The Artist Within – A Guide

A Right Brain Adventure!
February 23, 2009, 4:50 pm
Filed under: Whitney Ferre'

I just got back from a book tour in San Diego!  What a gift this time of year.  I met so many incredible people and received such generous contributions to my efforts!  Below is an image of the Self-Realiaztion Fellowship Gardens in Encinitas, CA.  I’ll tell you more about my visit there below.


 After I landed, I drove to Coronado Island to stay with good friends who used to live in Nashville.  Betty spent every Tuesday one school year volunteering at my art center, The Creative Fitness Center, because my third child was a baby and she knew I needed the extra help.  She hosted a wine and cheese meet & greet at her house that night and I met Ms. Vicki (mentioned in previous e-mail) who came down from northern California with her friend, Sussy!  They hold artist retreats in Dutch Flat, CA north of Sacramento and I am so happy to announce that we will be holding an Artist Within Retreat with them the first or second weekend in October 2009!  I also met Danielle from the Diva Craft Lounge!  It was an incredible group of people.  The next day I had a book signing at a boutique, Scott James in downtown San Diego!  Thanks, Rich and Scott!  I met some wonderful people.  One very talented designer I spoke with, Michael Crosby, commented about how he was so tired of the “conversation”.  In other words, the consistent topic of the economy, how hard everything is, etc. is getting old and not creating any opportunity for anyone!  The next morning I was on “San Diego Living”, a morning news show, and I commented to the host that the left-brain talk that is precipitated by this economic climate works against the energy we need to pull us all out of it!  (Go to and click on the San Diego Living icon to learn more about that interview.)  Thursday night I was back on Coronado at Bay Books for a signing.  I had such a great time speaking to the group and everyone left inspired and energized–there is HOPE!  Friday I was interviewed on Big Blend Radio on their business show, Success Express.  Go to and click on the image of my book!  LAter that afternoon I met with another radio host, Dulcinea who has the Evolution Revolution radio show!  We talked about the importance of being a part of something that benefits the common good and does not solely serve to benefit one’s bank account.  We are both on a mission!  Go to for more info. 

Saturday morning, before my book signing at the Encinitas Barnes & Noble, I visited the Self-Realization Fellowship meditation garden.  What an incredible garden perched on a cliff overlooking the ocean.  The gardens were immaculate, lush and out of this world!  Now, for those of you left-brainers who are going “woo-hoooooooo, meditation gardens…” think about this.  Life is really, more than anything, a mental game.  What that means is that our fulfillment and success are more tied to our mental state than anything else.  Think of the deathbed analogy.  When you are at the end, what is going to make you feel content and fulfilled?  If you can look back at a life where you were able to maneuver through the challenges with your principles, friendships and priorities entact that will be a good feeling.  Regret comes from the feeling of somehow “missing the boat”.  There are a lot of people out in CA (and everyhwere) experiencing enormous financial hardship and loss right now.  Their challenge is to find satisfaction and joy within themselves-not from material things.  Meditation is the opportunity to center oneself and tune in to the bigger picture.  Remember, creative and meditative activity produce the same brain waves.  Your Artist Within is the voice that can turn hardship into opportunity, challenges into successes.  We all need to tune in to that voice!

One last thing.  I had an amazing experience as I drove down Hwy. 101 through Encinitas.  I saw a gallery called Art N Soul and under those words  on the window were printed ART . COMMUNITY .  SOCIAL CHANGE

I had to stop!  I met the owner, Cindy, and she explained that they all volunteered there and gave all their profits to 4 local charities!  Even in these challenging times they were able to donate $22,000 to their charities in 2008!  What an inspiration!  I left them with a stack of my books so that they could give all the proceeds to their charities.  I have no doubt that amazing connections will be made as a result!  So fun!

Thank you for reading!  Please comment so I know that you are out there!  Tell your mind that you want some right-brain/Artist Within energy today and expect amazing things to happen.

I just saw a man at the coffee shop reading The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida (great book).  I introduced myself and gave him a card.  I told him to let me know if there was any way I could help his efforts.  He is in economic development.  Florida’s book states that you can measure the health of an economy by its “creative index”.  Love it!  Create a great day, everyone!  Whitney

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Just passing by.Btw, your website have great content!

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Mike, Thanks so much! What got you here to my site? Whitney

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