Saturday, February 21, 2015

A Process Based Life

When I was 39 years old I decided to go to University and get a degree in Visual Arts.  I really didn't know what to expect, but I was truly excited to find out about a number of artists that were grouped into an area called "Process Based Artists".  These artists would take material and allow the substance to create the work without a formal outline for each person to follow.  I'm explaining this process in a very simplistic sense, but this way of creating spoke so strongly to me.

The one aspect of this artistic expression that really transformed my life is that each artist didn't hold one way of finishing a project, but allowed the material to guide them.  Each action then becomes a present moment reaction which is different from the moment before.  The artwork then takes on a life of its own without the artist forcing her own agenda onto the creation.  I started creating sculpture with this idea in mind and found myself allowing something so unique to be born.  It was truly a transformational experience.

I then took the process one step further and started handing over my ideas in life to the present moment.  I had a feeling of what I wanted to experience, but didn't create a logical plan or picture of what the end result would look like.  My life became a constant choice in each moment, releasing any rational thought, my actions were about movement to bring my desire into manifestation.  This is how I do all my readings on Youtube, and how individual sessions come into play.  I'm always amazed by the outcome and how different it is to what I thought it would be.  I feel excited about the mystery of life.  This is not to say that I completely throw out reason or logic, but it definitely takes a back seat in my life.

One thing that I've noticed is that I've let go of judging how my life is suppose to be.  I'm constantly in the process of creating, letting go, and opening up to the endless possibilities of life.  It can be challenging when my mind wants to control the outcome, and yes, it still happens, but when I do let go life can just be without any need to mould it into any social ideals.

My whole world changed when I was introduced to process based art.  I now remember every day that each small action moves me into the mystery and magic of life.  

Friday, February 13, 2015

Nap Time and the Four of Swords

I use to feel guilty about taking naps in the middle of the afternoon, but after becoming familiar with the 4 of Swords I decided to take a snooze whenever I felt inspired too.  This simple minor arcana card can have a huge impact on your creative life, but also on manifesting what you truly desire.  Let me explain.

Naps are a great way to rest,  but when you want your mind to let go a little nap can make all the difference.  The swords suit is all about the mind, so with the 4 it can bring great stability when we take time out.  So many of us try so hard to push our lives, but when we're tired and stressed out it can be difficult for the spirit of inspiration to enter our lives.  When you fall asleep your mind is at rest, but with the right intention right before you go to sleep the answer to your question can appear upon waking.

Yes, you can come up with a great idea when you nap, but I've also had money come to me soon after I've woken up.  We all know that when we're stressed about money it seems to push it away, so when we let go and rest it can only rejuvenate our spirit to being open for new energy to enter.  I also see the 4 of swords as a card of trust for when we allow our minds to rest new ideas, new energy, and new opportunities can knock on our doors.

When you have a look at the card you see someone resting peacefully, his hands are in a prayer position which shows me a level of trust.  All his thoughts (the swords) have been put away and 3 swords are hung on the wall with 1 just laying below him.  It is like you have just one idea that is ready to manifest.  The person is yellow which is the third chakra of power.  It takes just inner power to let go and just rest.

Afternoon naps are a great way to rest, but also a way to let go and allow new possibilities to enter your life.  Enjoy!!!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Change or not to Change????

I unpacked a box the other day with a few books that I had left after a big move.  The one book that stood out was Boethius "The Consolation of Philosophy.  I hadn't opened up this book in about 10 years, but suddenly felt the urge to plunge in.  The second chapter really spoke to me as it was around the concept of change.  He is talking to a female spirit who has come to him before his execution and she is sharing her wisdom about a number of different topics, but the one on change was very intriguing.

We all know that change is constant, so why do we try so hard to keep life the same?  We stay at jobs we hate, relationships that need to end, and continue with bad habits when we know it is hurting us.  We want to change, but for many people taking the first steps is the most difficult.  Life is giving us clues and hints about the direction that would be better for us, but we stay and never allow the changes to occur until a crisis happens.  We're shocked and upset and then start to blame life and everyone else for our circumstances, but still we fight it all the way.  In "The Consolation of Philosophy" Boethius is struggling with his changes in fortune, his female spirit friend is telling him that change is always happening.  It is absurd to believe any different.

Change is constant for sure, but one way to work with change is to make small changes everyday.  For instance, if you walk to work a certain way then change your route, if you eat the same food all the time then go to a different restaurant, if you talk to the same people everyday then join a group where people are totally different.  You get the idea.

Life is meant to be an adventure, but change doesn't have to be big and epic.  It really is the small steps that we take that makes life interesting, sacred, and fun.  When we look deeply within ourselves we know change is inevitable, so why don't we talk our power back and change before change has power over us.  I mean you can't control every outcome, but you can be flexible enough that when change occurs you're okay with something different and can allow the flow to happen.  You'll feel so much happier and lighter when you make change a part of your day.