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Who is the greatest artist of bespoke masterpieces?

Could it be an impressionist? A sculptor? An architect? A painter?

Is it Banksy? Nick Cave? Ai Weiwei? Johnny Depp?

Humankind has been blessed with gifted artists of all categories beginning when cavemen first picked up bits of rock and scratched animals and stuff on cavern walls (they possibly discovered fire this way too – think flint, sparks and let’s get the hell out of here!) .

Michelangelo sculpted David in all his glory as did Alexandros of Antioch but with the Venus de Milo (and minus limbs – not sure what happened there). Da Vinci painted the mysterious Mona Lisa while Monet painted the glorious Water Lily Pond. There’s no denying these are magnificent works of art. Continue reading

Divine Inspiration is a thought-bubble

As far as pivotal moments go, I had one recently, last month in fact. I finally understood the meaning of inspiration in its simplest form. Last December, feeling like I was drifting without much direction, and on a whim bought a book called Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert. My unseen friends had heard my call, (okay so it was a scream) for divine intervention – geez give me a lightning bolt, light bulb – any kinda light! Just give me a sign!

This book was just what I needed at the time and devoured what she had to say about inspiration. Of course I know what inspiration is but technically knowing and ‘getting or understanding it’ are two different things in my book (pardon intended).

As I was reading about inspiration I reflected on how often I had let it slip away. Years ago when I was studying freelance travel writing and photography, a gazillion writing ideas would come home to roost but with a new baby to care for, I placed most of them on my lengthy, to-do-later list. What I was to discover was, inspiration always found someone else, ready, willing and able, to follow through with its divine mission.

What I learned was, inspiration is a thing – which of course it is, after all it is a noun. The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes it as:

  1. something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create : a force or influence that inspires someone
  2. a person, place, experience, etc., that makes someone want to do or create something
  3. a good idea

Inspiration is divine

It is a mystical, magical, ethereal, soul nourishing thing, much like a creative thought-bubble floating through the air, landing on the shoulder of an oft unsuspecting, surprised, then suitably excited individual, often followed by:

  • goosebumps – check
  • heart thumping – check
  • gratitude expressed – check
  • hair standing on end – check
  • wild-eyed expression – check
  • scramble for pen and paper – check

Divine inspiration has a mission

Its mission is to find someone who can pull whatever the creative masterpiece is, from its cocoon, start it and finish it. Lucky you when it homes in on your energy signature and lands on your shoulder. It chose you because you are what it has been searching for. So when it lands on your shoulder – create.

When inspiration finds its target it might be that the recipient falls over with excitement when rushing through the door to tell all and sundry – basically anyone with a few spare hours up their sleeve willing to remain mute while listening to the greatest idea in Mankind’s history. They will rattle off what they will do, how they will do it, how it will unfold, which publisher; producer; gallery; and contact person; they will send their divinely-inspired, creative offering to, and so on.

When hit by the Divine Writing Bug (one of many polynyms that can be reduced to one word: inspiration), the creative juices flow, the first words pour out from that creative thought-bubble with unbridled gusto, and onto the white, blank page before them. For several hours they will smile as each new paragraph takes shape, followed by frowning, sharp tut tuts, sudden shrieks of laughter, and manic muttering as paragraphs are rewritten, removed, or the word count increased.

Then something happens

The focus shifts.

Life, work, whatever it might be – focus has shifted.

They place their inspiration to the side, making heartfelt promises they will  return as soon as this other ‘stuff’ is sorted out (eg need to wait until the children grow up and leave home; rainy day aside, save it until able to relocate to a sandstone cottage, where the mountains meet the sea etc).

Later, much later, in my case years, they return to their new masterpiece and find…nothing…nada…it’s gone baby gone. The divine connection to their creative project has done an Elvis and left the building. Now they are just words on a page. Sure the writing might be technically perfect, but have you ever heard a technically well played piece on a piano that lacked soul? I have. It lacks that special something.

Divinely inspired ideas want to be moulded into something special and be shared

Inspiration doesn’t do well when it is put on hold because stagnation will begin to seep in. Sometimes it will hang around for a while hoping and waiting for action, and other times inspiration can be as fleeting as a nano-thought – gone before you even recognise you had a thought.

I have 14 handwritten pages of flash stories from 2014 that I must/need/want to finally tidy up and publish. At the time of writing (and in my mind), the stories were fabulous, funny, and exciting. I can only imagine what my neighbours would have thought had they looked my way when deep in trance, laughing like a lunatic, with my brilliant ideas.

Not only do I have these handwritten pieces, I also have a draft stories folder on my laptop filled with stories waiting to be told but in all probability now have their grumpy pants on. The only problem is, these stories need a robust injection of inspiration to give them the super powers needed to give them life.

Inspiration cannot be destroyed

If we ignore or file away the creative thought-bubble it moves on and finds a new neighbourhood. It will keep drifting along, around the world if it has to, until it finds a home where its divine message will morph into being, from start to end, and is shared with others.

Message to Self:

Inspiration has chosen me – yes me, to bring forth a magnificent masterpiece of boundless creativity. So what do I do next time a creative thought-bubble bowls me over? I will do myself a favour and complete its mission so we can all come to the party and celebrate a win/win instead of crying in my milk!

PS I don’t really cry in my milk 😉

Thank you Elizabeth Gilbert for helping me with my ‘aha’ moment.  BTW the rest of her book is good too 🙂

 

 

The Akashic Records in a Nutshell

When life gave me lemons I called them creative blocks…

I first heard the term Akashic Records during my first year of parapsychology studies. To be honest, it took me awhile to get my head around this esoteric concept but eventually the proverbial light bulb came on and I was illuminated. Most of you reading this will probably already know of and about these records – you can probably add more to this post but for those of you who have a zero to vague idea, I’ve written the following in laymen’s terms and hope I can in some small way illuminate you also.

So here goes…

Akasha, the Sanskrit term meaning ‘aether or ether, sky or space’, was in ancient and medieval philosophy thought to be the fifth element (not to be confused with the science fiction movie of the same name) or quintessence, latent in all things and the constituent matter of the heavenly bodies, fire, water, earth and air. In other words ether was(is) the glue that held the universe together and which these days some might say, is the Higgs Boson’s God Particle – a very big deal in the world of science (and in yours truly).

Symbol 54:3

Sourced from Symbols.com, the Online Encyclopedia of Western Signs and Ideograms

Incidentally for those of you who aren’t familiar with the God Particle, it was discovered last year deep in the ground on the outskirts of Geneva Switzerland, through the Large Hadron Collider (LHC). The LHC is a massive science instrument in the shape of a ring buried 100m below ground and is 27km in length – an amazing engineering feat. What the LHC does is launch sub-atomic particles in opposite directions the particles accelerate and then collide – a bit like watching the big boom in action. I believe the scientists and VIPs had ring side seats to watch the big boom. The outcome could have been catastrophic and rained glowing lemons 😉

 

Google image: Higgs Boson God Particle

 There is also a theory that dark matter, which is 84% of the total mass of the universe, is ether. Dark matter is a strange thing, we know it’s there however we can’t see it as it doesn’t emit or absorb light or other electromagnetic radiation. Yes, the matter is dark, very dark…

Over the years there have been many studies trying to prove the existence of ether, one of the most well-known was the Michelson-Morley experiment. This study was conducted in 1887 by Albert Michelson (19 December 1852 – 9 May 1931) an American physicist, and Edward Morley (29 January 1838 – 24 February 1923) an American scientist, to finally prove its existence. The experiment’s negative result (although not disproved) was the beginning of Albert Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity in 1905 and the rest as they say, is history.

And so the search for scientific evidence continues into finding the elusive ether, and when the guys and gals in the white coats finally make that discovery I’ll be saying “What took ya so long?”

Without going into any more physics than I have to (it makes my brain hurt) and to keep it simple, the Akashic Records are “etheric records,” and contain the entire history and experience of humans. These records are eternal, from the beginning of time to the end of days and each one of us has a record of us stored there. Other terms they’re known by though not limited to, are the following:

ƒThe Hall of Records, a phrase first coined by Edgar Cayce (18 March 1877 – 3 January 1945) an American psychic. The Hall of Records is a mythical library buried beneath the Great Sphinx of Giza located in Egypt and whilst Cayce may have called this library the Hall of Records first, the legend of cavities situated beneath the Great Sphinx goes back to the time of Pliny the Elder (23 AD – 25 August 79 AD), a Roman author and philosopher.

The Akashic Hall of Records

Secret Hall of Records

Akashic Library

Hall of Knowledge (not to be confused with the planned construction of the Hall of Records at Mt Rushmore, Pennington County, South Dakota USA)

Library of Records

Library of the Soul

Hall of Awareness

The Universal Mind is omnipresent and is where one has access to all known and unknown knowledge.

ƒThe Mind of God. This quotation comes from Stephen Hawking; “If we do discover a theory of everything…it would be the ultimate triumph of human reason—for then we would truly know the mind of God.” (italics added)

Soul Records

The Book of Life (Christianity and Judaism)

For the more technically minded, just imagine the mother of all computers, The SuperCosmicComputer with a never-ending memory bank storing endless chips of data, which are the records of humanity through all time.

We can access these places by accessing the zone – that state of being where we are fully focussed and participating in the now through mindfulness and meditative practises; writing with an open and receptive mind; through the creation and inspiration of any form of artwork; using our intuition (incidentally, to receive intuitive insights clearly it works best whilst in the zone of The Quiet Mind); by taking a trip to the Life between Lives with the help of an experienced hypnotherapist working in that particular field; and through psychic abilities. The zone is a much better place to be than in a downpour of lemons from heaven 😉

So why would we access these records you might ask? Because etheric records contain all things past, present and future, during meditative states, and with pre-framed intention, we can bring through new creative ideas, new and improved personal strategies to help us live more fulfilling lives, and to step into peace and unconditional love. Accessing these records also helps us move through any creative block caused by lemon rain; create new and successful work projects; start (and complete) writing that new book everyone’s been waiting for – or write because you want to; design new and interesting workshops, come up with a new and unique field of study, or possibly discover a new calling or vocation.

Tapping into these records and receiving flashes of insight and creative brilliance comes from the Akasha and we could call it divine inspiration.  We all know there have been many throughout our history who have inspired us and who have influenced the peoples of this world from spiritual leaders, artisans, philosophers, explorers, inventors, to entertainers, mums and dads, children, friends, animals, and many others who will continue to do so until the end of time.

I shall leave you with author Julia Cameron’s Basic Principles (http://juliacameronlive.com/) from her book The Artist’s Way, as a little more food for thought:

“Basic Principles of the Artist’s Way, by Julia Cameron:

1. Creativity is the natural order of life. Life is energy: pure creative energy.

2. There is an underlying, in-dwelling creative force infusing all of life — including ourselves.

3. When we open ourselves to our creativity, we open ourselves to the creator’s creativity within us and our lives.

4. We are, ourselves, creations. And we, in turn, are meant to continue creativity by being creative ourselves.

5. Creativity is God’s gift to us. Using our creativity is our gift back to God.

6. The refusal to be creative is self-will and is counter to our true nature.

7. When we open ourselves to exploring our creativity, we open ourselves to God: good orderly direction.

8. As we open our creative channel to the creator, many gentle but powerful changes are to be expected.

9. It is safe to open ourselves up to greater and greater creativity.

10. Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.”

Have fun in the Library  – it’s an illuminating experience 🙂