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Addicted to Spirituality?

Posted by on Feb 22, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Addicted to Spirituality? My name is Mary Ann and I am an addict. I have discovered that Spirituality, like anything else, can become an addiction.  Somehow our culture has combined personal growth with spirituality into one and although connected somewhat,  they are certainly not the same thing. Personal growth is about growing, expanding, learning.  I consider spirituality to be a way of seeing the deepest part of ourselves and the world.  A way of being, in which we are connected to Source, to nature, to each other. In certain circles, being spiritual has become somewhat of a catch-all phrase.   At times  spiritual groups can often leave people with a feeling of inadequacy, or of not being spiritual enough. A sense of hierarchy often occurs where one feels less than, or beneath others. We have all been caught in the trap of feeling that more is more -so what do we do? We go to more seminars, attend more weekend workshops, spend more money on courses, we buy more books, another deck of tarot cards, more crystals, healing beads and try modality after modality in an effort to reach higher and higher levels of ascension. We buy into the belief that being spiritual will ensure the manifestation of all our intended desires, after all I have invested, this is bound to give back to me a good life and all my dreams, karma is karma right?  It is a common belief that the closer we are to Spirit the more our dreams will come true. In both these scenarios, we run the risk of perceiving the world solely through the lens of spiritual advancement while nearly ignoring the very human factor of BEING ALIVE, of being in human form.  We forget to live. I, like some of you that are reading this, have stacks and stacks of books, boxes upon boxes of tarot cards, crystals coming out of my ying-yang, necklaces with sacred symbols that I have carried around with me, feathers and stones – oh my goodness do I have stones, galore.  I have more stones then you could fit in my entire house.  I bought these things because they made me feel good, more enlightened, more connected, more on the path and yes, more spiritual. The biggest lesson of all that I have learned, from my years on the path of spirituality is that its all pretty simple.   Spirituality is the awareness that underneath all of it we are all the same. You are no better or bigger or more important than me, or every other single human on the earth. We are one, seriously this is it. That awareness can not be bought in a store, it comes through living it, being in it, by being kind, showing compassion and love.  Life is like a mirror of sorts, and yes, you do get back, at times, what you give out the good and the bad.  It is that simple. We are all equal beings, regardless of how many books we have read, how enlightened we think we are and how many courses we have taken, who we know, how many books we have written, how many followers we have on Facebook, the number of crystals or deities we have in our closet or hanging on our walls.  We all  have one thing in common and that is that none of us is calling all the shots.  There is something larger than ourselves running the show.  That is it. It’s the understanding of the human and spirit that makes life interesting. It is that in a nut shell. This is the underlying message in most of the...

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Learn How to Create Your Own Magnificent Mandala.

Posted by on Jan 1, 2017 in Blog | 2 comments

I absolutely love making Mandalas.  Mandala means circle.  A mandala represents wholeness, reminding us of our relation to the universe, infinity. Like the circle, the mandala appears to us in all aspects of life, the Sun, the Moon, the Earth.  Circles are all around us. There are conceptual circles of friends, family, and community. Just look around you and especially at nature and you will see everywhere. The symbol is that life never ends, they are a spiritual tool in many religions Buddism, Hindu and more.  They can be used for meditation purposes, allowing people to become one with the universe. The thing I love most about mandalas is that the whole purpose behind them is the experience of making them and not the finished product.  The power lies in the making, the creating the connection with mind, heart and hand through the process.  Setting your intentions forward through creativity, by connecting hand to heart and mind can lead to a more authentic and meaningful life How to create YOUR personal Mandala piece of blank paper a round plate (for tracing) ruler crayons or colored pencils a radio or CD player for music. your imagination your dreams STEP ONE:  First of all sit with your paper and leave it blank.  This is the most important part. Let go of what you think you should do, or what you feel other people might like.  This piece of art is not for anyone else but YOU.   The whole purpose behind doing this type of creative work is for you to go inside yourself and discover who you are, what you want, what your dreams are and write them down on a piece of paper and then create this symbol of celebration and release of them through art.  Clear your mind of all the clutter, the to-do lists and the negative thoughts we all carry around with us. Put on some soft beautiful music that you love and breathe.  Close your eyes and empty your mind. Breathe and then…imagine all of the things that you love.  What do you love? A beach? Sunshine? Reading? Love itself. Think of the feeling associated with things that you love.  Feel it.  Sit with it for a while and enjoy just that.  Start dreaming.  Think of what you want to see happen in your life this year, in 2017. Love? Friends, Peace? Success?Write whatever words or colours that come to your mind down on a separate piece of paper. It could be anything – Peace, Happiness, Restfulness, Health.  Write them all down – don’t judge it don’t analyze it just write it. Now, get out of your own way…Yes, step back and allow the connection to the life force of creativity that we all share, to take hold.  Write whatever you see without judgment, critique or second guessing it. STEP TWO: Take the plate and trace the circle on the paper.  Divide it into quadrants. (use a ruler) You can choose as many quadrants as you like. Choose 4-6  words from your list that you feel JUMP out at you. If you have more symbols you can simply create more quadrants.  You can use words, colours, symbols, anything that helps you identify with the feelings of happiness that you created in our mind. ( Peace might be a peace sign or a dove, Love might be a heart or two hands or a mother and a child.) Create a centre point to your Mandala. Use a smaller cup to trace around this it doesn’t have to be perfectly in the centre but you can measure it with...

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Mind Movies are so cool.

Posted by on Dec 26, 2016 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Mind Movies are so cool.

Im so excited.  The best thing that I did this entire Christmas season, was to make my very first mind-movie. Mind movies are an excellent tool to use in helping improve your life. “A mind movie transforms a boring vision board into a fun, digital video vision board filled with positive affirmations, inspiring images and motivating music. ” (Mindmovies.com) To start with, I gathered a number of images that I really loved and I also used some of my own artwork that I felt really summed up how I envisioned my life going forward.  Assembling the images into a movie was inspiring, creative and just so much fun.  The whole premise behind a mind-movie is for you to put your desires, intentions and dreams out there into the world.  Once you set your intentions free by writing them down or using your creativity to bring them to life, they begin to  soar,  releasing themselves to the universe, like the seeds of a dandelion,  a beautiful energy that flows, takes hold where it lands, and then comes to life.  A word of caution – be careful what you wish for as it will most likely transpire in one form or another. I used iMovie on my mac, and set my mind-movie to my favourite Adele song, ‘Remedy’.  I had purchased it a while back on iTunes.  You can use songs from your iTunes if the movie is just for your own viewing, and won’t be shared on the internet. If you want to learn how to make one there are many sites that offer apps and programs like the mind movie.com site above, plus there is a lot of different how-to videos on U-tube with info on how to make one.  There are also sites that offer royalty free music for you to use on your movie if you plan to share it on-line. I feel that a mind- movie is a personal exploration and not necessarily something that you would share with others.  You may discover, however,  through creating it, things about yourself and your life that you didn’t know.    I discovered that in  2016,  I really rolled up my sleeves and committed to my personal growth and my creativity.  I was in learner mode taking in as much information as I could. I was working hard and taking an average of 3 classes at a time in intuitive work and creativity coaching in addition to running the Non-Profit society and trying to get in to the studio to do my own creative work as much as possible.  Really focused on my path, while learning to help others, I was also able to also unblock some of the creative blockages in myself and in own work. The most important words that I learned to honour this past year in relationship to my creativity were Consistency and Diligence.  I discovered that if you want to light your creativity flame it takes work, a willingness to look at where your creativity comes from and what you want to say to the world.  I also learned the importance of incorporating daily meditation and daily creativity into my life. Yes, DAILY.  (Even if its only 20 minutes.) I discovered that the creative mind is like a muscle. The more you use it the better it works.  Through personal experience I discovered that by committing to doing creative work every single day,  my mind began opening up like the petals of a rose peeling back, taking me to places I never imagined existed. (without drugs lol) Its like my creative mind literally had a mind of...

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Creating Space for Your Creativity

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Creating Space for Your Creativity

Creating Space for Your Creativity

  Find a table. Sit down. Start.   Sounds easy right?  Everyone can find a table.   Even though I had been creative my whole life, it took me two years to re-kindle it. My fire has been put out.  I wanted it back. The whole process began years before I started selling my work, and well before I had an art studio. When I began my journey,  I started out working at my dining room table.  I had been working hard in my business as a product designer and importer, but still felt empty and unfulfilled.  I gathered up a few old paints and some paper and I thought I would paint a little. I found out that I really loved it. The problem with working at the dining room table was  that every time I wanted to work on my painting it took 10 minutes to clean off the table, 10 minutes to lay things out and 20 minutes to clean things up.  I had to allow for 40 minutes of prep around the actual painting time.    The dining room was the perfect place for me to create because it had a door.  I could hear the professional art-critics approaching the room.  A door made a clicking sound, allowing for just enough time for me to hide my work under a magazine before the critics peered over my shoulder. I started loving it so much that I became protective of my time and space there and started protecting it fiercely.  I would sneak in, when I knew I wouldn’t be disturbed, sit in a spot where family that passed by the glass doors couldn’t see me and I would work.  If people interrupted me, I would get angry.  I was like a tiger fighting for my territory.  The family soon learned that when I was working at that table to not disturb me, unless the house was on fire. It took me a long time to understand that what people thought of my work didn’t matter.  It took me what seems like forever, to feel that creativity was important enough in my life to actually make my place at the dining room table into a special spot where I could allow my artistic mind to take off and flourish.  After months of secretly working at the dining room table, gaining confidence, and learning new techniques, I slowly began to feel different.  I absolutely loved the time that I was working on my art. It was my time to escape. I slowly began to feel that my creative work mattered enough to start making this time a priority and part of my daily route.  I started taking classes and workshops in technique. portraits, drawing, oil painting, colour theory, plein air and more.  The more I learned the more I wanted to know. I developed my own daily ritual, I would set up my table, pour myself a cup of tea in a china cup and paint for hours.  I learned to honour this time and this little area in my dining room as my very own sacred, special place. It was at the dining room table that  I learned that becoming an artist was a process and that I was not running a race.  This is where I learned to be vulnerable, open and tap into my self.  I found out that I needed to play with the paint, feel it on the paper and seeing how it moves.  I had so much fun. I learned that I would make mistakes and it would be ok. I...

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Latest Work.

Posted by on Aug 27, 2016 in Blog | Comments Off on Latest Work.

Latest Work.

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Rumi – The Persian Muslim Sufi poet

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in Blog | Comments Off on Rumi – The Persian Muslim Sufi poet

Rumi – The Persian Muslim Sufi poet

I have to ask myself why am I so drawn to someone who lived 800 years ago?  – Rumi or Jalāl ad-Dīn Muḥammad Balkhī (1207 – 1273) was a Persian Muslim Sufi poet.  He was a  theologian, a philosopher and jurist, whose works have crossed all national, cultural and ethnic boundaries and still hailed with high regards.  Rumi was regarded as ‘the most famous poet’ in America in the year 2007.   Here are just a few of his words that touch me. “Why should I stay at the bottom of a well, when a strong rope is in my hand?”  “As you start to walk out on the way, the way appears.”  “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?”  “Wear gratitude like a cloak and it will feed every corner of your life.”  “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”  “I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.” “Let yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.” “Who could be so lucky? Who comes to a lake for water and sees the reflection of moon.”  “Sell your cleverness and buy bewilderment.”  “Be empty of worrying. Think of who created thought! Why do you stay in prison When the door is so wide open?”  “Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself.”  Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” “Run from what’s comfortable. Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious.”   “Where there is ruin, there is hope for a treasure.”  “Do not be satisfied with the stories that come before you. Unfold your own myth.”   “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right doing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” “Ignore those that make you fearful and sad, that degrade you back towards disease and death.”  How long will you think about this painful life? How long will you think about this harmful world? “The only thing it can take from you is your body.” “Don’t say all this rubbish and stop thinking.” All Quotes by Rumi All these in essence speak about our inner self, it dares us to look outside the box. to understand and challenge ourselves, it resonates acceptance of this life, and…in I guess in some small way it preaches love and hope. with love, Mary...

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