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Barbara Shipka

United StatesMinneapolis, United States

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May 29, 2013

Barbara Shipka

About Me: 

Once upon a time a baby girl was born. At the age of 5 she already held a dream for her life. She wanted to know the world and everyone in it. She held that dream for several years. At age 10, however, with a deep sadness she came to realize that she would not be able to know everyone in the world. Yet, undeterred, she continued to be compelled to move toward her (modified) dream of knowing what she could of the world and everyone in it.

When she was in college she received a scholarship to study in Europe. So one day she boarded a plane that took her to Brussels and trains that took her to Prague. With excitement and anticipation her global journey had begun.

On another day, some years later, she had an epiphany and, in an instant, knew that in addition to her quest to know the world, she was embarking on a quest to know herself and her place in an amazing and evolving Cosmos. With deep curiosity and gratitude, her inner journey had become explicit.

Over the following years, the distinction between her physical journey and her spiritual journey melted more and more into each other. And out came an understanding that whatever the specific events of her life might be, they were all weaving themselves together into a beautiful and artistic tapestry. She discovered that no matter what, where, or with whom, she was conscious and aware. And even more, that she was conscious and aware in order to create and Co-Create. It had always been so. And so she did...and does. With joy and a child's innocence.

Then, one day last year, as she contemplated and wondered about the emergence of a new stage in her life, she said to herself, "I think I'll write a little one-page story. And I'll put one of my photographs with it." And so she did. Since then, she has become steward to over a thousand little one-page stories + photos. So far.

Some of these stories are about family and friends, others are about her childhood, and still others are about being a woman and a mother. There are many stories about her work ranging from being an elementary school teacher to a corporate executive coach; from being a manager in an adoption agency to becoming a writer and artist. These stories take place in many different parts of the world...the US (where she was born), Europe, The Middle East, Africa, and The Caribbean, South America, and Asia. Together, these stories are her experiences, her thoughts about her experiences, and her learnings. They are her history.

In addition, she writes about the present in the form of observations of her own everyday life. And glimpses into our collective life on earth today. And visions for our viable future. These stories often center on her connection to nature and Life, her caring for our Mother Earth, and her contemplations and reflections about what an amazing experience this all is...this experience of being alive and being aware of being alive!

Within the realm of Co-Creativity, she knows that all of these stories have been received into The Cosmos. Once upon a time and forever.

Sent with blessings and love.

"If you want the truth, you must write about yourself. I am the only truth I know." ― J. Rhys

My Passions: 
global community, our spiritual evolution, creating
My Vision for the Future: 
we discover anew...and for real...that we are One
My Areas of Expertise: 
coach, artist, writer, visionary, mother....and more

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