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As you can tell from my archives, I only blog when I feel like I have something to say. Those feelings come and go. But when they hang around for a while, I guess it’s time to write again.

I moved to a new city last year. I was primarily contracting for a company with a work-from-home policy and around 2014/2015, it cut the policy, forcing folks back into cube farms. There wasn’t enough work offered where I was living, I had been poaching work that was meant to be done in another city, but could be done from home, also.

So, needing work, I moved in Fall 2015 to the corporate headquarters city so I could be where the work was. It hasn’t been easy. The new city has higher prices for most things, the now-typical lack of affordable housing, a distinct lack of good Chinese food (my Hong Kong born Lyft driver said that he and his wife often drive several hundred miles to a city in another state to eat authentic Chinese food- I believe him- I loved the food there, too.), and an odd cluster-clique format in its social life. It also has a relative lack of historical preservation as best I can tell. Other places I’ve lived have had more of an identity.

I still  haven’t been able to quite feel at home yet. But they do have lots of trees everywhere, and that cheers me up and gives me hope.

One very positive thing is my interest in being creative has returned a bit. It was nearly non-existent except for occasional jewelry pieces during the last 8 years in the previous city.

I have entered into the Twitter Art Exhibit postcard art for charity event in 2017, and I’m starting to doodle with markers on watercolor weight postcards. There’s at times a garish brightness, and I’m still following up on my marker options. I understand acrylic and color pencil, but markers are a new medium for me. Only one card can be entered. I expect I’ll be mailing the runner-ups to amused friends.

I have also decided to see what I can produce for Nanowrimo 2016 – the official goal being 1667 words every day in November – theoretically forming a 50,000 word novel. It’ll be an interesting challenge.

I hope you are enjoying your current creative endeavors, too.

(I just noticed this was only about 400 words- it helps me realize what I’ve gotten myself into for November… 😀 )

Wishing you all much wonderfulness!

 

 

 

 

 

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While Harlan Ellison brought me to the dance of speculative fiction, it was Iain Banks who consistently amazed me with his cool moves. He moved easily between genres and was incredibly original in his novels. I loved Feersum Endjinn, written phonetically to convey the sound of its characters speech patterns. I loved the twists and ethics questions in Complicity. He built a realistic world to the levels of economics and diplomacy for his Culture novels.

Yes, I admit to being dazzled by the techno-razzmatazz of the cyber-punks, and danced to their tunes for awhile. But I always came back to Banks for his solid story-telling.

I shared tears with many today on hearing of this great man’s passing. And I will join them all in the wake that reading his last novel – The Quarry – will provide. (The Quarry follows the life of a man terminally ill with cancer.)

I join Neil Gaiman in urging folks to read Bank’s works. If it helps, he published mysteries and other novels under Iain Banks and added the middle initial “M” to his science/speculative fiction work.

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As I grow older, deaths of those near to me, and those familiar to me, remind me ever more deeply of the beauty that is human life. There are gentle vulnerable fragilities, robust joys and passions, as well as the simple mundane bits of the day to day, and much, much, more than all that. It is so easy to sleep-walk through it all and miss the wonder.

Life is meant to be lived fully – to be appreciated and enjoyed. If you can’t quite understand that, as Maurice Chevalier said- “Consider the alternative”.

Bath or Shower?

(Note: I was looking for topics to write on and requested that some friends think of random ones. This is the first of several from those contributions.)

Bath or Shower?

My answer is both.

The Bath

The bath goes back to the womb. Baths have a nurturing element to them, taking the time to soak fully in the warm water. Baths have potential for shifting energy, in any direction. Baths have healing potentials, as well. I’ve used all sorts of stuff to shift all sorts of things with baths.

Another advantage of the bath is that the soak is usually long enough to soften layers of dead skin, so that it can be gently removed by loofah or pumice stone with little effort. Clearing the dead skin off gives a much healthier look to the body.
Here are the main bath versions I’ve tried and enjoyed:

Sea Salt
A twenty minute sea salt (1-2 lb per tub) bath (1/2 measure baking soda optional) will clear the auric field of the usual build-up of negative energies that accumulates in daily life.

Essential Oils
A few drops of essential oils (single notes or blends) can revive (mints, rosemary) or calm (chamomile, lavender). For women, there’s usually heart/emotional support with more floral scents such as roses. For men, sandalwood or vetiver is often supportive. (Be careful of slippery surfaces when using oils. Don’t overdo it- 6-7 drops is plenty for a tub. Do a little homework, some essential oils are not recommended for contact with mucous membranes.)

Flower or Other (Gem, Star, etc.) Essences
These are vibrational medicines, not oils, and they are usually ingested. However, here, the idea is to add the vibration of the essence to your bath. Again, go easy, a few drops goes a long way. It’s a gentle way to use the essence, and continue your work with it. Some of my favorite essence sources are:

Flower Essence Services
http://www.fesflowers.com This site is for one of the most widely distributed (in my experience) lines of flower essences. My favorite in their line is Yarrow Special Formula. It is the best essence I’ve found for sensitive folks who are uncomfortable having to deal with high-density situations, for folks who need help strengthening auric boundaries, for folks whose fields get fried by exposure to a lot of electromagnetic equipment (computers, wireless, etc.).

Pegasus Products
http://www.pegasusproducts.com Pegasus is one of the most diverse producers of flower essences I know. They literally have thousands of essences. They also have gem, inert gas, and starlight essences. The books by Fred Rubenfeld and Gurudas are excellent guides to the origins and uses for many of the essences.

Botanical Alchemy
http://www.botanicalalchemy.com
I like this line very much. What they do, they do very well. I strongly recommend both the delphinium for working on guilt issues, and the fuschia for getting to hidden issues. Most of the products are synergistic blends.

Australian Bush Flower
http://www.ausflowers.com.au/ A very different native Australian set of essences. I was drawn to using the Sturt Desert Pea essence for grief and it was more effective than any of the other remedies I tried including homeopathic ignatia. I also like their Meditation blend.

Korte Phi
http://www.kortephi.com/
This company has developed an essence that supports connecting with dolphin energies–Delph. During a time when I was strongly drawn to dolphin energies, I used it, and I recommend it for connecting more easily to dolphins. Korte Phi also carries an interesting and expanding line of flower essences.

Bach Flower Essences
http://www.bachcentre.com:80/ http://www.nelsonbach.com/ These are probably the 38 essences best known to Americans. Most folks learn about the essences through exposure to these essences and books on Bach’s work. My experience is that while generally effective, 38 of anything doesn’t quite solve all the various and diverse emotional needs currently arising.

Perelandra
http://www.perelandra-ltd.com/ Machaelle Small Wright heads up a sort of American Findhorn. She works extensively with the devic realms and produces several lines of essences at her center in Virginia. These lines include an excellent Rose essence group, a garden essence group, and a soul ray group.

Desert Alchemy
http://www.desert-alchemy.com/ Sort of like Australian Bush Flower, they make plant/flower essences from the Arizona Desert flora.

Seaweeds
Seaweeds are amazingly wonderful for skin detoxing and nurturing. I recommend the Crystal Star Hot Seaweed Bath. It’s a bit like the easier home version of the spa seaweed wrap.
http://www.healthyhealing.com/catalog/ProductFamily.aspx?id=88
I also buy a net shower cap thingy and use it as the seaweed teabag by putting the seaweed in and rubber banding it closed. (It also makes it easy to spread the seaweed gel stuff over yourself.) Otherwise loose seaweed will totally clog your drain and ruin your relaxing experience as you get aggravated trying to clear your drain.

Liquid Needles baths
DNR sells a variety of health related products. I use the bath line far more than any other line of their products. I have found them very effective per their purposes. I’ve even experienced meridian shifts while using them. It’s important to keep up with drinking enough water and otherwise treating yourself healthily while going thru any of these bath regimens.
http://www.dnrsite.com/store4.mv?AFFIL=4433905

And let’s not forget the simple delight of the bubble bath, a childhood favorite that’s easy to create and generally nurturing and cheering.

I’ve also tried some baths that achieved their purpose yet had an unwanted effect. For example, Buddha’s Palm bath is effective for purification/clearing. It combines limes and turmeric in the hot bathwater, but the turmeric soaks into your skin, rendering it indelibly yellow for a while.

Caveat:
Your experience for any of these baths may vary from mine. Please use common sense, your intuition, whatever discernment process you prefer.

Showers

Well, the first joy of showers is in its mimicking of the rain shower. Depending on its design, you can aim the spray at most or all of your body. It’s a very pleasant sensation.
It’s also generally much shorter than a bath and purposed towards a quick effective cleaning rather than anything further than that. When it goes longer, it often is about pain relief through using a directional spray of warm to hot water to help loosen the muscle and release the pain.
Given the tiny-ness of modern bathtubs, showers are also easier to share with a “special” friend for a sensual moment.

Adding to a shower experience
There are varieties of spray arrangements to meet any desire for water restriction or intensity. Lately, I’ve seen some great wide shower heads that more obviously mimic rain.
There are options to filter the water (especially for removing chlorine) at the shower head or add a vibrational shift at the shower head by adding crystals or stones into the shower head. Whether you use filters or stones, change them out on a timely basis.

As for adding an aromatherapy element, similar to essential oil baths, scented shower gels and soaps can add a brief lift/shift. (I’d look for organic versions if possible. You don’t need essence of pesticide mixed in.)

Conclusion
Baths and showers have their uses.
Showers are great for daily efficient cleaning. Taking the time for a bath on a regular basis can be quite therapeutic. If you take only one bath in a month, I’d make it a sea salt bath in the gibbous moon phase time – the 2-3 days before the new moon – to clear the auric field at the moon time of highest release possibilities.

Enjoy!

A Wanderer returns

Wandering paintingHi,
My favorite painting just came home. It’s been very busy since I painted it in 1994. I was in the habit of lending my paintings where I thought they’d do some good, and putting them up for sale when they felt like they needed to go to folks I didn’t know. This painting went to folks who needed heart-healing of some sort. The first guy who had it finally married in his late 40s, then gave it to me and before I even had a chance to take it out of my car that evening, it went immediately to someone who was working on their own healing process, then later to someone working through a difficult relationship. Most recently, it was being stored at a house that sold much faster than expected, so it was returned to me before their packing/moving started.
The photo only “sorta” captures the painting. The painting was done with Liquitex paint that reflects differently depending on your position relative to the surface.

Enjoy!

Postcards

Here are some “postcards” from my imagination.

Thought-bubbles: 005

“We are All Related”.

Usually when non-Native Americans hear these words they take

them to mean only the two-leggeds, the human beings.

When they make that assumption, they lose sight of the fact that they

exist surrounded by All of Spirit’s Creations: the four-leggeds, the

six-leggeds, the eight-leggeds, and all the rest of the other brothers,

“things” like plants, and the big rock we stand on, the Earth Mother.

They separate themselves out, and forget that for them to continue to

be alive, all the relations have got to share and sometimes sacrifice.

But you can’t expect people who can barely see “the brotherhood of

all human beings” to put down their weapons and defense systems

(personal and national) and realize the Oneness of Spirit.

You can however hold your vision out to those people as glasses

they can borrow until their sight improves.

Thought-bubbles: 012

Perception.

Here’s another highly under-rated concept/thought-form.

Do you realize that everything is made of the same stuff and it’s only our perceptions that create the differences?

Everything is energy (or atomic particles if you stop it to look at it). As a matter of fact, one of my many paintings is called ‘Wavicles’ as a way of capturing the in-between-ness of the nearly seen.

It is our own perceptions, our own judgements, our own notions that create the world we see around us. A profoundly depressed person finds a world of limitations, of negativity everywhere. For a joyous ecstatic person, the boundaries are limitless, infinite love is everywhere. We all are artists, constantly creating the stuff of our lives, attracting that which helps to further help us perceive ourselves.

Remembering that the negativity and the infinite love are made of exactly the same stuff, and that we all have choice about what we create (through our perceptions) with that stuff, is a beginning for an interesting journey.