The Golden Flower

Gemma Kauffman & Angela Levesque

Do you feel your soul calling you toward a more creative life? Is there something powerful that wants to come through your unique being? The call of our unexplored potential does not diminish with time. If anything it gets louder and more difficult to ignore. We believe that when you honor the creative impulse, by showing up and being present, it unlocks profound insight and personal growth.

The Golden Flower is a symbol of radiance, receptivity, and consciousness. As we unfold the mystery and beauty of the creative process, we embrace the transformation that comes from being in harmony with our deepest vision and expression.


We are Angela and Gemma, two mothers, artists, coaches, and meditation teachers, who have come together to begin a new cycle of creative self-expression. Join us for an energizing, free-flow conversation that will open the door on new perspectives and shine fresh light on your endeavors.

Tune into possibility with The Golden Flower. A sanctuary for your creative soul.

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#4 Resistance At The Precipice
4d ago
#4 Resistance At The Precipice
Resistance ‘that internal force that stops you from showing up as your best’. 'Resistance at the precipice' can be an infuriating place of ‘stuckness’ right when we are on the cusp of a breakthrough. Even though we know how important it is to take risks, let ourselves fail and make mistakes, and grow from the experience, we still get caught in negative, loops, wondering why (tf) is this so difficult???!! Why, when we want something so much, is there so much pushback? If you feel a fog of fatigue engulf you as you bring to mind the different ways you encounter your shadow side aka resistance. You know you're not alone! “Resistance will tell you anything to stop you from doing your best work” ~Steven Pressfield.Why is it that ‘knowing’ (what the problem is), doesn’t seem to help that much? Well, in today's episode Angela and Gemma are delving into their shadow side and discovering just who and what is on their resistance team. No strangers to the push and pull of the creative process, they each share what has (and hasn’t) worked for them in their battles with resistance. It’s not over till it’s over…. This Week's Challenge:In this week's challenge, we develop a relationship with our resistance mediated through the NVC (Nonviolent Communication) list of needs. Choose a challenge/task that you feel resistance towards and cross-reference the task against the needs checklist. For more information see our Instagram @goldenflowerpodcast #tgfneedsinventory.Links mentioned in the episode: Excerpt from Steven Pressfield's BlogNeed List www.cnvc.orgConnect with us at @goldenflowerpodcast on InstagramTheGoldenFlower youtubeAbout The Hosts:Gemma KauffmanIntensely intuitive, introspective, former wild child Gemma credits her recent decade of ‘wrestling with complexity’ (aka abstract painting) for connecting her with her deepest desires and for making it through the initiation of maiden to mother. She loves deep conversation and pondering the mysteries of self-expression; which she experiences as a portal or cosmic mirror.Since a spiritual awakening on a volcanic island, Gemma has been following the golden threads of art life and encouraging others to do the same. Future self? It used to be Kate Bush, cloudbusting on a hillside, cocooned in brightly painted silk- these days… tbc!A creative coach and meditation teacher, she enjoys family life, off grid, in Portugal.You can see Gemma’s paintingswww.gemmakauffman.com/www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GemmaKauffmanArtAngela LevesqueAs a prolific wordsmith, transformational guide and digital wizard, Angela Levesque spends a lot of her time listening to the whispers of the Universe. Translating those whispers into stories, classes, art, insights, and meditations has been her life's work. She is a lover of problem-solving and thinking on her feet. And is always willing to dive off the cliff and learn how to fly on the way down if the creative force beckons. The latest incarnation of her life’s work can be found at chaosandlight.com or read her Substack at https://substack.com/@chaosandlight/Music Credit: MarbleSpace
#3 Soul Language: How Our Essence Speaks
Feb 5 2024
#3 Soul Language: How Our Essence Speaks
In today’s episode, we continue the flow from last week, where we began a journey to align with our ‘emergent essence’ and discover where that might take us creatively. Join us as we distill our findings further and find the value that lies beyond the written word and in the realm of the abstract- the language of the soul.Soul Language has the capacity to lead us into the depth of our human experience, It is our invitation to return to a unique unfolding of ourselves with appreciation for our inner world. The soul does not thrive in a fast-paced world of constant activity. Modern life has us under pressure, we want to be efficient, productive, and successful. Thus, even in the subtle realms of creative seeking, there is a temptation to try and ‘pin the butterfly’ - to latch onto something - to say this is it! “ I know what I’m doing now” and “Here’s my blueprint” and then suddenly ‘puff’ it all evaporates and we are left wondering what was that sudden moment of clarity? Join Angela and Gemma as they share their personal ‘inspiration constellations’ and coach each other in real time to let go of what they think they know about the next chapter of their creative life and open to the subtle signposts that point to the ‘flourishing of fruits, yet unseen’ Mentioned in the episode: James Hillman-Depth Psychologist said (soul) “is a perspective rather than a substance, a viewpoint towards things rather than a thing itself”Put simply; the soul is too vast, it's impossible to pin down and if we wish to gain the valuable insight at this level then To reward us for our attention and curiosity we are given signposts and subtle cues that require a fluent alertness if they are to signal us is the direction of ‘flourishing fruits, yet unseen’Connect with us at @goldenflowerpodast on InstagramTheGoldenFlower youtubeAbout The Hosts:Gemma KauffmanIntensely intuitive, introspective, former wild child Gemma credits her recent decade of ‘wrestling with complexity’ (aka abstract painting) for connecting her with her deepest desires and for making it through the initiation of maiden to mother. She loves deep conversation and pondering the mysteries of self-expression; which she experiences as a portal or cosmic mirror.Since a spiritual awakening on a volcanic island, Gemma has been following the golden threads of art life and encouraging others to do the same. Future self? It used to be Kate Bush, cloudbusting on a hillside, cocooned in brightly painted silk- these days… tbc!A creative coach and meditation teacher, she enjoys family life, off-grid, in Portugal.You can see Gemma’s paintingswww.gemmakauffman.com/www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GemmaKauffmanArtAngela LevesqueAs a prolific wordsmith, transformational guide and digital wizard, Angela Levesque spends a lot of her time listening to the whispers of the Universe. Translating those whispers into stories, classes, art, insights, and meditations has been her life's work. She is a lover of problem-solving and thinking on her feet. And is always willing to dive off the cliff and learn how to fly on the way down if the creative force beckons. The latest incarnation of her life’s work can be found at chaosandlight.com or read her Substack at https://substack.com/@chaosandlight/Music Credit: MarbleSpace
#2 Who Am I? - Reclaiming The Creative Identity
Feb 5 2024
#2 Who Am I? - Reclaiming The Creative Identity
Who Am I? In today’s episode, Angela and Gemma discuss the difficulties of (re)claiming creative identity. Join us as we explore the tension that comes from asking the difficult question “‘who am ?I’” (now) and share stories and exercises that help shift the energy out of overwhelm and into curiosity.To kick us off, Anglea shares the poem by Oriah Mountain Dreamer. A poem written in brilliant defiance to the numbing question that seems to dominate social interactions “what do you do?”Creative expression is deeply personal. It stands to reason that there is often confusion between who we consider ourselves to be and what we can imagine ourselves creating and expressing in the world. Our sense of self naturally becomes entwined with our roles and home life. It’s easy to get lost and lean on roles to help us bolster an inherently unstable identity, but we know this is not who we are. Often it’s initiations such as motherhood, grief and loss that dissolve our notions of identity and connect us with our essence.“I want to know what sustains you when all else falls away” Inspiration Constellation Exercise:This is an adaption of coaching exercise designed to get you tapping into what is lively and inspiring for you now! Identify 5 people or creations (book, film painting, Instagram post) that inspire you. Ask yourself ‘What is it about this person (or creation) that is inspiring me?’Write down your answer and then ask yourself again ‘What is it about that (that inspires me?)Keep going until you have some charge… a sense of the light bulb powering up. Then you have captured the essence of the inspiration. This exercise works well as a visual mind map on large paper- use a collage of images. See Angela's constellation #tgfchallenge #constellationLinks mentioned in the episode: The Invitation by Oriah Mountain DreamerConnect with us at @goldenflowerpodast on InstagramTheGoldenFlower youtubeAbout The Hosts:Gemma KauffmanIntensely intuitive, introspective, former wild child Gemma credits her recent decade of ‘wrestling with complexity’ (aka abstract painting) for connecting her with her deepest desires and for making it through the initiation of maiden to mother. She loves deep conversation and pondering the mysteries of self-expression; which she experiences as a portal or cosmic mirror.Since a spiritual awakening on a volcanic island, Gemma has been following the golden threads of art life and encouraging others to do the same. Future self? It used to be Kate Bush, cloudbusting on a hillside, cocooned in brightly painted silk- these days… tbc!A creative coach and meditation teacher, she enjoys family life, off grid, in Portugal.You can see Gemma’s paintingswww.gemmakauffman.com/www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GemmaKauffmanArtAngela LevesqueAs a prolific wordsmith, transformational guide and digital wizard, Angela Levesque spends a lot of her time listening to the whispers of the Universe. Translating those whispers into stories, classes, art, insights, and meditations has been her life's work. She is a lover of problem-solving and thinking on her feet. And is always willing to dive off the cliff and learn how to fly on the way down if the creative force beckons. The latest incarnation of her life’s work can be found at chaosandlight.com or read her Substack at https://substack.com/@chaosandlight/Music Credit: MarbleSpace
#1 Creativity as An Act of Rebellion
Feb 5 2024
#1 Creativity as An Act of Rebellion
Is rebellious energy necessary as a catalyst for creative expression? In today's podcast, Gemma and Angela grapple with the inner and outer dynamics of the Creative Rebel. Join us as we riff on the necessity of ‘pushing back’ and claiming space for our creative spirit. We draw inspiration from Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives and flow into a lively discussion on why honoring creativity is not vital to our own self-exploration but is an integral part of re-envisioning humanity. Gemma goes back 15 years to a pivotal moment that was the catalyst for her entire abstract painting journey. She shares how, amongst very difficult circumstances, she chose to align with the creative spirit and walk across the threshold into her art life.Links mentioned in the episode: Blessed Are The WeirdConnect with us at @goldenflowerpodcast on InstagramTheGoldenFlower youtubeAbout The Hosts:Gemma KauffmanIntensely intuitive, introspective, former wild child Gemma credits her recent decade of ‘wrestling with complexity’ (aka abstract painting) for connecting her with her deepest desires and for making it through the initiation of maiden to mother. She loves deep conversation and pondering the mysteries of self-expression; which she experiences as a portal or cosmic mirror.Since a spiritual awakening on a volcanic island, Gemma has been following the golden threads of art life and encouraging others to do the same. Future self? It used to be Kate Bush, cloudbusting on a hillside, cocooned in brightly painted silk- these days… tbc!A creative coach and meditation teacher, she enjoys family life, off grid, in Portugal.You can see Gemma’s paintingswww.gemmakauffman.com/www.etsy.com/uk/shop/GemmaKauffmanArtAngela LevesqueAs a prolific wordsmith, transformational guide and digital wizard, Angela Levesque spends a lot of her time listening to the whispers of the Universe. Translating those whispers into stories, classes, art, insights, and meditations has been her life's work. She is a lover of problem-solving and thinking on her feet. And is always willing to dive off the cliff and learn how to fly on the way down if the creative force beckons. The latest incarnation of her life’s work can be found at chaosandlight.com or read her Substack at https://substack.com/@chaosandlight/Music Credit: MarbleSpace