Roslyn Rus is an empathic workshop facilitator and writer living in Toronto, Canada, who offers participants insight into who they truly are, as unique expressions of Creator / Source on their own personal Journey of Self Discovery.
She has been privileged to work with people of all walks of life, including the marginalized, homeless and "disabled." Her other occupational hats are in the educational, publishing and social service fields. She invites all to explore the true meaning of Community (come-unity) through participating in interactive, arts-based and reflective activities in her workshops based on her book, Bridge to Oneness: An Interactive Spiritual Workbook for Here and Now.
Learn more about Rus an her work at her Web site Journey of Self-Discovery.
Three activities to engage you in the here and now during a time that, despite the devastating losses and challenges, is yielding blessings-in-disguise.
Pondering the deeper meaning of creativity through an inseparable lens of spirituality and inspiration.
Each and every one of us are Living Bridges, comprised of Stardust, the Elements of Nature, Mother Earth, water, DNA/RNA, and a myriad of other ingredients.
1. What's your name?
2. Where are you from?
Toronto (Ontario), Canada.
3. Who are you today?
Today, I am a Being of Infinite Possibilities, Love, Light, Laughter and much more!
4. What do you do? (Elevator speech)
I presently wear a few hats, as a writer, researcher and workshop facilitator.
5. What's your story (how did you get here)?
My Journey of Life, with all of its bumps, stops-and-starts, blips and challenges, has led me to becoming more of Who I Truly Am. Some years ago, an "a-ha" moment revealed to me that we are indeed all truly One Family of Love and Light — including the myriad life forms that we share this beautiful planet with, and of course, the Earth Herself! And so, I decided to strive to live this Truth each and every day.
6. Why is creativity important to you?
Creativity is the very Essence of Life! Our beloved Earth, for example, wouldn't exist if not for the Gift of Creation. As Creator Beings, every moment of every day, we are creating our reality; thus it is so important to be aware of this and to strive to live more consciously, cooperatively and compassionately — especially during this time of COVID-19!
7. When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?
I have always loved and appreciated music, dance and other art forms as an observer or occasional participant, so I suppose that the seeds of creativity were already there, percolating! The creative juices began to flow more freely some years ago while I was writing for a periodical publication, as well as getting involved in book publishing. Later during my days as an ESL Instructor, I drew upon that energy to create innovative ways to teach English (such as role playing and skit writing). Those creative forces inspired me to explore other disciplines, including visual art, improv. and storytelling — which I've used in my work with folks of all walks of life.
8. How did you embrace it?
To continue with what I've shared in question 7, I use imaginative, out-of-the-box ideas and activities in the workshop setting, and many of these ideas are featured in my self-published book, the Bridge to Oneness: An Interactive Spiritual Workbook for Here and Now. I have been fortunate to witness creativity-in-the-moment (which can be quite a "magical" experience) with some of the more "daring" participants — including teenagers — who themselves have drawn upon the Infinite Possibilities that Life offers us. All of us present during these creative times are thereby blessed by the experience!
9. How did that feel?
I am deeply grateful for the opportunity of facilitating (bringing about) greater awareness, compassion and creativity for the folks I've been privileged to work with.
10. Where has your journey taken you?
My years as a workshop facilitator have inspired me to write and self-publish my own books: for example (as mentioned previously), the Bridge to Oneness Workbook, which is filled with uplifting, creative, arts-based and reflective activities geared for this challenging time that we're all living in.
11. What challenges have you faced?
Impatience in not seeing results quickly enough, or the results turning out different than what I was expecting. As an independent author of print and e-books, I am constantly learning something new, and have realized that, as is the case with everything else in Life, going with the Flow (rather than against it) is best.
12. What worked for you?
Word-of-mouth (as cliched as that is) always was, and always shall be, one's best form of marketing! And being in the right place at the right time — serendipity.
13. What didn't work for you?
14. What three tips can you share with those starting on a similar path?
15. What are you working on now?
At the moment, I'm currently marketing my seasonal e-book, Tom the Turkey, for the upcoming American Thanksgiving. Tom is a fanciful tale about a young boy and one very heroic turkey at Thanksgiving time set in 1850s rural Ontario, Canada, and can be enjoyed by children of all ages! The book is illustrated by my partner and wildlife artist Jack Tobin, and a stroke survivor/artist-friend Barry T. Kerr. It is available on Google Play Books, and/or via my website.
16. What's coming up for you in the next year?
Depending upon what happens globally and locally (regarding COVID), I'm hoping to recommence my in-person workshops and storytelling sessions.
17. What else do you desire/dream to do?
On a personal level, more inner work (an ongoing process!), in becoming a more compassionate, grateful and loving being. Professionally, I'd like to partner with other kindred spirits who share my optimistic view of co-creating a better world, creatively — one that is in harmony with the Earth and all creatures great and small!
18. How will you make that happen?
Through greater Faith, Introspection, Reflection and Intention, as well as more "mundane" efforts, such as networking.
19. What question would you like to answer that hasn't been asked?
Either (or both) of these: "What brings you Joy? / What makes you laugh?"
A short answer to both of these is, actually, in the sharings that I have outlined! All of what I have done, and shall continue to do, brings me Joy, Laughter and much more!
20. Where can we find you online?