buy and build, all impacts each person on this earth in some way. Even those who are isolated, like Thoreau in his Walden Pond years, make an impact. He was living alone in the woods, removed from family and friends, yet he still burned wood, consumed plants, animals, and water, and created. We all are creators. In his isolation he created work that has impacted more people than those who work among the masses!

So, you are connected to me and I to you, the old six degrees of separation are existing all the time, you may look like a stick, but you are a branch, and integral part of the tree of life that is existing on this earth and beyond. -Amy Roemer 12-18-09

What are you choosing today?

Posted in Uncategorized on December 14th, 2009 by admin – 3 Comments

What are you choosing today? We really are in control over so much of what happens to us. We choose how we react to every situation. The other day I was standing in line with many other holiday shoppers with full carts. I had been in line for about 5 minutes, with several people gathering behind me, when the cashier turned off her light and said “I’m closed.” There was only one other cashier open with a long line of customers waiting. The woman behind me said “That is so RUDE!” and stormed off to the back of the other line. Meanwhile, I hadn’t even time to start to the next line, when a man from the other line said “You can go in front of me.”

The woman behind me chose to be upset by the line closing. She chose to be victimized by the situation, and therefore chose to be at the end of the line. I can imagine she told the story to her friends when she got home. “You won’t believe what happened to me at the store today! What a nightmare!”

I chose to accept the situation, was about to calmly go to the end of the other line, hadn’t a thought that the cashier was being rude. So, as I was not choosing to be a victim, I attracted a positive situation. I got in line ahead of the kind man, and got on with my day and had a nice story to tell about the polite guy at the store.

The stories we tell attract the stories to come. So, the ripple effect of what we choose today goes throughout our life. Choose to have a great day, with great experiences. It will take some practice. Notice how you feel every time you choose not to be victimized, then when you chose to have a good moment, a good day, a good week, a good life!-Amy Roemer December 14, 2009


Posted in Uncategorized on November 25th, 2009 by admin – 1 Comment

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you Life Art Healing fans out there! Thanksgiving is here and families and friends across the country are celebrating around tables modest and extravagant. From single apartments, to cavernous mansions and every dwelling in between. Speaking of dwellings, all of us who have a place to call home can be thankful for that! I have lived everything from a tiny single apartment with a $3 round table that had been sawed in half, literally the only table that could fit in the miniscule kitchen, to a well over 1/2 million dollar house. I am currently living in a lovely apartment with my husband, daughter, and 2 kitties and am so thankful to have a warm cozy home for us to live in.

I think of all the homeless people I have encountered in my life, the years I lived in Boston and Los Angeles I met the most. Some of them were crazy, some of them were addicts, some of them just found themselves there through circumstance. When I stopped to think and see and hear the stories of the individuals, my heart was opened. Each of these people, singled out because they don’t have a dwelling, has a story with a beginning, a baby that became a child, that became an adolescent, that became and adult whether they were ready for it or not. All the years of experience brought them to that place. In each of them is that precious baby, that amazing soul. I am so thankful to have a roof over my head, and I have to say that some of my smallest most humble roofs have been my favorites! I am also grateful that I can see that every person on this planet has an extraordinary story.

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There’s an App for that!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 9th, 2009 by admin – Be the first to comment

As technology has raced forward, people have spent less time being present, less time connecting face to face and more time isolated from family, friends, and nature.  When school children are asked where an apple comes from, many of them answer “The grocery store.” A century ago, 80 percent of the U.S. population was involved in farming. Today, the number is less than 2 percent. So, that hands-on involvement with harvesting crops with family and the communtiy has diminished extremely.  Hence, so has the human to human, human to nature bond.

Yet, the yin and the yang of technology exists and so there have been amazing strides in connecting people…facebook anyone? Dare I say the good old internet? You are reading this now because of the advantages of technology. The amount of information we have access to is so incredibly abundant! Everything under, over, and beyond the sun exists in cyberspace. Just as we can picture anything with our imagination. Our imagination is key to creating the life we want. Just like we can enter any keyword into a search engine and get related results, so we can focus our thoughts on what we want and attract like results. Ever notice when you have a big change in your life, like a pregnancy, suddenly you notice pregnant women and babies everywhere? There aren’t more of them all of a sudden, it’s the power of focusing your attention on something!

So, speaking of apples and focusing your thoughts to what you want, guess what? Through the miracle of technology ( which is just ideas people imagined, believed in, and took action on), there is an App for that! I love the Money and Law of Attraction Cards App now available for your iPhone ( or in my case, my husband’s iPhone, which my daughter and I borrow!). The “cards” are beautifully illustrated and have positive affirmations and insights to help you get your thoughts going in the direction of your desires!-Amy Roemer November 9, 2009

For the Money and Law of Attraction App, go to:


For the good old fashioned deck of Money and the Law of Attraction Cards go to: