How ART Helps the World

Many people think of art, especially original paintings and such, as a luxury they can’t afford. Or perhaps they just don’t get its significance in their lives and in our world. Well, here in this blog post I am going to attempt to explain why art is an unrecognized humanneed AND a way to change the world–a way for us ALL to give rise to the higher self within us all and thus create a better world!

​​Are you ready for some deep stuff about art? Well, for starters, to own, create, or view art is NOT a luxury or perk in this world. In my view, it is a necessity! It comes from a deep human need to express what lies within, with a message to share! Each artwork has a message if you pay attention. And perhaps a work of art can reach deep into one’s soul to spark knowings and growings beyond what a million words or opinions could ever do.

An original painting, sculpture, or craft item, created with love and passion flowing from a deep place within is perhaps the most direct and intimate way one can benefit from a piece of art. Such art is labored over with great abandon and intensity, with the muse sitting upon the artist’s shoulder while she/he works! It carries with it the vibrations of that artist, the message he or she wishes to deliver. And if the intent of the artist is not to simply make money but rather to convey beauty and evoke higher thought and impulses, then we have something that can change the world.

Sometimes that message is blatant and overt, a purveyance of striking beauty or a message of how we humans care for one another or of our longing for higher ground. Sometimes a piece is designed to evoke contemplation on the part of the viewer or owner of the piece, to reach deep into the soul and retrieve deep understandings that we thought were lost to us. This is direct contact with the soul of a sensitive being, my friends…the artist-creator of that work of art. It is sharing on a very deep level, the essence of who we are and who we wish to become.

A little less direct are prints and other reproductions of an artist’s original work. Or it could be their images imprinted, sometimes with uplifting words added, onto gift items, clothing, accessories, jewelry, and items of home decor. These also have their function, not only in adding beauty to our immediate environment (a world-changer to be sure!), but also have the same attribute of sharing an uplifting message and evoking higher thought and intent. An example of wearing art might be a T-shirt or other apparel imprinted with an uplifting slogan and lovely art, such as my image that I have posted here. No well-intended effort or thought or bit of beauty returns void. That is simply how the world works.

So I encourage you all to “get your art on,” whether you are a purchaser or collector of art, an artist creating beauty with a message (beauty carries its OWN message); if you are someone who wants to hang beauty on the walls of office or home; to wear beautiful art on clothing or jewelry; or to carry it around with you as an accessory, thus offering portals and glimpses of the message and inner, higher self of the artist, of the viewer, of all humanity, and all of sentient creation.

I came to art by way of my inner search to know myself, and then also by necessity when I could no longer follow my former career as a nurse due to disability. It saved me and uplifted me. It began a healing process within me, this passion to create! I didn’t even know I had it in me. But pursuing my art taught me something. We ALL have this in us in one form or another, whether we create art or simply behold it and share it. I encourage you to think of art in all its myriad forms not as a luxury, but as a necessity, a portal, part of the process of lifting humanity out of the abyss of divisive politics, economic stresses, the rat race, and unharmonious conditions that confront us daily in our world.

Art can uplift and unify! Of this I have no doubt. So please, I encourage you to participate, my readers, as creators and purveyors of art in all its many forms. As within, so without, is an almost universally recognized principle of how things work. We can create a better world from what flows from within us. Art is a very important way to facilitate this flow.

Let’s get our art on, whether we are creating or purchasing/displaying. It’s a good thing to do. YOU and I CAN make a difference.

Subject of my next blog: The Artist in YOU! Yes, there is one!

Below are some links to different content that I produce, including FB writings, my FB paintings page, my Twitter page, my Shopify shop, and my Redbubble pages…

My Twitter page: https://twitter.com/LovingUnity
My Shopify shop: https://spirit-wind-art-shop.myshopify.com

Facebook profile page: https://www.facebook.com/lovingunity
Facebook paintings/product page: https://www.facebook.com/spiritwindartandsundries
My Redbubble Shop (for even more variety in products decorated with my art images): https://www.redbubble.com/people/spiritwindart?ref=account-nav-dropdown&asc=u

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The Artist in You — Yes! There IS One!

I have a friend in Mississippi who says he can’t even draw a decent stick figure. But he takes incredible photos of snakes and other things he sees in nature as he goes about doing his job as a forester. He says he is not, nor could he ever be an artist. He also has a certain amount of artistry and skill when it comes to making others feel good about themselves. He is also a singer and song-writer and expresses things with words like few can. I say he IS an artist. His intellectual vision is clear and concise, and he is not fooled by political rhetoric. I say there is an artist in him that cannot be denied. And he proves it every day. He is just ONE of many, many people I know of, from painters to day-laborers, to artisans, to gardeners, to parents, to elders, to bakers and candlestick makers (and more) who are living out from the artist in them to make this world a better reality for us all. 

It is my mission, with this blog, not only to convince you that “YES! There IS an artist in you,” but to encourage you to–and to offer some tips as to how you might summon up YOUR inner Michelangelo, Andy Warhol, Jackson Pollack, Da Vinci, Julia Child/Jamie Oliver, Hemingway-Shakespeare-Steinbeck, Anne Sullivan of “Miracle Worker” fame, Aristotle, Jesus, Buddha, Salvador Dali, Jessie Owens, Michael Jordan, and yes, even Giacomo Casanova (the artful lover!).

You see, all these people above and many more I did not mention have or still do live out the artist that is or was in them, be they painters, sculptors, writers, chefs, athletes, business owners, entrepreneurs, teachers, philosophers, spiritual leaders, or famous lovers. Each of those I mentioned above, along with countless others, has gotten in touch with the energy of the true inner self that has flowed within them and has brought that inner self powerfully forth to enrich, improve, transform, even transcend the world.

Some call this true inner self and its silent voice “the muse.” Whatever you call it, it is within you, and making contact with it, calling it forth, is the means by which you can/will fulfill your function and purpose in life! It is the means by which you find true peace and happiness apart from the mundane and humdrum droning on of the human condition, i.e.,, the pre-programmed role you have hitherto played in the proverbial rat race.

Many of you reading this will pooh-pooh the notion that there is an artist living in you who is a genius at fulfilling a certain function necessary to your own success and to the betterment of this world. At the least, many of you have despaired at ever finding that muse within, making contact and summoning it forth. So, I will offer some suggestions here that have seemed to make this happen for me:

1) Take a dispassionate, objective, and honest look at the lessons your suffering has brought. Consider gratefully what you have experienced and learned, letting go of bitterness toward the situations and persons involved. In those lessons is the key to your inner motivation and function in this world. No, I am not suggesting that you go out and experience suffering and revel in it. But we all do suffer on many levels in this world, whether it is apparent on the surface or whether we can get down into the trenches of our souls and admit, that yes, we are human after all, and we have suffered. Some have suffered more, some less. But we all have suffered. The areas in which we have suffered and the lessons we have learned from our suffering point right to the inner artist that has been there in us all the time, gestating, yearning to be birthed toward the end of helping to alleviate ALL such suffering! 

For example, my suffering various forms and abuse and neglect as a child (and sometimes as an adult), then realizing that it does not HAVE to be that way is what motivates my art as well as the writings that I share on social media and in a few books I have authored. It is not that I have become a flawless human by any means. But I have learned some lessons about gaining some inner peace, have garnered some insights about what goes on in the human psyche, and have been given clues and an understanding of symbolism that helps me to transmit peace, beauty, inner knowing, onto canvas and the written page. The canvas, for me, has proven to be the best route, as I believe its subtleties can reach past words and opinions to get to the heart of things. All of life is a canvas. And the artists within us all can paint a better world!

2) Learn to be still and make a daily practice of it. If anything will help to birth your inner artist / muse, this will. I do not suggest trying to stop your thoughts or to engage in any rigorous discipline such as yoga or any other such “spiritual” practices. I only suggest getting as still as you can and listening for that still, small wordless voice that the genius in you uses to point you toward YOUR light within and to help you bring that out. A walk in nature; sitting still petting your cat; gardening; doing NOTHING!; listening to peaceful, calming music; getting enough sleep to allow dreaming–these are all activities that foster the emergence of the artist in us.

Again, no efforts are needed to “stop your thoughts,” but rather a daily effort to listen to the inner voice (the gut, intuition) and to dispassionately observe the maelstrom of busy-thoughts that try to capture our attention. This sort of observational attitude reveals SO much to us. Is this meditation? Contemplation? I guess you could call it either or neither. But yes, stillness, quietness, getting away from the rat race for a period every day is a great and easy means to get in touch with your muse. Sooner or later, if it hasn’t already, your muse, your inner artist will begin to lead you to the means and activities that are the niche and function of your inner artist.

3) Once your muse has lit the way to YOUR artful expression in this life, follow the instructions your intuitive voice, your gut, gives you. This applies whether you are to be an expert in the art of loving unconditionally, in the visual arts, in the written word, in business, in social service, in helping others (this one is HUGE!), whether in helping others feel good about themselves or learn about themselves, whether in helping others to be healthy, or just to get more enjoyment from life—or more freedom—then follow that light to the activities and means of expressing your art. And once you have found those activities and means, make time and room in your life for them, and practice, practice, practice. Let the passion of your inner artist, your inner lover of your fellow human siblings grab you by the heart and lead you to your destiny.

Understand that it is never about just the money or the living that can be made from your passion, from your art, though we all need to make a living in this material dimension. It is about fulfilling our place, destiny, function in making this world a far better place. When we follow our passion, the universe (God/Higher Self by whatever name) WILL honor that intent. And ideas and means to bring the resources needed to keep on living and pursuing our given art WILL come. Have faith. Persist. And practice, practice, practice. Let nothing get in the way. There are many siren songs in this world that would lead us away from following our inner voice. We must remember that the inner voice is still and small and we can ignore the loud, chattery, cacophony of the call of the Siren. It’s not hard to tell the difference. It’s a matter of changing our focus.

Haha! Methinks I have rather waxed TOO eloquent here and enough has been said. I hope I have given hope. And I hope you have plenty of food for thought that will help you to summon forth your inner artist! Enough words for now…till next blog. Warm, positive, happy thoughts go out to you all.

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Below are some links to different content that I produce, including FB writings, my FB paintings page, my Twitter page, my Shopify shop, and my Redbubble pages… 

My Twitter page: https://twitter.com/LovingUnity
Facebook profile page: https://www.facebook.com/lovingunity
Facebook paintings/product page: https://www.facebook.com/spiritwindartandsundries
My Redbubble Shop (for even more variety in products decorated with my art images): https://www.redbubble.com/people/spiritwindart?ref=account-nav-dropdown&asc=u

Culture of Gentleness

Yes–this: You are loved! Not just the words but also in tangible ways. But the words matter, too, perhaps to break through the mental conditioning? That shell of isolation? Excellent! Love those pillars he defines so well! “I will carry the load, just be with me” . . . and do things with me, together, for ourselves, for one another, and for others. This is truly a gentle teaching to be communicated, both in words and deeds. Communicating one’s Presence attentive, alert to what the heart is saying! Speak only kindly….but speak! Look only warmly! Touch only gently, respectfully. But touch! I’m with him…yes–invade my space with your gentle, loving kindness! And I, dear brother or sister, will touch you gently as well. Let it be so! I so LOVE this! Check it out!

Source: Culture of Gentleness

the violence of the machine

To the author, Ron Irvine: As I read on and on, I knew we had “seen” the same, experienced the same (only the specifics vary!) and had come to the same conclusions and place with the same questions. And as I read, my little heart’s little arms reached out to your heart, and it said the answer to all those questions IS Love… We ARE Love….we are HERE to love….and Love is our mission. What remains is the “HOW?” And I believe that the answer to even this is that LOVE, honoring our vision and intent, will continue to guide us and to show us the how. Must share this widely. Our vision and mission are one. Love lives with open hands, open hearts, and open will.

Living with Open Hands

I AM what I AM.

I AM a man of peace and justice.

I AM a man of equality and community.

Trying to live a life of integrity and simplicity.

I AM what I AM.

This is my identity.

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How does a man of peace

Live while being swallowed up

By the violence of the machine?

A machine of our own making.

A machine that by its own nature

Must carry on and on and on

With us being good little cogs

In the machine.

The machine must work

as it casts out the outcasts

The broken and the misfits.

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Into the margins go

The poor and downtrodden

The battered and the bruised

The tattered and the torn

The shattered and shocked;

Occupying the fringes of society.

A sort of landfill of people

Invisible and voiceless

Because they are

Useless to the machine.

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The military industrial complex

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Transcending Cynicism and Bitterness

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There must be something wrong with me, if you go by what some folks have hinted at and have said to my face–yes, at times, even family and dearly beloved ones. And in terms of this world and its ways, perhaps this is so. But through many floods, storms, disappointments, abandonments, and heartbreak galore, I have never completely shut down, shut out, or given up on love. Nor have I become bitter or cynical. My sad retreats have been momentary, as I’ve licked some wounds and have cried out for help from Source.
This miracle is not my doing, does not make me special. It is the fire of love inherent within me that has done this, nothing else. (We all have this!) If I am gifted in this way, it is a gift of somehow being able to hear Love’s still small voice through the loud, raucus, discordant, hateful and often violent voices of this world-at-large. Have I known disappointments? Yes, many–and deep ones! But this gift has often, in actuality, saved my life and has salved those wounds.
However, I see so many who DO shut down and cave in to cynicism and bitterness. And this makes compassion well up within me. So let me add, as assurance to any who have succumbed to this, that as I’ve traveled, often solitary, through this often dark vale called “the world,” this power within me has held me up and kept me going. Thank Love for this because though it seems I have not accomplished much in this life (I haven’t!–not in the things that humans measure, compare, and call success), I have not lost the ability to love–and to love deeply.
If you ask some, they will say I have loved foolishly at times, and perhaps I have. Well, I must actually admit this is so–more times than I care to recount. But always I have loved full bore. Thank Love for this. Thank the ONE GREAT LIGHT that ability lives in us all. Thank Love that we can know and choose never to give up on being the light we wish to see, the light we wish to give, and the light we wish to receive in this world.
All I can say to you is this, with all my heart: DON’T hide your love away. Use it, display it, give it out without measure. Disappointments may come even as you do so. But never fear being a fool for love, because what you give, despite seeming setbacks and disappointments, will one day return to you, pressed down, shaken together, and running over.
Never give up. But now and then be still and listen to the voice of LOVE within you. Shut out those other voices. Know that the voice of the ONE LOVE within you will lead you to where you are meant to be.

Transcending Limitation–the Boundless Infinite Within

It came to me quite vividly today that the final and ultimate way to affect my own healing and wellness is to totally and fearlessly give in to the Infinite; to tap into the vast and unlimited energy of who I am by allowing myself (at last) to actually live as the alpha female sheepdog I was created to be!

To step past those old tapes (barricades to my personal and spiritual energy) and self/other-imposed and once deeply accepted beliefs and limitations.

To stop laying my heart down at the feet of anyone who would trample upon it or devalue the greatness that lies within (including at my own feet!)

To be my truest, baddest, “Boadicea” self, never standing down.

The calling is to guard hearts opening to powerful and universal truth; to nurture and protect that kind of growth in all who come to be within my circle of blessing. Nor shall I ever throw upon anyone the burden or label of “work,” but shall call to the flow of Love within, Whose yoke is easy and Whose “burden” is a soft and gentle LIGHT!

The sword is powerful Truth, known as the True Self I AM within us all. The ram’s horn call to action is to care for, to protect and to empower “the least of these my brethren.” The “battle” and the way are within, flowing to what appears to be “without.”

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Transcending the “Dirt”

Well, the “top dogs” did it. They managed to divide and conquer again, to have the masses at odds with one another, even, it seems, those who calldirt themselves proponents of the Way of Love. So many are ready to hurt and kill one another, both physically and with words. We are digging, dishing and doing dirt, up and down, right and left. The dirt is just FLYING on social media!

While they (the system minions) were busy using the media to feign an election to distract us, they did something nefarious, I’m sure, as always. (People thought their vote counted? Only if the 1% wanted it to count!) We just don’t know what that nefarious something is yet. But the heart knows. And what the heart knows will come to light. My heart knows. But my heart ALSO knows that the system cannot succeed at this without both our consent and participation.

And this time, they managed to keep us divided and talking about the faux election and made up stories and issues even long after the election. It must be a really, really BIG nefarious something they’re up to this time. Something like taking away the last vestiges of well being and liberty that are left to us–or so they think.

But they can’t take anything away from us without our allowing it, without our participating in their grand drama and charade. Sys-exit, Children of Light. REFUSE to continue playing the divisive game. WE are the ones with the only power, if there is ANY power to be had but Love!

Stop rolling the mind-dice and speculating on what may happen if “THEY” or “HE” or “SHE” does this or that! Of course, we must wake up first and abandon our silly divisive rhetoric so that we can see both the trees and the forest. Is anyone wiling?

Be still and know that YOU and I (WE, the collective I) are powerful to exit this paradigm and begin to rebuild anew on the foundation of Love. New heaven, new earth, right here, right now. Sys-exit from Babylon and be LOVE powerfully walking upon the earth. The power is IN us, AS us! Shine it out!

Transcending the Paradigm of Enslavement; Ascending to the Paradigm of Love

explosed link on a chainWe will never totally be free to BE the FREE sons of Love till we get over our obsession with having kings and presidents and central corporate elite governments. We will also not be free until we . . .

Learn to be still and commune with the Divine Within and listen to its still small voice (#1!)

Stop speculating on and discussing ad infinitum what might happen . . .

Stop desiring more and better stuff to line our material nests (e.g., buying into the materialistic consumeristic world view and mentality) . . .

Leave off the endless discussing of what it seems has happened . . .

Cease our believing something better might happen, if only our “leaders” would do the right thing (always a matter of opinion!) . . .

Stop thinking that the system (the beast!) EVER truly has our best interests at heart . . .

Stop thinking that we can change the system . . .

Realize that the system is a hybrid of all belief systems that would control us, whether temporal or religious or philosophical . . .

Let go of fearing that we cannot escape the system . . .

Cease mindless participation IN the system agendae and programs of control . . . such as the drama of faux elections and false charity . . .

ABSOLUTELY stop PAYING FOR the system through taxes and usury! (this is most egregious!) . . .

End our buying into the notion that the system has anything in mind but the enslavement of ALL the people!

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We are already free, if only we would get mentally still and stop the speculation and buying into the system’s false rhetoric and stories. But we are not acting or living out our freedom! We must make contact with the Divine within (some call this the Christ, and some call it the Buddha, some the Brahman, and some the Tao).

We are expressions of the Divine ONE LOVE. We are inherently free except that we have bought into the illusion that we are NOT free. We need to begin acting upon our Divine unction and intuition and exit the System. Only then will we have peace on earth and enough for all, for it will then outflow from within us.

It is totally impossible to serve both Love (God) and mammon (the Babylonian world mind system). Wise up, people of faith. There is no wizard in Oz. The wizard is within. We have fallen asleep in a field of poppies and are hypnotized. We simply need to wake up, realize our inherent sovereignty and LOVE one another, just as Love has always loved us. For we and Love are ONE.

Transcending “Babylon”~~ For GOOD!

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We can be FREE, Brothers and Sisters! We can transcend the Babylonian world mind system of usury and economic slavery! WE CAN slip out from under the system and be free to be LOVE walking as the Light of the world. But it will take firm intent, resolve, and courage. It will take our doing it quietly and without fanfare. It is our very DESTINY to heal earth–and one another!

Most of all, we will need to learn to trust the LOVE we are (our innate wisdom, power, and light) to be sufficient to the task. It/We/Love (God if you will) IS sufficient! We will need to spend time in stillness and in the Silent Presence to remember who we are, to make direct contact with TRUE selves!

However, we will need to let go of our hedonistic, consumeristic, materialistic and self-indulgent ways! And we must remember how to live in true, intimate, sharing community. We used to know how to do this, and this ability is still hidden within us. But it has been DELIBERATELY programmed out of our collective consciousness!

We will need to change the way we do food . . . and the way we use the land. We will need to LOCALIZE and grow as much of our own as we can, bypassing the chemically polluted and expensive manufactured foods of our industrialized culture–and that deplete the land.

Our methods must be organic and replenishing, not chemical and depleting. There is MORE than enough land to grow all we need. We can even use our lawns and vacant lots to grow food. There is a PLETHORA of information on how to live free right on the internet! Plus it’s FUN and SO fulfilling for the soul!

The simple technology to live free of the system is here at hand and is abundant. There are SO many simple, sustainable, renewable and non-consumeristic ways to take care of our food, energy and housing needs.

We need to let go of our false dependence on petroleum and its products…Most of them are carcinogens and pollutants–everything from the black death rolling through the pipelines to the various pesticides and insecticides made from it to all those plastic containers (including the ones we use to hold out NOT SO PURE drinking water!).

The ocean would feed us better is we would stop polluting it and over-fishing it. Also, be aware that we don’t need nearly as much animal flesh as we humans consume! There are ways, in fact, to get adequate protein and nutrition without resorting to eating animal flesh, if we so choose. Earth is sufficient…and so are we.

Again, the technology to go sustainable is here, and it is also sufficient. And if we go LOCAL and stop roaming about so much trying to get and hold onto more and better “stuff,” using petroleum products to do so, we can reverse the effects of pollution.

But it’s up to US, the Tribe of Light, to make these changes. The “system” won’t make them, for earth’s welfare is NOT their agenda and neither is humanity! But Babylon–the 1%–will keep doing what they are doing until WE withdraw our support, our funding, and our participation in their government, economic, and war-faring programs and simply allow them to FAIL.

And when they DO fail and fall mightily, we can be ASSURED absolutely that we, being immensely wise and powerful, as Love walking on the earth, will find other, better, healthier and more sane activities to sustain us and uplift the human race clear into a higher dimension of existence–new heaven, new earth. Never fear. Be bold. Be free. We’ve GOT this.