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Hi there, it has been a little bit since I posted. If you are reading this, then congratulations. 🙂 If there was a time to check-in on what I’m up to, then this would be it! As we are in our last official month of Spring, my opinions of how business went this past season, are strong. There were some major letdowns, some missed connections, and some budget gaps. There are some incredibly courageous entrepreneurs out there, and I’m working with some of the top best! Mostly, everyone I’m working with has been hustling since before “the election.” I can see that everyone is doing their best, which is promising in my mind!
My “Pin and Eye” photographic exhibit at Children’s Museum of Phoenix will be opening at the beginning of Summer 2017. This is my first-ever (inaugural) Art show. 6 photographs will be shown inside the museum, in the “Pit Stop” area. The name of my show is: Who are “Pin and Eye?” The show will last at least 3-months.
A replica of “Pin and Eye” — housed in a clear plexiglass diorama — has been requested by the museum. They are putting this “Pin and Eye” diorama display right on their front Admission Desk! Down low… so the little kids can gawk at it. I am thrilled that “Pin and Eye” are getting the spotlight! There are two other BIG announcements that I can make… but I’ll cool off on the “Pin and Eye” photo exhibition news for now. Check back soon!
CLICK HERE to Like the “Pin and Eye” FB page @pinandeyeforever. I’ll keep improving it as I inch towards the Summertime launch. I am in full production mode now!
I have joyfully completed my work on the First Edition of a new reference book. I am listed as a co-author on the “Modern Superfood Nutrients” e-book, alongside Clinical Herbalists Yarrow Willard, and Angela Willard. They are my clients, and this is one of several projects for their business, Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, that I have joined in on. Beginning this Sunday on FB LIVE, Yarrow will be broadcasting the launch of this book… which has taken us four months (a team of 5) to complete. We are all so happy for ourselves, and proud to give this vital reference book away for FREE to our online communities.
CLICK HERE to get with the Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary FB Page.
New Clients & Services
I’d like to publicly welcome a new client, Native303.com. They are planning some changes to their online business that I will help to refine and coordinate. I’m happy to say that we have already blasted-off for our first 5-hour package together. I can talk more about this soon. But, my first deliverable to them are my detailed recommendations for next steps, and then begin to do the tasks.
I’m changed my Pricing Matrix, and want YOU to be the first to know about it. Soon, I will be scaling my agency to provide new media agency services to global online non profit education and holistic brand marketing clients. (If this sounds fancy and complicated, that’s because it is.) I’m going to be charging more for my time, and hire an outside team to manage, so that I can offer more of my expertise to bigger and bigger clients.
My Service Packages are still VERY affordable, when compared to entrepreneurs that are stationary. My traveling expenses are less than the living expenses of other comparable-quality consultants and agencies. But, they have to charge more than I do, because they have much more overhead. It is my pleasure to offer competitive rates for kind, professional, and expert services.
Web & Schedule Changes
My new website upgrades will be happening gradually. A new template has been put into place, which offers more versatility and promotional abilities. The end-game is to have a new shop up and running this summer. I am going to produce an e-book catalogue with live links, and will post it when finished of course. This e-book will help promote the various products that I own. The new shop will be linked to the e-book.
Relatively fewer downs than ups for certain. But, my world has been inverted and refined since I broke my jaw on the early morning of March 5. I’ve been processing all the emotions, supposed meanings, and truth that is my life. When I feel like “whatever I am is perfect” is when the ups happen. The downs are always surprising, to me, the calculated competitor. I judge myself harshly, in other times. But in the nowness of time, today on May 9 of 2017 in the year of our Lord Trumpkins, I cannot judge. My perceptions and perspectives and reality have all shifted. Inside and outside of me, I am bathing in flux.
The projects that I have adopted in my personal life and careers, are what I consider to be huge career works. In order to preserve my own morale around being “so productive” — between trying to live a good healthy life — it is true that I allow myself certain… freedoms. I allow myself to tell the truth, by pointing out what I’m seeing. This alleviates all sorts of anxieties within me, for all the reasons why you might feel the same way, if you were me. I’ve learned that I don’t know anything… except what love is. I’ve had to love myself more than I have ever tried to before. With having a broken jaw, and with the mouth being so very important to the life and welfare of me as a human being, the last 10-weeks have literally been the “go-time” of my adult age.
I sound over-important…
…when I talk about my careers, and projects, and dote on my clients. This is because I like to brag about every step I take that ends up going right. Because, I have been in places where every step I took was… not good, healthy, intelligent, etc. This is an observation, not one of my harsh self-judgments. There is a correlation between how much energy I have to heal, and how much I am doing to heal myself. I’ve noticed while healing from jaw surgery, that every iota of energy matters to me, when I’m healing a system inside my body. In more ways than one, I am discovering that my body seems like its own vast Universe… somehow we all have one (you and me), and they mostly all have the same needs (physical, emotional, psychological, sexual, sensual, etc.). As May opens and blooms, the deserts here in Arizona are already arid, but still cool in the evenings. I have opened my door every evening for the past two weeks… what joy to feel this desert town cool down. The range from hot day to cool night, and all the self-care has got me feeling present and aware.
Emotions are the #1 indicator of whether someone with a health challenge will heal and remain illness-free. Or, whether they will lapse into a cycle of illness. This is the message that I have heard loud and clear from literally dozens of top medical doctors. It seems to me a natural wonder, that emotions can be the wellspring of life or death. Okay, I kind of knew that already somehow, intuitively. For me, emotions are indicators of balance, transition, or imbalance. My emotions are in a nice place, with occasional clouds. 😉 I’m not on pharmaceuticals, which (coming from my family) is a rarity. I’m spending energy to ensure emotional balance, including taking mild natural/nutritional supplements that keep my brain healthy and active. I’m learning that my emotions seem to be well-balanced when I am physically whole. My natural focus with having a broken jaw, is to take all the care I can, of myself. This is a new way of life for me. Again, never before have I taken care of myself so well. So… emotionally… I’m MAKING GAINS
Not a pleasant way to frame the topic. Especially, since I am in pain often. Physically, I am “mostly able” to lead a normal life. So this is a big win. I could have been hurt worse, as I’ve myself said. There are some messy health challenges that I am in the midst of. But, I am accustomed to facing challenges. So… physically… I’m MAKING GAINS. There are some physical challenges to working on my careers, that breaking my jaw did not plan for. Hahah I am thinking of some funny/embarrassing moments, and you can ask me when you see me. Let me say that I have often felt physically disabled, because I broke my jaw. Yes, that’s to be expected. But, there are many details of living life in “that reality” that are hard to otherwise imagine.
Physical friendships have been missing from my life while I heal, except in rare occasions. I’ve been more or a Phone/Text friend, than in in-person friend, to my friends. Honestly, I did not feel like “going out” to feel physically or socially awkward around my friends. (This is my pride talking, haha.) But, for some reasons that I isolated my physical self, I did feel like I “would be back” soon. I’ve learned that — even when alone — there is always a potential for drama, when I am not properly socialized. 😉 I used to throw parties for a living, no joke, and for many reasons I feel comfortable being around many people. (Especially, when everyone is dancing.) You can imagine even my jaw’s confusion, when breaking my jaw prevented me from being more social. #solitaryperson #that’scoolwithmethough #releasecontrol
During the past several weeks, I have been posting, in lieu of normalized socialization. It “sort of” works. But really, if I were hard core about my health, perhaps I would have chosen a ‘wave-free’ / non-radio-active environment. But, I didn’t because I couldn’t, I felt. And so, being away from everyone… I am very much accustomed to being part of a social scene. Even in normaly, I have many real, offline, 3D+ friends, who I sincerely love, enjoy being around, and taking time to spend time with. As I tend to do: #ilovemyclients #ilovemycareers #realtalk
Thank YOU! Whether in-person…
…or on the telephone, or Skype, or E-mail and text and messenger, I want to THANK those who have been around me on a regular basis through my healing. I was humbled to have many people caring for me, and bringing me good laughs by text, phone, and in-person (<— the bravest ones). Recently, I returned from a trip to Sedona where I got to hug a lot of people I care about. I hung out with a half-dozen of my local yocal friends, and I got my laughing “in” and felt great smiling while feeling more confident about what that smile looks like and needs.
Career-iosity News Ups
On the ups side, I have a lot of my projects currently in bloom. I’m seeing some relative payoff from fostering real relationships, which brings me hope. CLICK HERE to read my latest news from the previous week. It will be more specific with details than this post is. Above and beyond last weeks news, I’m busy on projects that really light me up. In April, my life got a lot cooler and fun, when compared to March. First, I got my jaw unwired, which of course was life-changing. Then, I submitted my photographic art to a prestigious children’s museum, and was accepted and offered a 3-month exhibition. I had put together a winning proposal, that smoothed the path there. So knowing that my design and copywriting work — which is authentic (for the record) — worked… is way cool. (This helped me to feel more proficient at opening my own doors, instead of always asking fate to do it.)
Another BIG DEAL for me in April, was that I FINALLY FINISH-FINISHED my upcoming book The First 5 Project Planning Lessons. Took 2-years and now I know more than when I started. Also in April, I was able to post a range of graphic training goods, like leadership planning charts. I did a website revision, and helped one of my dedicated clients to finish a big print materials project. I got new daily glasses with UV coatings to protect my eyes from blue light on screens (laptop, cell phone, etc.).
If you’re on my IG @alishatheexplorer or my FB @theAlishaproject you will often see my glasses. Five jumbo art post cards that I shot, designed, and printed, went on sale at Jarrod’s Coffee, Tea & Gallery in Mesa, AZ (on Main Street). Oh, and Haiku book second edition release, and the launch of Jack Stuler Foundation at Phoenix Art Museum‘s InFocus lecture event… a client I have been working with for 10-months. So much progress. So, so much more even than I care to type here, as it is all still in-process.
In May, I have already had some career MAKING GAINS moments.
Introduced 2 hard working people who may be doing business together soon
I was interviewed by Lainie Sevante Wulkan for Zeta Global Radio about bees
I sent my The First 5 Project Planning Lessons to my potential publisher/marketer, and he likes it
Have attracted 4 different leads for new clients or new project work
Have booked 1 new client, and are continuing on 2 projects for a dedicated client
Learned to eat solid foods even through any pain (which I’m sure absolutely affects and improves my abilities to support clients)
I purchased the materials I needed to complete an accessory design project
Coming Soon (written back then a few days ago)
Privately, I will continue on my #jawjourney, and have appointments set-up with some doctors that can help heal me. Including, trying out Dr. Barry Goldberg DC, with the referral from my holistic dentist, Dr. Nicholas Meyer. Setting and going to these appointments is a big deal for me, and they are what I look forward to during the week, in between my career and family/friends focus. I’ve been in intensifying pain the last 3-weeks, and my appointment with Dr. Goldberg may actually solve much of the pain. (I am hoping!) I’ll still keep staying strong physically, emotionally, and staying present to do my best in all situations… because the alternative (NOT doing this) is not better.
Specific to May, I am hoping to meet in-person some of my new clients, traveling also for health treatments related to my jaw and general health, and visiting my existing clients. I am hoping to book 1-2 new projects, and earn my way to a few destination retreat experiences that are available on my plate. Before my jaw surgery I had recorded a video interview with health event and media producer, Rudolf de Wit. (If you go to his Summer 2017 events, use my coupon code: UCAFS007 to get a coupon discount.) Back to Rudolf and me, our segment was spent talking about my inaugural instrumental music album titled, “Meet Me There“. Perhaps this month, the interview will be posted. In the way of getting back to my travel lifestyle, I’m doing some planning and may soon be headed on a little trip to Montana… then maybe Colorado, Oregon, then California, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and if I’m lucky Chicago. These are my goals, and all of them include projects from the road, and also on-site with my clients. June and July and August are in the ether. I can’t see them in my visions at all right now.
Today (written earlier tonight)
One major change from who I was “before my fainting spell” and who I am today, is that I am a whole next level of honest and authentic. Through this exercise to mend myself at deep physical levels, I am found. I have learned that I desire truth and love above all else in my life. Being honest about “where I’m at” is an absolute must. I am getting good at it, but I am still learning to take the best possible care of myself so that I can heal from my more serious injuries. Why did it take (yet) another health crisis to help me learn that? Oh wait… because it was my fate.
I’m at peace with my fate. I have to be, or the alternative is simply a sad ending. I’m pleased to be finishing this post, sitting in my studio at my mother’s home, looking out the front window onto the grass, and the sun is about to go down. Just a minute, I need to go see it. 30 minutes later: The sunset I just watched was inspiring, and mesmirizing, and helped me to work some ideas out of my head. Pain left my head earlier today, and I know that probably is “weird” to read. Everyone understands what pain is. Some people avoid it. Some gravitate towards expressing it. Intense pain at length is NOT my favorite type. I’ve been in moderate pain for 3-weeks. And after today’s appointment with Dr. Barry Goldberg in Phoenix (holistic chiropractor and craniopath), I am more pain free than I have been in 3-weeks. This is new… and in my reality, an appointment this afternoon is the reason I feel well enough to finish this piece. Life is so good.
Online radio is a godsend. Producers can now easily interview guests, no matter their location. This past week, I sat in my home office and called-in to the Zeta Global Radio production studio at the headquarters of Cinder Cone Worldwide, currently located in New Mexico. I called-in to discuss the topic of bees with Lainie Sevante Wulkan, who is a producer and radio show hostess. There’s some cool history between us though.
In January 2013, Lainie “Sevante” was co-producing Albuquerque, New Mexico’s largest film festival. We had been formally introduced through a group called Hologram of Life when I lived in the San Francisco area. It was in January 2013 that Sevante invited me to come work in New Mexico, and provide community education about bees during her bigtime event. She offered a unique platform for me to showcase the most important bees information that no one was talking about. With some major planning efforts from me and my former colleague, Dave Hunter, we created a series of public lectures called BeeSWeek 2013. Then, as a lone wolf, I temporarily moved to Albuquerque by that April. BeeSWeek 2013 planning kept me busy until the film festival events kicked-off that June. While working each day to get the community involved, Sevante was instrumental in getting the word out. Between the two of us, the bees were mentioned on radio, television, and the newspaper. What a formidable time in my life, on many levels!
Growth & Change
Much has changed since June 2013. After the event was over, I moved to Sedona to continue on my path. I now travel to visit clients and friends, while working on holistic and community projects of all sorts. Lainie has changed tracks with her career, now working with her husband Howard Wulkan at their audio production studio business, Cinder Cone Worldwide. Not to switch gears too harshly, but there is one thing hasn’t changed though: the bees are still very much f*cked. Specifically, Honey bees, which are going extinct.
Did You Know?
Many people do not realize that bees are our food angels. They pollinate an estimated 34-74% of the world’s food supply (depending on which organization you ask). Honey bees make up 12 of the 20,000+ types of bees. Yet, the very same big agriculture farmers who rely on the bees, are also killing them by making them work in toxic chemical laden orchards and fields. There are bees that work together in groups, like Honey bees. The other types of bees are often referred to as “native bees” or “solitary bees”. These bees are up to 60x more efficient than Honey bees in pollinating orchards. Native bees’ immune systems are not compromised in the same ways that Honey bees’ are. They also are docile and would rather land on you for a rest, than to sting you. I could go on, but please I’d rather you listen to my interview discussion with Lainie. www.zetaradio.wordpress.com … CLICK TO LISTEN
Inside The Bees Discussion
I did my best to prepare for this interview discussion by bringing some of the more interesting facts and bees-related stories from the current news into the picture. I also give a shout out to my friend and bee sister, Maryam Heinen of Honey Colony. Her work is truly phenomenal, and she has painstakingly written hundreds of in-depth and investigative articles about bees, and big agriculture, and big chem. Also in our new radio discussion, there’s a re-cap of positive trends, and things that every person can do “today” to prevent dying bees, and impending collapse of our local and global food supplies. We can each do our part to protect the bees and habitats that remain, and this interview is a great first step to doing that. As a cool side note, my history with Maryam Heinen goes back to 2013, when she and co-producer George Langworthy allowed Lainie’s film festival to show their film “Vanishing Of The Bees” as a courtesy to the community. Incidentally, this film has been banned in multiple countries because of the film’s assertion that chemicals by Bayer and products by Monsanto are the worst enemy to struggling beekeepers and their bees. This fact makes me like Maryam and George even more. 😉
Show will air online for one week, beginning April 29, 2017. After one week the show will still be active, but moved to the ZGR archives. You can surely listen to the discussion during this next week online at:
I was a contracted event designer for the Phoenix Art Museum. They were my client, and I worked with then-Marketing Director Mark Patel to design and produce all sorts of events and artful consumer experiences. Including, the First Friday’s Train Tracks Series, and the unveiling of Sui Jianguo‘s “Jurassic Age” sculpture, a big red dino that permanently adorns the museum’s front lawn. My recent return to the Phoenix Art Museum as part of another project was a delight!
InFocus hosts JSF at Phoenix Art Museum
As you may know, since last summer I have been honored to work on a very special Arizona-based project launch called Jack Stuler Foundation (JSF). The inaugural event was held at the Phoenix Art Museum recently on April 12. We all gathered to listen to those knowledgeable, answer questions about Jack Stuler’s life and words. The event was presented by Members of the InFocus photography group. Among them were also Jack Stuler art fans, his students, and his colleagues. As any who attended might agree, the newly launched Jack Stuler Foundation is truly an organization that Jack Stuler, the professor, master photographer, and friend, would be proud of.
Jack Stuler’s daughter, Sabina Kelly-Allen, was present and also acting as Emcee. She inherited her father’s priceless mid-century black and white (and some color!) photographic collection. The collection includes rare prints, framed prints, thousands of images, books, and equipment. Sabina decided to kick start the event’s energy, by raffling off 3 rare b/w photographs.*
Throughout the 1.5 hour event, a crowd of 35+ people sat in folded chairs in a semi-darkened room for a voice and image lecture entitled, ‘The Final Picture.’ Sabina, and two others, Marilyn M. Hayes and Neil Miller, each spent 15-25 minutes going over various aspects of the delightful story of Jack Stuler’s person, Artworks, and life work as a father and university photography professor.
Anyone looking at the slides presented during the various lectures, was likely in visual heaven. Placed beside photographs of Jack Stuler’s otherworldly natural images, were snapshots in time of Jack at play, with family, in the school office, and of course in the act of being a class act. From all the photos one might see that Jack Stuler has AMAZING style. (Timeless even, I would say. Just ask any of his supporters!)
Before the event officially started, I was standing in the general area, and there was an exciting raffle energy building. About 1/3 of guests in attendance for the lecture event purchased raffle tickets.
Being from Arizona, and knowing that Sabina grew up here, too, makes Jack Stuler’s life in Arizona seem more spiritually in alignment, and real to me, than I would have imagined or known to prepare for. I am in love with the opportunity to execute much of the planning and art direction and copywriting work, and to help guide Sabina with the entire project of what is now the Jack Stuler Foundation. As a founding member, and as her cohort behind the scenes, I have taken seriously my need to gain an understanding of what’s on the table, and what’s at stake!
The Jack Stuler Foundation’s mission is simple: put cash into the hands of struggling local artists. Jack himself complained incessantly about how the state university he worked at (and graduated from) was too damned expensive. He saw that people with talent were being rejected from art as a lifestyle and career, because they would not find the money to attend art school at the university.
And now, Sabina, in true relay fashion, picks-up the baton of community enlightenment that her father Jack carried. The tradition of keeping the arts in our communities, by educating the talent in our own communities, is a lost local business art that JSF has committed to helping revive and support! The people doing art business should take care of the people doing art. Our organization will accomplish this. Our future prospects to spread the JSF message and financial program awards are filled with full potential.
JSF Director recently announces plans to quickly expand operations by operating a forthcoming downtown Phoenix photographic printing lab!
More details are coming soon on this exciting business start-up news! JSF will own and operate a newly-formed photographic printing lab, set to open in the midst of Downtown Phoenix Arts culture, perhaps sometime this Summer or early Fall. I have been listening with AWE to the details that Sabina is sharing with me about this new business, which will fund the JSF operations and awards budgets. This brilliant move has so many unique benefits, that I will be thrilled to share more information, as soon as details are set into place.
As the mouthpiece of JSF, putting her money where her mouth is, Sabina is acting as a courageous and SMART leader. I am proud of her for getting through the last 10-months which have been filled with the fullness of newness, emotionalism, and endless lists of details and tasking that have been requiring her full energy and attention.
The JSF is not Sabina’s full time job yet, it is a second full-time job, in addition to her also running a popular Airbnb bungalow, and being a wife and mother.
*I was thrilled to pull the winners from the ticket bowl. Each of the prints was “Untitled” though different. (Jack Stuler rarely named his works.) Sabina’s young adult daughter, Skye’s blue hair was a hit! She sold most of the raffle tickets! So when she asked to take photos of the raffle winners (at my asking please!), everyone seemed to be at-ease and happy.
Winners of the original artworks raffle ($300/value of each of 3 pieces):
Winner Jim Kelly
Winner Marilyn Tickna
Winner Linda Ballinger (She and Jim flew in for the event. Jim was Director at Phoenix Art Museum before retiring a few years ago. They and their children have original Jack Stuler pieces in their own collections. It was a fun to see them win!)
Quotes from the event!
“I’m so happy to see that so many people came to this event. I see students of Jack’s, colleagues, and friends.” Sabina Kelly-Allen, JSF Event Lecturer
“Jack didn’t care about what religion meant. Or what you thought of it. He cared about love for life and the natural world that he would spend so much time with appreciating.” Marilyn M. Hayes, JSF Event Lecturer
“I think Jack tolerated me. As my teacher, he was not a portrait photographer. I was. I think he would see me, my work, and then comment on it as a helpful professional. He was very easy to be around.” Neil Miller, JSF Event Lecturer
I have gathered some nice memories and storied images from behind the scenes of the last several months of pre-planning for the official JSF launch!
New Marketing Materials & Website changes planned!
The current JSF website is going to be getting a facelift. We are switching to a better platform that is less glitchy. In the meantime, updates will be given on social media channels like the new foundation website, and by E-Mail. We are proud of our accomplishments thus far, and to celebrate JSF, we have printed some new marketing materials. One is a 16-page organizational booklet. The second marketing piece is a 6-page brochure that gives all the essential foundation points of info.
Currently, we are in the midst of planning our approaches. We still have some work to do in applying the most favorable conditions to the student financial awards programs. We want to approach various galleries, arts organizations, and local businesses for events, and for their donations to our organization. Specialized Art Exhibitions and auction events are also on our wish list. As the opening of the new printing lab unfolds, we will know how much our budget to accomplish the first awards is.
I <3 Local Arts Communities With All My <3
This is an exciting time in my life, in Sabina and her family’s lives, and the lives of all those who miss Jack Stuler’s kind and stylized influence, since his passing in 2015. Stay tuned for more narratives and news bulletins like this by checking in again here at theAlishaproject.com once a week or so. This is one of many projects that I support and lend direct assistance to.
I am excited at some news I’ve received very recently, which involves a certain photographic art exhibit which I created, combined with a famous city children’s museum! Hahahaha I am fortunate and willing to have received an e-mail with the positive details coming my way. You are welcome to read a snippit of the e-mail, which I have posted on both theAlishaproject FB page and my IG page @alishatheexplorer.
Life with my jaw wired up goes on!
And if you read my recent story at IG and FB, then you’ll know that I’m going through some interesting moments in my personal life. Today, I was temporarily un-wired, and then I had to go back to being wired, again. Healing while staying active in my careers and passions, like I was activated prior to my accident, seems a new experience at every turn. But, I also remain focused, using my energy to complete productions that matter me my quality of life, to real people like you and me OFFLINE. I’m having FUN too, which is what I thrive on. Working on my art has given me a boost in morale, which I appreciate. Yep, so today’s “Pin and Eye” news was welcomed. <3 YAY ART! Thank you for reading.
Finally then, back to squares one and two.
If you missed it:
Look who E-Mailed Me and why (Hint: YAY for “Pin and Eye” art!!)
After growing up in a loud, violent and conservative Christian home, and after decades of perpetuating various forms of abuse in my own households, I steadfast became a renunciant. This choice was at-first unconscious, and also it took decades for me to better understand my will around the decision… to be different than I was. I spiritually needed to renounce not only violence and religion, but also prevent denial of myself, and disallow mental separation from my spirit.
What a renunciant at some deep levels of consciousness does, is keep track of what their shadow side wishes for, what acts society is committing, and how “people of the world” are. And for example, then would forego those wishes, or stop doing and saying what others are doing to be accepted. Part of me feels like renunciation can appear as a rebellion against the anti-self. Whether or not you have ever tried to wean yourself off of modern or religious lifestyles, I have. Renunciation of any life aspect or value system, takes a lot of focus and commitment. Pain is common. But, what is pain? It is universal, that’s what it is. It’s best (in my opinion) that I become intimate with my pains.
The lessons that I have learned — for myself — may be resonant with you. My statements of renunciation are common to many in my networks and spheres of influence. It feels “easy” for me to be a renunciant, when all I have to do is agree with statements such as:
NO, I will not buy a luxury car that runs on fossil fuels that are (face it) destroying life on earth.
NO, I will not attempt to support war or acts of biased hatred against any others.
NO, I will not watch “our amazing TV show” and be distracted from entertaining my purpose (and friends!) in real life.
Perhaps renunciants like me need to go to therapy, or have some more fun. Haha. You have no idea how much money I’ve spent on therapy… which (for the record) seems to have been well-spent. And, I’ve made my living by producing fun. In a celebration, actually having fun is something a renunciant likely knows how to do well. Fun is of course subjective, and modes of fun suitable for a renunciant are theirs to discover and sense. Perhaps fun is actually based on one’s own intuition and intelligence. I don’t know. What is considered to be fun anyway? Having fun while existing in the shared Matrices of our shared earth lives, is of personal preference.
H x W x D. 3D. Whatever that means to you, in the ways it has been explained to me, 3D is easy to understand. Easier to navigate, especially more so than navigating the deep spiritual waters of one’s true nature and intelligent purpose in being. For me, contemplating and “making space” in my consciousness for embracing the loving unknown, adds a layer of beauty to the otherwise distracting navigation required of living in this 3rd dimensional reality.
As the days go on, I remind myself that I only know *ONE thing* to be true. I know ONLY that love is real. But, love is perhaps rarely seen until it becomes physically visible. (Like by cuddling or making love or what-have-you.) And so, I’d assert that love in modern societies is often “out of sight, out of mind.”
As a renunciant, I have rejected all other truth except for that truth of love. Love is at the core of my being, at every detectable level that I can intelligently express. When I have been at the deepest leagues of self-loathing and spiritual suffocation, I have each time been lifted up by the sense of love, or the feeling of love, or the hope and inspiration of love, or the experience of love, or the observation of love. And more recently (as time would tell), I have had the pleasure of feeling self-love at all levels of my being. This is a new loving experience for me. Whereas for example, “in moments prior to now,” I have completely hated myself in ways or on levels that I would never plan to publicly admit.
Like love, I “see” that time is mostly unseen; except for when we are in meetings, and gardens, and fighting with our skin’s wrinkles. We have been so conditioned to mind time as our master, that I feel we as humans have made the act of honoring time more of a priority than the act of loving. Where am I going with all of this though? All is well, because of a meditation I experienced, that I want to share here.
This was a renunciant’s type of meditation. Each thought going into this meditation was being checked and cleared, categorized and vaporized. It was exhausting. I was running in mental circles for some reasons that I had undoubtedly caused myself to experience. Thankfully, the deep and intentional breaths that I had initiated, began to work. And soon, I was far into the channels of high-vibe self-love; running currents of nothingness and light through my neurons and cells. Placing a call for love both inwards and outwards and through my reality and being. In a flash, I remembered that I trusted myself. For some reason, remembering that I trust myself calms me down. Past that, I felt a deep love and appreciation for my life, and for my beating heart.
Then, in my visual field I was blank. I heard a deep charming sense of being vibrate across that blank screen of my mind. In particular, the three “vibes” I subconsciously gave to myself in this place, sounded like:
I love you Alisha
I have always loved you Alisha
I will always love you Alisha
I cried, because I felt true love emanating from within me. I felt that this love was my own.
Coming this Tuesday, as the full moon happens, I am in awe that 40 days since my jaw-breaking accident will have passed. I go to my 4-week surgical follow-up meeting on Wednesday. As you may know, I am recovering from an accidental fall that required surgery, and for my jaw to currently be wired-shut. Oh yes, I am humbled by the experiences and realizations that have come through my current lens of slight phyiscal disability. I still feel as a renunciant does, and yet with my accident I did unwittingly accept a new layer — of solid food renunciation. But this change in lifestyle is not the most humbling of my current state and self-realizations.
Like others, I’m a being with a list of experiences that range in description from challenges overcome, to accounted mega-losses. During the last full moon this past March, I did something that I’ve been doing at each half-and-full moon cycle. I hand wrote my intentions for what my life can be like in any given moment.
Fast fact to help this story along: I have been training my left hand and fingers for close to 20 years. I know how-to write in cursive with my left hand now. Writing in cursive with my left hand is more time consuming and awkward. So, I will often challenge myself to write left-handed when I really want to get to the absolute essence of what I feel, know, mean, etc. After all, at a selfish level of comfort, I do not normally want to cause myself any “extra” discomfort or challenge when I feel vulnerable and open to expressing myself. The reason for my using my left-hand and developing my dexterity and control, was because of a broken left wrist, which required surgery. That was 20 years ago. And sometime soon after that surgery is when I realized that if I had broken my right wrist, that I would not have been able to function even at a sub-optimal level. I never wanted to be disabled. And to the contrary, I wanted to be strong, in case I ever broke my right wrist or arm. Yes, this may have began as a paranoid thought. But in fact, the thought was actually based upon my experience and challenges of living for 8-weeks with a cast (still, while taking care of my infant daughter).
I have been processing many emotions since my accident, which was my own fault and doing. No one else to blame really. Just whatever choices I had made, which led me to that moment of literal unconsciousness (I suddenly fainted). And so this past full moon, just after my accident, I decided to write my intentions with my left hand (instead of write with my right). Which to me, meant that I was posing a challenge to myself. I had to know how I was viewing my current lifestyle and situation. I wanted to use my list of left-handed intentions as a tool for self-reflection and inward searching for truth. I feel like I am leading such a simple existence at this moment in my life, and at that moment, I desired to be absorbed within the true love I feel in my spirit and daily being.
During the last full moon, I spent a little while handwriting my intentions, while remembering my slow and full breaths; as I connected my inky pen to a page of loose leaf paper. In that state of left-handed cursive, I could feel attuned to a state of mind that was calm and open to connecting with love and all that is love. On that paper, I wrote the following *spells* to inspire and challenge myself to be more… Me.
Humbling Loving Full Moon of Shining Self-Realization and Truth (I Intend To Realize These Experiences):
Learned from prior choices
Re Commit to total self-respect
Moderation over sensation
Asking For Guidance & Listening
Enacting Miracles & Acknowledging (Them)
Preparing For Wild Success
Enjoy Every Opportunity for healing, advancement & forgiveness
And with a full month’s timing already coming past, I look on that list of intentions without criticism, and with self-compassion. I have indeed had a range of newness and experiences that are beyond my prior imagination. I had never imagined myself to someday be limited from my normal physical jaw function. Having been in some ways humiliated by simple living this past month, I am apt to bring more self-awareness into my integrated ways of being.
No one should become a renunciant, unless they find causes to. It is not always glamorous to go against the proverbial grain, nor is it safe always, or wise to share to everyone about. If there is one thing that I will NOT be renouncing this full moon, it is my love for myself. Indeed, during this last period of partial physical disability, I have mulled over my life. It is true that I have internally scanned for, and also have found incidental and accidental reflections of who I am being, and what I want to be. This inquiry and exploration speaks to my desire to loving myself and others more. Since again, love is the ultimate and only truth that I know. (Although, I do not prefer or personally subscribe to sharing space or brain waves with those who discourage or abuse me.)
Yes, self-love is a new pendant which I now proudly wear. Whatever shape this coming full moon finds you in, and however far along in my healing process I actually am, I am prepared to write another list of full moon intentions. Only this list, this time, I will do it for all our sakes. Not just mine. I’ve never tried that exactly, in this way. And for you, and me, I will use my left-hand in careful expression of what may be. I hope that the full moon after next finds us more tied together in love than ever before. I shall renounce the alternative.
If you’re interested, you can click below to enlarge my left-handed intentions from the last full moon. Thank You for reading.
I am an avid researcher and recorder of my own experiences and observations. When it comes to understanding and enabling my own positive home, business and creative experiences, I do what I can to stay upbeat, un-stuck, and enjoying every moment. One evening not too long ago, I was handwriting my thoughts on the topic of how I know to sustain radiant creativity. The word radiant — for example in relation to my own creativity — means that energy simply and purely exudes from me. And once I am radiating creativity, as any creative type might agree, I certainly want to keep it flowing!
There’s no certain method for capturing creativity.
Much of my own sustained creativity depends on inspiration. But, I notice that the other aspect of sustaining my creativity depends on how much energy I have for the process to occur. In my own research and life experiences, there are many ways to keep my energy up, while discovering avenues for inspiration. If you have ever felt “stuck” creatively, I invite you to download a FREE chart that will give you keyword and descriptive reminders of what you can do to sustain radiant creativity. I have created this chart with love and care, and hope that you can find wisdom in reviewing what’s shown!
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