Continuing Botanical Drawing – Fall 2015
In Chronological Order (click on image to enlarge)
Continuing Botanical Drawing – Fall 2015
In Chronological Order (click on image to enlarge)
Continuing Sculpture – Fall 2015 (click on image to enlarge)
Swing On A Star Tile
Healer’s Heart Hand
Monarch Moment (from last semester)
Beginning Paintings (12) – in chronological order (click on image to enlarge).
Addendum: I’ve taken the liberty of adding paintings from new winter series “Dreams from the Liminal” (end of page).
Geoph Kozeny Memorial Float
Self Portrait for Day of the Dead
Tesla At Work
Hummingbird with Poppies
Occupy Love: The Revolution
Lily Pad Flow
Liminal Leap (25 Dec)
Birthday Wings (26 Dec)
A Pair of Rocket Shoes (27 Dec)
It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery. However many of life’s large, captivating principles and small, captivating details we may explore, unpuzzle, and learn by heart, there will still be vast unknown realms to lure us. If uncertainty is the essence of romance, there will always be enough uncertainty to make life sizzle and renew our sense of wonder. It bothers some people that no matter how passionately they may delve, the universe remains inscrutable. “For my part,” Robert Louis Stevenson once wrote, “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” The great affair, the love affair with life, is to live as variously as possible, to groom one’s curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred, climb aboard, and gallop over the thick, sun-struck hills every day. Where there is no risk, the emotional terrain is flat and unyielding, and, despite all its dimensions, valleys, pinnacles, and detours, life will seem to have none of its magnificent geography, only a length. It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between. ~Diane Ackerman, from A Natural History of the Senses
It’s My Way
(Got my) own seeds
Got my own weeds
I’ve got my own harvest
that I’ve sown
I can tell you
things I‘ve done
and I can sing you
songs I’ve sung
But there’s one thing
I can’t give
for I and I alone can live
The years I’ve known,
the life I’ve grown.
Got a way I’m going,
and it’s my Way.
I’ve got my own stakes
in my own game
I’ve got my own name
and it’s my Way
I’ve got my own Kith
I’ve got my own Kin
I’ve got my own Sin
and it’s my Way
I’ve got my own peace
I’ve got my own wrath
I’ve got my own path that only I can go
I’ve got my own sword in my own hand
I’ve got my own plan that only I can know
Don’t be crying Don’t be sighing
Your day will come; your day alone
Years you’ll know and a life you’ll grow
You got a way to go and it’s all on your own
I’ve got my own World
I’ve got my own Life
I’ve got my own Strife
and it’s my Way
I’ve got my own wrong
I’ve got my own right
I’ve got my own fight
and it’s my Way
I’ve got my own Prayers
I’ve got my own Fears
I’ve got my own Tears
and it’s my Way
I’ve got my own Joy
I’ve got my own Load
I’ve got my own Road
and it’s my Way
Put down the story of what I’ve known
Your bound for glory all of your own Put down the story of what I say
You’re bound for glory
all on your own one day
Woman Power in the Wise Blood! Feelin’ it with Buffy Sainte-Marie and Wakan Tanka. Justice in the soul. Spirit in the DNA.
“It’s tempting to mythologize Buffy Sainte-Marie — to call her a folk-music mother of dragons, or at least a shaman calling up lost spirits in her music. It’s easy, after all, to exoticize individualistic women, especially women of color; doing so can even feel like offering a compliment. But on Power In The Blood, her first studio album since 2008, the 74-year-old firebrand defies categorization, as she has … ” read more of NPR Review of here.
Before he began acting in theater and film, Christopher Walken trained as a theater dancer. Eventually he became the thespian superstar we know (and love), yet he stayed true to his dancing bones. He found a way to dance a move or two into most of his film roles, scripted or not.
50 of these scenes have been edited together into this fun music video. It’s great!
I feel inspired, as I will be dancing solo again soon in local, pubic, community dance venues, such as Berkeley Ecstatic Jam and Ecstatic Dance Oakland. I’ve been taking a long hiatus from public dancing, among other activities. I’ve stepped over an important threshold, and this inner daybreak is beautiful and joyous. There’s intense work involved, too, even if the process of awakening and expansion appears easy. The work brings wonderful gifts, and I dance in a state of reverence and celebration.
I took dance classes for many years; first as a young girl, then in college at Washington University in St. Louis in my 20’s. Yes, dancing throughout most of my adult life, even in times of sorrow. During this period of getting thoroughly acquainted with my inner Hermit aspect, I’ve been dancing at home. Now my body feels ready to move and play in this art form that I cherish to new DJ sounds and in community again with other dancers. It’s a blessing that we have so many wonderful dance venues in the SF Bay Area. This is one of the reasons that I moved here after all!
Now you’re invited to check out Walken’s moves and let the Spirit move you. *laughter* If you feel adventurous and have time for a little more of him, below is the complete strip tease dance from the movie “Pennies from Heaven.” He’s an excellent dancer, and this scene is hilarious! Of course I love the bending of gender role expectations here. Head’s up: NOT politically correct re: feminist values, but I’m okay with seeing the wider dimensions of comedy and what is being pointed at. Bernadette Peters is the perfect foil, and her facial expressions send me into gales of laughter.
In the end, we’ll have a jolly laugh about this personal growth journey into self-love and compassion. But, in the meantime, we make loving ourselves a very serious point of focus, with clear intention and deep commitment to doing the daily work to build our compassion muscles and be the change we want to see in the world. We hold ourselves with gentleness, respect and worthiness of the greatest love story of our lives — an adventure of passion and romance, if we choose it to be so. It really is up to you to choose what is best for you and walk away from anything that doesn’t serve your well being.
Once we have tasted the true fulfillment, contentment, satisfied mind of inner peace, ecstatic bliss, we have moved into a higher energetic frequency. Our vibration changes for the better, and our health improves as well. We become lighter and emit a brighter energetic / auric field of subtle radiation that enables us to attract and manifest more of what we desire. There is no going back because why would we want to leave anything that tastes so delicious and enlivening? Why would we want to abandon ourselves again once we have healed ourselves into wholeness and see ourselves worthy of all the magnificent gifts that life has to offer? Indeed, life becomes more luminous as eyes of the heart open more fully. All of the senses become heightened, as perception grows keen, and a trust in the mystery arises, unfolds with experience.
We become less concerned about what anyone else thinks about us. We don’t take how others behave toward us personally; and, in general, all of life becomes much less personal. A greater width and depth of perception develops that holds room for many diverse perspectives and ways of being. There is a growth of self-reliance and resiliency, as well as healthy detachment. Soul retrieval becomes real, and whatever parts of ourselves have been hiding from our view come out of exile to be understood, known, integrated. The growth of compassionate love takes time, patience, courage, will power and determination. It also asks devotion, loyalty, abiding faithfulness in one’s self to greet whatever arises with an open heart. Forgiveness blossoms within us to heal our brokenness and extends outward to those we have felt harmed by in one way or another.
The world — Gaia — although ravaged and partially poisoned by us now, will survive and regenerate, with or without our species. The Earth has been around a lot longer than we have. Resting in compassion for ourselves, we feel compassion for the suffering of the world and all of its myriad beings. Compassion moves us out to do the work that we are called to do.
We’re not doing it to make anything go away or to make everything pretty. To truly love ourselves includes embracing our pain, suffering, wounds, our grief for the world and in our personal lives. It also involves embracing and allowing our inner healer to fully emerge to support us. We’re loving ourselves to wake up, so that life starts making sense! Until you love yourself, love doesn’t really make any sense. Loving yourself will make everything make sense. And even when we spiritually think, “I need to understand why this is happening,” Life says, “just love yourself and everything will be explained at the right time.”
Love the one who has the questions, who doesn’t know, who makes mistakes and grows blindly.
Love yourself until the love you have cultivated within you gives you the only explanation of existence.
Trust your inner guidance, intuition and wise counsel because your life journey is unique. There isn’t any point in comparing yourself or your journey to anyone else’s because what works for another individual may not work for you. What social conformity in the dominant culture demands may not suit your divine purpose.
You attract what you judge until you no longer judge what you attract. Whatever aversion arises in your experience in response to what you see is revealing the next part of yourself that awaits loving kindness, curiosity, exploration, acceptance, integration. Criticism kills love and is toxic to all relationships. Respectful and courageous discernment is a different story.
As you love all of the parts of yourself as an infinite processional line where every feeling and aspect of self is loved more, not less, you are clearing your energetic field of old conditioning and patterns, liberating yourself of heavy baggage. You are making space for the emergence of your beloved soul mate — your higher self in form. This healing in self-love is equally your contribution to clearing these patterns out of the collective consciousness. What you clear in yourself, you clear in the world. That is a celebration of unity consciousness.
It must not just be loving ourselves in these spiritual containers, such as while on retreat; but being so inspired, uplifted and transformed in these containers that this contemplative process actually affects what we do in the world. This is where we remember. This is where we heal. This is the liminal space, the time-out-of-time where we receive our inner guidance, briefing and our visions. But then we get back into the race and show our work. And we do it in service to ourselves and in service to your innocence.
This is the first exciting breath of a brand new beginning. This is where we step forward in service to our own awakening hearts to bring love and harmony into our own lives and to prepare us for the most incredible relationships that life has planned for us. Simultaneously, we transform the fabric of reality with one “I love you” at a time.
You’re invited to join with me in loving yourself more and expanding your compassion field, while also developing your awareness. Why not go ahead and send your inner critics and naysayers permanently packing to do needed work elsewhere in the world, like toxic cleanup sites? What could you gain by saying “no” to what is harmful to you and does not benefit you and your evolution? By choosing to awaken into compassion, you link arms with me and all Love Warriors in transforming this world for the well being of all. You are then a player in the Global Love Revolution. We make it fun! We make it exciting and juicy! We make it heart-centered and purposeful. We do it for all of us. We do it because we deserve to taste the ecstasy of love and your brilliant light. We do it for life! Thank you for your participation.
Hallelujah! This is some excellent news I am glad to reblog (from a repost by Paxus Calta, activist blogger). “Obama appears more concerned with legacy than his corporate cronies and has done the right thing with the EPA clean power policy.” Thank you, Paxus, for keeping your finger on the global nuclear pulse.
Originally posted on GreenWorld:
Thousands joined the nuclear-free, carbon-free contingent at last September’s People’s Climate March in New York City. The unexpectedly large turnout–followed by tens of thousands of comments and petitions to the EPA–helped open the agency’s eyes to first understand our position and then realize it made a lot of sense.
Yesterday, an amazing thing happened. Yes, President Obama released the first real climate action policy in the U.S. ever. But that’s not all. The incredible thing—the one that will be most important in the years to come—is … they got it basically right.
Including on nuclear power. President Obama just made it the policy of the United States that nuclear power is not a viable climate solution. And not just that, but renewable energy can replace nuclear power just like it can replace fossil fuels.
This is a game-changer, both for reducing carbon emissions in the US, and for discrediting the…
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By Duane Elgin
Humanity has entered a time of profound change. We are pushed by necessity and pulled by opportunity. The push is a growing systems crisis, evident in the breakdown of financial institutions, climate disruption, resource depletion, unsustainable populations, and more. The pull is the opportunity to rise to a new level of human maturity, partnership, and freedom. The combined push and pull at a global scale make this truly a time of profound turning, transition, and transformation for humanity.
Collectively, we have been on a long journey of development, differentiation, and separation. We are now approaching an ‘evolutionary wall’ where we are running into ourselves and our choices for the long-term future. If we pull together in cooperation, we can build new relationships with one another and the Earth. The Great Transition diagram below depicts very simply the ‘great turning’ or transition that is now required for a sustainable human journey.
It is vital that the human community come together and consciously co-create visions and stories of a sustainable and thriving relationship with the Earth and one another. The stories we tell shape our view of ourselves and the path we take through this time of collective awakening and global turning. We have the ability to consciously choose narratives that offer realistic beacons of hope to guide our way through the Great Transition.
For thousands of years humanity has been divided by mistrust engendered by ethnic, racial, gender, religious, and other differences. Now the circle has closed, the Earth is seen as a single interdependent system, and the future of humanity is inescapably bound together in our collective choices. A promising future requires that we transcend our history of mistrust and find common ground. In turn, to achieve authentic and lasting reconciliation as the foundation for our future, we require the power of love and compassion as a practical basis for organizing human affairs. Awakening compassion is a realistic foundation for human relations as it is a part of the “common sense” of humanity. This narrative, then, explores the growing scope of human affiliation and kinship as we learn to open our hearts and our trust at a global scale.
Compassionate love is a transformative power that we cannot quantify or measure, yet it brings incomparable strength and resilience into human relationships. “Love,” said Teilhard de Chardin, “is the fundamental impulse of Life . . . the one natural medium in which the rising course of evolution can proceed.” Without love, he said, “there is truly nothing ahead of us except the forbidding prospect of standardization and enslavement—the doom of ants and termites.”
A compassionate love can provide a vital “social glue” to hold us together as we face the challenges ahead. If we pull apart, an evolutionary crash seems assured. If we come together authentically, however, we have the real potential to achieve an evolutionary bounce. And to pull together, we need to reconcile the many differences that now divide us. We need to discover harmony where there is now discord. We need to cultivate the respect and regard for others that ultimately come from a foundation of love.
Love is the deepest connecting force in the universe, and thus a vital ingredient in our evolutionary journey toward wholeness. The unfolding of love is not different from the unfolding of awareness. Jack Kornfield, esteemed meditation teacher put it this way: “I will tell you a secret, what is really important . . . true love is really the same as awareness. They are identical.” If we can learn the lesson that love will further our evolution and that the greater our love the greater our awareness, then we are aligned for success in our journey home. With love—or a maturing awareness—as a foundation, the hallmark of the emerging era could be the healing of our many fragmented relationships. If that were to occur, it truly is possible to imagine a future that works for everyone.
A compassionate or loving consciousness has ancient roots, but it is taking on a new importance as our world becomes integrated ecologically, economically, and culturally. Because we now share one another’s fate, it is increasingly clear that promoting the well-being of others directly promotes our own. We have reached the point where the Golden Rule is becoming essential to humanity’s survival. This ancient ethic, which is found in all of the world’s spiritual traditions, advises that the way to know how to treat others is to treat them as you would want to be treated. Here are some of the ways the Golden Rule has been expressed:
“As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them.” –Christianity (Luke 6 : 31)
“No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself.” –Islam (Sunan)
“Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.” –Buddhism (Udanavarga)
“Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.” –Hinduism (Mahabharata 5 : 1517)
“Do not unto others what you would not have them do unto you.” –Confucianism (Analects 15 : 23)
As diverse and divisive as we are, the human family recognizes this common ethic of compassion at the core of life. This indicates there is a basis for reconciliation within humanity.
Love and compassion not only have ancient roots; history also attests to their impact and enduring power. Compassionate teachers through the ages such as Jesus, Buddha, Mohammed, and Lao-tzu have all lacked wealth, armies, and political position. Yet as the late Harvard professor Pitirim Sorokin explains in his classic book The Ways and Power of Love, they were warriors of the heart, and have reoriented the thinking and behavior of billions of people, transformed cultures, and changed the course of history– “none of the greatest conquerors and revolutionary leaders can even remotely compete with these apostles of love in the magnitude and durability of the change brought about by their activities.” In contrast, most empires built rapidly through war and violence—such as those of Alexander the Great, Caesar, Genghis Khan, Napoleon, and Hitler—have crumbled within years or decades after their establishment.
We may imagine love to be quite utopian, but consider the alternatives. In not choosing love we are left with law and the prospect of global bureaucratic stagnation. In not choosing law we are left with force and the prospect of either global devastation or global domination. If we value our freedom and vitality as a species, we are obliged to do no less than learn to love one another as a human family. With the prospect of genuine reconciliation, we can begin a historic process of healing that will enable us to honor our differences and work together for a future that benefits us all. Global reconciliation and cooperation offer a practical and promising pathway into the future.
To live sustainably, we must live efficiently—not misdirecting or squandering the Earth’s precious resources. To live efficiently, we must live peacefully, for military expenditures represent an enormous diversion of resources from meeting basic human needs. To live peacefully, we must live with a reasonable degree of equity, or fairness, for it is unrealistic to think that, in a communications-rich world, several billion persons will accept living in absolute poverty while another billion lives in extravagant excess. Only with greater fairness in the consumption of the world’s resources can we live peacefully, and thereby sustainably, as a human family. Without a revolution in fairness based upon an awakening of social compassion, the world will find itself in profound conflict over dwindling resources such as arable land and fresh water. A world in conflict seems unlikely to mobilize itself quickly and unable to respond to critical problems such as climate change and the end of cheap oil. Therefore, only with greater equity can we expect to live peacefully, and only with greater compassion can we expect to live sustainably.
The “cost of compassion” is surprisingly low: The United Nations Human Development Report of 1998 reported expenditures for pet food, perfume, and ice cream in the developed nations vastly exceeds the total resources needed to eliminate world hunger, immunize every child, provide clean drinking water and sanitation for all, and to offer universal education. If we live moderately, we have the material means to establish a decent standard of living for everyone.
The following are major areas where humanity must engage with a spirit of loving reconciliation (each of these areas is a major story unto itself):
Generational reconciliation—Sustainable development has been described as development that meets our needs in the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. At present, industrial nations are consuming nonrenewable resources at a rate that will handicap future generations. We have the opportunity to reconcile ourselves with generations yet unborn. We would be wise to use as our example the Iroquois, who, in making major decisions look at the expected impact seven generations ahead.
Economic reconciliation—Disparities between the rich and the poor are enormous, and they keep growing. Reconciliation requires narrowing these differences and establishing a minimum standard of economic well-being for all people. Economic reconciliation also suggests that wealthier individuals and nations would begin to voluntarily simplify the material side of life and shift increasing attention into psychological, cultural, and spiritual growth and to assist those living in extreme poverty.
Racial, ethnic, and gender reconciliation—Discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation profoundly divides humanity. We cannot create a promising future unless we develop mutual respect for these differences. Healing these relations will transform the psychic wounds of humanity’s history.
Religious reconciliation—Religious intolerance has produced some of the bloodiest wars in history. Reconciliation among the world’s spiritual traditions is vital to humanity’s future. We can discover the core insights of each tradition and see each as a different facet of the larger jewel of human spiritual wisdom.
Species reconciliation—Living in harmony with the Earth is essential if we are to survive and evolve as a species. Our future depends on the integrity of our ecological system, whose strength depends on a broad diversity of plants and animals. We have the opportunity to reconcile ourselves with the larger community of life on Earth. We can move from indifference and exploitation to reverential stewardship.
Although there is continuing conflict in each of these areas, there is also new hope for reconciliation through the power of compassionate love.
This essay is reprinted with permission from Duane Elgin, a speaker, author, and non-partisan activist for media accountability. He is the author of “Voluntary Simplicity,” “The Living Universe,” “Promise Ahead,” and other books. His website offers articles and videos on thriving in challenging times. Thank you, Duane Elgin, for sharing your leadership, voice and vision. ♥
But I need to find a place were I can breathe
I can breathe
I wanna go to place were I can hold the intangible
And let go of the pain with all my might
I wanna go to a place where I am suspended in ecstasy