“Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.” – Author Unknown
It’s amazing to see in current political situations globally that lives seem to matter less when financial concerns get in the way of humanitarian rights. Take for instance how global super powers only seem to involve themselves in another countries plight unless there is something beneficial in it for them. I believe this is why Tibet has gone unaided in it’s 60 year long Chinese occupation.
Last night I watched a very uncomfortable documentary on Tibet. As a child I grew up in Dharamsala, the home to the Dalai Lama. I attended a Tibetan boarding school amongst over a thousand Tibetan children. I recall feeling blessed to be western. In the Western world it seems that Tibetan culture and the Dalai Lama are very much appreciated and yet no government has intervened with China to end the massive human rights and environmental issues. (more…)
Being in service in the world comes naturally as a byproduct of growth and evolution. Inevitably in the process there is an intermittent forgetting, a stumbling and the encountering of mistakes which are poignant and cathartic parts of the journey.
Whilst there is nothing wrong with aiming for excellence, ease and grace only arrives as every aspect that comes with being human is deeply and intimately met. Honouring every step of the human journey is an inclusive experience. For it is the nature of the entire universe and space to include rather than to exclude all that rests inside of existence.
Potential lies not in the future vaguely out of reach but remains ever creative in the present. It is in this moment and an undying embrace awakens pure unbridled power. Whatever this moment carries, it’s depth and breadth lies in attentiveness as key factors in awakening one’s capacities in work, business, artistic creations and what underpins almost everything in life; relationships.
In the journey of human evolution some areas in life often serve to act as triggers. These can often threaten a sense of self. Sometimes, the smallest issue causes a forgetfulness of truth.
Each person has their own particular areas of strength and weakness. There is never anything wrong with personal triggers, nor in experiencing pain. These actually serve as catalysts for growth, confirming the presence of life and an opportunity to engage sensitivity with presence.
It is always important though, to watch that we don’t lose self to story. ‘I am no good,’ ‘This always happens to me,’ ‘I am hopeless,’ ‘I’ll never be successful,’ are examples of possible stories. To not catch reactions, triggers and stories for what they are can be a recipe for unnecessary pain. When old patterns creep in, the greatest shift out of self defeating attitudes is the readiness to work with everything.
When an artist discovers his or her creative voice, an opening arrives borne from a quiet place of stillness. When there is a deep listening taking place, inspiration builds. In much the same way as when Isaac Newton lay down under an apple tree, he rested and gradually fell asleep. His surrender into stillness opened him to a revelation as the falling apple hit him. He discovered gravity. Similarly many artists discover their greatest breakthroughs in the vast spaciousness of consciousness. This space makes artists available to humanity’s greatest masterpieces.
Yet so often the mind wants to take pride of place in controlling the outcome of artistic ventures. Surrender to the quite and abundant place where all art, beauty and wonder comes from is often set aside in mainstream culture. At the same time the creative world is revered for it’s gifts and treasures. It’s precisely because it makes us see what is possible when we are open to an enlivening field outside of chaos and the mad chatter of the mind. The busy goings on that want to sell themselves on their importance.
One of the biggest shifts I’ve witnessed is finding a sense of resilience in relating with others with a negative mindset. It can be challenging, particularly for empaths and introverts to not take on another persons energy. I’ve often become triggered into pessimism especially when I would shut myself down because I was in defence to what they were doing and how they were being. More and more I am able to maintain my flow, to let people be themselves without judgement and tune in to what really matters. This engenders a sense of trust, presence and a cultivation of openness. (more…)
Wow what a journey, all the artwork for the illustrated book Rainbow Turtle, Golden Dolphin was just finished last weekend. Incredible! It’s been 3 years in the making and now it’s nearing completion.
This image on the left is from the last few final pages.
It represents a shift into a new way of living here on earth. The military can be seen discarding no longer needed weaponry and dismantling bombs that no longer serve a purpose.
Birds are flying out of the a bank building with the word economy written upon it, the door is a safe that is open. Symbolically representing a freed economy. An elephant is running free from a city zoo and all the people are migrating away from the city to return to live in nature. The hungry are fed and the poor are being given money.
People are now finding powerful ways to connect to the land and to themselves. (more…)