Artiste, Educator, Writer

P1050398Symbolism in nature

This toadstool has appeared out of nowhere, likening it to magic…. a time to engage in an imagined world unencumbered by rules, just like that through the eyes of a child.

Looking at the shape of the toadstool it is quite phallic and could be representing male energy.  Masculine energy being in the doing on the physical.

Is it time to take action, push forward and be proactively productive?

Namaste

 

We all have a story and there are many of us who have lots of stories as they give us an identity.

Until we let go of our story we can be ‘stuck’ and feel of no value for without an identity who are we, we ask?  We are not our story.

As we start ‘the letting go of the story’ we allow space to reinvent ourselves by filling our lives by doing more of what we love.  For me there are four elements that I include in my daily life to help me to let go of the story to allow myself to reinvent my journey.

The Arts

Visual arts, music, movement, which allows me to, not only find myself but to also lose myself.

Nature

Where I can also, not only find myself but also lose myself in its powerful magical beauty and where I can find teachings about life, death and rebirth.  For example, the living plants and the dead branches all living in harmony.  The color palettes that constantly create a work of art.

Nutrition

The alchemy of food and exercise.  I love harvesting and cooking my own fresh food from my small garden.  Cooking is a life force for me, a creative energy that becomes an extension of my art studies.  Exercise is important for me to keep a healthy body, mind and spirit.  This is especially relative when I am with nature as this is where I continually discover myself without judgement.

Awareness

Spiritual awareness to ‘do without doing and everything gets done’.  For me to be in the moment so I can move out of spiritual darkness of ignorance and fear into a world of spiritual freedom of love and contentment.

May you find a way to let go of your story.  Whatever you can do well, don’t do.  Accept the challenge to do what you can’t do.  This will free you up to ‘let go of your story’.

Namaste

 

 

Transition

Are you in transition waiting for a decision?

A “yes’ will be same ol’ and can produce a stagnant heavy energy.

A ‘no’ will remind me of the lyrics of singer Leonard Cohen

“Baby, please make a change

I think it will do you good”

How many times have you been aware of transition being upon you and you choose to linger with doubt and fear?

Maybe we can choose to engage with transition joyfully and to see the beauty in the journey to a life with more freedom and heightened awareness.

Namaste

 

The Artist Books

Artist books

The Artist Books – my final project for Unit 9 Printmaking (just 15 units to go).  My project was to create an artist book/s in a contemporary context + the transformation of space from a metaphysical perspective.

The process was to create a set of prints using the printmaking method and bind them into a book/s.  I left a number of pages blank so the viewer could either write notes or ‘make a wish’ in the book.  The olive tree representing a survivor of the extreme.  The fruit representing the bitterness of the fruit and the olive oil the sweetness.

The viewer can engage with the books by using the blank pages to note their own ‘bitterness and sweetness’ life experiences and therefore the installation becomes a therapeutic space in which to further engage with the books.

My BA studies are giving me so much joy.  The commitment to continually engage with the units is also helping me with everyday life skills to be in the moment and believe that I CAN DO no matter the challenge.  We are never given anything we are not able to handle.

May you all find and live your passion then immerse yourself in your world of light…..

Namaste

Janice

 

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Explore opportunities like the ladybird.  The ladybird foretells a time of luck and protection where your wishes start to manifest.

Before entering into a commitment of six years studying at University I had spent many years exploring what I love, that is The Arts, Nature, Nutrition and Awareness.  How could I now combine all of this information into my daily life into one package so I could experience freedom and to live this unlived part of my life?  University studies.

When exploring opportunities, be aware of how your body either responds or reacts to the content of these opportunities.  Does it excite you, do you feel a connection or does your body feel listless and overwhelmed at the thought of exploring certain opportunities?  Does the content match your intent? Would the process work for you?

When I was exploring study opportunities, my passion included The Arts, Nature, Nutrition and Awareness.  How could I include all of these into my daily life so I could do what more of what I love?

 I do not paint but I do draw and use color to express how I feel.   

I love nature but not so much working with snakes, lizards and other creepy crawlies.  Besides the units proposed in an Environmental Degree did not make my body sing nor did the chemistry and mathematical components.

Nutrition which, for me, includes a form of art and creativity had been part of my life for eight years in my own cafe and gave me such joy creating and working with people.  However, this takes a lot of physical energy.

And finally awareness.  Having been stripped bare of all identity, good health and material wealth, it was an opportune time for me to explore a new way of living that would give me more harmony, wellness and abundance.  Humility and gratitude now being my constant companions.

Studying for me is living an ‘unlived’ part of my life with so much joy, and even though it pushes me way out of my comfort zone, I am finding this is truly where the magic lies. The bonus in all of this is that I have found a sense of belonging.

I acknowledge that University study may not be your package, however I encourage you to explore the ‘unlived’ part or parts of your life to experience the life you imagined.

Namaste

Janice

 

wisdom of the owl

owl bird animal

Some 15 years ago an owl flew into my car windscreen and was killed instantly. I felt then it was the Owl’s message that I was oblivious to the fact that I had been wandering aimlessly through life and change was imminent. Truth was about to unfold with imposing intensity bringing with it further enlightenment.  After much change, travel, exploring, experiencing and transcending since then, this morning the Owl revisited my life again.  This time another vehicle had taken the Owl’s life.  I stopped,  picked the Owl up and placed it in a safe place with nature so it could have a dignified death away from the road traffic.

As I tap into this magical animal spiritual guide, may this be a time of promising lucidity, new beginnings and promise with the help of the Owl’s wisdom and medicine.  May you discover your ‘australian animal dreaming’ with Scott Alexander King  in Animal Dreaming to help explain or reveal an alternative for your future path.

Namaste

Today is an opportune time to ‘explore, experience and transcend’ the synchronicity that evolved in your day.  When we are in the moment, we notice the signposts to help us to live the life we imagined.

For example, a conversation with a stranger with the same interests could be a reflection of what it is you need to do; to mix with like minded people to live the life you imagined.  Synchronicity expands as we live ‘in the moment’ and respond to our subconscious messages without hesitation or self doubt.

Synchronicity – as the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung described it: ‘meaningful coincidences’.

Namaste

 

 

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