Am I Taking Flight? Or Choosing Fight?

Confessions of a Girl Once Chronically in Flight

Fight or flight? Which do you choose?
Taking wings or taking flight?

The flight or fight response: a pivotal choice of the sentient psyche since life has existed on earth. Such an essential response when being chased by a predator, or experiencing natural disaster or thwarting potential and foreseen injury. This fantastic primal aspect has benefitted humankind for millennia and continues to do so. We all know stories of super-human strength empowering a person to respond in emergency- adrenaline pumps and someone single-handedly lifts a car off another, for example. That’s a fascinating article linked above, by the way! ;o)

This response has historically served and benefitted humankind in countless ways. But how has contemporary life distorted this primal function, often to our detriment? I can certainly shed some light inward to find some ways! But better yet, I am privileged to share how the Master Key Experience is helping me to peel away layers to access my most excellent life!

Magnify the good things!
May I forever expand as a vessel of abundant magic to share with those I encounter!

Fight the Urge to Take Flight! Do It Now!

Introspection is a natural byproduct of personal development. We often find ourselves looking for all the things we want to fix; what’s wrong that we want to make right. This beautiful Master Key Experience begins differently. It’s preamble is acknowledging the fact that we were born perfect. We were, “made first class, by first class,” as co-founder Mark Januszewski says.

This notion can be tough to digest early on. I’m perfect? Then why am I broke? Why am I sad? Why are things not working out for me? It’s simple. We allow this bird called life to poop on us repeatedly. As we mature we set aside our dreams and passions, telling ourselves we have no time for them. We decide our dreams are impractical and downright silly. We struggle on in survival mode, just trying to make it through daily challenges.

I’ve come to identify this phenomenon as my own personal flight mode. Looking back I acknowledge my tendency toward survivalist ways. I have vacated a place, an interaction, a relationship, a job, and more once I felt an insecurity within one of these things. Was I born with this? Thanks to my inner work I can emphatically say NO! My experiences have built layer upon layer upon layer of expectations, reactions & defenses over my driving core motive and purpose. I AM that innate and perfect being underneath the rubble and layers of experience. And I’ve got my chisel out, gently removing the layers of all that is not the I AM. Nobody states it better than the Master Michelangelo:

Michelangelo, sculptor

“The sculpture is already complete within the marble block, before I start my work. It is already there, I just have to chisel away the superfluous material.”

― Michelangelo

Yes, I AM already in there! Inside the superfluous material of experience! And I am excited to share more about this in my next post where I’ll tell all about a major change I’ve just experienced in my way of operating in and interacting with my life!

Stay tuned!

Did you miss my last post? Check it out here!

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Yipes! Time For Action to Rattle My Subconscious!

Tapping into the Subconscious

Nothing bears greater importance in life than subconscious action; taking the time to think and thus direct your goals and dreams into manifestation.

Some people find that magical space in sitting still. Others find it climbing mountains, making music or writing phrases. I appreciate at least a bit of all of it. One of my favorite introspective activities is walking in nature and discovering what magic my natural surroundings have to share in lending me examples about life in general.

Nature leaves hints about living an active life, beginning with the garden of the mind- the subconscious!
One of my favorite Pacific Northwest wildflowers: Lupines!

I LOVE taking walks in nature, enjoying the meditative sounds of the wind and the songs delivered on wings. The tree that’s given its life as a sacrifice for others beginning life from it. The thorny thistle that has germinated from its seed in heavily compacted road bed. The boulder being held in place for all it’s worth by a few exposed roots of an eroded tree. So many lessons if we but listen and observe.

And Then, I Heard It…

The steadfastness of these exposed roots are all the "action" that hold this boulder in place!
So much meaning in this natural view!

It’s in this mindset I whisked away on an evening walk a few nights ago. Walking the familiar path, I tend to tune out. The area is simply beautiful, peaceful and miles from any traffic. Surely my mind tunes into a deeper, calmer, creative state as my senses continue to increase observances of all that surrounds me.

Bliss!

The next thing I know, I stop still in my tracks, wondering how I have never noticed the sound of a sprinkler head this far down the road from the house I am staying at.

It seems my subconscious, having no mind of its own to create, decided on the most immediately familiar interpretation of that sound. That is until my intellect jumped in and said, RATTLESNAKE, perhaps followed by a few other choice terms.

Honestly? I don’t remember for sure. All I know is for a split second my intellect and my legs may have been witnessed dragging my subconscious away from the scene before it fully “came to” and decided the necessary immediate action.

For a fascinating article about the Northern Pacific Rattlesnake, click here!

The “Subby” Sits in Neutral

All kidding aside, this experience rendered a MAJOR example for me of what I have recently learned. Sometimes the things we assimilate in training and education only really hit home when we’ve experienced some tangible exercise with it. I’ve learned that the subconscious is a “collector of information” but lacking direction, action or initiative on its own.

Do I Plant in Dirt? Or Soil?

Think of the subconscious as a gardener’s soil: the gardener can plant nourishing food or a poisonous nightshade. The soil doesn’t care. It just provides the environment for whatever plant -or plan- is selected. Some would say the subconscious in and of itself is “dumb as a brick”, and I must laugh when I think of my scenario in which my subconscious suggested the sound of a rattlesnakes warning was likely a sprinkler head.

fertile soil manifestation abundance, subconscious in action!
Well-prepared soil yields a great garden!

Carrying forward with the soil corollary, just imagine what we can do with the richest, most fertile soil for the crops we wish to grow in our life. Does a skilled gardener merely pile some dirt up , throw some seeds on and wait to see what happens? NO! In fact a true gardener likely spends more tender loving care with preparing the SOIL than they do the rest of the process. With good, fertile, rich soil, the rest moves along smoothly.

The Action Takeaway

I’m learning as I move along to equally care for the soil of my subconscious so that my big dreams actualize and my time on this planet makes the impact it’s intended to. Does this sound like something that aligns with your thoughts and wishes? Imagine preparing the richest, most fertile garden of your life by preparing the soil of your subconscious with purpose and direct intentions! It’s my pleasure to share with you how! Comment and subscribe below and I’ll continue sharing more about my experiences!

Adventure Manifesting
Just thriving in my adventurous, no-compromise life!
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Living Well in The Blur -MKE Week 23

View of my gallery from the street
The Gallery at Liberty Bay

Focused on Living Well as it’s needed most!

My goodness things can change quickly! Choosing to live well and practice self-care has just found its perfect timing within each of us. What a phenomenon when rapid changes affect everyone globally! Like I have seen so many others reference, it has been difficult to slow down enough to align my thoughts long enough to write.

Who knew we would ever witness, not to mention participate, in a series of events like this?

Personally, COVID-19 has brought the final hammer blow to my local art gallery’s physical location. What saddens me most is knowing the loss for the artists who depended on our little gem to keep them producing their creative works. But continue they shall if there is anything I can do about it!

Timely Lessons in Living Well

Just this past week during my mastermind, the term commencement was discussed. We think immediately of graduating a milestone level of education when hearing the term, as if it is the end of an activity or era. However the term actually relates to beginnings. Defined here:

com.mence.ment- a beginning or start

Just that simple. So I declare this new turn of events, my commencement. I do not allow for the conclusion of this gallery’s physical space to be its end. No way! I pledge to use all I have and will continue to learn to be the Greatest Salesman, giving my best; not doing the best I can.

The Gallery at Liberty Bay is celebrating its commencement! To see how this develops, follow The Gallery’s Facebook Page here! We no longer have the physical gallery. We also no longer have the physical gallery overhead! Silver linings are ALWAYS present if you seek them out.

Pulling it Together, Living Well When it’s Tough

Gratefully this Higher Self-Focused living brings great benefit for thriving through unprecedented times. Learning principles of being my best really allows me to observe how I am responding in comparison to how I previously have when adversity arrives. It seems that things can happen so quickly it leaves me spinning. But as I slowly come to rest and realize what just happened, I undoubtedly fair the storms better than in the past.

And now as I continue to fast track new ways of how to conduct business, I continually ask myself:

What does the person I intend to become do next?

My life vision is to connect my fellow humans to community through the art and creation of locals; here in my town and wherever my future travels take me. Art and handcraft connects people with each other and with past and future generations. My vision is unshakeable. No circumstance, even of global proportions, will cause me to stop. I persist until I succeed!

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Peru Tour, August 2020: The Ultimate Itinerary!

We are Going to Peru! Who Wants to Join Us?

The Gallery at Liberty Bay August 2020 Peru Trip
Day 1 Lima Arrival at Lima Peru Jorge Chávez airport. You will be picked up from airport and transferred to our comfortable hotel located in spectacular Miraflores Lima District for you to relax after your flight. Free to explore as you wish and meet other travelers.
Day 2 Lima Tour of Lima! After a wonderful breakfast we will present information about the whole Peru tour then go out to explore the main square of Lima City. Step back in time visiting Iglesia y Convento de San Francisco and its incredible catacombs. Lunch break, then drive you to explore the wonders of the Larco Museum. the evening where you can explore on your own! The museum contains one of Peru’s finest historical collections devoted to the country’s pre-Columbian peoples. Back to the hotel for
Day 3 Lima Tour of Lima continues with a visit to the Maximo Laura Museum. We pick you up in the morning from the hotel and drive you to the museum. There you will learn how his spectacular tapestries are designed and created. Explore his private collection of tapestries and immerse yourself into the colorful world of Maximo Laura. Maximo himself is designated as Peru’s “Living Human Treasure”. Afterward we return to the hotel for you to enjoy a free afternoon/evening with fellow travelers as tomorrow we fly to Arequipa!
Day 4 Arequipa After a hearty breakfast at the hotel we pick you up and transfer you back to the Lima airport for our flight to Arequipa. Upon landing we travel to another great hotel to check in and have lunch together. After lunch we head to the Monastery of Santa Catalina and Juanita’s Mummy, also known as the Lady of Ampato. Time magazine chose her as one of the world’s top 10 discoveries. After a break, we’ll visit the mystical atmosphere of Basilica Cathedral of Arequipa, the most important Catholic church of the city and also of the larger Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Arequipa. Then we return you to the hotel.
Day 5 Arequipa Tour of Arequipa continues visiting many great and unique workshops in the city where you will learn about embroidering and then visit other Alpaca fiber workshops. After your day of exploring we return to the hotel to reminisce with other travelers on the day we’ve had. Dinner and evening exploration encouraged, grab someone and explore more into the night. Hopefully you’ve been taking your Diamox as tomorrow we hit 16,000 feet of elevation going to Colca Canyon.
Day 6 Colca Canyon In the morning we pick you up from the hotel to drive to the Colca Canyon, about a 5-hour drive. Passing over an incredible 16,000 feet above sea level mountain road pass (that’s much higher than any mountain in the lower 48 contiguous states in America). Arrive for lunch in the town of Chivay, the capital of the Caylloma province at 12,000 feet above sea level. After lunch we head to our hotel to rest and get acclimated to the elevation as we overnight here. Smoking or heavy exertion is not advised due to altitude and thin air. Slow and easy wins the day here.
Day 7 Colca Canyon Very early breakfast so we can drive to the Mirador Cruz del Condor view point to see the Condors flying in the National Park Reserve. Incredible views and spectacular scenery like no place on Earth. Walk a few hundred yards from the “Cruz” to feel like you have the place to yourself! After viewing we head back to Chivay to start the long 5-6 hour trip to Puno. Along the way there are ample opportunities to enjoy the great views, wonderful Alpaca and Llama farms and the rare Vicunas in their natural habitat. Lunch break of sandwiches as we arrive in Puno where Lake Titicaca is located. Hotel overnight in Puno to rest for the next days trip to Lake Titicaca.
Day 8 Puno Early morning, we drive to the port of Lake Titicaca where we board our boat to Taquile Island (28 miles from shore) and visit families (population 2,200) living on the floating island that’s almost 14,000 feet about sea level. In 2005, “Taquile and Its Textile Art” were honored by being proclaimed “Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity” by UNESCO. Walking around Taquile Island to explore and have lunch there, then return to shore for the trip back to Puno for the evening at our hotel.

The Gallery at Liberty Bay 2020 Peru Trip

Day 9 Puno- Cusco

After an amazing breakfast we take off for the long 7-8 hour drive North to Cusco. Along the way we stop to visit Raqchi, Temple of Wiracocha, another incredible

After lunch we continue on to Andahuaylillas just 25 miles South of Cusco. Andahuaylillas

is called the “Sistine Chapel” of the Americas and for good reason. After exploring we arrive

in Cusco for checking in at the hotel. Exploring Cusco in the afternoon and evening, then

rest at the hotel.

After breakfast we will drive to Chinchero, a small Andean Indian village located high up on the windswept plains of Anta. There we participate in the weaving and dyeing natural colors course using Alpaca fiber wool. Explore the market area for incredible fiber art. After that we return to the hotel in Cusco for the evening and to prepare for tomorrow’s trip to Machu Picchu.

Inca archaeological site.

Day 10 Cusco

After enjoying another great breakfast, we will walk around Cusco visiting the workshops in San Blas artisanal neighborhood. You will be surrounded by stone walls and see the famous huge 12-sided stone fit perfectly into the walls. After lunch we will visit the Cathedral and Sun Temple of Cusco and finish our walking tour in the local market, a feast for the eyes!

Day 11 Cusco

Day 12

Machu Picchu

Ready for a busy yet incredible day? This morning we’re off to Pisaq! We will visit the huge artisanal market there, one of the most famous markets in the Cusco region. After lots of ogling the incredible market items it’s off to the archeological site of Pisaq. In keeping with providing only the highest quality experiences of our tours, the Pisaq ruins are considered to be one of the finest remaining Inca archeologic sites in the entire country. Next on the agenda is to grab lunch at the incredible Huayoccari restaurant where you will experience and enjoy the hospitality of a traditional Peruvian family who greets you personally. After that incredible lunch experience, it’s off to Ollantaytambo for the Ollantaytambo ruins. Climb and explore a massive Inca fortress with large stone terraces on a hillside. Major sites within the complex include the huge Sun Temple and the Princess Baths fountain, absolutely breathtaking to be able to walk the stairs and streets where the Inca’s walked! And the day isn’t over yet! Next, we board the train to Machu Picchu Town, now called Aguas Calientes. The train follows the valley and river where you can see people walking the actual Inca Trail just across the river from you. Besides the incredible sights along the train route, there is funny and entertaining characters on the train to entice you to purchase local hand made textiles and goods, this alone is worth the journey for the entertainment value. Be careful though as you are likely to be pulled into the aisle as one of their participants in the show! Lots of photo opportunities for sure. Arriving at Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu Town) we disembark the train for the hotel. Exploring the small town is amazing… every tiny side-street offers something new. Enjoy dinner with the friends you have made and get rest for tomorrow it’s Machu Picchu!

Day 13 Machu Picchu

After another great breakfast we check out from the hotel and grab a bus to Machu Picchu ruins. After about a 30-minute drive on numerous switch-backs where the scenery gets better and better, we arrive to Machu Picchu majestic Inka ruins. Machu Picchu was voted one of
the New Seven Wonders of the World in a worldwide Internet poll. Here we enter a place that literally defies words to describe it. It truly is a place to be experienced vice trying to describe it. Walk with the ancients, be amazed at their city. After you’ve photographed enough, put the camera down, sit on the hillside and just take in what you are seeing. Take 30 minutes just sitting there, no camera, let your senses document it all. It will be far more memorable that a picture, trust me on this. Sadly, we must eventually depart back to Aguas Calientes for lunch then take the train back to Ollantaytambo to catch the bus to Cusco. What an experience the train ride back will be too!

Day 14 Cusco Lima

And with great sadness we pick you up from your hotel to transfer you to the international airport of Cusco for your flight back to Lima to wait for your individual flights home. Over the last couple weeks, we have made great friends and experienced incredible things, it’s always a very tearful moment when we have to part ways and head back to our homes. Hope you thoroughly enjoyed our trip, tell your friends about your experiences and maybe see you on another of our incredible excursions soon!

Extended stay?

If saying goodbye is too hard there is the unique opportunity to dive deep into the culture with a special 4 days at our local guide’s parents farm! Yes, this is a VERY special opportunity for sure. Interested? Continue to next page.

The Gallery at Liberty Bay 2020 Peru Trip

Day 1 Accha Spectacular days await as you delve into the local culture. Our guide will drive you about 4 hours through the mountains along the South part of Cusco, pass by Acomayo, capital of the province Acomayo. Crossing two mountain ranges and the two rivers Apurimac (popular for white water rafting) and Velille (an upper tributary of the Apurimac), many small towns where tourist activities do not exist. In the afternoon you will arrive in the district of Accha close to their family farm. Accommodations are at 9,500 feet above sea level but you should be acclimated from previous excursions. You’ll have the afternoon free to explore.
Day 2 Huayno In the morning we visit the small village Huyayno by horse or walking then return to the home for the afternoon to help out a little around home, then have a great dinner.
Day 3 Accha After a great breakfast at home, we leave very early to the town of Accha in order to visit a wonderful real food market and have lunch in a local restaurant. Accha is a VERY
traditional Peruvian town tourists are likely unfamiliar with. After exploring we finally return to home.
Day 4 Cusco After another wonderful breakfast at home, we drive back to Cusco through the province of Paruro. From Cusco you will fly to Lima for your flights back to your homes. Another goodbye after such a wonderful experience. We hope our hospitality at home and the Peruvian people has brightened your lives and made new friends. Thank you for allowing me to share my home with you. Safe journeys!
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REPOSE: Harnessing Its Priceless Value! MKE-18

repose- a state of rest, sleep, or tranquility.

How Repose Helps Manifest Your Desires

I’m enjoying the adventure of learning of the value of repose in manifesting my desires. Actually this lesson has been striving to convey itself to me for at least two years, as I recognize it now! Allow me to explain.

Over the last couple years I have experienced the “repose”, or tranquility in this case, of not being emotionally charged when seeking an outcome. I have learned that when my mind isn’t wringing itself with hopes and fears about outcomes they simply materialize. Here’s a fun example.

Repose, conditions, Manifesting with expectation
Similar to the shoes I bought with unexpected money!

Unexpected Money Shoes

About two years ago, I was arbitrarily telling a friend about some shoes I was thinking about the past three months. I told her about how they were unique and marked for a clearance sale and so forth. I’m not even sure why I brought it up in the first place!

She finally asked, “why don’t you just go get them?” I thought about this, and answered as I was thinking it through: “Well, I don’t need them, but I like them. I think when I receive unexpected money, I will go get them if they are still there.”

Repose = Tranquility of Thought

Well? You likely guessed where this is heading. On my way home that very day, I checked my post office box, not thinking at all about the shoes or my pronouncement of what would land them on my feet. I had not one, but TWO checks I was not expecting! One check came from my credit card company, and I never figured out why it came to me. The second was a birthday card from my Dad- THREE months early! Yep! Completely unexpected, twice over. Got my attention!

Repose= Rest From Agitation & Anxiety

Here’s what I learned from this and other experiences since. Often I am hoping for a thing to come to pass, but fearing and focusing on the what-ifs. What if it doesn’t? What if I’m in over my head? What if I’m not taken seriously? With that energy surrounding the thing, I risk manifesting the outcome that it doesn’t happen. Or perhaps it happens to a lesser degree.

I am building the practice of substituting belief and confidence when those anxieties begin to take shape. Those shoes and my lack of attachment to the outcome of having them, gave me a baseline to understand. When I just “put out there” what would send me to buy them, those conditions immediately arranged themselves! So how do I get that same energy working on my behalf when outcomes of greater importance arise?

Practicing It Where It Really Matters!

Consider the best example of my immediate present: the tour I want to host to Peru in August! FEAR kept me from even laying the groundwork to market it until a few weeks ago. As a result I have a good bit of groundwork before me.

Manifesting a Peru tour this August 2020 through repose
Machu Picchu, Peru, which we will visit on our tour in August!

This. Is. BIG!

I am far more charged about the outcome of my efforts for this than perhaps any other thing immediately. However I am only attached to the outcomes as a measure of how well I practice the process. Maintaining confidence and substituting assertions of success in place of fears is my focus. Stay tuned! And if you know someone that loves to connect with new cultures on amazing travels, please reach out! Full Itinerary and details here!

What is The Master Key Experience?

It’s a Self-Excellence process to bring about my best! Making good friends across the globe as we share this experience. Check out Polly’s blog and see how this process is shaping up for her!

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I’ve Got Goosebumps! MKE Heroes Journey 17HJ

I’m on my way- Goosebumps included!

About a week ago, I had a flash of a dream. In a very brief instant I was walking on a trail and came upon what I observed in my dream to be a tree growing brazil nuts. Not knowing their nature (they’re not even technically nuts) I saw a tree with the little orange slice-looking nuts hanging from their ends in the tree. And then I was awake. Why, you might ask, does this evoke goosebumps? Read on…

Why This “Brazil Nut Tree” Matters

Like so many things in our busy lives, I kept thinking about looking up information about the tree that produces brazil nuts. Every time, though, I was not in a place or space to dwell on it for even moments. Finally, while sitting at a coffee house, the thought occurred to me at The Right Moment. Oh. My. GOODNESS! Yes, goosebumps.

The Bertholletia excelsa Tree is found in the Amazonian forests of Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. It’s seeds grow in baseball-sized pods within the high-hanging canopy of these trees. The trees reach as high as 160 feet tall and can live for 500 years or more. They are actually more closely related to blueberries and persimmons than walnuts or pecans. Here’s a fascinating video about the industry built around this tree:

Very interesting significance this tree provides those who labor to wrest its fruits!

Did Someone Say Peru?

Since I am hosting a tour of Peru as part of my Definite Major Purpose, it would be reasonable to think that this is where the uncanniness of this dream resides. But wait, there’s more; so much more!

Sharing Day 3 of our Peru Tour! It’s Happening!

The Brazil Nut Tree & The Heroes Journey!

Agouti, a rodent found in South America and the only other animal besides humans that can open the seed pods containing brazil nuts! So unlikely for us to have the privilege of enjoying brazil nuts, isn't it? Goosebumps!

Bring on the goosebumps! Delving further into the nature of the Bertholletia excelsa tree, there are only two animals that can open it’s sturdy seed pods: a small rodent called an agouti (pictured left) and we humans; that is with the help of axes or machetes. As viewed in the video above, there’s no easy method to access those seeds!

Image of an Orchid Bee, the only pollinator capable of pollinating the brazil nut tree! Gives me goosebumps to think that this tree couldn't survive without depending on only one insect!
One Bug for the job!

Perhaps the most unusual characteristic of this tree rests within its pollination. Consequently, there is only one, yes one, insect that can successfully pollinate the trees flowers! The orchid bee is the solitary insect that is big enough and possesses a long enough tongue to pry open the flower’s hood to lap its nectar! Isn’t it amazing that nature provided ONE pollinator for a tree that grows throughout South America’s Amazon Rainforest, that lives for 500 years or more, whose known history begins at least with the Paleolithic era, some 11,000 years ago?

How Does This Correlate With My Journey?

Each and every one of us is here for a specific Purpose. As Og asserts, “Since the beginning of time, never has there been another with my mind, my heart, my eyes, my hands, my hair, my mouth. None that came before, none that live today, and none that come tomorrow can walk and talk and move and think exactly like me. All men are my brothers and yet I am different from each. I am a unique creature.”

“None can duplicate my brush strokes, none can make my chisel marks, none can duplicate my handwriting, none can produce my child and, in truth, none has the ability to sell exactly as I.” None can share my passion for the connection I sense within the realms of creativity across the world and its cultures quite the way I share it! I am a unique creature, just as you are! I began this self discovery with knitting, my first foray into something that lit a creative fire within me.

Goosebumps again! THERE Is ONLY One YOU!

Like the orchid bee, I am the only ME that can be what I am meant to be. It is the same with you; YOU are the only YOU that can share YOU and your passionate purpose with this world! Above all, we are each NATURE’S GREATEST MIRACLE! See? A momentary dream about an Amazonian seed-bearing tree. Not random in the least, and truly GOOSEBUMP evoking for sure!

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Creative Force- Begging to Emerge! MKE Week 17

Is Your Creative Force Flow Slow?

The flow of creation inspiration courses through each and every being, yet as humans we tend to trample this flame that is our creative force. We are busy with chores, deadlines, errands. We answer our deepest yearnings with sentiments such as, “When I have time…”, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body,” or “I can’t even draw a stick figure”. Trust me; I hear sentiments like this on a daily basis from visitors to my art gallery.

What’s Really Happening Here?

I believe there is a hidden truth in sentiments such as these, not unlike the challenges we tend to face when asked who we are. How many times have we each answered this question with our occupation rather that who we ARE? It’s tough to answer when so overcome with tasks that become our identity- or so we think.

Years ago I was yearning for a creative outlet and -you guessed it- I was circling the issue since, “I didn’t have a creative bone in my body”. Once I became incapacitated by a surgery on my neck all my associated tasks came to a screeching halt. For a month I sat upright to “sleep”; my job as an in-home caregiver was put on indefinite hold; my occupation became trying to find something to do that I could do. Since I suddenly had ample time on my hands, I finally decided to take up a creative endeavor: knitting. Mind you, this was just before the breakout availability of YouTube! But creative force is not limited to technology, availability, absence or abundance of any kind!

My creative force began coming to life once I allowed myself the chance to make mistakes!
Another example of my knitting

Fear? Just Say No!

Let me circle back a moment to that hidden truth I mentioned. I believe there’s hidden truth behind most or all statements we use to shortchange ourselves and our opportunities: FEAR! I believe we EACH identify with an inner flame to be, do and have specific goals, dreams and outcomes. As a result of fear we are AFRAID to answer that call. Why? It’s all in the “what ifs”. I might have no talent? What if I don’t reach my goal? I may not accomplish…. SEE? It’s ALL based upon FEAR!

 Just say NO to FEAR.
Emancipate yourself from fear!

Food For Your Higher Self and Your Creative Force!

“The principal necessity is the strengthening of the mind so that it rises superior to the distractions and wayward impulses of the instinctive life and thus successfully overcomes in the conflict between the higher and lower self.” Here Haanel (Part 17, Sentence 19) addresses much the same I am trying to convey. It is instinctive for us to follow a path of “shoulds”, often of other peoples creation; lower self instincts. Similarly when we are following paths to please others or assimilate societal expectations with our lives, we are ignoring the Call from our higher self; we are ignoring our own creative force!

When you feel that inner flame burning within you, what lights that fire of passion within you? Above all do you devote time, concentration and endeavor toward that desire? If not, you are not working in harmony with natural law! “Your degree of success is determined by the nature of your desire. If the nature of your desire is in harmony with Natural Law, or the Universal Mind, it will gradually emancipate the mind and give you invincible courage!” (Haanel Part 17, Sentence 25). In contrast, the larger things we do for no other purpose than we “should” prove time and again to lead us to misgivings and regrets.

Such BOLD WORDS! The term “Emancipate” is such a powerful word, it compels me to share its definition!

Emancipate: To free from Bondage; to free from any controlling influence (such as traditional mores or beliefs).

My Own Emancipation Proclamation!

To put this in perspective I’ll share with you a thing I have been hesitating with. I wish to lead people to deeper connections with their creative lives. One way in which I wish to convey this is by hosting a phenomenal tour to Peru this August! I’ve previously visited Peru and I’m eager to share its riches with others! I’ve had this in my thoughts for months, however I haven’t added traction to getting the word out to the public or assembling marketing materials. Why? FEAR! Fear that I may not get participants. You know? I will gain NO participants if I don’t do these things! To be delaying for fear is just silliness. I am finished with fear, and trust you are encouraged to be as well!

Andean Knitting as taught by my teacher. Creative force needs no words to express itself!
What an amazing experience to learn without spoken language!

Please Take These With You!

“Vibration is the action of thought; it is vibration which reaches out and attracts the material necessary to construct and build,” (Haanel Part 17, Sentence 21).

“A definite purpose sets causes in motion which go out in the invisible world and find the material necessary to serve your purpose.” (Part 17, Sentence 27)

In addition, one more to zap your fears away:

“The mind may place the ideal a little to high and fall short of the mark; it may attempt to soar on untrained wings and instead of flying, fall to earth; but that is no reason for not making another attempt.” (Part 17, Sentence 12). -All is not lost with the first, or 100th or 1000th attempt!

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MKE Week 10- The Great Error of The Present Day

Don’t “they” say there’s nothing new under the sun? How true! “The great error of the present day is that Man has to originate the intelligence whereby the Infinite can proceed to bring about a specific purpose or result” (Haanel 10:15). Someone might as well have just omitted my name from that statement!

Yes I’m guilty of trying to do the work of the universe!

Time and again I was discovering new ways in which I was sabotaging my dreams by trying to incorporate my limited methods of bringing about what I want. Silly, silly me! Boy those old ways claw and scratch to hang in there, ever wanting to stay in the game without risk of obsolescence. If we are conscious in the slightest of how we wish to hold onto the known, it seems our subconscious is exponentially more entrenched in the refusal to let go of what causes us to hang on to mediocrity.

Finally, and with hard mental labor, we prevail. I prevail! My Definite Major Purpose, otherwise known as the life I wish to manifest, is becoming as laser as the rays of sun focused on ONE spot through a magnifying glass. No longer am I accidentally attempting to direct the characters, set or plot.

The result? Read on:

“If your thought is in harmony with the creative Principle of Nature, it is in tune with the Infinite Mind, and it will form the circuit, it will not return to you void,”… POLARITY is formed! (Haanel 10: 19)

I KNOW I have polarity in my circuit! Just as a completed circuit enables a lightbulb to be lit, my circuit is in energetic motion. Plans are coming together for my inaugural hosted arts tour. This tour happens in August 2020. I have the tour guide and his provided itinerary. My marketing is coming together smoothly. I am building my Spanish language fluency day-by-day in order to freely communicate leading up to and participating in this tour. And my true health is building up to the necessary optimization to endure foreign and high elevation travel.

Being in the flow with the Universe in planning my future: there’s NOTHING LIKE IT!

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Travel Blog- Thailand, Foodie Day Part 2 at the Akha Cooking School

Making the curry paste

After being SO impressed by my guide, Niti, during the fresh market tour, I elected to register for her cooking class for the evening. There were 5 other enrollees and we had another fabulous time! We made -and ate- so many dishes, it was amazing! Niti began with having us choose from a full menu.

In each category we chose one dish to prepare. My choices were Papaya salad, one of my favorite Thai dishes, Tom Kha Gai soup, and Red Curry with Chicken. Additionally we each made from scratch the curry pastes needed for our entrees, spring rolls,  an Akha salad, an Akha soup  and mango with sticky rice for dessert. Needless to say, this days combination of fresh market tour and cooking school make for a very robust day of eating! Not one of use could finish all we had. 

Fabulous papaya salad and spring roll!

For this post, I’ll allow the photos to give the greatest story! If you’re traveling to Chiang Mai, you MUST take Niti’s market tour and her cooking class!

 

Feels great to have learned how to prepare a great Thai meal!


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Travel Blog- Thailand, The Foodie Day

Coffee teaIt was Friday, the day I dedicated to Thai Foodie Day. This wasn’t my plan, but it’s how it evolved. And what a fabulous day it was! In reality, every day in Thailand can be foodie day, but today I gained a lot of knowledge of the culture, especially pertaining to the food the Thai people eat.  

I began the morning with my new friend Niti, the host of the Chiang Mai Fresh Market Tour. This event was a tour of the morning market and so much more! Niti gave me insight for what I was seeing in the market and so much to appreciate about local Thai life and the important aspect of life the fresh market fulfills. She gifted me with a

Not just any bread!
fabulous breakfast including Thai coffee, tea and the butter bread of Portuguese influence. Then after perusing, studying and shopping the market, we had a lovely lunch together in a beautiful park! I was far over fed and there were plenty of leftovers for her to take to the chefs at her cooking school. 

Past breakfast time, Niti had me try what she called a century egg, emphasizing that I must try it before she tells me what it

Century Egg
is. The egg begins rather suspect nestled in its carton donning its flamboyant pink splendored shell! It’s like the Cyndi Lauper of eggs. Then once the vendor peels it, halves it and serves it in a bowl, the curiosity grows.  As you can see, you have never eaten an egg quite like this before. It really was tasty I have to admit. Now time for the big reveal. <Spoiler Alert: century egg preparation coming!>

So the wondrous century egg, highly regarded as a medicinal food, is made by storing eggs in a clay pot underground for one hundred days. Hence the century reference. In horse pee. Yes, horse pee. Students of natural medicine have certainly heard often the medicinal and cleansing affects of ammonia. The idea of the century egg as medicine follows that line of thought. Honestly? I am far more prone to Thai medicinal foods than some of what we Americans have come to consider food. I’ll leave you to ponder this.

Next we walked through the market, Niti showing me things as we went. The market is at least as much social gathering

Flash cooking fresh chili sauce
The fresh market, just as one infers, offers foods prepared or harvested fresh for purchase. A flash market refers to a vendors on-the-spot cook to order menu. This may help explain why eating Thai street food is generally safe: the Thai people seem to have one cooking temperature: HIGH! When you order Khao Soi or Pad Thai from a street vendor, it is generally cooked right before your eyes at maximum heat. My understanding is that the term street food can differ in the the vendors offering street food are offering items that did not sell earlier in the day, so they have them on display, sausages for instance, and they grill them to high temperature as you wait.

In the end it was so hard to choose what to select to eat. Niti helped me and we ended up with a very nice lunch with a lot to share.

What a fantastic experience this was! I gained so much more than just a great breakfast! Cultural insight, history, a full belly and a new friend!

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