Keep Shining!

“Shine like the whole Universe is Yours. I am a Spark from the Infinite” beautiful quotes from the great Rumi.

I like to believe that as the perfect formation of a Galaxy, we are Sparkles of light shining within a beautiful creation. This mandala was inspired by the vision of millions of stars shining within the whole Universe and us, each one of us like these Stars, shining beyond the darkness of our mind or other people’s mind, that make us forget such a vision.

Initially, it was meant to be a painting with fluorescent colors but as time was scarce I applied a picture of the Universe behind it, and in another case, golden stars shining so they could come out from the drops. So I called this mandala Drops of Sparkles.

When I finally started painting, soon I became nervous that maybe I was not doing the right thing, but I continued. Like many other times, when I start to apply the colors with whatever medium, a strange feeling of doing it wrong pervades my being.
Experience makes me continue, I still look if there is anything different I could do but when nothing else comes up I continue and force myself to be patience, trusting that soon the results will satisfy me. And usually, they do. The more I get nearer to the end, my eyes recognize the intended beauty, or that something that makes my heart rejoices.

Sometimes I find it very difficult to express in words what the work of art I see evoke in me. Inexpressible emotions that maybe only an expert writer can find.
The other day on Instagram with a great Artist Claire Harrison, I wanted to express how much I loved her painting, she thought there were too many colors, and I was unable to tell her in words that for me it was perfect because, that is how it felt, I do not know why.

And this is the awareness that this painting has brought to me. How we get so impatient and discouraged while the work is in progress, in any field really. If  the time we have available wasn’t limited, we would all be adding more and more or take another picture, until we reach that perfection that we really can’t reach, because each moment, we are in a point of transformation, each step, is a new awareness and an expansion of our consciousness, so what we saw before, is less than what we see now, and whatever we are looking at will always have a new piece of information and thus something else to add. Non-stop, continuously, until time, deadlines, makes us stop. We have to give our work at some point. And so is our life, our planet, our universe. A continuous work in progress, we are continuously evolving, the universe is continuously transforming itself.

“The only thing that is constant is change” by Heraclitus.

So I ask myself, then if everything is a work in progress, liable to betterment every day, when are we going to enjoy the finished artwork? If we are always running after the results but these change, according to our consciousness expansion, then we will never be fully satisfied. Like a dog chasing its tail.

So comes the realization that as the work in progress is the constant, and the results are the peaks, like the beautiful flower, or the sweet fruit, we must enjoy the process, the same or more than the results.
We love the plant all the time not only when it is flowering, in fact we care for the plant more during the process. And so it should be for everything else, beyond the results we wish to see in a given point of consciousness.  Our bodies, our relationships, our work. When we change our point of focus, when we accept that everything is an endless work in progress,  then we make that process enjoyable, and not a sacrifice that needs a rewards to be justified, without which we become disheartened and give up or fall into depression. Society as a whole, as I see it, bases itself only on results and the pressure on our system is very high.

I believe that learning to love and feel comfortable with the actual process with all its imperfections is to arrive at enjoying Life and the whole of Creation. And what will be will be. If there is harmony the results will always be satisfactory.

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in the darkness the astonishing light of your Being” by Hafiz.

Keep Shining.

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Autumn Colors

There is a sense of melancholy the moment the weather changes and you know the summer is gone. Here in Rome it usually happens abruptly, from one day to the next there could be a difference of 10 degrees Celsius. You smell it in the air that something is different.

But it is so magical to watch day after day how nature all around is transforming itself, putting on another vest. Days get darker and leaves get brighter with so many different warm colors.

It seems to me that the lack of colors in the Sky, with grey clouds and rain, is contrasted with the beauty of the reds, oranges, and yellows of the leaves. To me it looks as if our great Sun want to remind us of his constant presence splashing his colors on the leaves, making them shine even without its light. It is really a wonderful view to appreciate.100_3849 (960x1280)

Walking outside and being surrounded by so many colors and the thousands of birds that are all gathering together to migrate, makes you enter in another dimension. There is a special dance in the Sky during the month of November here. If you look up there are literally thousands of birds flying compact together making strange forms, they are so synchronized, it’s unbelievable. And their sound is so loud and incredible. I haven’t been fast enough with this little compact camera to catch those moments.

But I could not help expressing on paper the magic atmosphere around me. As always it did not start with that intention. A few days before I found a little shopping list in a pocket and there I had scribbled a little sketch of a mandala that came to mind but completely forgot about it. When I found it, I decided it was going to be my next drawing. I thought it was going to be a flower but in fact, having images of these beautiful red leaves in my head, it turned out to be colorful leaves becoming rays of the Sun.

All through the coloring though it was really an unknown territory. I had to make little examples on the side. One part wanted all colors in one leaf shading, another different. So I just threw myself into the void and risked by following feelings and not the rational mind, telling me how a leaf should look like!20171108_103202

The picture of leaves was telling me to put pink, light shades, but my artist feeling was adamant, it had to be just like it turned out. When now I look at it, it reflects completely the vision that appeared, so that says it all. Beyond logic. I feel at peace.

There is so much to learn from this, to be applied in our daily life. When we do not know something or are unsure, we have to learn to confide in our instincts, or those strong gut feelings, but I think these have to be balanced with our own common sense and wisdom, which in the case of the Mandala is the geometrical structure that follows certain rules, which makes the end result a perfect symmetry and harmony.

Even in our daily life, there are certain basic rules that need to be followed and respected that allow us to express ourselves fully. We can call these as the instruments that express the unknown. Without them, the result will be out of harmony. Be it in relationships, work, our health, our serenity. In each one of these fields, there are certain basic conditions which allow certain results. Having confidence in our instincts is fundamental but those need a structure that has proved to work time and time again so that unkown, is revealed in harmony and without a struggle.100_3814 (800x600)

Autumn leaves, this is exactly what inspire me. The coming of age, of old red wine, of cozy atmosphere, sitting by the fire and listening to wise words from The Elders. Because it is only and always when we come to a certain age that we understand our lives, and we comprehend the necessity of that structure, that so much we like to refuse when we are younger, because we always know better.

A young spirit brings innovation, evolution and new ideas, but for those to work well and bring benefit to all, they need to be based on very good foundations, without which it can be a very hard struggle and most give up when the reality of survival sets in.

We all have a unique talent to be expressed, and that talent if given the conditions and the time, can become something exceptional from which the whole community will appreciate the benefit. But if those conditons are not pursued then we will always be manifesting half or a percentage of who we really are.

So if I had to give advise to any young, I would say know yourself, know what your talents are, what you do without struggle and are passionate about, and become exceptional at it  through practice, consistency and by learning from someone who has more experience than you. Learn the stucture. Understand what is important for your own basic survival. Food and shelter, and make sure you fulfill those when you are young, once you have gathered enough experience, the diamond will be ready to Shine to be a light for the whole world. And you will be free to be. This is your potential, it is up to you to manifest it. One step at the time. With lots of patience. Learn to listen to your inner self and treat the sweet sound of the world distractions as a spectator. Maintain your centre, you have a goal. Never forget it. Focus and follow.100_3837 (1280x960)

 

The Color of Emotions

Have you ever wondered how the choice of colors throughout the day reflect the different energies and emotions we go through in each moment?

There is always something, in particular, that attracts our attention, a feeling that conditions our choice, at different times.

There are various sites over the web that can serve as guidance but I think it is always best to arrive at our own interpretation based on self-observation and awareness and then finding that word or definition which resonates with us.

The moment I started this new drawing I already had in my head the colors that would follow. Blue Green Yellow. Quite surprisingly the structure came out very easily, I felt very good with straight lines and triangles for a change.
“This is going to be really easy and fast,” I thought,  but as soon as I started coloring my whole being felt out of harmony.
My hands were carrying on the mind orders but something did not feel right. We were not aligned. The gut feeling was directing me towards other colors, but that meant doing the drawing all over again. I was so sure those were the ones I preferred, but when seeing them on paper, no, they did not correspond to the energy that needed to be expressed.  So unwillingly I picked up another paper and started all over again. I have learned by now not to force something that does not feel right.

That invisible something, that silent and subtle imperceptible sound that it is only heard when the mind quiets down and becomes humble enough to listen first. Not following that sensation is what makes us feel out of balance and confused. But it is so easy to ignore it. It usually wants us to do things the mind does not want to. But if and when we finally agree to follow then everything flows perfectly in its place and there is no struggle. Even if we have to repeat the process over and over.

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So I left aside the drawing I was doing and started another, with the same structure, and kept on working with the colors that resonated with these sensations and emotions. At this point, I am still not aware of how it is going to be,  I am just putting the pieces that feel right together, and curious what the final outcome will be.

When in the afternoon I went for my daily walk in nature, these words came up to my head, which was a result of an interior debate about how sometimes we are fooled to do something we think is right for us but eventually backfires, because we have not listened and given priority to that subtle feeling.

Illusion is only momentary. Real is eternal. We can be fooled for a short time, but our Real Self, the Truth, will always prevail at the end. Who you really are can never be broken for t

When I looked at the finished design through these words, then I could make an interpretation and thus comprehend the reasons behind the colors and forms. It is a design unlike others, with straight lines and triangles giving it a very solid effect. Like a hard stone that cannot be broken, with the light always shining from within. And the colors are very pronounced, making it a statement. A star, shining with its own particular light. The colors here go from yellow, orange, red, purple, violet, indigo. Each one has various symbolic and spiritual meaning on its own, but none can express that sensation I feel when I look at them together.
For me, it means a necessity to rise above negativity, unite with the higher energies by remaining connected to the inner light.20171026_160745_Burst01

Now that these emotions had been processed  I could then proceeded to fill the second drawing with the colors first intended. The calming Blue, the vibrant and loving Green and the joyful yellow. This time colors are not so marked and the points of the Star are smoothed within the Circle. The Star has reached the Sky and is United. It is a completely different energy and sensation. For me a much more positive one when I look at it. Where the first one was passion and war, the second feels like achievement and relaxation, connection and unity.20171030_125802

Would you like to tell me when you look at them what are the feelings they evoke in you? I would love to know. Thank you.

One year blog

A couple of months ago WordPress advised me that this Blog had reached its first year. I was amazed. I could not believe already a year had passed.

It all started with the intention to show my paintings in the portfolio. Seeing that they were not coming out so easily, I moved on to show also my new creative expression which was Photography.

Photography then became the tool through which I expanded my comfort zone and dared to write a little bit more about what was happening with my creative process.

Suddenly my first like! I was happy but nervous at the same time. Up until then it felt that this blog was private, nobody was looking and nobody cared, so it was easy to dare. But after that first like, everything changed. Somebody was actually interested! Then came responsibility, wanting to do things better. That made me realize that something was possible.

Writing for a public it is not very easy for me, like talking. Not that there aren’t thousands of words running around my brain wanting to be expressed, like a perfect quote from @myintrovertconfessions ” For me, I See It (an explanation) clearly in my mind, but apparently sometimes when it comes out, it’s missing half the words.”

When I was younger I used to write poems and essays, and even later during my wonderings with the caravan, writing a journal every day was a great tool to measure and be aware of my achievements. But I was the only spectator allowed.

Now, those great moments occur only when I am completely alone and no other priority is in mind. Sometimes they arrive while in Nature, others when I am drawing, but always when there is complete silence, or some meditative music playing in the back.

On the contrary of talking, writing for the blog at least allows me enough time to bring it all out and little by little take out what does not make any sense. Sometimes they come out really easily and very poetic, others confused and out of harmony.  Consistency and practice, like James Clear says, produce better results.

It is an important tool we have to communicate with each other, to let you know me a little, the same way I love to read and know your story, your perspective. Writing is a great Art, some of you have such great talents, that when I read I almost cry when I find someone that has been able to express exactly an emotion or that something within, that only becomes meaningful through those words. And that is for me what writing and words have become. The moment I read or write those perfect words which resonate with that inexplicable sensation, this I or this mind becomes aware, and takes whatever that is into consideration. Like if it starts to exist.

I think it is because the way I write here is not like writing my personal journal, where I just let everything come out.

I write for you. I wish that my experience may help you, like when I read your story and it helps me in my path. I try to choose words that resonate with that feeling that I wish to share.

By writing it down in this way it becomes a proof that the mind can relate to, in a form of memory. Sometimes a problem can re-present itself and this is when I remember what I have written in a previous post on how I overcome it and can take it from there.

So the result of One Year Blog is learning to present you my Story better so you can acquire that insight from it. And as a result, my consciousness and awareness are expanding too.

I would love to know what blogging means for you?

HEALING WITH ART

It is a need every morning to start the day with a drawing. Any. Even if I do not have a design in mind. I prepare the structure of a mandala and let it happen.

That takes away the brain fog, sleepiness and thousands of scattered and disordered thoughts and ideas.

It gives me balance and calmness. It is a world and a higher dimension I have to enter, and my whole being requires to in order to be in balance, satisfied within.

The effect can be then seen on the outside with the relationships and with the people around me. If I do not respect this ritual, if I let it slip away and sacrifice it for other important priorities, my whole being become confused, restless, nervous and empty.

Art and in my case, drawing and painting, but also photography, is a healing method to calm the mind, put order to thoughts, focusing on Beauty instead, and you never guess it, to give me the words to write posts and many more ideas.

 

While I draw or paint it seems that I enter the Land of Wonder where ideas live and receive insights in everything creative I feel like doing, or even about life problems. Without it, it feels like something is missing and I am lost.

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The quality of the work is affected by the state of the mind and our surroundings. When you are creative, you become like a transparent foil, where each energy present is reflected out on the paper through any medium you are using. Because what you are really doing is expressing emotions.

Every distraction, noise, conversation, health, and issues, appear together with the original emotion you wanted to express, like those rocks attached to the diamond before it is cleaned and can acquire its real value.

Creativity is the manifestation of an emotion, of an invisible something that is manifested into the visible world, we are channels of that manifestation, like radio transmitters.  And as such we pick up all, we become very sensitive and vulnerable to all the frequencies around us, and that is noticeable when we are trying to manifest our diamond. It takes practice, one has to be strong and conscious to discern all that does not belong and disturbs the act of manifestation

I have learned that this is achievable through daily practice with a fixed schedule, being present at the same time every day. It seems incredible but repetition makes you focus on that recognizable frequency, and with the habit, you learn to discard that which is only noise or distortion.
Sometimes our emotions are in turmoil and that is when Music can save us. This is when I put on my earphones and listen to some beautiful music, whichever sound is right in that moment, and then I am in the flow again.

I became aware of this one day when I was coloring a mandala and after I started listening to music, I saw it differently and decided to change colors, making it much more beautiful.

It will take time and practice. Meditation also is an excellent form of training the mind to focus on one thing, even if there is noise outside. You only concentrate on the breathing and with practice, the mind will be less prone to be attracted to outside noise or fly away with thoughts. The same is with creativity, with patience and daily practice, the work will reflect the quality of your ability to concentrate and focusing only on what is important for your creation.

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I am at this stage of not being fully satisfied with the quality of my work.  I am also working with materials I didn’t usually use for my works, which is colored pencils and fabric painting. But the magic of creativity also comes with working with what you have, appreciating the opportunity to learn something new and grow. Like in Nature, time is slow, and perfection does not come at once, it takes a lot of practice and hard work. Much patience and like someone pointed out lately, a lot of Passion. A fruit or a flower takes its time to reach its full potential.

So I relax and keep working every day, whatever happens. If I continue sometimes I will see the result, but if I stop it will never happen and you are only left with a sense of failure which is completely unrealistic and unnecessary.

There are many articles you can read from James Clear that can help in creating a schedule. I started using The Paper Clips Strategy and  The Seinfeld Strategy after reading The Evolution of Anxiety. And it is working really well.

I have divided my work into different tasks, each with its necessary Paper Clips and each one with a different color, reaching the whole of the Rainbow. So my goal each day is to complete the Rainbow and make it Shine throughout the whole Calendar!

 

 

 

Love and Compassion

It is always very interesting to me after I finish to draw and color a new mandala, to realize what were the influences which unconsciously have guided me through it.

When I started to draw there wasn’t anything in mind, no preplanned ideas and everything came out so easily. The pencil slowly creating lines as if on its own, listening to a subtle sound of silence.

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I just felt like an observer.

When slowly the lines became clearer, a sense of family, protection, and peace arose. Each globe containing two older beings looking over the young ones but at the same time connected with the others in a circle of protection and safety, creating peace and serenity. The forms of each being are slightly leaning towards each other in a gesture of compassion, as if saying ” I hear you, I understand you, I am here.”

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The colors chosen were jade green and blue. When I looked at their significance, I discovered that Green represents the Heart Chakra, and when open, it inspires to love more, feel empathy and have compassion. The Jade as well brings harmony, balance, and prosperity.

After I understood the feelings and meaning associated with this Mandala, I remembered that the day before was World Peace Day and while reading many beautiful Inspiring Stories, one particular Video touched deeply my heart, which explained that implementing Compassion games: Survival of the Kindness in prison centres and schools, has resulted in much lower violence. You can watch the video and learn more from their facebook page Compassion Games: Survival of the Kindest.

This Mandala is directed to our Heart center, to open it wider and bring more Love and Compassion in our personal world. I would love to know what does it inspire you?

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These are some of the products I applied the design to at my Zazzle Shop.

 

The Message

Mauro Morandi is a man that has been living alone in a small paradise island called Budelli near Sardinia, Italy. And when interviewed for an article by National Geographic he said
“I would like people to understand that we must try not to look at beauty but feel beauty with our eyes closed”
“Love is an absolute consequence of beauty and vice versa.” Morandi says.” When you love a person deeply you see him or her as beautiful, but not because you see them as physically beautiful… you empathize with them, you’ve become a part of her and she’s become a part of you. It’s the same thing with Nature.”

Morandi believes that teaching people how to see beauty will save the world from exploitation more effectively than scientific minutiae.

I encourage you to read this beautiful full article here:
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/travel/destinations/europe/italy/photos-of-life-alone-on-a-paradise-island/

This message resonated so much with me because it is something I always believed in through my own experience. Appreciating the beauty and making it become part of you makes you see the glass half full instead of half empty and so you treasure it and want to preserve it with all your strength. It became my life’s purpose. For me, this is the only way and hope to improve our lives and create a better world. And I believe that any expression of Art which reflects such beauty is one of the most important tools to make us become more conscious and empathize with such a reality.

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With my designs I wish to bring you joy and light, happiness and brightness spreading love and kindness. I think our lives are getting busier and busier and so caught up in solving so many problems and facing so many circumstances that within this spiral of events sometimes a funny picture a particular color or shape can wake us up and bring us back to our real nature of love and kindness. This is what I believe is the importance of Nature. Art when nature is not present. Art acting as a messenger from Nature to make us see and realize.

Andy Warhol says “There is beauty everywhere but not everyone sees it”.

I am not even near to achieve such a goal with my designs, but I have set myself to try at least. After such a long break, I can see how it is taking time for my expressions to fulfill the visions that appear in my consciousness. The heart is there, the feeling and emotions are there but the expertise is what is missing and that can only come through patience and hard work. Every day with practicing and learning.

And every day becomes another step further. Whenever a design is finished my heart rejoices and it becomes the light that pushes me to continue. There are so many designs waiting in a long queue to be manifested. Some are waiting for the proper material, some for the time, but little by little each one will have its place in this world. Each one carrying a meaning, whether for me or unconsciously for you that are looking at it.

And photography has helped me immensely to push me to paint and draw, and even now to catch that special something that only a camera can take.

Art is the language of the invisible, of the unseen becoming visible, but meaningful only to the observer in his/her own interpretation.

The path is unknown, it may be long or short, nobody knows, but like Albert Einstein said: “If you want to have a Happy Life, have a goal.” And so it is.

The Power of Mandala

Do you feel confused, is your mind full of thoughts, ideas and you can’t form a plan of action or a way to put these ideas into practice?

Grab a paper and a pencil and start drawing some lines, adding some dots and unite them to form a circle, then another, some more lines and you will have a pattern that you can use to let your creativity guide you.

You can create a spiral, a flower or nothing precise. Just follow the point where the circle and the line meet and keep going round, from the center each step up until the outer line of the circle. Then you pick all the colors of the rainbow and slowly choose one at random, the one that you feel for the most and place it wherever you want. Slowly filling all the emptiness. In silence and in peace.mandalarainbow1 (800x766)

 

Thoughts will try to distract you, ignore them, just follow the lines. If you follow your thoughts you can end up on another line or miss a spot, at the end something will be out of harmony. Every little mistake is a point of distraction. A space in the flow. But if you continue. Every day little by little, there will be fewer mistakes, fewer distractions.

Sometimes you will receive meaningful insights related to your work. So you stop, write it down and continue, or later it can be lost. Then, when you finish, sit one moment in awareness, and you will find the mind sharper and more focused to carry on with anything else. You know what you have to do now.

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that means Circle and it represents the Universe, the unity, and harmony of  Creation. It is sacred geometry. A mathematical order where every dot has its place. There is no space for doubts, only a different path to follow with a different outcome, but not less beautiful. There are infinite possibilities.

What the Mandala does, for me, is that it works with our unconscious mind. By following exact lines and thus creating an order, the mind is at rest. Once the decision is made, you just follow through peacefully and completely focused on that one path to follow. Complete mindfulness. Only one thing to do. One at a time. There is no other option. And at the end, you feel rested, because the mind has had to focus on one thing and that one thing has brought an immediate result that reflects beauty. It has given you a space for clarity. When your attention is focused on just one point it can be as powerful as a laser, but when it is scattered in different directions than it will lose intensity and clarity.

Mandalas can teach you many things about life in very subtle ways.  If you create one yourself it acts like a form of meditation, a connection with your inner self and the energies that are moving around you. But sometimes we are attracted to a specific Mandala that we have seen, beyond rational comprehension, that particular geometric form is resonating with you and by looking at it repeatedly in silence or having it near you in the place you work or relax, they heal your mental state. That is the order your being needs at this moment in time to achieve that serenity which allows you to manifest the ideas and visions or overcome circumstances you are now facing.

I have been wanting to create one Mandala with a spiral rainbow for a long time, the first time I have attempted it, something came out but it did not satisfy me completely.

Looking up at the symbolic meaning of the spiral, they represent the revelation of hidden truths, pushing oneself to be flexible and have trust when things change,  (www.sunsigns.org) and the colors of the Rainbow bring the promise that the troubles today will surely come to pass, holding strong in our faith, vision and heart purpose allowing for fresh beginnings and new prosperity. (www.theuniverseofsymbolism.com)

The second time, it happened by chance. I had prepared the circle with lines to venture on a new design I had in mind, but the more I was letting the pencil move forward the more I recognized the Spiral that I envisioned but was not able to express the first time. And when that happened I was stuck as it gave birth to other ideas of how to continue with the drawing, like in a crossroad I needed to choose which path to follow. Undecided I left it there for a while. When I finally picked it up again I realized that unless I tried all the possibilities I could not continue. The first paper became the sketch and a melting pot. Some looked really nice and some not so good. That gave me clarity. So then I prepared the structure for each of the design that came out of that concoction, ready to color at the right time.

One day, thinking I had it all prepared and set up and that it was going to take me little time, I set out to do the first drawing, which I thought was the easiest one. I wanted to finish coloring it by the time the natural light goes out of the room….. bah plenty of time…..

After 8 hours without almost stopping, I was still coloring away getting really anxious and nervous and literally a spiral of different emotions growing within me. On one side the mind set to finish no matter what, my inner being making me feel this was not the way, and instead of being a meditative practice, it was a war between inner and outer self.(?) What was the outcome? You can just imagine it, one second the hand slipped away and spread the ink across the paper, leaving a great black scar. 8 hours of work vanished in no time, leaving me with an empty day, but what a great lesson! When I actually looked at the drawing it reflected everything I was going through, confusion. But that was exactly what I needed to experiment, again the Universe knows his pupils!!

When I started with Mandalas it really happened by chance, a great book attracted me in a public library I used to go to for checking my emails. After studying it for more than a month and realizing the great healing that was occurring in me, I decided to concentrate my art on them so to help others through this work. And it was very important before starting a new Mandala, to have a moment of silence to quiet the mind and become more attuned to the spiritual energies that would guide me through it. As that was specifically for someone that I was going to meet and would want to have it. It was a very beautiful and meaningful practice.

The latest experiences have brought me back to that past that I had left behind and forgotten for many years, and through these lessons, the path that puts in harmony my inner and outer world is being found again.

I know nothing is left to chance in this beautiful Universe, there is always a meaning and a reason behind everything, it is just our unconsciousness that do not allow us to see it, but that’s when we bang our head so hard that we have no choice than to open our eyes.

After those practices now I have been able to calmly finish the first Mandala and fulfill one of the visions. The happiness with the result is a consequence of the healing that has occurred while drawing it.rainbowspiral1 (800x745)

 

The online world now offers everything you need at any time,  but the sacredness of Mandala remains. Whether you create it yourself, color one already made or buy a design, for you to unlock its great potential, you need to allow a moment of silence in front of it and let it heal you.

These are some links with easy steps to learn to draw a Mandala. I like to use a compass to do the circles but if you do not have one it is not necessary. There are also many already made Mandalas you can download for coloring from Pixabay, Shutterstock, and many others.

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Happy creating and would love to know your experience.

May Art Save the World

May the joy of creativity help dissolve the shadows of illusion and make our spark within shine brightly.

I have always been a firm believer that appreciating Beauty is a life-changing experience, it fills our mind with positivity and takes away the attention from the burden of our daily struggles.20170808_110921_Burst01 (1051x1280)

If there is one thing that has helped the whole of humanity, of all nationalities and cultures, expand their consciousness throughout the centuries, that is Art, in any form.

When each individual connects with that creative force within, the vision about Life changes. Its beauty and value are enhanced. The greatness of creation expressed through Nature, Universe, People is understood.

By being able to easily experience the works of Art of other people, one becomes inspired to do the same and finds that unique treasure inside oneself, from the poorest to the richest. Each one of us has something to give from that space, and when that happens we all speak the same language. We understand we all belong to the same big family.

20170808_130556 (1055x1280)We do not need expensive tools to create,  creativity can be expressed with whatever materials we have in our environment. I once saw such beautiful works done from African women who were recycling plastic from the beach brought by the sea. We can watch so many videos or pictures of amazing things that can be done out of very common materials.

I used to pick up little shells from beaches I visited and make wind chimes with a little bit of wool. A beautiful family I met while traveling, used to cut small pine branches and with a bit of fishing thread and wool, make puppets. They were so funny!

The purpose of all this is to keep us occupied with something to do that makes us smile, makes us feel good, connecting with that space within us that is the source of gentleness and kindness, breaking the wall that has been built by ideology, beliefs, grief, resentment, and struggles. It is such an important way, together with Sports, to focus on positive vibes which then create our reality.

20170810_115501_Burst01 (1081x1280)I continue to believe that the more people reserve, even a small part of their day, to express their own creativity, and the more us as a Community or Global Family give words of support to each other, the less violence we will see.   Especially the young ones that are more vulnerable and need more encouragement.

When one is young there are so many walls that are built within the mind as a way of defence from overwhelming situations that one has to face. It is the inability to know how to deal with unexpected issues that form the struggle. This is the moment to take the time to understand and ponder.  Our creativity will help us achieve a clearer picture.

We cannot avoid the difficult moments that we all have to go through, such is the nature of Life, but we can balance them by doing those things that bring happiness to us and as a result also to others.

Happy creative week to all!

That Philosopher’s Stone called Marketing.

What do you do with the fruits of your creativity?

In the beginning, everything is focused on finding the strength and courage to actually sit down and manifest ideas, visions, and inspirations that are occupying the mind. The series of factors involved in allowing our creativity to fly, as per previous posts.

Once we are in that Flow again, we finally see some of those visions manifested onto products, they are alive and real. And we are overflowed with enthusiasm.

Now, the next step is to present them to the world and wish that someone will like them as much as you do to take them home with them.

At this point, you enter into the vast and scary world of marketing, without even realizing. Quite a delicate subject for many. Confusing me for the past weeks, so much that I missed my appointment of writing this post on my scheduled day. Not because I was not there in front of the computer writing, but there were just too many thoughts, too many doubts, and nothing really made sense.  The whole purpose of writing is not only to share with you what I am going through but also to give some kind of solution that may help if you are experiencing the same. Adding more confusion is not really great advice.

100_2970 (800x766)Simply, this is just another stage of this long process called Achieving our goal/dream. And like everything it needs to be understood, comprehended throughout and then applied. Like drawing or learning how to create this blog, for example. The beginning is scary and confusing. There is a lot of information to take in and IT IS overwhelming, so much that you could decide to give it all up and find a cave in the middle of a mountain and become a hermit. (if only it could be so easy!)

But we have not got that choice, pushing forward is the only way. And everything can be done with patience (LOTS) and a little bit of organization.

What I have done so far.

Sharing through Social Media. If you are an introvert like me and have not bothered about it up to now, well it takes a while to break the ice, but you can find some really nice people out there that really like to help and lots of inspirational quotes to learn how to overcome our usual fears!!

My first experience with any Social Media was Pinterest, at the time I did not even know it was considered as such. I was looking for special recipes for food intolerances, and this kept coming in my Google searches. I decided to give it a try, and from there I realized I could look for everything, started creating boards of my main interests, DIY ideas, Artwork, life hacks and much more. I re-discovered my old comics love for Garfield!!!

It became really easy to find what I needed and slowly also a source of inspiration and a push to start doing something myself too. At the moment Pinterest is also the place where I mostly share my products from Zazzle. There is still a lot to learn and hope one day I will write a full post on it.

When I started at Zazzle, I opened a Facebook personal account, but then soon learned that for advertising my products, a business page was necessary.

spiralrainbow1 (758x800)At the same time, I signed up with Instagram. Out of the two, I found Instagram easier and really helpful for motivation. I really love Instagram for the fact that I was able to find so many great Artists and admire outstanding work that never in my entire life I was able to do. Obviously going to a Museum or an Art exhibition is a completely different experience. But with this little App, it is accessible all the time and we learn about Artists from all over the world, of different kind of techniques, of different businesses that could help us.

I personally find it really amazing and beautiful that nowadays more people are able to share their work with literally the whole world with a little investment. And this is the other important feature for me about Instagram, the ability to let your creativity be known and appreciated by other people that are not only your family/friends circle. Connect with others that are doing the same or have the same interests, and giving each other courage and motivation to continue. I think it is really important. We all need encouragement and support, because the obstacles are many, and we are all going through them at one stage or another.

Facebook is something I had left on a side for a while, I would share my Instagram posts there, my new products, other artists work or article, but I have been more a spectator up to now.  It is only friends and family that have shown interest so far and for obvious reasons. From Pinterest, I have found some groups that I am following which have sparked my interest and I am slowly grasping what needs to be done, you can check Jackie Muscat from Craft My Success or Jessica Abel

I was always a believer that if someone likes what you are selling, they will buy it and that’s it. There was no need to do anything else. For me the creation was the most important part, it had to be made with extreme care and love, for someone to perceive it through that object, recognize an affinity in it, creating thus a desire to have it. But through experience, I have realized that it was not enough. Sometimes it seemed that way but maybe because without realizing I had had a great conversation with someone and because of that they felt more attracted to what I was selling. In other words, I was telling them the story behind my creations and sparked their interest. But I was never aware of it because I was not trying to sell anything, I was just having a normal conversation.

 

100_2784 (600x800)Online marketing, however, is a big world, not a local market, and the way I understand it then is that social media are the tools by which people learn who one is, who is behind the work, their story, how it is done and what is the message they are trying to express, and most of all to form a connection with the person.

As always the most difficult part is the beginning. The learning and application. But I am so grateful for the amount of information we have out there to help us, and for this, We MUST have patience. We  MUST keep on until we see some results.

Thank you, Cristian Mihai for your post  Why to never give up