Give yourself the opportunity to discover your own imagery

Dreams of my art being attached to some kind of imaginary romantic self-sustaining monetary outcome no longer serve me.  If my creative process is to continue to be my sacred practice, continue to develop, if my creative process is where I let go of attachment, let go of comparing myself to others, let go of control, then I also let go of those dreams.

Let

Them

Go.

And instead embrace the simple and healing journey of process.  Of self-discovery.

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From Revolution From Within- a book of self-esteem, by Gloria Steinem (1992, Little Brown and Company, New York, NY):

… But the point of the journey is not just the healing.  It’s also recovering the truest, most spontaneous, joyful, and creative core of ourselves.  If any of the stories you have just read strikes an emotional chord, that’s a possible signal from your inner self.  If anything in the present brings you unreasonable pleasure or sadness, that’s a clue, too.  The important thing is to make the connections between past and present.  And, of course, not everything is in our power to know.  We need faith in a future that will redeem the past…

… Any one of our human capacities, if unused out of fear or shame, leaves a small hole in the fabric of our self-esteem.  Think of the times you have said: “I can’t write,” “I can’t paint,” “I can’t run,” “I can’t shout,” “I can’t dance,” “I can’t sing.”  Since this was not literally true, you were really saying: “I can’t meet some outside standard. I’m not acceptable as I am.

… Give yourself the opportunity to discover your own imagery… your true self made visible.

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Curiosity, exploration and self-esteem… #journal exercise #MSL and @neiltyson

I was so moved last night by the NASA’s successful landing of Curiosity on Mars.  Many of us were pulled out of our navel-gazing and looked outward in unison and celebration.  But to look inward and to look outward is the human dance.  An important one.

What do my self-explorations in journals mean?  Is it all part of the big picture?

From Brainpickings:

Neil deGrasse Tyson

Curiosity, exploration and self-esteem…

What do these terms have in common?  In your journal, write down their definitions.  Research, explore.  Find quotes.  Contemplate.

From Gloria Steinem’s A Book of Self-Esteem, Revolution from Within:

We literally plug into an inner energy that it ours alone, yet connects us to everything else.  To put it another way: I began to understand that self-esteem isn’t everything; it’s just that there’s nothing without it.  

The real which is at the heart of the universe is reflected in the infinite depths of the self. – Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan

Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form. Vladimir Nabokov

My father’s current research journals at his care facility

… exploring the reaches and mysteries of inner space…” – Assemblyman Vasconcellos

This is one of the first images taken by NASA’s Curiosity rover, which landed on Mars the evening of Aug. 5 PDT (morning of Aug. 6 EDT). Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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Conception, gestation- a movement begins. #women

A movement is only composed of people moving. To feel its warmth and motion around us is the end as well as the means. – Gloria Steinhem

An idea is building and I thank the women I met with last night for our initial brainstorm.  Stay tuned as we move from the concept to the concrete!  What unfolds will be a surprise to all involved.  A beautiful surprise!

To keep it clear in my mind, I'm finding it helpful to stick with a TRIAD organization.

Do not become alarmed when you experience yourself in totally new ways… You are changing, getting ready to be initiated into the third stage of your life. Are you ready for the ride of your life?
– Susun Weed

Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. – Gloria Steinem