that is 25 individual portraits of the speakers invited to speak at the Celebrate Your Life event in Scottsdale Arizona this November 2016. I will be attending and bring lots of prints. No idea yet if I'll be able to sell anything but I am coming prepared for the best and bringing my A game. I just want to spread my portraits one way or another and for all of the hours and investments I've made I deserve a little something back. Anyway wish me the best and I will report more on the event as soon as I can. :) Be well all! I will share higher resolution images in due time! Check out my Facebook Page and stay in touch!
So the following was inspired by awareness I gained from a dream I had, so even though it is written in the affirmative it is still contemplative in nature...
We think we want control but that is because we've lost touch with our sense of adventure and are now looking for safe ways to feel alive. Which means we're looking for the outcomes we are already familiar with actually, which means we return to who we were prior to the experience which is counterproductive of what adventure is supposed to be about which is expansion, the evolution of consciousness and the true joy of feeling alive.
Control is the problem not the solution. Because forces of control have invaded our homeland we think we can reclaim our natural way but having more control ourselves but actually control is the disease in the first place. It's so tricky. Control is a mental construct. It takes what it knows and attempts to categorize and normalize things. It is the death of all things beautiful, original, creative and free.
No something deeper within us seeks adventure and to trust something deeper and more true to the infinite nature of life to guide it's footsteps and lead it down paths that FEEL purposeful because they are enlivening and expand the Being experiencing it.
Control is an Egoic construct based in a lack of trust.
If we had a full connection to our Creator or the source of our experience the last thing we would want is control. There's a difference between control and authority. The natural authority we have is self direction and it is effortless and natural, like how we have the authority to move our bodies, to breathe and talk and sing and dance. Natural authority. Control is something done from mistrust. It strangles life in an attempt to have its way. It's like prisons are to people. It's trying to prevent something it fears from happening. It's trying to be sure it can direct life force in a predictable manner. It is not the same as authority. Authority comes from nature, control is something of a mental prison, a restriction of the breath of life.
It seems to me the idea is to become aware of the control structure and expose it for what it is and rather than fight against it with more control, to simple disarm it with our nature. With awareness, nature will automatically disarm control. Similar to how deep emotions rising to the surface will obliterate the control a man may have had over his so-called manly appearance to others and to himself. The natural just needs to rise to the surface and control is lost. And in the process freedom returns, which will be where the natural authority comes from which I believe will always direct the individual down paths that further expand that feeling of being alive and the evolution of their being.
This is why I am so big on being Playful as it operates outside of the control structure. It breaks ALL of the rules and is purely interested in the JOY of BEING ALIVE and making the most of every moment. It is exploratory in nature and creative and as I've said before, it tunes us into our natural genius.
As I stood outside today I found myself becoming aware of the relationships we are having in the Royal Society and the amazing gifts that Bryant and Jenni have been giving to us all. I don't think hard as some may think I do, I've been called a deep thinker but this doesn't resonate with me even though I get the intention behind it. Perhaps a deep ponderer works better, but it all comes from a state of intent to see reality clearer and so it's more meditative than anything. But back on topic, I stood out there and the idea came to me that no matter how generous people are to us and no matter how regular it is we must never begin to expect it in the sense that if they didn't do something generous we would become upset. No a gift is a gift, even if it is given every day. Life is the same way. Everyday we wake up to the gift of life and we need to remember that we need to be grateful for it for just because it is here every day does not make it any less a gift. We are not the one's waking ourselves up in the morning, that is something deeper, the gift giver is doing that, the same intelligence and glorious power that keeps our heart beating and keeps us breathing when we are not awake. That power is the one giving us life every day. The one that heals a dying body or feeds us the energy to go when we feel like giving up. We need this awareness. Gratitude is not just something we do because it makes life more fun, it would be something we always felt if we knew how much life is a gift. That being said, every time Bryant does something generous I am deeply grateful and never expect a thing from him. It is in his character to give and be generous but would I allow that to cause me to be ungrateful? No. Every gift is a gift and gratitude is the only appropriate response. He owes me nothing, just like life owes all of us nothing. And yet it is the very nature of life to give. Will we be grateful?
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