Monday, March 24, 2014

Bring Who You Are to the World

52 Weeks of Conscious Contact: Meditations for Connecting with God, Self and Others by Melody Beattie is a book I have read … and reread … and reread … 

It’s actually not a book to read at all … rather, it's a book to study … absorb … and apply. Each of the 52 weeks is a Value or Quality which will enrich … enhance and empower our lives ...

I'm currently on Week 11 and this is probably the 3rd or 4th time I've gone through the book. I don't know about anyone else, but I seem to need continual reminders ...

Can you remember a time, before life got to you, that you innocently accepted who you are? Maybe you could recapture some of that feeling. Bring who you are to the world.” 

- Melody Beattie, 52 Weeks of Conscious Contact, Week 42, Self-Acceptance, p.210

When I first read that quote, what immediately came to mind was my artwork ... or as I refer to it my heARTwork … So child-like and innocent and pure, it's clearly one of the ways I recapture my innocence and bring it to the world ... I’m not so sure about the self-acceptance part.

It’s taken me a long, long time to feel OK-enough to be able to reveal my work but I finally have … and that feels really good. And what feels even better is receiving acknowledgement and recognition for what has emerged from the deepest part of me … my heART ... mySELF …

I remember saying something similar years ago with regard to my collection of poetry ... something about it “… emerging from the deepest part of me … my SELF …"

And when I finally realized "that my SELF is really no different than any other SELF … except that I just happened to be expressing it at this time and place in this particular manner," I was able to share it.

Funny, how those words written more than 25+ years ago can reflect the same feelings today ... 

We all come into this world innocent and pure … And then as the years pass,  in our own unique way, we each begin to forget that Essence and grow into something/someone totally different … essentially forgetting the Truth of who we are.

The way I see it, every form of Creative Expression can be the means of recapturing our original Essence … of Innocence … of Purity … and Love ... and bringing who we are to the world!

"You look in a mirror to see a reflection of your face look at art to see a reflection of your soul." - George Bernard Shaw

P.S. Did you know that the word ART is considered the archaic present 2nd singular form of the verb To Be

heARTmattersAndMore Gallery at Etsy 


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