Art is a Practice
Not a Philosophy 

Exploring and Sharing my truth 

I’ve been on this journey of self-discovery for a few years now. I grew up confused about my identity and who I was becoming. 

"Ni de aqui ni de aya, se dice." meaning Not from here nor from there. But now I understand, I’m from Aztlan, the continent of my ancestors, Turtle Island, where my tribes reside and migrate freely. And so, I am Mexican and American and most groundedly Indigenous. 

I carry the stories of my lifetime and the stories of those who have come before me, I stand on their shoulders and I’m here to tell them. 

Self Talk for 2023

Thought is the core level of creation, manifestation, our worldview, and thus how we travel our life. 

Today's Self Talk
Queen Chief Shakti

Every day I choose to start my day early and make plenty of time for those things that are important for starting my day. 

I enjoy the spare time I have and see the opportunity in waiting for what it is. I have the graceful patience and bright outlook to view any situation as a lesson to be learned. 

My body is perfectly fit and healthy. I love each and every part of it just as my ancestors and creator have designed me. 

Each time I sit to eat I thank the Universe and our Earth for the blessings of our life. 

Every day I make time for what's important to me and I set out to do it. 

I always give myself plenty of time to complete important tasks. 

I'm organized with my space, time, money, relationships, and thoughts. 

I have goals that are simply for me and I let no one's influence affect how I feel about me. 

Self-Talk for Taking Responsibility for Yourself
Shad Helmstetter

I take full responsibility for everything about me - even the thoughts that I think. I am in control of the vast resources of my own mind.

I alone am responsible for what I do and what I tell myself about me. No one can share this responsibility with me. 

I also allow others to accept their responsibilities for themselves and I do not try to accept their responsibilities for them. 

I enjoy being responsible. It puts me in charge of being me - and that's a challenge I enjoy. 

I allow no one else at any time, to assume control or responsibility over my life or over anything that I do. My responsibility to others is an extension of my own responsibility to myself. 

I choose to leave nothing about me up to chance. When it comes to me- and anything in my life - I choose to CHOOSE!

My choices are mine alone to make for myself. I do not, at ant time, allow anyone else to make my choices for me. And I accept full responsibility for every choice and decision I made. 

I always meet all of my obligations which I accept. And I accept no obligations which I will not meet. 

I am trustworthy. I can be counted on. I have accepted winning responsibility for myself- and I always live up to the responsibility I accept. 

There is no they on whom I lay the blame, or with whom I share my own personal responsibilities. I have learned the great secret of mastering my own destiny. I have learned that "they" is "me"! 

I have no need to make excuses and no one needs to carry my responsibility for me. I gladly carry my own weight- and I carry it well. 

Each day I acknowledge and accept the responsibility not only for my own actions- but also for my emotion 



Self-Talk for Building Self-Esteem
Shad Helmstetter

I really am very special. I like who I am and I feel good about myself. 

Although I always work to improve myself and I get better every day, I like who I am today. And, tomorrow, when I'm even better, I'll like myself then too!

It's true that there really is no one else like me in the entire world. There never was another me before and there will never be another me again. 

I am unique - from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. In some ways I may look and act and sound like some others- but I am not them. I am me. 

I wanted to be somebody- and now I know I am. I would rather be me than anyone else in the world. 

I like how I feel and I like how I think and I like how I do things. I approve of me and I approve of who I am. 

I have many beautiful qualities about me. I have talents and skills and abilities. I even have talents that I don't know about yet. And I am discovering new talents inside myself all the time. 

I am positive. I am confident. I radiate good things. If you look closely, you can even see a glow around me. 

I am full of life. I like life and i'm glad to be alive. I am a very special person, living at a very special time. 

I am intelligent. My mind is quick and alert and clever and fun. I think good thoughts, and my mind makes things work right for me. 

I have a lot of energy and enthusiasm and vitality. I am exciting and I really enjoy being me. 

I like to be around other people and other people like to be around me. People like to hear what I have to say and know what I have to think. 

I smile a lot. I am happy on the inside and I am happy on the outside. 

I am interested in many things. I appreciate all the blessings I have and the things that I learn, and all the things I will learn today and tomorrow and forever- just as long as I am. 

I am warm, sincere, honest, and genuine. I am all of these things and more. And all of these things are me. I like who I am, and I'm glad to be me! 

Self Talk for Aligning Positivity
Queen Chief Shakti

 I'm beautifully and unconditionally loved by myself and the world around me. 

I am one with the universe and it is one with me: I exist as a shining spark in affirmament of divine goodness. 

I allow abundant transfiguring seeds to take growth in all aspects of my life. 

I have made the decision to win in life and that is what I am doing. 

It's in my being to be successful. 

I'm truly special and there is no one else like me. 

I am uniquely me and I respect and love myself. 

I am happy to be me and there is no one else I'd rather be. 

The Universe is on my side and it conspires to help me manifest my goals and dreams. 

I am positive, determined, and confident and this radiates around me and the world around me. 

As much as I pour into myself, I easily pour onto others and the world around me. 

I love to smile inside and out. I am sincere, honest, loving, graceful and happy. I enjoy every day and the blessing that it brings. 


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