The Chrysalis

Friday, 17 November 2017, 04:50 am | No Comments »

"You must become that which you want to be first and let the world follow in your tracks…. Your world faithfully and accurately reflects, not what you have put in an order for, not what you have correctly and clearly asked for, but the person you are! "*  ~Genevieve Davis

Every great work is just that: work, that someone did. Someone took an action which produced a result. In our scientifically oriented, mechanistic culture, nothing happens without an introduction of work into a system. Without work, a system by nature moves toward entropy –  disorder and chaos.

Even in the art world, masterpieces and not-so-masterful pieces are called “works of art”. Like everything else, art is something we do.

Nothing happens until someone moves something.

This scientific view, this cause-and-effect perspective, is the perceptual framework that defines western civilization. It’s a good and a valid perceptual framework, but like any framework, it can only show us part of the entire reality.

Our mistake arises when we see part of the picture but believe we’re seeing the whole.

The disconnect between “western” and “eastern” medicine, science, and philosophy stems partially from this clash of perceptual frameworks. The western viewpoint says that the whole is the sum of its discrete parts and is defined by their specific functions; the eastern perception is that everything is a reflection of the whole and contains the whole within itself.

Even in the west, we acknowledge the idea that the whole can be greater than the sum of its parts.

Stepping beyond our perceptual frameworks….

Perhaps we should step back and look at our ideas of working, of doing, because maybe we’re putting the cart before the horse; maybe we’re looking at the end result of a process but thinking that the result sprang fully formed from an isolated action or set of actions.

So let’s look at producing a work of art so we can see the process behind the result; that will equip us to apply it in useful ways to the other areas of our lives.

If we’re going to paint a picture of a vase of flowers, we first have to get a vase of flowers, whether that’s an actual vase with flowers in it, or a picture of a vase with flowers, or a memory of one, or even an imagined picture of one. Then we just pick up a paintbrush and transfer that image onto a canvas or a building or watercolor paper.

If we sit down with a musical instrument, we need a piece of music to play on it. We get the sheet music, or a recording of a piece of music, or our memory of a piece of music, or an imagined piece of music. Then we just play that piece of music.

 “But,” you object, “I don’t know how to paint a picture or play a musical instrument!”

The how is the process: not the mechanistic, step-by-step, painstaking instruction to replicate the object in a new medium. Not at all. That’s part of the work that produces the end result, the end of the process.

The process begins not with working in a medium to produce a result, but with becoming a person who can and will create that artwork.

Art isn’t created in a vacuum.

It’s created in the soul, the heart, the imagination of the artist.

You must be what you want to create first. If you want to create something beautiful, you must have a beautiful soul, one that loves and is attracted to beauty – not shallow judging of physical good looks, but the deep appreciation of beauty within the object of your vision.

If you want to create art that promotes social justice, it must first live in your soul.

If you want to create art that demonstrates the beauty or the power or the majesty of nature, you must first love, appreciate, and understand it in the deep parts of your heart.

Notice there’s no mention of talent.

Talent usually means that someone can be good at something more easily than others can. The rest of us have to work harder to be just as good. But there’s almost nothing that can’t be taught to someone who wants to learn, and once s/he masters the techniques, s/he immerses her/himself into the expression of passion and emotion and gratitude, and that person can produce art that moves people, art that means something.

The person expresses who s/he is, and what emerges from that expression is art.

The same holds true in every area of our lives. When we express who we are, what emerges from that expression is our life. Our experiences reflect – at least to an extent – the person we are, and the beliefs we hold. Of course, the people around us and our circumstances affect the kind of life we live, too:  if we can barely feed our families, then we likely won’t be making scientific breakthroughs or writing classic literature.

Nevertheless, despite bad circumstances that may be beyond our control, some manage to have homes filled with happiness, children who feel understood and appreciated, and friends who seek them out.

Yet others, perhaps even those in fairly good circumstances, have rather average lives. These people have chosen, for whatever reason, not to be extraordinary, not to seek beauty, not to understand themselves. They have chosen to live by default, responding to every situation but never creating, living their lives on autopilot. Maybe this even describes you.

What would your life look like if you chose to be extraordinary?

What makes your soul sing? Who could you become to give voice to that song? How could you give expression to the beauty and depth and passion in your soul? Where is the inspiration?

Life is not doing. Life is becoming. Being is enough, and yet being isn’t static. It’s changing, flowing, charging, calming: being is becoming is being.

Be the voice for the voiceless, if that sets your heart on fire. Express beauty – or pain or anger or social injustice or any other important message through a medium that appeals to you. Change the world, or change your world: it can only happen through being.

Be the kind of person people want to be with. Be the kind of person who lives a message. Be the kind of person whose life deeply touches other people.

Be your passion.

Being gives life meaning and purpose. Being makes a life well lived. Being makes a difference.

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* Davis, Genevieve. Becoming Magic: A Course in Manifesting an Exceptional Life (Book 1) (pp. 62-64). Kindle Edition.

Rebecca Ellen Augustine


Sunday, 22 October 2017, 07:09 pm | No Comments »

Today's hurried nature of life can take a toll on the most hardy of people. It seems like there's always one more meeting to go to, project to manage, or function to attend. Our lives have turned into the repeated mantra of the White Rabbit, "I'm late! I'm late! I'm late for a very important date! I'm late! I'm late! I'm late!"

Research shows that we are a world full of people who are adopting "what we do" as a replacement for "who we are". It's not a difficult leap to make when we spend more time with our co-workers than we do with our immediate families. The average person spends 2/3 of their waking adult lives with people that are directly related to their job/career.

If you had to answer the question today, "Who are you?" without including any part of your job description, could you do it?

Think about that for a while. When was the last time you were able to truly relax? When was the last time you went on vacation and didn't think about work? When was the last time you had dinner with your spouse or significant other, or friends and didn't talk about work?

Many people identify with feeling burnt out or wanting something more in their lives, but never quite seem to be able to put their finger on what that something more exactly is. The White Rabbit lifestyle is stealing joy from your life. That was the whole point to the character in the book, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Slow down. Take some time to enjoy the moment that is, and all the people who populate it, because one day you're going to be too late.

Take time, as much time as you need, to figure it out. Our time here on Earth is finite. If today were your last day of life, would you be able to say that you are satisfied with the meaning of the dash on your headstone?

Simplify your lifestyle: Being over-scheduled is a soul-crushing existence. Ask yourself what is truly important, and learn to say no to all the things that aren't adding value to your life. There is nothing that is more valuable to us in this world than our time. Once it's gone, it's gone. You can't go make more of it or replace it. Guard your time with the tenacity of a rabid wolf. If the request, invitation or event is something that doesn't add value to your life, say no, say no, say no!

Minimize your tribe: WHAT??? We all have people in our lives that are fringers or coattailers. If you find people in your tribe that aren't adding value cut them loose. These people are holding you back from becoming the best version of yourself. T. D. Jakes said, "Finding your destiny will always disappoint people who have appointed you to theirs." If you care more about other people's success than your own, you will never discover your purpose or calling in life. Yes, you should support other people's hopes, dreams, and aspirations, but not to the detriment of your own happiness.

Take Risks of Opportunity: We all seem to be just fine in our lives until we are exposed to opportunity as it passes on it's way to find a taker. Opportunity doesn't knock, it flows continuously. If you don't take the opportunity, someone else will. How often has that happened to you? How many more times are you going to allow it to happen out of fear? If there's an opportunity in front of you that allows you to kick the White Rabbit to the curb, then shouldn't you do that? Just make sure you're doing it with eyes wide open.

As each of your birthdays roll around, think about this: From the day we are born, we have an opportunity to go from ordinary to extraordinary - each day that choice is up to us. Extraordinary is not equitable to fame and fortune, it's about quality of life and how we choose to fill it. Extraordinary is a subjective term that can only be defined by the individual. How will you define your extraordinary life today?

 ~ Donna R. Wood


Thursday, 19 October 2017, 09:14 pm | No Comments »

“The law of attraction is this: You don’t attract what you want. You attract what you are.”

~Dr. Wayne Dyer

The Law of Attraction has been promoted as the answer to everything, lambasted as chicanery, put forth as the way to a new Cadillac on your driveway, and avoided as a tool of the devil.

In truth, the Law of Attraction is none of those. Like much of life, it’s about us. It’s about making internal changes to align us with our desires – and more importantly, to align our desires with us, with who we truly are.

This is the part the Law of Attraction that most people overlook when they try to apply it to their wants and desires.

It’s a characteristic of our culture to promote conspicuous consumerism, and many people align themselves with this facet of our culture because, I think, it holds a great deal of appeal and requires little of them. They often identify themselves not by who they are but by what they have: a house in the right neighborhood, a new car, the right label on their clothes, the right store name on their shopping bags.

But this doesn’t identify anyone; rather, it says that this person doesn’t really know who she is or what she has to offer the world. Sometimes it means the person is insecure and a little vulnerable, sometimes it means he’s a shallow thinker or lacks empathy, and sometimes it means that she’s a little naïve and inexperienced. It almost always means that the person has bought into the cultural lie that possessing things – the right things, no less – fulfills your purpose as a human and endows you with value and meaning.

The Law of Attraction has nothing to offer such a person, especially those who have no desire to learn, grow, and give back to the world. For those for whom “it’s all about meeeee!”, the Law of Attraction will inevitably be a disappointment.

For those who are looking to expand themselves, however, the Law of Attraction has much to offer.

The Law of Attraction is a universal law governing all matter and energy. It’s not a cosmic candy machine. The Law of Attraction states that “like attracts like”. We find this principle in much of science, and in every major religion. When a principle appears in multiple disciplines almost unchanged, there is truth to it.

Those who have used the principles of the Law of Attraction effectively are those who understand that everything has a frequency. In humans, the most powerful frequencies, other than those generated by the electrochemical system that is our body, are thoughts. The brain functions on various frequencies throughout the day and night, depending on what the person is doing.

A person just going about her daily business is generally operating in the wavelength named beta. Beta waves are fairly fast, and allow the random movement from one thought to another without much resistance.

A person who is daydreaming, studying, memorizing, or playing a musical instrument but following music exactly is using brain waves called alpha. Alpha waves are slower than beta waves, and are the brainwave of people who describe themselves as being “in the zone”.

Those who are working deeply with their creativity, those who are mostly unaware of their surroundings while they’re working, are in theta. Theta waves are slower than alpha waves, and are associated with large creative leaps and the creation of great works of art and science. Theta brain states usually are associated with a strong use of one or more of the senses in the work being done. Those with synesthesia frequently drop into theta waves when they experience their synesthesia.

Delta waves are slower still, and most people only experience them when they’re deeply asleep, and so have no conscious memory of the delta state. Delta waves can be generated and experienced while awake, however, and are associated with deep emotional and creative shifts. Those in delta state are susceptible to suggestions from others, and it is important to make certain that no unwanted suggestions be made during delta.

Understanding that brains have frequencies that are attuned to certain types of activities, the person wishing to use the Law of Attraction can enter these states to determine what would be most beneficial to self and others to attract, and to align with those frequencies. When in alpha or theta, aligning with the frequencies of the desired outcome is easily done. From that point, focusing on the outcome while entering into the brainwave state associated with it allows the desired outcome to flow into practical experience. While the exact science of how this occurs is complex, the procedure to accomplish it is easy.

The biggest obstacle for some people is the unwillingness to become a fitting receiver of the outcomes desired and attracted.

Internal changes occur easily when aligned with the frequencies of beneficial outcomes, especially when the welfare of others is included in the desired outcome.

In the end, it is we who change to align with the outcome, and then nothing can stop the outcome from manifesting in the practical reality of one’s life.

 ~ Rebecca Ellen Augustine


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