Unequivocal Acceptance


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Over the past weeks I have been grateful to be doing some deep work. In all honesty without bragging, I have to admit that it’s been a gradual process over a lifetime of turning up to return, time and again, to the path of evolution.
Dismantling notions of inadequacy and concepts such as ‘Who am I, to assume I could be so grand?’ which truthfully hasn’t helped me serve my needs nor anyone else’s.
Thankfully, I have noticed a deepening shift as I unconditionally meet what is present, as in not avoiding taking responsibility for what shows up in my life.
Dissolving distraction appears to be contrary to so much of the information often presented in this world.
Personally I find eliminating distraction crucial, particularly in art and healing, but I imagine it relates to no matter what field anyone works in. Distraction tells us when we are not on course and have strayed from purpose.
I have found it happens when we have taken on information that conditions us to believe that, GETTING, HAVING, or FIXING makes life better. But this only serves to take us away from who we already are, and it serves to have us forget that we are already enough.
There is something monumentally different in how life shows up, I notice, when in the moment that I embrace all that IS showing up, doors begin to open and life has a fascinating way of becoming so much friendlier.
It is far easier than believing that there is something wrong with what is.
Much of society and much of the conditioned way many of us seem to operate, is that we imagine that we aren’t where we need to be. There is this unwritten mistaken notion that seems to have us forever chase outside of ourselves for some proverbial ‘carrot’ like a donkey, and we end up doing things we don’t want to be doing, diminishing our values and morals for the sake of some distant reward in the future. Believing that we aren’t enough until we acquire something that will eventually ‘complete’ us.
But how is that possible if we disconnect from our values and from discovering who we really are at our most fundamental level?
A key shift happened for me when I opened up completely to how life shows up in the moment. For me that was being with extremely uncomfortable pain in the form of illness.
Normally my default response to challenge was ‘what can I do to not have this in my life?’ This I discovered is actually a very subtle form of resistance and can be hidden beneath positive intentions.
Instead I chose to embrace what I was feeling, and authentically chose to meet what I was feeling and meeting it all head on regardless of the discomfort. Not in a resigned way but simply owning that this is here and I can accept it fully and learn from it.
As a result I began to shift how I approached the situation and it enabled me to explore new opportunities from a place of genuine care and interest. I learned and grew as a result.
This is not to say that extreme pain and illness is necessary for you to grow, it’s more about turning up unconditionally and listening to whatever is present in life, even if it’s uncomfortable and responding to exactly what is needed for growth.
Most of the time I had been pushing what ‘I’ didn’t want away, I was saying no to SO much of life. I was saying ‘No, not this, I want something different, something more palatable.’
The moment I decided to meet everything that life is bringing me and even welcome it, it has begun to transform the experiences I have been having. The way I show up and of-course the results I am getting now, couldn’t possibly have come from the struggling sense of self in a limiting view of the world I once had.
Life is actually filled with messages that are specifically designed just for us, we can call it intuition, we can call it signals, guidance or whatever. The key is that there is a way of listening, of being receptive, of opening ourselves up and being ready, so that what is supportive to our needs can find us. We just need to be home, to be present. We simply need to drop our distractions and turn up. We can put down the things that are clearly not important to us so that we are present for what is of value. For what life is calling us to.
Yet so often many of us have been conditioned into believing that struggle and scarcity, fear and adversity are the noble way. Take for instance the classic ‘Aussie Battler’ syndrome, where doing it tough is seen as being bizarrely, socially acceptable.
Dropping such a limited, conditioned way of living seems counter-intuitive, especially when so many are doing it. Yet living outside of the constraints of societies norms, free of stress and strain is actually infinitesimally liberating.
We are in a world of opportunities that serves us and others. The moment we choose to open up and fully embrace who we are at our most basic and fundamental level we discover that our destiny is not a fantasy at all. We are here to reclaim our sovereignty and our power to serve all life, including our own.
We are all creative genius of our own making and we can perceive what is possible in this world.

Love, Fear and Trust

Love, Fear and Trust

If it’s one thing that is at the forefront of my life right now, it’s the two polar opposing energies, or at least they appear to be opposing. As I drop into the centre of my life right now I am faced with the eternal question, do I trust or do I withdraw and take the route of safety and security? That old automated way, that easy and comfortable way. It’s what seems logical. The brain seems hardwired for it.

Yet what I have learned from the years I have spent with those I love, from those whom inspire me, from my beloved is that that nothing of true value ever arrives without a complete surrender.

There is a point at which I must totally go beyond fear, to edge towards the precipice, towards the chasm that lies beyond the known world, from which a new world awaits. A world outside my comfort zone.

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Crowdfunding Launch for Rainbow Turtle, Golden Dolphin Nears

Crowdfunding Launch for Rainbow Turtle, Golden Dolphin Nears

I am excited to let you know that soon the crowdfunding will be launched for the Golden Dolphin, Rainbow Turtle! It’s been nearly two years now with a lot of work done. Soon, you can be a part of making this book a reality. Featuring the very best in art illustrations by author & illustrator Jhana Bowen.  Rich in symbology, jam packed with uplifting, inspiring imagery, depicting humanity’s return to balance, with nature and all species. Eloquently demonstrating how change is begins with a shift in consciousness.

Live Painting at Nepal Earthquake Benefit in Truckee California

Live Painting at Nepal Earthquake Benefit in Truckee California

I am grateful that what gives my joy and fulfils my heart, painting, has helped to raise money for our friends in Nepal who have experienced numerous earthquakes and many tragedies including displacement, loss, injuries and death. We raised for them, $8000 at our recent Nepal Earthquake Benefit. I am so happy it was a such a huge success. The event, was held at Art Obsessions Gallery where we had Tibetan Scholar and former monk Lobsang Samten open the event. 

Working on the event with organising, media relations, Facebook posting and liaising with various people helped to create a wonderful result. 

Thank you to everyone involved; David and Jordan from Art Obsessions, Nancy Porten from Changing Lives Nepal, Lobsang Samten, Colleen Akiko from Essential Wellbeing, Chris from Solar Wind Works, David Norton for your painting, Stacey from the Painted Vine, Mark from Truckee Local Chiropractic, Aaron from Bluestone Gallery, Drew from Dark Horse Coffee Roasters, Evan from SBS Media House and Billy from New Moon Natural Foods and to all the other amazing people who shared their love and contributed in so many different ways. We love you all!

Art on Paulownia Surfboard Raffled for Sea Shepherd

Before leaving Australia I decided to travel and create a picture book with my artwork. But before I left I organised a raffle for a wooden art surfboard I co-created with my friend David from Sea Dragon Surfboards. David lovingly shaped this insanely beautiful, hollow wooden surfboard pictured above. It was exceptional and crafted out of a timber known as Palownia, chosen for it’s durability in marine conditions. I met David one day at a chocolate ceremony (a story in itself) and we got talking about turtles and their relevance in our lives as well as chatting about our love for the earth and oceans. I told him I was painting a wooden surfboard to raise funds for the Great Barrier Reef threatened by development and a gig I had to speak at the National Whale Day. David was excited to support and decided to donate one of his handcrafted wooden surfboards.
After picking up the board from him in Byron Bay, I decided that the best way to maximise the finished look of my art on the surfboard was to have it printed and then glassed inside the board. I contacted my friend Steve Webb from Insight Image who kindly printed the artwork at a reduced cost as he knew it was for fundraising towards Sea Shepherd.
When the board was glassed in eco-resin with a old school plug, me and David picked it up and celebrated our co-creation over dinner.
I then co-ordinated with friends who were volunteers for Sea Shepherd and local environmental activist groups to help in raising funds for Sea Shepherd by raffling the board.

Life as a Gallery, Consciousness as Creator

Life as a Gallery, Consciousness as Creator

I was jogging today and it was interesting to observe something that came to me. At times there are thoughts that arrive like words on a page. I’m not sure if you have that, most people do. then there are times when something that comes through as though from a source that seems of infinite intelligence. Beyond the mind it seems. I heard a voice that seemed to come from this space. It said ‘gallery’.
My interpretation of this was that as I looked at the world it was though I was becoming conscious of a gallery. Everything was like a piece of art, even my experiences. An observation. It felt as though my consciousness was the creator of these experiences.
A shift occurred in that I was no longer resisting the world around and within.

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