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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Imagine What is "Safe"

I don’t know about you guys but this one is going to be challenge for me, but one I think is VERY worthwhile; what is “safe”? I think this is one that definitely merits contemplation. A wonderful friend Jill Loftis who owns Uttara Yoga Studio said to me a while back that we are moving from a time of safe places to safe people. This really registered with me and I have dwelled on what it means and more and more I am seeing the proof of it. For me where I am at right now in my journey is that I am learning that it is safe for the light of who I am and the gifts that I have to offer be truly seen and shared. I am finding that people, relationships, things, processes that no longer work, that no longer serve my journey moving forward, are being broken down and moved out and I have seen and heard about this happening in many other people’s lives too . The message; if this is happening with you, you are not alone – the whole friggin’ planet is caught up in the midst of this transformation; even those that are resisting and fighting it tooth and nail (Muammar Gaddafi for example) are caught up in it. It is an important time to go with your flow and especially to trust your intuition and let go of what drags you down and drains your energy.

So, what does safe look like, feel like, smell like . . . to you? An image can speak a thousand words, what words will your painting, photograph, collage, mono print, sculpture, etcetera speak for you? What does YOUR voice have to say regarding being/feeling/knowing “safe”? 

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Imaginary Location-Location

All Things Sonya:
Well it’s that time again, time for another muse to tickle your creative fancy. I sit here drinking a bit of tea and eating an imaginary sheep. Hee-hee I bet you weren’t expecting that. Actually it’s a sugar cookie but it, at one time, looked like what a local baker imagined a sheep to look like. Einstein, one of the most brilliant minds of our time said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” Why would such a brilliant man say such a thing? Well, for a number of reasons I suppose: Knowledge can be taught, but imagination can only be fostered and imagination is what lets us learn beyond what we already know. Imagination is what asks the question, “What if . . .?” Imagination is a VERY dynamic tool and the source of something VERY powerful – creative innovation. We are loosing our creative innovation: children don’t “play” they are scheduled, they don’t draw – they color, they don’t run around an make up games and build imaginary forts – they play scheduled sports that they are taught or sit at a computer or TV and play video games. Arts and music, some of the best ways of teaching children how to think outside the box, to be independent through constructive ways of self expression, to build confidence in their accomplishment, to teach vision, to learn that there is more than one way to successfully realize a goal, etcetera are being lost - stripped away in the name of budget. What a steep price to pay and so many don’t even realize yet what in the long run it will cost them and in such devastating ways. So, what does all this soap boxing have to do with the challenge, the weekly muse? The point is to let your inner child come out and play. Time to reawaken your imagination from its slumber and get to work. This week paint, photograph, draw, collage, sculpt, whatever you like – an imaginary place. Let yourself daydream. ANY PLACE. An imaginary island on an imaginary planet, a home among the clouds, or a tree house in a purple tree that has orange leaves, anything that tickles your fancy. Have fun and let your innovation dance. As ever, I look forward to seeing your creations.

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