Posts tagged #wonder

Art, Love and Transmutation - A guest post by Abigail Amalton

Art is about love. It is love, pure love.

 

I can't even begin to describe what music has done for me. How can an art form, independent of the flaws of its creators, catalyze such deep healing and transformation? How can somebody else's stories lead me back to myself, deeper into my own bliss? The deeper I move into the subjective, the more often I hit the universal. Do we all ultimately share the same core?

Art is love. And love is transcendent, transformative. Love has no opposite. Love is the step beyond dualist thinking. Dualism dissolves completely in the heat and light of pure love. This wonderful step beyond is not even thought nor is it just feeling - it's pure being. Love is being absorbed in the flow: the conscious observer-participant co-creating the universe, the drop of water in the endless ocean of existence. It isn't merely an emotion, not merely a state of mind - love is all-encompassing being. It is a subtle awareness of the life force that flows through us - through bone and bloody capillary, through neural networks and the serpentine energetic currents in our spines.

Love is the knowing that this life force is one and the same with what moves stars to begin their lives in misty stellar nurseries, light years away. It is the possibility that everything in this universe, every last little organism, every drop of blood is alive - purely. And simply waiting for us to realize this.

Love is a new way of being on this planet. It revolutionizes each individual who decides to make it a way of life, changing her so that she may never go back, never settle for anything less than pure joy. So what do lovers do? We live for love. We show, through our lives, that it can be done. That we can partake in this cosmic dance with joy - that this is our birthright. Love is the activation of our potential for continued and unending bliss.

Love transmutes.

 

It is the knowing that in spite of pain, we live. Pain, however deep, helps us remember that we are embodied and interconnected. When we reflect on our pain, then we remember that we are ensouled. As long as you love, you'll never lose your soul. So, why continue to hurt? Catalyze the transformation with a deliberate joy in every moment of this ecstatic existence. Push for it. Let it open you up. Let joyfulness be a breaking open of the calcified shell of the ego. Decide you'll never live in the egoic mode again - and when you do, laugh at it.

Live this way and let life have its way with you, move through you - let spirit sense matter in whatever way it will, for the purpose of love. Live this way and you won't have to meet with death to finally live - because you will no longer unconsciously push yourself further and further to hurt simply to feel alive.

Gather with other souls in love and explore collaborative ecstasy. Collaborative beauty. Explorations like these are how the planet will begin again, how we can jumpstart conscious evolution. Let go of the patterns we only cling to out of habit and replace them only with love.

Love is how we will reach the stars sooner than we think.

Abigail Amalton is an amazing artist who lives and creates in New York City.  Check her out over at The Silent Infinite!

Deep Wisdom + revelatory Pennsylvania folk + free money

 

Here I go, continuing my new tradition of posting my email letter list updates from five weeks ago here on the blog.  I know you'll enjoy what's below. But if you want the hot and fresh stuff, you best sign up right here, right now:

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Hello, great wonder!

The Gems

Today I'm sending out 3 gems that have been helping me to stay sane and buoyant this week while there's so much change and excitement in the air.

 

Every Path Is - Collected Audio Recordings of Byron Katie

Byron Katie is a transformational teacher.   She lived, miserable and anxious, for 46 years before having a massive spiritual awakening in which she lost the ability to believe her own stressful thoughts and thereby became enormously happy. She offers a process called The Work.  The Work is a stunningly effective inquiry meditation which she developped to share her experience of awakening.  It completely altered my relationship to my mental stories and taught me to be much more open-minded and gentle with myself.  You can learn all about The Work at Katie's official website.  And you can also listen to hours upon hours of her going through the process with people at everypathis.org, a fan's free collection of her audio recordings which she sanctioned.  I like to listen to the recordings on everypathis.org while I do things like wash the dishes and / or play tetris.  Katie's utterly kind, utterly clear, grandmotherly love and radical wisdom have an effect of grounding me like nothing else.

 

The Awesome Foundation - $1000 grants that are super-easy to apply for

I was thrilled to see a link to The Awesome Foundation in a friend's facebook feed.  Their motto is "Forwarding the interests of Awesome in the universe, $1000 at a time." Clearly, this foundation and I share similar great taste.  It turns out that The Awesome Foundation is devoted to funding-- you guessed it-- awesome projects of all sorts.  In the past they've funded everything from public murals to re-creations of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.

You just fill out a super-easy application form (it's the shortest  and friendliest grant application I've ever seen!) and they consider your project for a grant.  There are multiple chapters of The Awesome Foundation in cities around the world.  Each city chapter awards one $1000 grant per month, so it's something you could keep applying for if for some reason you happen to get passed over the first time.  What really rad and far-out thing could you accomplish for your community if someone handed you $1000? Time to tell them about it! The deadline for the next round of applications is November 15th.

 

Native -  an album of dreams and revelation by Ivory Weeds - free download

Ivory Weeds (aka John Chriest) is a soft-spoken young man from the forrests outside Pittsburgh who blushes easily and has improbably long brown eyelashes.  I have the joy of working with him at YOU=LOVE, a non-profit devoted to making everyone aware of the fact that they are, at their essence, pure love.  Native is the first album Ivory Weeds put out, and it certainly reminds me of the love at the core of everything.  Its shimmering, aching sound meets the grey-clouded sky of late autumn in the Pennsylvania countryside with perfect frankness and tenderness.  I recommend listening to it while drinking your morning coffee on dark mornings -- the music has a magic way of bringing out the mystery and glory in what otherwise feels only drab and cold and making one want to live to bring warmth into the winter.

 

The News

I've written a post which seems to be resonating and catching on with a lot of folks, much more so than my previous work.  You might check it out if you haven't already: The poetics of occupation: pressing reasons we need to occupy our own cities.

Also, the online gift circle forum is starting to get exciting, with participation from the wondrous Rhina, Abigail, Toni and Tabitha.  I invite you to come check it out-- all you need to do is write a post wherein you offer a gift of your own, express something you'd like to receive, and go ahead and even lay claim to something someone has offered so far (nurturing skype conversation, access to an amazing image library, writing services, graphic design services have all been offered-- don't you want this great stuff? come ask for it!).

Please feel free to write to me to let you know how these resources have served you or how I might serve you better in the future.

 

Love!

Carolyn